Non-Fiction Catalogue: June 2019
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in June 2019.
Because they are new books, we are at the whim of the publishers and, to some extent, the shipping companies – books can sometimes arrive later (or earlier) than, or occasionally be a different retail price, than originally quoted. Because space is a luxury, we bring in limited quantities of books. Prices are subject to change without notice.
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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.
Until next time, good reading!
New Osprey military history titles
Spitfire VC vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen: Darwin 1943 (Duel 93)
Ingman, Peter & Laurier, Jim; Hector, Gareth (illustrators)
Just weeks after Pearl Harbor, Darwin was mauled by a massive Japanese attack. Without a single fighter to defend Australian soil, the Australian government made a special appeal to Britain for Spitfires. A year later, the Spitfire VC-equipped No 1 Fighter Wing, RAAF, faced the battle-hardened 202nd Kokutai of the IJNAF, equipped with A6M2 Zero-sens, over Darwin. This was a gruelling campaign between evenly-matched foes, fought in isolation from the main South Pacific battlegrounds. Pilots on either side had significant combat experience, including a number of Battle of Britain veterans. The Spitfire had superior flight characteristics; but was hampered by short range and material defects in the tropical conditions, while the Japanese employed better tactics and combat doctrine inflicting serious losses on the overconfident Commonwealth forces. Fully-illustrated with detailed full-colour artwork, this is the gripping story of two iconic aircraft facing off against each other, above Australia.
Aviation history | PBK | $32.99
Scapa 1919: the Archaeology of a Scuttled Fleet (general military)
The German High Seas Fleet was one of the most powerful naval forces in the world, and had fought the pride of the Royal Navy to a stalemate at the battle of Jutland in 1916. After the armistice was signed, ending fighting in World War I, it surrendered to the British and was interned in Scapa Flow pending the outcome of the Treaty of Versailles. In June 1919, the entire fleet attempted to sink itself in the Flow to prevent it being broken up as war prizes. Of the 74 ships present, 52 sank and 22 were prevented from doing so, by circumstance and British intervention. Marine archaeologist and historian Dr Innes McCartney reveals for the first time what became of the warships that were scuttled, examining the circumstances behind the loss of each ship and reconciling what was known at the time to what the archaeology is telling us today. This fascinating study reveals a fleet lost, for nearly a century, beneath the waves.
Naval history | HC | $59.99
The G3 Battle Rifle (Weapon 68)
Thompson, Leroy & Noon, Steve; Gilliland, Alan (illustrators)
During the Cold War, the G3 was one of the world’s pre-eminent battle rifles. Developed in France and Spain after 1945, the rifle was produced by the German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch. Adopted by more than 40 countries and produced on licence by many more, it was widely employed during colonial wars in Africa, insurgencies in Latin America and conflicts in the Middle East, but perhaps its widest use was in the Iran-Iraq War. Variants of the G3 have also seen substantial usage among Special Forces including Britain’s Special Boat Service and the US Navy SEALs. Semi-automatic versions, especially the HK91 and HK93, remain popular in the United States, and the G3-derived HK11 and HK21 family of light machine guns have also been widely adopted by military and law-enforcement units across the world. Fully-illustrated, with specially-commissioned artwork, this study examines one of the iconic weapons of the Cold War era.
Weapons history | PBK | $32.99
SU-76 Assault Gun (New Vanguard 270)
Zaloga, Steven J & Rodríguez, Felipe (illustrator)
The SU-76 assault gun was the second most widely manufactured Soviet armoured fighting vehicle of World War II, outnumbered only by the legendary T-34. Inspired, in part, by the German Marder series of tank destroyers, Soviet designers realised that the chassis of the obsolete T-70 light tank could be adapted to a much more substantial gun, if it was placed in a fixed casemate rather than in a turret. This led to the design of the SU-76, which saw its combat debut at Kursk in the summer of 1943. The SU-76 was deployed primarily as an infantry direct support weapon, becoming the infantry tank of the Red Infantry, much as the StuG III became the infantry tank of the German infantry. Featuring full-colour artwork and written by an expert on tank warfare during World War II, this fascinating study describes one of the Soviet Union’s most important armoured vehicles, during its struggle with Nazi Germany.
