By Julian Flanders
Understanding the history and significance of today's political climate can be confusing and daunting. Politics Hacks is here to give you quick definitions and background on 100 key political theories from the last 1,000 years.Each idea is broken down into three stages:1/ The helicopter view, which gives you an introduction to the idea, and some context around it. 2/ The shortcut, which gives you the core elements of the theory, along with a range of examples that everyone can understand. 3/ The hack, which is a one-liner designed to stick in your memory and give you an instant grasp of the concept.Whether you quickly want to get to grips with globalization, understand the Electoral College, or understand post-truth politics, this book is the perfect way to speedy enlightenment.
By Robert Arp, Martin Cohen
Discover the simple way to understand and remember the most groundbreaking concepts in 3,000 years of philosophical thought. Each idea is broken down into three stages: 1/ The helicopter view, which gives you an introduction to the idea, and some context around it. 2/ The shortcut, which gives you the core elements of the theory, along with a range of examples that everyone can understand. 3/ The hack, which is a one-liner designed to stick in your memory and give you an instant grasp of the concept.From Pascal's Wager to Kant's categorical imperative, and from Camus's Existential Nihilism to Arendt's Banality of Evil, there are 100 concepts explained. The perfect introduction to philosophy, this is a great new way to learn about the most important philosophical ideas and concepts in a way that makes them easy to recall even months after reading the book.
By Barry Stone
1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die is the perfect guide to the world's most exhilarating walks. The ever-increasing passion for recreational walking is given fresh impetus with the creation of each new national park and wilderness area, the construction of every new walkway and the clearing of another fresh trail. The growth in popularity of pathways and woodland walks, and the conversion of canal banks and disused railways around the world to mixed-use walkand cycle-ways, means we now have unprecedented access to our cities and to ever-increasing tracts of our rural heritage. The wide-ranging, carefully chosen featured routes vary from the rugged delights of Wales's Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to the lush wilderness of Jamaica and the Harz Witches' Trail high in the German mountains. The hand-picked excursions cover overland paths, urban trails, mountain passes, coastal and shoreline strolls, and walks that explore the heritage of the world's most culturally rich destinations. There are gentle walks for beginners - some lasting barely an hour - and more demanding challenges for seasoned enthusiasts that will take months to achieve. Every page provides a wealth of information about a must-try walk, including start and end points, overall distance, difficulty rating, terrain and an estimation of the time it should take to complete, along with links to specially commissioned digital route maps. In short, 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die is an essential reference guide for all those who love to get out of their cars, get off their bikes and lace up their walking shoes.
1001 Road Trips To Drive Before You Die
By Darryl Sleath
1001 Road Trips You Must Experience Before You Die is the perfect guide to the world's most breathtaking drives. The wide-ranging, carefully chosen featured road trips vary in length and severity, from an epic tour on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way to a short blast around Monaco's famous F1 street circuit. The hand-picked drives cover mountain passes, coastal highways, motorsport circuits and trips inspired by music, film and literature. Must-see stop-offs and detours along the journey's route are included. Every page provides a wealth of information to assist in planning a drive, including overall distance, start and finish points, and links to specially commissioned digital route maps.1001 Road Trips You Must Experience Before You Die is an essential reference guide for all those to whom the sight of a key fob represents a world of possibilities - the chance to see fresh horizons, meet new people and expand one's mind. With this book to inspire you, it is time to get on the road and see the world.
1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
By Mark Irving
With more than 300,000 copies sold worldwide in 15 languages, this newly revised and updated edition of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die brings you right up to date with an incisive look at the world's best paintings. From Ancient Egyptian wall paintings to contemporary Western canvases, this book is truly comprehensive in scope and beautiful to leaf through. Within its pages you will see displayed 1001 of the most memorable, haunting, powerful, important, controversial and visually arresting paintings that have ever been created. More than 400 twentieth- and twenty-first-century paintings are reproduced in these pages, including new works from contemporary galleries. Entertaining and informative text written by an international team of artists, curators, art critics and art collectors illuminates both the paintings and the people who painted them. An insightful review accompanies a beautiful reproduction of every painting - an enviable art collection to dip into whenever you please. The book is organized chronologically, so you will discover fascinating and surprising juxtapositions as well as pleasing similarities as you turn the sumptuous pages. The paintings are also listed by artist and by title, making it easy to find a specific painting or trace the development of one painter's work. Accompany Professor Stephen Farthing on his personal guided tour of the paintings everyone should strive to see in a lifetime. Many are easily accessible - either in well-known galleries, such as the Louvre in Paris or MoMA in New York, or in smaller, more intimate collections across the far reaches of the globe. Every one of them is worth planning to see.
1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die
Time-honoured, luxurious and naturally made, whisky has a noble heritage unparalleled by any other spirit. 1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die takes you on a fascinating global whisky tour - from Scotland and Ireland through North America, Japan, India and the rest of the world, providing insight into the 1001 best and most exciting whiskies ever made - from the established classics, such as Scotland's Springbank, to emerging greats from Japan.Each evocative review traces the heritage of the single malt, grain, blend or bourbon selected, and reveals the particular production methods used in its formation. Detailed and tantalizing tasting notes complete the text - whether tempting your palate with light citrusy flavours, warm, spicy overtones, or hints of everything from earthy peat and bitter chocolate to sweet syrup. An invaluable resource for whisky afficionados everywhere, 1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die explores the traditional tipple's incredible diversity, introduces you to a host of often new, and sometimes rare, finds, and is sure to enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of the drink in all its forms. A unique and inspirational guide to the mouthwatering world of whisky.
