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Nation Books

They Know Everything About You

Robert Scheer
Authors:
Robert Scheer

In the first week of June 2013, the American people discovered that for a decade, they had abjectly traded their individual privacy for the chimera of national security. The revelation that the federal government has full access to all phone records and the vast trove of presumably private personal data posted on the Internet has brought the threat of a surveillance society to the fore.But the erosion of privacy rights extends far beyond big government. Big business has long played a leading role in the hollowing out of personal freedoms. In this new book, Robert Scheer shows how our most intimate habits, from private correspondence, book pages read, and lists of friends and phone conversations have been seamlessly combined in order to create a detailed map of an individual's social and biological DNA.From wiretapping to lax social media security, from domestic spy drones to sophisticated biometrics, both the United States government and private corporate interests have dangerously undermined the delicate balance between national security and individual sovereignty. Without privacy, Scheer argues, there is neither freedom nor democracy. The freedom to be left alone embodies the most basic of human rights. Yet this freedom has been squandered in the name of national security and consumer convenience.The information revolution has exposed much of the world's population to a boundless world of universally shared information. But it has also stripped both passive and active participants of their every shred of privacy in ways most don't comprehend. No authoritarian regime ever could have hoped to gain the power to control the power and aspirations of their subjects that today's off-the-shelf information technology already provides. The technology of surveillance, Scheer warns, represents an existential threat to the liberation of the human spirit.

How To Books

How to Live and Work In The UK 2e

Mathew Collins, Nicky Barclay
Authors:
Mathew Collins, Nicky Barclay

This essential handbook is for anyone wishing to enter the UK to work, study, settle, join their family, or visit - and who wants to remain in the UK indefinitely. It is ideal for students, would-be immigrants to the UK, HR professionals, and expats. It will help them to identify which visa category is applicable to them, and will prepare them for passing the Life in the UK test as set by the Home Office for those applying for British citizenship. Written by immigration practitioners, this book is an easy to use handbook that readers will refer to, time and time again. This book is an essential read for those planning to come to the UK and who need to make a visa application. It covers: - critical information on which visa categories may be appropriate to their circumstances - how to make a visa application - what to expect when they arrive in the UK, including important information on how to establish a National Insurance number (for working), familiarising themselves with the taxation system, how to register with a Doctor and Dentist, plus much more. For those employing non-UK/EU citizens, this book explains: - what essential checks you must put in place - details of the Points Based System and how individuals can qualify - how to obtain a licence to employ foreign nationals and the HR compliance issues that need to be in place in order to remain compliant with the UK Border Agency For employers dealing with intra-company transfers and global people mobility issues, it offers a simple and understandable way to assess employees and whether they meet the appropriate visa requirements.Contents: Preface; Part I: Information for the 'Life in the UK' test; 1. United Kingdom past and present; 2. The UK in Europe and the Commonwealth; 3. Religion; 4. Women in UK society; 5. Children and young people; 6. Education; 7. Housing; 8. Utilities; 9. Personal finance; 10. Health; 11. Leisure; 12. Transport; 13. Employment; Part II: Immigration; 14. United Kingdom immigration; 15. Spouses, fiancees and unmarried partners; 16. EEA nationals; 17. Entry clearance; 18. Citizenship; Part III: Employer's Section; 19. Points-based system and employers' registration; Part IV: Living in the UK - Practical information; 20. Employment; 21. Studying; 22. Basic employment laws; 23. National insurance and taxation; 24. Starting a business; 25. Childcare, schools and education; 26. Housing; 27. Healthcare; 28. Transport; 29. Moving to the UK; 30. Arriving in the UK; 31. Lifestyle and leisure; 32. Useful information - things you need to know; 33. Crossing the cultural divide; 34. Useful contacts; Index.

Basic Books

The Limits Of Privacy

Amitai Etzioni
Authors:
Amitai Etzioni

Privacy is perhaps the most hallowed of American rights,and most people are concerned that new technologies available to governments and corporations threaten to erode this most privileged of rights. But in The Limits of Privacy, Amitai Etzioni offers a decidedly different point of view, in which the right to privacy is balanced against concern for public safety and health. Etzioni looks at five flashpoint issues: Megan's Laws, HIV testing of infants, deciphering of encrypted messages, national identification cards, and medical records, and concludes that there are times when Amricans' insistence on privacy is not in the best interests of society at large. He offers four clear and concise criteria which, when applied jointly, help us to determine when the right to privacy should be overridden for the greater public good.Almost every week headlines warn us that our cell phones are being monitored, our e-mails read, and our medical records traded on the open market. Public opinion polls show that Americans are dismayed about incursions against personal privacy. Congress and state legislatures are considering laws designed to address their concerns.Focusing on five flashpoint issues,Megan's Law, mandatory HIV testing of infants, encryption of electronic documents, national identification cards and biometric identifiers, and medical records,The Limits of Privacy argues counterintuitively that sometimes major public health and safety concerns should outweigh the individual's right to privacy. Presenting four concise criteria to determine when the right to privacy should be preserved and when it should be overridden in the interests of the wider community, Etzioni argues that, in some cases, we would do well to sacrifice the privacy of the individual in the name of the common good.

by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy

Little, Brown Book Group announces that the new novel for adults by J.K. Rowling is entitled The Casual Vacancy. The book will be published worldwide in the English language in hardback, ebook, unabridged audio download and on CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.

by J.K. Rowling

The Cover Release for The Casual Vacancy

Little, Brown Book Group releases the cover for The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, along with updated cover copy, details of the audio reader and confirmed page extent.

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How we gave back in 2013

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Our ethical and social commitments

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Cover revealed for Donna Tartt's new novel

The Goldfinch

Little, Brown Book Group is delighted to reveal the cover for Donna Tartt’s new novel The Goldfinch. The book will be published as a Little, Brown hardback on 22nd October 2013 and an Abacus paperback in 2014.

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Five era-defining gaming moments

Christopher Brookmyre's 'Gamechangers'

We asked Christopher Brookmyre about the moments in his gaming history that shocked him, where he had felt a little like BEDLAM's main character Ross, thrust into a hyper-real world he'd never experienced before, and this is what he had to say . . .

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Acquisition announcement

Sphere to publish Kevin Pietersen autobiography

Little, Brown is delighted to announce the acquisition of Kevin Pietersen’s memoirs, which will be published in October 2014.