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Constable

Bethlehem

Nicholas Blincoe
Authors:
Nicholas Blincoe

The town of Bethlehem carries so many layers of meaning--some ancient, some mythical, some religious--that it feels like an unreal city, even to the people who call it home. Today, the city is hemmed in by a wall and surrounded by forty-one Israeli settlements and hostile settlers and soldiers. The population is undergoing such enormous strains it is close to falling apart. Any town with an eleven-thousand-year history has to be robust, but Bethlehem may soon go the way of Salonica or Constantinople: the physical site might survive, but the long thread winding back to the ancient past will have snapped, and the city risks losing everything that makes it unique.Still, for many, Bethlehem remains the "little town" of the Christmas song. Nicholas Blincoe will tell the history of the famous little town, through the visceral experience of living there, taking readers through its stone streets and desert wadis, its monasteries, aqueducts and orchards, showing the city from every angle and era. Inevitably, a portrait of Bethlehem will shed light on one of the world's most intractable political problems. Bethlehem is a much-loved Palestinian city, a source of pride and wealth but also a beacon of co-existence in a region where hopelessness, poverty and violence has become the norm. Bethlehem could light the way to a better future, but if the city is lost then the chances of an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict will be lost with it.

Rick Steves

Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands, 2nd Edition

Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
Authors:
Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw

ou can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Amsterdam.With this guide, immerse yourself in the culture of Amsterdam as you stroll along canals and saunter through the red light district. Bike through historic streets to grand museums where you will marvel at the works of the great Dutch Masters. For dinner, sample fine fresh seafood, or stop at a coffee shop for some extra local flavor.Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

Constable

A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central

Anja de Jager
Authors:
Anja de Jager
Robinson

Quick and Delicious Vegetarian Meals

Judy Ridgway
Authors:
Judy Ridgway

It is specifically designed for busy people who want to serve good, healthy food but do not have much time to do so. It contains both vegetarian and vegan recipes for all tastes and all occasions and from all around the world - pasta dishes and bruschetta from Italy, curries from India, tagines from North Africa, stir-fry dishes from China, and appetisers from the USA. There are also some traditional British favourites as well as recipes from Hungary, Lebanon, Mexico and France. The book includes:· A complete range of dishes with snacks and canapés, soups, salads and all kinds of main courses and party food, including barbecue grills.· Nutritional advice for vegetarians with a look at complementary proteins and balanced menu planning, plus related menus.· Practical suggestions for a vegetarian store cupboard; for finding specialist vegetarian ingredients; and for making vegetarian stocks. Without losing the flavour, bestselling cookery author, Judy Ridgway has found new ways to speed up the cooking time of dishes such as soups and casseroles, traditionally regarded as slow cooking. vegetarian stocks.

Little, Brown

The Silo Effect

Gillian Tett
Authors:
Gillian Tett

Ever since civilised society began, we have felt the need to classify, categorise and specialise. It can make things more efficient, and help give the leaders of any organisation a sense of confidence that they have the right people focusing on the right tasks. But it can also be catastrophic, leading to tunnel vision and tribalism. Most importantly it can create a structural fog, with the full picture of where an organisation is heading hidden from view. It is incredibly widespread: the chances are these 'silos' are rife in any organisation or profession, whether your business, or your local school or hospital.Across industries and cultures, as this brilliant and penetrating book shows, silos have the power to collapse companies and destabilise financial markets, yet they still dominate the workplace. They blind and confuse us, often making modern institutions act in risky, silly and damaging ways.Gillian Tett has spent years covering financial markets and business, but she's also a trained anthropologist, having completed a doctorate at Cambridge University and conducted field work in Tibet and Tajikistan. She's no stranger to questioning the assumptions and practices of a culture. Those in question - financial trading desks, urban police forces, surgical teams within medical clinics, software debuggers and consumer product engineers - have practices and rituals as ordered and intricate as those of any far-flung tribe.In The Silo Effect, she uses an anthropological lens to explore how individuals, teams and whole organisations often work in silos of thought, process and product. With examples drawn from a range of fascinating areas - the New York Fire Department and Facebook to the Bank of England and Sony - these narratives illustrate not just how foolishly people can behave when they are mastered by silos but also how the brightest institutions and individuals can master them. The Silo Effect is a sharp, visionary and inspiring work with the insight, prescriptions and power to remove our organisational blinders and transform the way we think for the better.

Westview Press

The Public Administration Theory Primer, 3rd Edition

Christopher W. Larimer, H. George Frederickson, Kevin B. Smith, Michael J. Licari
Authors:
Christopher W. Larimer, H. George Frederickson, Kevin B. Smith, Michael J. Licari
Basic Books

Mindless

Simon Head
Authors:
Simon Head

We live in the age of Computer Business Systems (CBSs),the highly complex, computer-intensive management programs on which large organizations increasingly rely. In Mindless , Simon Head argues that these systems have come to trump human expertise, dictating the goals and strategies of a wide array of businesses, and de-skilling the jobs of middle class workers in the process. CBSs are especially dysfunctional, Head argues, when they apply their disembodied expertise to transactions between humans, as in health care, education, customer relations, and human resources management. And yet there are industries with more human approaches, as Head illustrates with specific examples, whose lead we must follow and extend to the mainstream American economy. Mindless illustrates the shortcomings of CBS, providing an in-depth and disturbing look at how human dignity is slipping as we become cogs on a white collar assembly line.