By Robert Dimery
From 'Eight Miles High' to 'Empire State of Mind', from Mississippi to Mali and from Ella Fitzgerald to Elton John, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die picks through nearly a century of music to bring you an inspiring selection of some of the greatest recordings ever made. Each entry in this wonderfully browsable book tells the story of a great song. Find out what inspired the songwriter, what makes the track so enduring, which songs it influenced in turn and which cover version to listen out for. You will also pick up a wealth of fascinating trivia along the way. What links Lead Belly, Lonnie Donegan and 'Black Betty'? Whose gravestone inspired Phil Spector's first hit? And for which song did Johnny Rotten replace the singer from Def Leppard? Read on and find out. Love your music? Then you need 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die in your life.
1001 Guitars to Dream of Playing Before You Die
By Terry Burrows
Never before have so many guitars been profiled within a single illustrated volume. 1001 Guitars To Dream Of Playing Before You Die showcases the greatest instruments from across the globe: some are of historical or cultural significance and some were made famous by well-known musicians; others are included as examples of technological breakthroughs, innovative design or extraordinary sound quality. From the earliest models produced by Belchior Dias in the sixteenth century to the latest Gibson "Robot" series of guitars with computer-controlled self-tuning capabilities and onboard sound-processing features, 1001 Guitars To Dream Of Playing Before You Die tells the fascinating stories behind the creation of each one. A striking colour photograph of each guitar is accompanied by specification details and illuminating text that traces the guitar's history and reveals which famous musicians like to play the instrument and on what albums it can be heard.Chronologically structured, this visually stunning reference will enable you to trace the evolution of the guitar in sound and design and observe how and why it has altered over time. It is certain to be essential reading for guitar aficionados, guitar players and all those with an affection for this influential, beautiful and diverse instrument.
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
By Steven Jay Schneider
With more than 1.75 million copies sold worldwide in thirty languages, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die celebrates the great and groundbreaking, a treasure trove of incisive, witty and revealing insights. Spanning more than a century of extraordinary cinema, this comprehensive volume brings together some of the most significant movies from every country andall genres, from action to Western, through animation, comedy, documentary, musical, thriller, noir, short, romance and sci-fi. Newly revised and updated, this definitive edition features 500 original movie posters and hundreds of stunning movie stills. Quotes from movie directors and critics, together with little-known facts, complement the incisive reviews and vital statistics of each movie to make this the most fact-filled edition ever. So, whether your passion is rom-com or art house, The Blue Angel or Blue Velvet, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is bound to become the only film book to which you will ever turn.
By Simon Brew
TV Geek recounts the fascinating stories of cult-classic series, reveals the nerdy Easter eggs hidden in TV show sets, and demonstrates the awe-inspiring power of fandom, which has even been known to raise TV series from the dead. Subjects include:- How the live-action Star Wars TV show fell apart- The logistics and history of the crossover episode- The underrated geeky TV shows of the 1980s- The hidden details of Game of Thrones- Five Scandinavian crime thrillers that became binge hits - The Walking Dead, and the power of fandomTV series now have the same budgets, stars, audience figures and cultural impact as Hollywood movies, and TV Geek provides an insightful look at the fascinating history, facts and anecdotes behind the greatest (and not-so-great) shows.This is the ultimate, nerdy television guide for TV geeks everywhere.
Michael Jackson: All the Songs
By François Allard, Richard Lecocq
This is the full story of every single song that Michael Jackson recorded and released during his long and remarkable solo career.With fascinating stories and detailed information on every track - as well as key early songs with The Jackson Five and his legendary dance moves and videos - All the Songs is the complete unofficial history of one of the greatest musical legacies of all time.Arranged chronologically by album, expert authors Lecocq and Allard explore the details behind early hits such as ABC and I Want You Back, to solo masterpieces such as Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Billie Jean, Beat It, Smooth Criminal, Black or White, This Is It and more - including outtakes, duets and rare tracks.Explore the magic behind the King of Pop's music with this in-depth, captivating book.
By Dad Says Jokes
From the most-followed dad jokes page on Instagram, @dadsaysjokes, comes a collection of hilariously cheesy jokes that will leave your friends and family laughing and groaning in equal measure.This is the perfect gift for dads who want to expand their repertoire and anyone who fancies reminiscing about a childhood full of these no-nonsense 'bad' puns.Here are a couple of tasters:Q: Why do cows have hooves instead of feet?A: Because they lactose.Q: Are you today's date?A: Cuz you're 10/10.
Back to Amy
By Charles Moriarty
Happy, beautiful and full of fun - this is an intimate portrait of the real Amy Winehouse.With over 100 photographs - many seen here for the first time - along with personal stories and recollections from Amy's mother, Janis Winehouse, as well as Amy's band members and others close to her, this is a celebration of a young artist on the cusp of fame. Taken by a friend at a relaxed photoshoot just before she released her debut album, these beautiful images give an early glimpse of the girl who would captivate the world.With a foreword by Asif Kapadia, director of Academy Award-winning documentary Amy, and containing fond memories and insights from the people who knew her best, Back to Amy is a tribute to the enduring spirit of a truly special artist.