Military history | PBK | $32.99
Myths and Legends: an Illustrated Guide to their Origins and Meanings
Discover the world’s greatest myths and legends – from Greek mythology to Norse mythology – in this comprehensive guide. What did Japanese mythology say about the beginning of the Universe? How did Oedipus become the classic tragic hero in Greek mythology? Who brought about the origin of death in Maori mythology? Combining vivid retellings of famous legends with over 1,000 illustrations of characters, famous artworks, and artefacts, Myths and Legends makes it easier than ever before to understand the stories that are central to every culture. Delve into the well-known tales of the ancient Greeks, which hold the key to such phrases as ‘Achilles’ heel’, to the lesser-known, but richly-colourful myths of Africa and the Americas. Explore global ideas, such as fate and fortune, and the Underworld, and find out about the key characters – heroes, tricksters, gods – that make up each myth system. Filled with the cultural and religious meanings behind each legend, and the influence they have had both in their own time and in today’s world, this book is a must-have for all mythology enthusiasts.
Reference | HC | $39.99
Signs and Symbols: an Illustrated Guide to their Origins and Meanings
Discover the fascinating origins and meanings of over 2,000 signs and symbols from mythology and religion to astrology and ancient tribes in this comprehensive guide. For centuries, symbols have been imperative throughout the world, signifying ideas, relationships, and objects across different cultures. Find out why a flag, at half mast, is a symbol of mourning; why toads have got a bad name while frogs turn into princes; and why a heart pierced by an arrow is a classic symbol of love. Delve into the meaning of each symbol and investigate how they have been interpreted in myth, religion, folklore, and art over time, with authoritative text from experts in the field and striking line drawings and photography that emphasise the visual strength and beauty of signs. Divided into six thematic sections – the cosmos, the natural world, human life, myths and religions, society and culture, and symbol systems – this guide to the secret language of signs and symbols is a must-have for those who want to understand the world around them.
Reference | HC | $39.99
Licence to be Bad: How Economics Corrupted Us
Over the past fifty years, the way we value what is ‘good’ and ‘right’ has changed, dramatically. Behaviour that to our grandparents’ generation might have seemed stupid, harmful, or simply wicked; now, seems rational, natural, woven into the very logic of things. And, asserts Jonathan Aldred – in this revelatory new book – it is economics that’s to blame. Licence to be Bad tells the story of how a group of economics theorists changed our world, and how a handful of key ideas seeped into our decision making; and, indeed, almost all aspects of our lives. If, now, we’re happy to accept that there can be a market in anything, from queue-jumping to health and education, and to prisoners ‘upgrading’ to a better class of cell – though, we may still draw the line at a market for babies – we have these theorists to thank. From the logic of game theory, developed in the paranoid world of mathematical-military think tanks in the Cold War, which became the economists’ paradigm of rational choice; to the emergence of ‘free riding’ – cooperation as irrational, because if you do it, no one else will – and the incentivising social engineering of Nudge, Aldred reveals the extraordinary hold of economics on our morals and values. In short, economics has corrupted us. But if this hidden transformation is so recent, it can be reversed. Licence to be Bad shows us where to begin.
Economics | HC | $45.00
Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical
Johnny Ball has been a well-loved name in mathematics for many years. Wonders Beyond Numbers is his magnum opus, and his first book for more than ten years. It is nothing less than the history of mathematics; he describes it as ‘a summation of my career as an enthusiast for mathematics’. It will help spark (or re-spark) the reader’s love of maths in its many facets. The scope of the book is breathtaking. Running in something approaching chronological order, it shows that every breakthrough in maths represents a single step forward, resting on the work of others, and it brings to life the importance of numbers, shapes and patterns in the world around us. As an indication of coverage, early chapters in the book will be looking at Egyptian binary maths, Thales’ angular measurements, Sumer and base 60, Pythagoras and the maths of music, Plato and Euclid, Archimedes and hydrostatics, Pi and circular maths, areas and volumes, Diophantus and algebra, measuring the Earth, Quipo maths in Peru, Mayan maths and base 20, the discovery of zero, Chinese maths, negative numbers, Pascal’s triangle and Al Khwarizmi’s algebra. That takes us up to the early Middle Ages. It’s all encompassing; yet written in a light and reader-friendly fashion – filled with diagrams to help explain the maths. Dotted throughout will be anecdotes and stories from Johnny’s life and mathematical adventures, both in front of the camera and in the real world, too. This book’s a gem.
Mathematics/History | PBK | $22.99
The Last Unknowns: Deep, Elegant, Profound Unanswered Questions About the Universe,
the Mind, the Future of Civilisation, and the Meaning of Life
Brockman, John (editor)
This is a little book of profound questions – unknowns that address the secrets of our world, our civilisation, the meaning of life. Here are the deepest riddles that have fascinated, obsessed, and haunted the greatest thinkers of our time, including Nobel laureates, cosmologists, philosophers, economists, prize-winning novelists, religious scholars, and more than 250 leading scientists, artists, and theorists.
