A cultural history of Lahore's dancing girls profiles their existence in the shadow of a great mosque within the Diamond Market, discussing how their sophisticated art encompasses some of the best of Mughal culture and offering insight into life within the pleasure district as reflected by the experiences of a classically trained young dancer. 30,000 first printing.
An analysis of the obesity epidemic in the African-American community draws on home wisdom and the author's experience of losing her sister after gastric bypass surgery, exploring the historical and cultural roots of obesity among black women while sharing practical guidelines on weight loss and living a balanced lifestyle. Reprint.
An account of the interconnected technology, transportation, and utility systems supporting New York City pairs detailed graphic images with explanations of behind-the-scenes mechanisms and processes for key structures and everyday arenas.
The public radio personality tells the story of his Kurdish translator—Ahmad Shawkat—who survived the Iran-Iraq War only to be imprisoned, tortured, and eventually murdered by Saddam's secret police.
The movie business celebrates its creators, but what about the "names" behind Doom, The Sims, Donkey Kong, Grand Theft Auto—the games that spawned a ten-billion-dollar industry whose revenues surpassed the domestic movie box office take five years ago? Videogames are no longer a quirky subculture, but a bona fide mainstream industry revolutionizing the way we teach, learn, communicate. This book delves into the videogame explosion, where computer technology is fused with artistic creativity. From the hackers at MIT in the 1960s to the Ferrari-driving developers of the modern-day industry to professional "cyberathletes," we meet the celebrities of the gaming world. It's a trip through the trade conventions, gaming competitions, and design labs; an up-close and personal look at the egos, the battles, the one-upmanship, and the love of the chase fueling these innovators who are creating the worlds in which we're going to play for the next century.—From publisher description.
The editor and publisher of Foreign Policy magazine provides a thought-provoking look at how smugglers and traffickers, backed by powerful, well-financed networks, have affected the global economy, examining the interconnections among a variety of such illegal enterprises and their operations and emphasizing the need to stop them. 25,000 first printing.
In an amusing look at the world of sexual politics, the author of Bushworld explores the changing dynamics and complexities of gender relations in the modern world, covering such topics as online dating, the American obsession with aging and appearance, and why men may be biologically unsuited to hold higher office. 250,000 first printing.
The author of The History of God and In the Beginning: A New Reading of Genesis offers a useful, well-written introduction to mythology from the Paleolithic period to the "Great Western Transformation" that used science to discredit myth.
Chronicles three hundred years in the evolution of the United States through an unusual compilation of personal ads, from the colonial period's earliest printed advertisements to today's Internet website postings.
An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the strengths and abilities that enabled his election and describes how he used those same abilities to rally former opponents to win the Civil War.
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president and author of Sharing Good Times shares his personal views on moral values as they relate to key issues today, evaluating the controversial and increasing intersection between religious and political arenas. 250,000 first printing.