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The Encyclopedia of New York

The Encyclopedia of New York

Author: The Editors of New York Magazine Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2020

The must-have guide to pop culture, history, and world-changing ideas that started in New York City, from the magazine at the center of it all. Since the first Dutch settlers set up shop in 1624, New York City has been a place that creates things. What began as a trading post for beaver pelts soon transformed into a hub of technological, social, and cultural innovation-but beyond fostering literal inventions like the elevator (in Cooper Union in 1853), Q-Tips (by Polish immigrant Leo Gerstenzang in 1927), General Tso's Chicken (reimagined for American tastes in the 1970s by one of its Hunanese creators), the singles bar (1965 on the Upper East Side), and Scrabble (1931 in Jackson Heights, Queens), the city has given birth to or perfected idioms, forms, and ways of thinking that have changed the world, from Abstract Expressionism, Broadway, and baseball to hip-hop, news blogs, neoconservatism, and the concept of downtown. Those creations and more are all collected in The Encyclopedia of New York, a colorful A-to-Z compendium of the unexpected origin stories, hidden histories, and must-see lists from the greatest city in the world, compiled by the editors of New York magazine (a city invention itself, since 1968), and featuring contributions from top-tier contributors like Rebecca Traister, Jerry Saltz, Frank Rich, and more. Here, you will find something fascinating and uniquely New York on every page: a history of the city's skyline, accompanied by a tour guide's list of the best things about every visitable observation deck; the rises of positive thinking and punk music; an ode to alternate-side-of-the-street parking; the oddest object to be found at Ripley's Believe It or Not!; musical theater next to muckraking and mugging; and, the unbelievable revelation that English muffins were created on...West Twentieth Street. Whether you are a lifelong resident, excited newcomer, or armchair traveler, this is the only guidebook you'll need, straight from the people who know New York best.

Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities

Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities

Author: Charles Russell Coulter, Patricia Turner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2020

Throughout history, humans have pondered the question of their existence. In nearly every society, part of the answer has included some form of god or goddess. For the Mayans, one such deity was Ajtzak, who tried to create humans from wood; for the Yorubas of Africa, Shango controlled the thunder and lightning. The Chinese of the Shang dynasty era worshipped Shang Ti. Evil deities were also part of the answer, as in the case of the Kuvera, the Hindu chief of evil in the Vedic period, and Tu, the Persian or Islamic demon of fatal accidents. All of the known ancient gods, many heretofore obscure or known only from mythological literature, are included in this exhaustive reference work. The focus is on their origins, histories, and functions. The people who believed in each deity are identified, along with alternate names or spellings both old and modern. The descriptions that follow are of the functions, origins and physical nature of the deities. Extensive cross references are provided for alternate spellings and names.

Guinness World Records 2021

Guinness World Records 2021

Author: Guinness World Records Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

All aboard Guinness World Records 2021 for a life-changing journey of discovery! This year, we're devoting a chapter to the history of exploration, starting with the story of the very first circumnavigation, along with our History of Adventure timeline, featuring a host of remarkable achievements. The fully revised and updated best-seller is packed with thousands of incredible new feats across the widest spectrum of topics, providing a whistle-stop tour of our superlative universe. Our ever-expanding pool of international consultants and experts help us make sense of the world around us and the cosmos beyond. So join us as we embark on a voyage through the vast panorama of record-breaking in 12 fact-packed chapters: * Travel through the Solar System and see the planets come to life with a free augmented-reality feature * Encounter the cutest, weirdest, most dangerous and exotic creatures on our home planet * Meet the world's tallest, shortest, hairiest and heaviest humans * Marvel at the latest high scores, speed runs and players at the top of their game in eSports and beyond * Get the lowdown on the world's most successful and prolific actors, musicians, TV stars and influencers * Review the greatest sports achievements from the past year and celebrate today's top athletes We've also selected the best of the newly approved claims from the 50,000 applications received from the public over the past 12 months. But don't just be a tourist: try some of our specially created try-at-home challenges that could see YOU listed in the world-famous book of records. If you want to be one of those lucky few, check out our Against the Clock chapter - we might even see you in next year's edition!

American Heroes

American Heroes

Author: Dewayne Dean Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2020

This second edition of American Heroes comes at a time in history when the term hero is more subjective than ever. Not all heroes are the spotless paragons envisioned in fiction or in old history books. In today's world, the information age and dwindling privacy position many of our modern heroes against their very human flaws - perhaps making their accomplishments all the more remarkable.