Philosophy | TP | $29.99
A Man on the Moon: the Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
‘Through the windows of the slowly turning spacecraft they looked out at the place where the sun had once been, and there was the moon: a huge, magnificent sphere bathed in the eerie blue light of earthshine, each crater rendered in ghostly detail.’ The race to the moon was won spectacularly, by Apollo 11, on 20 July 1969. When astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their ‘giant step’ across a ghostly lunar landscape, they were watched by some 600 million people on Earth, 250,000 miles away. A Man on the Moon is the definitive account of the heroic Apollo programme: from the tragedy of the fire in Apollo 1 during a simulated launch, through the euphoria of the first moonwalk, to the discoveries made by the first scientist in space aboard Apollo 17. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with the astronauts and team, this is the story of the twentieth century’s greatest human achievement, minute by minute, in the words of those who were there.
History/Science | PBK | $26.99
The AI Does Not Hate You:
Superintelligence, Rationality and the Race to Save the World
This is a book about AI and AI risk. But it’s also more importantly about a community of people who are trying to think rationally about intelligence, and the places that these thoughts are taking them, and what insight they can and can’t give us about the future of the human race over the next few years. It explains why these people are worried, why they might be right, and why they might be wrong. It is a book about the cutting edge of our thinking on intelligence and rationality, right now, by the people who stay up all night worrying about it. Along the way, we discover why we probably don’t need to worry about a future AI resurrecting a perfect copy of our minds and torturing us for not inventing it sooner; but we, perhaps, should be concerned about paperclips destroying life as we know it; how Mickey Mouse can teach us an important lesson about how to program AI; and how a more rational approach to life could be what saves us all.
Technology | TP | $32.99
The Equations of Life: the Hidden Rules Shaping Evolution
One of the world’s foremost astrobiologists offers an accessible and game-changing account of why life is like it is. Why do gazelles have legs and not wheels? Why is all life based on carbon, rather than silicon? Why do humans have eyes on the front of their heads? And beyond earth, would life – if it should exist – look like our own? The puzzles of life astound and confuse us like no other mystery. An astrophysicist once conceded that even the smallest insect is far more complex than either an atom or a star. But in this ground-breaking new account of the process of evolution, Professor Charles Cockell reveals how nature is far more understandable and predictable than we would think. Refining Darwin’s theory of natural selection, Cockell puts forward a remarkable and elegant account of why evolution has taken the paths it has. The key is understanding how fundamental physical laws constrain nature’s direction and form at every turn. From the animal kingdom to the atomic realm, he shows how physics is the true touchstone for understanding life in all its extraordinary forms. Provocative and captivating, this book will fundamentally change how you view the world.
Science/Mathematics | PBK | $24.99
Why We Elect Narcissists and Sociopaths – and How We Can Stop
Democracy is under siege. The reason isn’t politics. It is personalities: too many countries have come under the sway of high-conflict politicians (HCPs). Most of these HCPs have traits of narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial (ie, sociopathic) personality disorder, or both. This is the first and only guide for identifying and thwarting HCPs. Bill Eddy says the key to understanding HCPs is their use of what he calls the Fantasy Crisis Triad: One, there’s a terrible crisis! Two, it’s caused by this evil person, or group. Three, I’m the only person who can solve it and save you. Using Hitler, Stalin, Putin, Berlusconi, Chavez, Nixon, Trump, and others as case studies, Eddy shows how HCPs create or exacerbate conflict to manipulate our emotions and rise to power. But he also shows how we can spot HCPs early on (he includes a checklist of forty typical behaviours), respond to them effectively, and identify and give our support to genuine leaders.
Society and culture/Politics | HC | $42.99
Faber & Faber: the Untold Story of a Great Publishing House
A vibrant history of the London publishing house Faber and Faber told in its own words. Published to celebrate Faber’s 90th anniversary, this is for readers who love books and are curious about the business of writing. Faber and Faber is one of the world’s greatest independent publishers. Literary superstars like T S Eliot, William Golding, Ted Hughes, and Sylvia Plath are synonymous with the name ‘Faber’, as are the leafy squares of twentieth-century Bloomsbury. But what is the real tale behind the house that brought together these authors? And how did a tiny firm set up by two men in 1925 – weathering obstacles from wartime paper shortages to dramatic financial crashes – survive to this very day? Toby Faber has grown up with these stories, and uses a range of humorous and surprising sources to tell the history of the publisher in its own words. Drawing on material from memos to board minutes and unpublished memoirs, Faber takes us deep inside the evolution of the company: and along the way, we meet a cast of colourful characters that are stranger than fiction, whether poets or novelists, managers or editors. Decade by decade, Faber’s portrait of one company’s history becomes not only that of an entire century, but a hymn to the role of the arts in public life. Faber & Faber shows us how publishing can shift a nation’s cultural conversation – and speaks directly to the way we engage with literature today.