Sphere

Bleed For Me

Michael Robotham
Authors:
Michael Robotham
Orbit

Small Favour

Jim Butcher
Authors:
Jim Butcher

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.Harry Dresden is feeling happy. No one's tried to kill him in nearly a year, and the worst problem he's had lately is removing stains his apprentice bungled into his carpeting. The future seems bright. Unfortunately, the past isn't looking nearly so optimistic. An old bargain placed Harry in debt to Mab, faerie monarch of the Winter Court and the Queen of Air and Darkness. Harry still owes her two favours, and it's time to pay up. It's a small favour he really can't refuse, but it will trap Harry between a nightmarish foe and a deadly ally, stretching his skills and loyalties to their limits. It figures. Everything was going too well to last.Magic - it can get a guy killed.

Basic Books

The Art of Biblical Narrative

Robert Alter
Authors:
Robert Alter
Piatkus

Goddess Of Light

P. C. Cast
Authors:
P. C. Cast
Westview Press

Islamic Gunpowder Empires

Douglas E. Streusand
Authors:
Douglas E. Streusand

Islamic Gunpowder Empires provides readers with a history of Islamic civilization in the early modern world through a comparative examination of Islam's three greatest empires,the Ottomans (centreed in what is now Turkey), the Safavids (in modern Iran), and the Mughals (ruling the Indian subcontinent). Author Douglas Streusand explains the origins of the three empires compares the ideological, institutional, military, and economic contributors to their success and analyzes the causes of their rise, expansion, and ultimate transformation and decline. Streusand depicts the three empires as a part of an integrated international system extending from the Atlantic to the Straits of Malacca, emphasizing both the connections and the conflicts within that system. He presents the empires as complex polities in which Islam is one political and cultural component among many. The treatment of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires incorporates contemporary scholarship, dispels common misconceptions, and provides an excellent platform for further study.

Sphere

Accused

Mark Gimenez
Authors:
Mark Gimenez
Piatkus

Talking To Heaven

James van Praagh
Authors:
James van Praagh

James Van Praagh enjoys an extraordinary gift - he can communicate with the spirits of men, women, children and animals who have died. Possessing the rare ability to bridge the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds, he provides comfort to those who have lost loved ones and brings back powerful messages from the other side.In this inspiring book, he shows us what lies beyond our visible world and answers our most profound questions about life after death. Part spiritual memoir and part instructional guide, this international bestseller offers a powerful and inspiring message about the world beyond. Filled with hope and enlightenment about our spiritual future, it is a book that will change the way you look at death and life.

PublicAffairs

Tell Me How This Ends

Linda Robinson
Authors:
Linda Robinson

After a series of disastrous missteps in its conduct of the war, the White House in 2006 appointed General David Petraeus as the Commanding General of the coalition forces. Tell Me How This Ends is an inside account of his attempt to turn around a failing war. Linda Robinson conducted extensive interviews with Petraeus and his subordinate commanders and spent weeks with key U.S. and Iraqi divisions. The result is the only book that ties together military operations in Iraq and the internecine political drama that is at the heart of the civil war. Replete with dramatic battles, behind-doors confrontations, and astute analysis, the book tells the full story of the Iraq War's endgame, and lays out the options that will be facing the next president when he or she takes office in January 2009.

Westview Press

Ain't No Makin' It, 3rd Edition

Jay MacLeod
Authors:
Jay MacLeod
Running Press Mini Editions

The Mini Merry Berry Bonsai Kit

Running Press
Authors:
Running Press

Stressed out by the upcoming holidays? Invite tranquility into your home or workplace with your own holiday bonsai tree. Based upon a centuries-old tradition, the kit includes a pot, seeds, a peat pellet, and small scissors, plus a 44-page introduction to the beauty of berry bonsai. With a little patience, you'll enjoy growing a miniature version of this already miniature art!

Westview Press

Teachers As Cultural Workers

Paulo Freire
Authors:
Paulo Freire
Little, Brown Young Readers US

I Love My Hair!

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, E. B. Lewis
Contributors:
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, E. B. Lewis

Every night before she goes to bed, Keyana sits down between her mother's knees to have her hair combed. But no matter how gently Mama pulls, it still hurts sometimes! Keyana doesn't feel lucky to have such a head of hair--until Mama reminds her of all the lovely ways her wonderful hair can be fixed. Full color.

Da Capo Press

The Diary of a Country Priest

Georges Bernanos, Remy Rougeau
Authors:
Georges Bernanos, Remy Rougeau