Encyclopedia of Invasions & Conquests

Encyclopedia of Invasions & Conquests

Author: Paul K. Davis Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/08/2020

This is a comprehensive guide to over 170 invasions, conquests, battles and occupations, from ancient times to the present. Throughout history, invasions and conquests have played a remarkable role in shaping our world and defining our boundaries, both physically and culturally. Arranged by historical period, each chapter begins with a map to help readers locate key areas and geographical features, followed by A-Z entries with bibliographical references. Complete and comprehensive coverage, with new articles on 21st-century invasions in Russia, Ukraine, and North Vietnam, plus a wide variety of additional historic essays. Categories of entries invlude Countries, Invasions & Conquests, and Individuals, to provide a well-rounded overview of all aspects of invasions, including their political, economic, religious, and cultural ramifications. The entries on Leaders-among them Sargon, Alexander the Great, William the Conquerer, and Adolf Hitler-deal with people who sought to gain control, expand power, or exert religious or political influence over others through military means. Other useful features include cross-references, a cumulative biography, and a comprehensive subject index.

Opinions Throughout History

Opinions Throughout History

Author: Micah Issit Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/08/2020

This new series from Grey House offers in-depth, single volumes that follow the debate, or path, to a decision on a controversial topic as it evolved throughout history. Each volume offers a wide range of opinion essays and editorials, speeches, and journal articles and expert analysis.

Principles of Sociology: Societal Issues and Behavior

Principles of Sociology: Societal Issues and Behavior

Author: Kimberly Ortiz-Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2020

This volume includes topics that relate to society and behavior. The articles are divided within categories and explore how these topics affect American culture on a widespread level.Principles of Sociology: Societal Issues & Behavior is the third title in Salem's Principles of Sociology series. This series is intended to introduce students and researchers to the fundamentals of important and far-reaching topics in sociology using easy-to-understand language.The field of sociology is vital in the world we live in today, and relevant in many social groupings and behaviors. This work includes categories such as Deviance & Social Control, Race & Ethnicity, Sex, Gender & Sexuality, Society & Technology, and Sociology of Health & Medicine. The 114 topics within these categories include:Control Theory of DevianceMedia & CrimePrison SystemAssimilationInstitutional PrejudiceTechnology & MedicineWeapons of Mass DestructionChild ObesityPublic Health IssuesGender and Sexual Orientation in the WorkplaceKinsey ReportSexual HarassmentTeen PregnancyRational Choice TheoryVictim BlamingThe Digital DivideRace, Ethnicity & Income InequalityAnti-Vaccination MovementBody Image and the MediaContemporary Theories of Sexual OrientationThe entries in this volume are arranged in five major sections, and then A to Z within each, making it easy to find the topic of interest. Each entry includes the following:Abstract giving a brief introduction to the topic;Overview that presents key terms and concepts;Clear, concise presentation of the topic, including a discussion of applications and issues;Definitions of key Terms & Concepts;Bibliography for further reading.The back matter in Societal Issues & Behavior contains a thorough and valuable index.The essays in this volume are written for a varied audience. Our goals include attention to clarity and avoidance of unnecessary jargon. For those readers who desire more specific information on any one topic, each essay includes a list of entries for further reading. Principles of Sociology: Societal Issues & Behavior is, as are all Salem Press titles, available in print, as an e-book and on https://online.salempress.com.

Principles of Sociology: Group Relationships & Behavior

Principles of Sociology: Group Relationships & Behavior

Author: Kimberly Ortiz-Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2020

This volume discusses the difference between how groups operate versus how individuals behave. Principles of Sociology: Group Relationships & Behavior is the second title in Salem's Principles of Sociology series. This series is intended to introduce students and researchers to the fundamentals of important and far-reaching topics in sociology using easy-to-understand language. The field of sociology is vital in the world we live in today, and relevant in many social groupings and behaviors. This work includes categories such as: Social Movements & Collective Behavior, Stratification & Class in the U.S., Social Interaction in Groups & Organizations, and Sociology of Religion. The entries in this volume are arranged in an A to Z order by section, making it easy to find the topic of interest. Each entry includes the following: Abstract giving a brief introduction to the topic; Overview that presents key terms and concepts; Clear, concise presentation of the topic, including a discussion of applications and issues; Definitions of key Terms & Concepts; Bibliography for further reading. The back matter in Principles of Sociology: Group Relationships & Behavior contains a thorough and valuable index. The essays in this volume are written for a varied audience. Our goals include attention to clarity and avoidance of unnecessary jargon. For those readers who desire more specific information on any one topic, each essay includes a list of entries for further reading.

Principles of Sociology: Personal Relationships and Behavior

Principles of Sociology: Personal Relationships and Behavior

Author: Kimberly Ortiz-Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2020

Principles of Sociology: Personal Relationships & Behavior provides valuable information and ideas about different aspects of personal relationships and behavior. Articles discuss these topics through the lens of sociology and offer understanding through how they impact people on an individual and social level. Principles of Sociology: Personal Relationships & Behavior is the first title in Salem's Principles of Sociology series. The next two volumes are Group Relationships & Behavior and Societal Issues & Behavior. This series is intended to introduce students and researchers to the fundamentals of important and far-reaching topics in sociology using easy-to-understand language. The field of sociology is vital in the world we live in today, and relevant in many social groupings and behaviors. This work includes categories such as Day-to-Day Interaction, Family & Relationships, Socialization, Social Change, and Aging & Elderly Issues. The entries in this volume are arranged in an A to Z order by section, making it easy to find the topic of interest. Each entry includes the following: Abstract giving a brief introduction to the topic; Overview that presents key terms and concepts; Clear, concise presentation of the topic, including a discussion of applications and issues; Definitions of key Terms & Concepts; Bibliography for further reading. The back matter in Principles of Sociology: Personal Relationships & Behavior contains a thorough and valuable index.