Publishing history | HC | $39.99
The Universe Speaks in Numbers:
How Modern Maths Reveals Nature’s Deepest Secrets
Graham Farmelo’s ground-breaking exploration of the relationship between physics and maths reveals the discoveries that have enriched our understanding of the universe. One of the great mysteries of science is that its fundamental laws are written in the language of mathematics. Graham Farmelo’s thrilling new book shows how modern maths has helped physicists to rethink gravity, space, and time. The Universe Speaks in Numbers takes us on an adventure from the Enlightenment to the present with a vibrant cast of characters, illuminating the most exciting and controversial developments in contemporary thought. Always lively and authoritative, Farmelo navigates the reader through the huge imaginative leaps that are edging us towards a radically new conception of the nature of our universe.
Science/Mathematics | HC | $39.99
Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight
On 20 July 1969, something extraordinary happened, something civilisations had dreamed of for centuries: humans walked on the moon. Jonathan Fetter-Vorm’s Moonbound is the story behind those first steps. It begins with the tense, suspense-filled descent of the spidery Lunar Module, which transported Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon; the narrative offers a close-up view of the action. Then the story splits to an examination of the history of man’s fascination with space – from the earliest observers of the moon to the clear-eyed descriptions recorded by such visionaries as Galileo – and continues into the modern era, from Nazi atrocities and Soviet intrigues to square-jawed astronauts and a revolving cast of space-age dreamers. The narrative returns to 20 July 1969; the moment when our heroes made their historic moon walk; and, finally, moves on to the Space Shuttle program, the cosmic ambitions of deep-space probes, and the aspirations of companies like SpaceX. The story of space has always been about the conflict of imagination versus reality, of dreams versus politics. With a foreword by Michael Collins; and being released in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, Moonbound revisits this classic story in a new way, as a graphic history.
Science/History | PBK | $29.99
Too Big to Walk: the New Science of Dinosaurs
Ever since Jurassic Park, we thought we knew how dinosaurs lived their lives. In this remarkable new book, Brian J Ford reveals that dinosaurs were, in fact, profoundly different from what we believe, and their environment was unlike anything we have previously thought. In this meticulous and absorbing account, Ford reviews the latest scientific evidence to show that the popular accounts of dinosaurs’ lives contain ideas that are no more than convenient inventions: how dinosaurs mated, how they hunted and communicated, how they nursed their young, even how they moved. He uncovers many surprising details which challenge our most deeply-held beliefs – such as the revelation that an asteroid impact did not end the dinosaurs’ existence. Professor Ford’s illuminating examination changes everything. As he unravels the history of the world, we discover that evolution was not Charles Darwin’s idea; there were many philosophers who published the theory before him. The concept of continental drift and plate tectonics did not begin with Alfred Wegener a century ago, but dates back to learned pioneers hundreds of years before his time. Ever since scientists first began to study dinosaurs, they have travelled with each other down the wrong path, and Ford, now, shows how this entire branch of science has to be rewritten. A new dinosaur species is announced every ten days, and more and more information is currently being discovered about how they may have lived: locomotion, hunting, nesting behaviour, distribution, extinction. Ford brings together these amazing discoveries in this controversial new book which undoubtedly will ruffle a few feathers… or scales, if you are an old-school dinosaur lover.
