Chronicles the human drama behind the evolution of finance from its origins in Mesopotamia to the modern world's most recent upheavals, in an account that covers such topics as the stock market bubble that prompted the French Revolution, the theories behind common investment vehicles, and the reasons why the free market is failing to protect Hurricane Katrina victims. 75,000 first printing.
From Mutiny on the Bounty to a Modern-day Legacy of Sexual Mayhem, the Dark Secrets of Pitcairn Island Revealed
Remote Pitcairn Island, a place of towering cliffs and lashing surf, is home to descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty crew, who fled there with a group of Tahitian maidens after deposing Captain Bligh in 1789. Shrouded in myth, the island was considered a tropical Shangri-La by outsiders—but as the world discovered two centuries later, it was also a place of sinister secrets. In 2000, police descended on the British territory to investigate an allegation of child rape, and uncovered a trail of child abuse dating back at least three generations. Most islanders, including the victims' mothers, claimed it was the Pitcairn "way of life." The ensuing trials commanded worldwide attention and tore the close-knit, interrelated community apart. Journalist Kathy Marks lived on Pitcairn for six weeks and observed how the tiny, claustrophobic community ticked: the gossip, the feuding, the intimacy—and the power dynamics that had allowed the abuse to flourish.—From publisher description.
Presents an argument in defense of private property in the age of digital culture, sharing observations about how significant differences in generation values has compromised ownership rights and copyright protections.
An insider's exposé of corrupt activities within the African National Congress charges Mandela's successor Thabo Mbeki with repressing debate within the party, imposing AIDS denialism, and refusing to speak out against a controversial multibillion-dollar arms deal, in an account that traces the contentious trial of deputy president Jacob Zuma.
Drawing on research and demographic data, a noted journalist reveals how Americans have been sorting themselves into homogeneous communities over the past three decades, and analyzes the implications of this way-of-life segregation in terms of the cultural, political, and ideological divisiveness and polarization that exists in America today.
A lighthearted assessment of human relics that have become sacred objects in a variety of faiths is told through a series of pilgrimage tales, including a Californian's visit to a Jerusalem convent in search of a nun's disembodied hand, a French forensics expert's metro journey with a saint's rib, and the ticket-collecting duties of a pair of brothers at a Syrian mosque.
Tells the story of post-apartheid South Africa, from the hopeful reconciliation of Nelson Mandela's rule to the disappointments of Thabo Mbeki's administration to the possible election of Jacob Zuma as president.
A whimsically sarcastic guide to romance novels by the founders of the "Smart Bitches, Trashy Books" blog draws on the insights of famous authors to explore how the genre has influenced gender and sexual roles in society, evaluates the ways in which romance novels can be part of an empowered woman's life, and counsels aspiring writers on how to discover one's inner Viking warrior. Original.