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Biographies

Table of Contents

Making a Difference: Leaders Who Are Changing the World................. NEW! 18

The Environment: Ours to Save...............................................38 The Solar System......................................................................40 An Explorer’s Guide to the Universe.......................................42

Making a Difference: Athletes Who Are Changing the World................ NEW! 20

21st Century Science...............................................................44

Essential Authors for Children and Teens................ NEW! 22

Biochemistry, Cells, and Life....................................................46

People You Should Know........................................... NEW! 24

Physics Explained......................................................................48

Impact on America: Collective Biographies...........................66

The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey.........................50

Inventors and Innovators.........................................................68

The Geologic History of Earth..................................................52

Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership.............................70

The Human Body.......................................................................54

The Britannica Guide to Authors.............................................72

The Living Earth........................................................................56

The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Adventurers............74

Energy: Past, Present, and Future...........................................58

The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People........................................................76

Geology: Landforms, Minerals, and Rocks.............................59

The Renaissance.......................................................................78

Dynamic Earth...........................................................................45

political Sciences

Fine arts & Literature

Political and Economic Systems............................... NEW! 28

The Britannica Common Core Library...................... NEW! 16

Governance: Power, Politics, and Participation.....................84

Shakespeare: His Work and World.........................................60

U.S. Government: The Separation of Powers........................83

Popular Music Through the Decades......................................61

Skill building

The Britannica Guide to World Literature..............................62

Research Tools You Can Use..................................... NEW! 14

The Britannica Guide to Literary Elements............................64

Health & Nutrition Food and Society.......................................................................79 Health and Disease in Society................................................80

History The World’s Armed Forces......................................... NEW! 13 Ancient Civilizations..................................................................86 A History of Western Civilization.............................................88 Turning Points in History..........................................................89 America at War.........................................................................90 The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations........................92 The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union..............................................................94

Sociology Gods and Goddesses of Mythology.......................... NEW! 26 Economics: Taking the Mystery Out of Money................... 100 African American History and Culture................................. 102 The Britannica Guide to Africa............................................. 103 Middle East: Region in Transition........................................ 104 The Britannica Guide to Ethics............................................. 106 The History of Philosophy..................................................... 107 The Islamic World.................................................................. 108 The Native American Sourcebook....................................... 109 Understanding China............................................................. 110 Understanding India.............................................................. 111 Native American Tribes......................................................... 112

The Britannica Guide to War...................................................96

The Britannica Guide to Religion......................................... 113

Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation........................................................98

Sports

Math Math Explained..........................................................................65

natural Sciences Let’s Find Out! Physical Science................................. NEW! 2

Inside Sports..............................................................................81 The World of Sports..................................................................82

Technology Practical Technology................................................... NEW! 30 Intelligence and Counterintelligence................................... 114

Let’s Find Out! Space Science..................................... NEW! 4

Transportation and Society................................................... 115

Let’s Find Out! Earth Science...................................... NEW! 6

Computing and Connecting in the 21st Century............... 116

Let’s Find Out! Life Science......................................... NEW! 8

Back Matter

The Study of Science.................................................. NEW! 10

Order Form.............................................................................. 118

Scientific Inquiry: Concepts, Methods, and Theories............................................................ NEW! 12

Catalog & Processing Option Form............................ 119–121

Introduction to Biology.............................................................32

Series Index............................................................................ 128

Introduction to Earth Science..................................................34

Sales Representatives by Region......................................... IBC

Introduction to Physics.............................................................36

Title Index...................................................................... 122–127

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NEW!

Let’s Find Out! Physical Science

These volumes bring to life the study of nonliving things. Students will explore some of the basic physical science topics, including matter, energy, magnetism, friction, measurements, and gravity. These informative books support Common Core Science Standards, including use of math, evaluation of evidence, understanding scientific theories, and connecting and relating knowledge. They stimulate thinking, reading, writing, and discussion among students. Each book opens with an overview of an important science topic. Engaging spreads introduce new categories, and sidebars highlight interesting features for the subject.

reading level GradeS 2–3 Interest Level Grades 3–6

Key Features • “Compare and Contrast” and “Think About It” boxes encourage the reader to think and explore the ideas further—a key component of the Common Core state standards.