Science | PBK | $24.99
Chasing the Demon: a Secret History of the Quest for the Sound Barrier,
and the Band of American Aces Who Conquered It
At the end of World War II, a band of aces gathered in the Mojave Desert on a top secret quest to break the sound barrier, nicknamed ‘The Demon’ by pilots. The true story of what happened in those skies has never been told… Speed. In 1947, it represented the difference between victory and annihilation. After Hiroshima, the ability to deliver a nuclear device to its target faster than one’s enemy became the singular obsession of American war planners. And, so, in the earliest days of the Cold War, a highly classified program was conducted on a desolate air base in California’s Mojave Desert. Its aim: to push the envelope of flight to new frontiers. There gathered an extraordinary band of pilots – including Second World War aces Chuck Yeager and George Welch – who risked their lives flying experimental aircraft to reach Mach 1, the so-called sound barrier, which pilots called ‘the demon’. Officially, Yeager was the first to achieve supersonic flight, in the Bell X-1 ‘Glamorous Glennis’, but drawing on new interviews with survivors of the program, including Yeager’s former commander, as well as declassified files, Hampton presents evidence that George Welch, a daring fighter pilot who shot down a remarkable sixteen enemy aircraft during the Pacific War, likely met the demon first, though he was not favoured to wear the laurels, as he was now a civilian test pilot and not part of the government’s X-1 program. Acclaimed aviation historian and decorated fighter pilot Dan Hampton’s Chasing the Demon tells, for the first time, the extraordinary true story of mankind’s quest for Mach 1, setting the race between Yeager and Welch in the context of aviation history, so that the reader can learn and appreciate their accomplishments, as never before.
Science/History | TP | $32.99
The Spy in Moscow Station: a Counterspy’s Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat
Moscow in the late 1970s: one by one, CIA assets are disappearing. The perils of American arrogance, mixed with bureaucratic infighting, had left the country unspeakably vulnerable to ultra-sophisticated Russian electronic surveillance… The Spy in Moscow Station tells of a time when – much like today – Russian spy craft was proving itself far ahead of the best technology the US had to offer. This is the true story of unorthodox, underdog intelligence officers who fought an uphill battle against their government to prove that the KGB had pulled off the most devastating and breathtakingly thorough penetration of US national security in history. Incorporating declassified internal CIA memos and diplomatic cables, this suspenseful narrative reads like a thriller – but real lives were at stake, and every twist is true; as the US and USSR attempt to wrong foot each other, in eavesdropping technology and tradecraft. The book also carries a chilling warning for the present: like the State and CIA officers, who were certain their ‘sweeps’ could detect any threat in Moscow, we don’t know what we don’t know. Includes a foreword by Michael V Hayden (retired).
Espionage/History| TP | $29.99
Superbugs: the race to stop an epidemic
Drug-resistant bacteria – known as superbugs – are one of the biggest medical threats of our time. Here, a doctor, researcher, and ethics professor tells the exhilarating story of his race to beat them and save countless lives. When doctor Matt McCarthy first meets Jackson – a mechanic from Queens – it is in the ER, where he has come for treatment for an infected gunshot wound. Usually, antibiotics would be prescribed, but Jackson’s infection is one of a growing number of superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to known drugs. He only has one option, and if that doesn’t work, he may lose his leg or even his life. On the same day, McCarthy and his mentor Tom Walsh begin work on a ground-breaking clinical trial for a new antibiotic they believe will eradicate certain kinds of superbugs and demonstrate to Big Pharma that investment in these drugs can save millions of lives and prove financially viable. But there are countless hoops to jump through before they can begin administering the drug to patients, and for people, like Jackson, time is in short supply. Superbugs is a compelling tale of medical ingenuity. From the muddy trenches of the First World War, where Alexander Fleming searched for a cure for soldiers with infected wounds, to breakthroughs in antibiotics and antifungals today that could revolutionise how infections are treated, McCarthy takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through the history – and future – of medicine. Along the way, we meet patients like Remy, a teenage girl with a dangerous and rare infection; Donny, a retired firefighter with a compromised immune system; and Bill, the author’s own father-in-law, who contracts a deadly staph infection. And we learn about the ethics of medical research: why potentially life-saving treatments are often delayed for years to protect patients from exploitation. Can McCarthy get his trial approved and underway in time to save the lives of his countless patients infected with deadly bacteria, who have otherwise lost all hope?
Science | TP | $32.99
The Spy and the Traitor: the Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So, began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of spying. Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of espionage, betrayal and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever…
History | PBK | $22.99
Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
A powerful call to arms from an eminent environmentalist… Thirty years ago, environmentalist Bill McKibben’s bestselling The End of Nature – long regarded as a classic – was the first book to alert us to global warming. Now, in Falter, he suggests that the human game may have begun to play itself out. Climate change, robotics and artificial intelligence may spell the end of humanity as we know it. Unless we act, now. Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervour that keeps us from bringing them under control. Drawing on McKibben’s experience in building 350.org, the first global citizens’ movement to combat climate change, it offers some ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history, and we must face the reality or watch the civilisation, our forebears built, slip away. This is an inspiring and clearheaded guide to saving not only our planet, but also our humanity.