The South China Sea Conflict

The South China Sea Conflict

Author: HW Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2020

This volume will deal with the ongoing territorial dispute in the South China Sea where numerous countries lay claim to fishing waters and exclusive economic zones in Southeast Asia. At issue is China's historical claim to lucrative fisheries and supply routes. The contested area concerns six nations, one third of global maritime traffic, untapped oil and natural gas reserves, military buildup and 5 trillion dollars worth of trade. The volume will explore the economic, diplomatic, military and environmental impact of resolving this conflict.

Opinions Throughout History: National Security vs. Civil & Privacy Rights

Opinions Throughout History: National Security vs. Civil & Privacy Rights

Author: Grey House Publishing Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2020

National Security vs. Civil & Privacy Rights, the first topic tackled in this new series, couldn't come at a better time in history. This volume offers a sweeping overview of the shifting tensions and public opinions fuelled by Americans' expectations of privacy vs. their collective desire for national security. Beginning with the seminal Privacy Rights article in Harvard Law Review in 1898, and ending with a recent Pew survey on Americans' Attitudes about Privacy, Security and Surveillance, this first volume makes for a remarkable debut, and illustrates the dramatic shift of opinion, sparked by significant events, including perceived Communist threat, the publication of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, 9.11, and the rash of recent terrorist attacks all around the world. Diving into how far the government has gone and should go in the name of national security, this volume analyses primary and secondary source documents such as Supreme Court decisions, articles from respected periodicals, and legislation. Coverage includes domestic spying, Apple's refusal to help with back door access of the iPhone, and the differences between President Obama's and President Trump's surveillance states. Readers will read first hand of the current challenges to both privacy and national security that pit fears of an emerging surveillance state against a need for national security in a dangerous world. Each chapter includes an introduction and conclusion, bulleted topics covered, expert analysis of the featured document, and discussion questions. The volume includes Primary and Secondary Sources, Timeline, Glossary, Historical Snapshot, Bibliography, and Index. This exciting new series offers a wide range of insights into long-standing issues that Americans are most concerned about, and those that have encouraged vigorous debate among politicians and citizens at large. Using carefully chosen original documents that cover a wide time span, Opinions Throughout History weaves a thoughtful and easy-to-understand analysis of how public opinion is formed and evolves, starting the discussion at an historical, seminal moment, and ending with where we stand today. Each volume includes a wide variety - about 30 in all -- of primary and secondary sources, including opinion essays, editorials, speeches, journal articles, court cases and legislation. Documents are reprinted - entirely or excerpted - and supported by detailed narrative written by expert historian Micah Issitt. These important documents are the cornerstone of each chapter, which features: * An informative Introduction that sets up the focus of the chapter, highlighting the primary source that is analysed; * A list of Topics Covered in the chapter; * The Primary Source Document, clearly indicated and fully cited; * Thoughtful Analysis, averaging 1,500 words - that digs into specific sections of the document; * Sidebars that offer valuable background information; * Photos, cartoons, posters to support the topic and provide fun and informative visuals; * A Conclusion that summaries the chapter and reiterates main points; * Discussion Questions to help guide further conversation and debate about these current topics; * Works Used to make additional research easy. In addition, front matter of Opinions Throughout History includes a detailed Timeline of significant events that impacted policy and public opinion, and back matter includes an extensive Historical Snapshot that offers an interesting list of significant firsts -- events, books, movies, legislation, trends - offering a snapshot of what was happening in the U.S. while public opinion was evolving - a Glossary of terms related to national security, and a Bibliography. A detailed Indexcloses the volume.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Author: Charles Reagan Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2020

This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture offers a timely, authoritative, and interdisciplinary exploration of issues related to social class in the South from the colonial era to the present. With introductory essays by J. Wayne Flynt and by editors Larry J. Griffin and Peggy G. Hargis, the volume is a comprehensive, stand-alone reference to this complex subject, which underpins the history of the region and shapes its future. In 58 thematic essays and 103 topical entries, the contributors explore the effects of class on all aspects of life in the South-its role in Indian removal, the Civil War, the New Deal, and the civil rights movement, for example, and how it manifested in religion, sports, country and gospel music, and matters of gender. Artisans and the working class, indentured workers and steelworkers, the Freedman's Bureau and the Knights of Labour are all examined. This volume provides a full investigation of social class in the region and situates class concerns at the centre of our understanding of Southern culture.