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE

• Complex scientific concepts are explained in accessible but accurate language, using familiar, everyday examples as illustration • Vocabulary boxes define challenging words and place them in context with the text’s subject, helping readers achieve greater grade-level reading proficiency.

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• Follows STEM criteria for grades 2–3

See pages 4-9 for other great Let’s Find Out! titles! What Are Measurements?

What Is Energy?

written by bridget heos

written by paula johanson

The basics of measurement are an important part of the science and mathematics curriculum for students and readers. This volume is a simple and straightforward guide to measurements, including a history on how measurements were formed and have been standardized and basics on measuring distance, weight, temperature, volume, time, and more, along with information on the metric and imperial systems. Chapters contain vocabulary words and simple exercises that help to supplement the text and add an interactive, hands-on learning experience for students wanting to learn more.

In this engaging text, readers are introduced to basic concepts of energy and where it exists all around them, right down to matter and the atom. Fact boxes bolster vocabulary words, while “Compare and Contrast” and “Think About It” boxes stimulate thinking, reading, writing, and discussion. This illuminating volume supports Common Core Science Standards, evaluation of evidence, understanding scientific theories, and connecting and relating knowledge. The lively narrative with real-world examples explains terms and concepts, and full-color photographs and illustrations energize the text.

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What Is Friction? written by lisa idzikowski

We encounter friction in our lives every day—at home, in school, at work, and at play. Readers are introduced to friction, its characteristics, and how it works in the world around us. Through clear explanations, concrete examples, and attention-grabbing photos, the author shows how this physical force operates and how it can work to both our advantage and disadvantage. Readers will be fascinated to learn the role friction plays in nature, in sports, in transportation, and many other domains. BOOK 978-1-6227-5502-8 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5503-5 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5506-6

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What Is Gravity?

What Is Gravity?

What Is Magnetism?

written by christine honders

written by laura lona

This stimulating and accessible volume offers readers a fascinating view of a force known as gravity. Readers examine many scientific concepts, including Newton’s laws of gravity, mass and gravitational forces, galaxies, satellites, Earth’s solar system, centrifugal force, tides, and erosion. Vocabulary boxes provide additional guidance to readers, and the “Compare and Contrast” and “Think About It” sidebars give students opportunities to ponder concepts in fun and creative ways; for example, “Earth has more mass than Mars. If you stepped on a scale on Mars, would you weigh more or less than you do on Earth? Why?”

This book takes the mystery out of magnets and magnetism in language that younger readers can readily understand. Common Core standards in the physical sciences were considered when determining what material should be covered. Polarity, magnetic fields, electromagnetics, the difference between soft and hard magnets, and the ways in which magnets are used in industry, medicine, and everyday life are among the topics covered. Boxed inserts define terminology and challenge readers by posing questions suggested by the narrative. Suggested experiments with magnets cap this delightful volume. BOOK 978-1-6227-5497-7 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5498-4 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5501-1

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What Is Matter? written by alexander hanson-harding

Everything that takes up space is made out of matter, whether it’s a person, air, or a mountain. This volume covers the fundamental concepts students need to understand matter. Fact boxes highlight and further explain vocabulary words, while “Compare and Contrast” and “Think About It” boxes encourage readers to think and explore the ideas further. The lively narrative uses true-to-life examples to explain concepts, while bright color photographs and illustrations reinforce facts and examples. This informative book supports Common Core Science Standards, evaluation of evidence, understanding scientific theories, and connecting and relating knowledge. Readers will understand why matter really matters! BOOK 978-1-6227-5487-8 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5488-5 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5491-5

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Let’s Find Out! Space Science

The universe is populated by a myriad of celestial objects, systems, and areas. These colorful volumes introduce readers to planets, suns, stars, moons, galaxies, and more, helping them identify what they might observe in the night sky and giving them a deeper understanding of their interstellar neighbors. Accessible text also introduces readers to such concepts as gravity and helps them learn about the moon’s relationship to tides, how constellations tie in to ancient mythology, and a host of other facts both about the cosmos and the world they inhabit.

reading level GradeS 2–3 Interest Level Grades 3–6

Key Features • Boxed insets pose relevant questions to readers, promoting critical thinking. • Relevant historical information promotes interdisciplinary thinking between science and history. • Vivid images help readers identify and differentiate between various features of space and the solar system.