Science/Society and culture | TP | $34.99
Everything Is F*cked: a Book About Hope
We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been – we are freer, healthier, and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow, everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked – the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it’s Mark Manson. In 2016, Manson published The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (TP, $29.99), a book that brilliantly gave shape to the ever-present, low-level hum of anxiety that permeates modern living. He showed us that our maddening urge always to find happiness only serves to make us unhappier. And the ‘subtle art’ of that title turned out to be a bold challenge: to choose your struggle; to narrow and focus and find the pain you want to sustain. The result was a book that became an international phenomenon, selling millions of copies worldwide, while becoming the number one bestseller in thirteen countries. Now, Manson turns his gaze to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as on the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics; looks at our relationships with money, entertainment, and the internet; and reveals how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f*ck-did-that-come-from humour, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven’t considered before, openly defying our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom – and even of hope itself. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda, for years to come.
Philosophy | TP | $29.99
Bitcoin Billionaires: a True Story of Genius, Betrayal and Redemption
Ben Mezrich’s 2009 bestseller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook’s founding – and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network. Two of the story’s iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and legal foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers’ redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook – and the first great book from the world of bitcoin. Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money for fear of alienating Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into a shady character who tells them about a brand new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realise ‘crypto’ is, in their own words, ‘either the next big thing or total bulls**t.’ There’s nothing left to do but make a bet. From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission to the Facebook boardroom, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride, while illuminating a tantalising economic future. On November 26th, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here’s the story of how they got there – as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.
Business/Technology | TP | $32.99
Spitfire: a Very British Love Story
The iconic Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II. But what happened to the redoubtable fighter and its crews beyond the Battle of Britain, and why is it still so loved today? In late spring 1940, Nazi Germany’s domination of Europe had looked unstoppable. With the British Isles in easy reach since the fall of France, Adolf Hitler was convinced that Great Britain would be defeated in the skies over her southern coast, confident his Messerschmitts and Heinkels would outclass anything, the Royal Air Force threw at them. What Hitler hadn’t planned for was the agility and resilience of a marvel of British engineering that would quickly pass into legend – the Spitfire. Bestselling author John Nichol’s passionate portrait of this magnificent fighter aircraft, its many innovations and updates, and the people who flew and loved them, carries the reader beyond the dogfights over Kent and Sussex. Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire’s deployment during WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-Day beaches, it is always accessible, effortlessly entertaining and full of extraordinary spirit. Here are edge-of-the-seat stories and heart-stopping, first-hand accounts of battling pilots forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers, and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. Nichol takes the reader on a hair-raising, nail-biting and moving wartime history of the iconic Spitfire, populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and cheer.
Aviation history | PBK | $22.99
How to Change Your Mind: the New Science of Psychedelics
‘It’s as if we made entering gothic cathedrals illegal, or museums, or sunsets!’ When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. It promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. But in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counter-culture, all further research was banned. In recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of LSD, psilocybin, and DMT. Could these drugs in fact improve the lives of many people? Diving deep into this extraordinary world and putting himself forward as a guinea pig, Michael Pollan has written a remarkable history of psychedelics and a compelling portrait of the new generation of scientists fascinated by the implications of these drugs. How to Change Your Mind is a report from what could very well be the future of human consciousness.
Science | PBK | $22.99
Who’s Afraid of Artificial Intelligence?
Fear and Promise in the Age of Thinking Machines
Computer programs can recognise human faces more reliably than humans can. They’ve beat us in board games, which requires strategic thinking and intuition, and they bluff better than the world’s best poker players. At a breathtaking pace, machines are becoming more skilled at making complex decisions – often better and faster than us. In Who’s Afraid of Artificial Intelligence? – a concise guide to the most awe-inspiring AI achievements, as well as the most frightening – award-winning author Thomas Ramge expertly explains how machines are learning to learn. Ultimately, he tackles the greatest AI conundrum: What will become of us humans, when smart machines become more intelligent than us? What happens to the world when, in many ways, we’re made obsolete?
Technology/Society and culture | PBK | $16.99
Literary Paris: A Photographic Tour
An essential addition to the library of every book lover and Francophile, this unique love letter to Paris offers an immersive photographic stroll through its literary delights, from historic bookstores to hidden cafes. Paris in Color author Nichole Robertson turns her lens onto spots both legendary and little known, highlighting quiet moments that every book lover savours – inviting café scenes, comfy chairs, and enticing book nooks – as well as the weathered charm of places steeped in centuries of literary history. Quotes by great writers such as Balzac and Colette are interspersed throughout, while a timeline and an index of featured locations round out the volume. This bijou treasure of a book will inspire every creative soul who dreams of following in the footsteps of their literary heroes.
History/Literature/Travel | HC | $29.99
How Democracy Ends
All political systems come to an end, even democracies – David Runciman shows us how to recognise the signs and how to think about what might come next. Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We know what that looks like: chaos descends, and the military arrives to restore order; until the people can be trusted to look after their own affairs again. Often, that moment never comes, but there is a danger that this picture is out of date. Until very recently, most citizens of Western democracies would have imagined that the end was a long way off, and very few would have thought it might be happening before their eyes as Trump, Brexit, and paranoid populism have become a reality. Are we looking for a better way of doing politics, or are we looking for something better than politics? David Runciman, one of the UK’s leading professors of politics, answers all this and more as he surveys the political landscape of the West, helping us to recognise the signs of a collapsing democracy and advising us on what to do next. ‘Scintillating… thought provoking… Runciman’s flair for turning a pithy and pungent phrase is one of the things to admire about his writing. The cogency, subtlety and style with which he teases out the paradoxes and perils faced by democracy makes this one of the very best of the great crop of recent books on the subject.’ – Observer.
Politics/Society and culture | PBK | $22.99
Hitler’s Last Plot: the 139 VIP Hostages Selected for Death in the Final Days of World War II
Sayer, Ian & Dronfield, Jeremy
Revealed for the first time: how the SS rounded up the Nazis’ most prominent prisoners to serve as human shields for Hitler, in the last days of World War II… In April 1945, as Germany faced defeat, Hitler planned to round up the Third Reich’s most valuable prisoners and send them to his ‘Alpine Fortress’, where he and the SS would keep the hostages as they made a last stand against the Allies. The prisoners included European presidents, prime ministers, generals, British secret agents, and German anti-Nazi clerics, celebrities, and officers who had aided the July 1944 bomb plot, against Hitler – and the prisoners’ families. Orders were given to the SS: if the German military situation deteriorated, the prisoners were to be executed – all 139 of them. So began a tense, deadly drama. As some prisoners plotted escape, others prepared for the inevitable, and their SS guards grew increasingly volatile, drunk, and trigger happy, as defeat loomed. As a dramatic confrontation between the SS and the Wehrmacht threatened the hostages caught in the middle, the US Army launched a frantic rescue bid to save the hostages, before the axe fell. Drawing on previously unpublished and overlooked sources, Hitler’s Last Plot is the first full account of this astounding and shocking story, from the original round-up order to the prisoners’ terrifying ordeal and ultimate rescue. Told in a thrilling, page-turning narrative, this is one of World War II’s most fascinating episodes.
History | HC | $39.99
Einstein’s War: How Relativity Conquered Nationalism and Shook the World
In 1916, Arthur Eddington, a war-weary British astronomer, opened a letter written by an obscure German professor, named Einstein. The neatly printed equations on the scrap of paper outlined his world-changing theory of general relativity. Until then Einstein’s masterpiece of time and space had been trapped behind the physical and ideological lines of battle, unknown. Einstein’s name is now synonymous with ‘genius’, but it was not an easy road. He spent a decade creating relativity and his ascent to international celebrity, which saw him on the front of papers around the world in 1919, also owed much to Eddington – who he only met after the war – and to international collaboration. We usually think of scientific discovery as a flash of individual inspiration, whereas here we see it is the result of hard work, gambles and wrong turns and all the while subject to the petty concerns of nations, religions, and individuals. Einstein’s War teaches us about science through history, and the physics is more accessible as a result. We see relativity – built, brick by brick, in front of us – as it happened, 100 years ago.
Science/History | TP | $35.00
Power, People and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent
We all have the sense that the American economy – and its government – tilts toward big business, but as Joseph E Stiglitz explains in his powerful new book, People, Power, and Profits, the situation is dire. A few corporations have come to dominate entire sectors of the economy, contributing to skyrocketing inequality and slow growth. This is how the financial industry has managed to write its own regulations, tech companies have accumulated reams of personal data with little oversight, and our government has negotiated trade deals that fail to represent the best interests of workers. Too many have made their wealth through exploitation of others rather than through wealth creation. If something isn’t done, new technologies may make matters worse, increasing inequality and unemployment. Stiglitz identifies the true sources of wealth and of increases in standards of living, based on learning, advances in science and technology, and the rule of law. He shows that the assault on the judiciary, universities, and the media undermines the very institutions that have long been the foundation of America’s economic might and its democracy. Helpless though we may feel, today, citizens are far from powerless. In fact, the economic solutions are often quite clear. We need to exploit the benefits of markets while taming their excesses, making sure that markets work for us – the US citizens – and not the other way around. If we rally behind the agenda for change outlined in this book, it may not be too late to create a progressive capitalism that will recreate a shared prosperity. Stiglitz shows how a middle-class life can once again be attainable by all. An authoritative account of the predictable dangers of free market fundamentalism and the foundations of progressive capitalism, People, Power, and Profits shows us an America in crisis, but also lights a path through this challenging time.