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE

• Special features, text, and images all reinforce Common Core Science Standards relating to determining the meaning of key scientific terms and symbols, integrating and evaluating information presented in diverse formats, and synthesizing information from a range of sources.

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• Follows Next Generation Science Standards for grades 2–3

See pages 2–3 and 6–9 for other great Let’s Find Out! titles! What Is a Constellation?

What Is a Moon?

written by laura loria

written by ryan nagelhout

To bring some semblance of order to the vast night sky, ancient astronomers assigned patterns to the stars that shown around them. These became known as constellations. This book provides insight into the scientific aspects of constellations as star maps and navigation tools as well as more fanciful interpretations, including a discussion of the zodiac. The stories associated with some of the most recognizable constellations and boxed inserts posing questions that drive readers to further investigation round out the coverage.

Readers discover the difference between natural and humanmade satellites in this entertaining volume. The narrative reveals fun facts about various moons in the Earth’s solar system, such as Earth’s moon and how it might have been formed, the moons of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and those of the dwarf planet Pluto. It also explains the terms “orbit,” “spin,” “rotation,” and “eclipse.” The volume provides “Think About It” boxes to pose questions for readers’ consideration. There are also vocabulary boxes and “Compare and Contrast” sidebars to engage readers’ intellect.

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What Is a Planet? written by jeff mapua

The wide range of planets in our small solar system alone is remarkable—giant planets; dwarf planets; rocky, watery, and gaseous planets; frigid planets and blazing-hot planets; and planets surrounded by rings or multiple moons. Then travel beyond our solar system and begin exploring the so-called exoplanets, and the variety is even more dazzling. Even readers who think they know everything about planets will find much to intrigue, excite, and thrill them here, including fascinating facts, the latest findings, and eye-popping, full-color, high-definition photos and explanatory graphics. A must-have foundational resource for every burgeoning space scientist. BOOK 978-1-6227-5456-4 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5457-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5460-1

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What Is an Object in the Sky?

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What Is the Milky Way?

What Is the Sun?

What Is an Object in the Sky?

written by bridget heos

written by christine poolos

This simple guide to the sun and stars will engage readers with the fundamentals of astronomy, detailing how the heavenly bodies affect one another and how they ultimately affect us. The material covers basic science curriculum for this grade level, making it an important supplement for students who want to study independently, teachers who want to provide supplemental materials, or readers who simply want to know more about the universe. The straightforward language makes this volume an accessible read.

When people think of objects in the sky, they may think of planets, the sun, moon, and constellations. Many other bodies orbit Earth and the sun, however. The sky below Earth’s atmosphere holds many interesting objects as well. We may not need a telescope to see them, but they are no less awe inspiring. Readers are introduced to the dazzling phenomena of stars, galaxies, lightning, meteoroids, comets, auroras, rainbows, black holes, and even satellites and space junk. Any reader who has ever looked up at the sky in awe and wonder will find much to thrill to in these pages.

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What Is the Milky Way? written by edward willett

The Milky Way is just one of billions of galaxies in the universe. Yet by exploring the galaxy we call home, we have been able to uncover some of the universe’s many unknowns. This illuminating volume carefully breaks down the features of the Milky Way galaxy. It explains such characteristics as size, shape, and age; examines planets, stars, and star clusters; and delves into such concepts as black holes and dark matter. Important terms are explained, and, throughout the text, readers are invited to think critically about pertinent questions and concepts. BOOK 978-1-6227-5481-6 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5482-3 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5485-4

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Let’s Find Out! Earth Science

The physical history of the Earth reveals just how dynamic it truly is—from rock formations that have endured for centuries to the damage caused over the course of a few minutes or hours as the result of a natural disaster, it is clear that the planet is subject to countless natural forces. Although we may not always notice their effects, these ever-changing conditions and landscapes affect all life. Through these panoramic volumes, readers will learn about all aspects of earth science, journeying from the Earth’s inner core to its outer atmosphere to discover how everything from volcanoes to weather actually functions.

reading level GradeS 2–3 Interest Level Grades 3–6

Key Features • “Compare and Contrast” and “Think About It” boxes encourage the reader to think and explore the ideas further—a key component of the Common Core state standards.