Economics | HC | $45.00
The Planet Factory: Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth
Forget about rockets to Mars – the future of space science lies with the search for exoplanets. Fifteen years ago, the search for planets – and life – outside the Solar System was a job restricted to science-fiction writers. Now, it’s one of the fastest-growing fields in astronomy; more than 4,600 of these ‘exoplanets’ have been discovered to date. There have been some truly stunning recent discoveries, predominantly through the findings of the Kepler Space Telescope, not least the fact that there seem to be planetary systems around pretty much every star. So, what are these worlds like? Some of them are mind boggling – planets that orbit binary stars, giant ‘hot’ jupiters that orbit closer to their stars than Mercury is to the sun, earth-like planets that orbit dying, purple-coloured stars, shrinking planets with tails like a giant comet. The diversity is incredible, and growing. And then of course, there’s the ultimate prize – an earth-sized planet in what’s known as the ‘goldilocks’ zone, the right distance from its star for water to be liquid and, perhaps, for life to occur. Such a planet hasn’t been found so far, but it is probably a matter of time. The Planet Factory tells the story of exoplanets and exoplanetary research. It discusses their way planets form, what their structure is and what features they exhibit, and describes in detail the detection techniques used to find them, before looking at what we can learn about surface environments and planetary atmospheres, and whether this hints at the tantalising possibility of life.
Science | PBK | $22.99
Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
In September 2008, the Great Financial Crisis, triggered by the collapse of Lehman brothers, shook the world. A decade later its spectre still haunts us. As the appalling scope and scale of the crash was revealed, the financial institutions that had symbolised the West’s triumph since the end of the Cold War, seemed – through greed, malice and incompetence – to be about to bring the entire system to its knees. Crashed is a brilliantly original and assured analysis of what happened and how we were rescued from something even worse – but at a price which continues to undermine democracy across Europe and the United States. Gnawing away at our institutions are the many billions of dollars which were conjured up to prevent complete collapse. Over and over again, the end of the crisis has been announced, but it continues to hound us – whether in Greece or Ukraine; whether through Brexit, or Trump. Adam Tooze follows the trail like no previous writer and has written a book compelling as history, as economic analysis and as political horror story.
Economics | PBK | $26.99
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
Wallace Johnson, Kirk
One summer evening in 2009, twenty-year-old musical prodigy Edwin Rist broke into the Natural History Museum at Tring, home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world. Once inside, Rist grabbed as many rare bird specimens as he was able to carry before escaping into the darkness. Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist-deep in a river, in New Mexico, when his fly-fishing guide first told him about the heist. But what would possess a person to steal dead birds? And had Rist paid for his crime? In search of answers, Johnson embarked upon a worldwide investigation, leading him into the fiercely secretive underground community obsessed with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Was Edwin Rist a genius or narcissist? Mastermind or pawn?
True crime | PBK | $19.99
Superstition and Science: Mystics, Sceptics, Truth-Seekers and Charlatans
Between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, Europe changed, out of all recognition. Particularly transformative, was the ardent quest for knowledge and the astounding discoveries and inventions which resulted from it. The movement of blood round the body; the movement of the earth round the sun; the velocity of falling objects (and, indeed, why objects fall) – these and numerous other mysteries had been solved by scholars in earnest pursuit of Scientia. This fascinating account of the profound changes undergone by Europe between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment will cover ground including folk religion and its pagan past; Catholicism and its saintly dogma; alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy; Islamic and Jewish traditions; and the discovery of new countries, and cultures. By the mid-seventeenth century, ‘science mania’ had set in; the quest for knowledge had become a pursuit of cultured gentlemen. In 1663, the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge received its charter. Three years later, the French Academy of Sciences was founded. Most other European capitals were not slow to follow suit. In 1725, we encounter the first use of the word ‘science’ meaning ‘a branch of study concerned either with a connected body of demonstrated truths or with observed facts systematically classified’. Yet, it was only nine years since the last witch had been executed in Britain – a reminder that, although the relationship of people to their environment was changing profoundly, deep-rooted fears and attitudes remained strong.
History/Science/Religion/Philosophy | PBK | $24.99