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE

• Fact boxes highlight key concepts and terms. • Each title supports a specific science curriculum topic.

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• Appealing design draws in readers.

See pages 2–5 and 8–9 for other great Let’s Find Out! titles! What Are Natural Disasters?

What Are Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans?

written by louise spilsbury

written by louise spilsbury

Even though natural disasters often seem inexplicable, this text takes these destructive events caused by forces of nature and describes the fundamental science behind their occurrences. Captivating diagrams and photographs show what natural disasters such as volcanoes, hurricanes, and avalanches look like, while text boxes encourage readers to compare and contrast the causes and outcomes of these devastating incidents. Information about historic natural disasters, as well as preparedness and rescue methods, benefits any reader who seeks to understand these global happenings.

Large bodies of water are all around us: rivers flow through our towns and cities, inland lakes collect pools of fresh water, and the salty ocean covers nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface. In this volume, readers will learn about the importance of these three natural sources of water, as well as their similarities and differences. Emphasis is also placed on the relationship between humans and these various water sources, both in terms of constructive use of these precious resources and the risks inherent in pollution. Readers will walk away with a better comprehension of the science behind bodies of water and the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

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What Is a Landform?

Let’s Find Out: The Weather 6 New Titles Coming January 2015!

written by louise spilsbury

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Landforms is the term used to describe the various features, shapes, and types of land that cover more than a quarter of the Earth’s surface. In this fascinating book, readers can find out about the variety of land formations found around the world—including plains, mountains, canyons, and caves. In line with the Common Core Standards for reading skills, key information is highlighted in detailed captions, text boxes, and a glossary, all of which guide readers in connecting ideas about different landforms.

What Are the Elements of the Weather?......................... 978-1-6227-5775-6

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What Is the Atmosphere and How Does It Circulate?....... 978-1-6227-5783-1

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What Are Air Masses and Weather Fronts?......................978-1-6227-5787-9

What Are Weather and Climate?..................................... 978-1-6227-5779-4 What Are Weather Instruments?..................................... 978-1-6227-5791-6 What Is Weather Forecasting?........................................ 978-1-6227-5795-4

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What Are Natural Disasters?

What Is the Rock Cycle?

What Is the Water Cycle?

written by louise spilsbury

written by louise spilsbury

Although rocks may initially seem like solid, unchanging substances, they are actually made up of minerals that change forms and get recycled through many different stages. This engaging book explores the rock cycle with diagrams and detailed photographs illustrating the movement of rocks through their various states, including magma-formed igneous rock, metamorphic rock such as marble, and layered sedimentary rocks that build up over time. Also covered are the scientific processes that cause rocks to change forms and the ways in which humans have benefitted from rock’s surprising and constant transformations.

Water and the natural phases it moves through are fundamental aspects of earth science. The water cycle and each of its stages are presented in a precise and clear manner in this book, which also guides readers through the role that plants, animals, and people play in that cycle. Text boxes defining important terminology and vibrant photographs allow readers to take away exciting new information about the water we need to survive and to understand how scientific concepts link up with the Common Core reading standards. BOOK 978-1-6227-5261-4 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5262-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5263-8

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What Is Weather? written by louise spilsbury

This comprehensive book takes a look at a wide range of meteorological phenomena—including clouds, rain, snow, and fog—and examines their relationship to each other in order to explain how weather works in an easy-to-grasp way. Important scientific concepts such as energy, temperature, and electricity are described in the context of the weather cycle as well as the various climates on Earth, and how we as humans fit into the scheme. Key questions are posed to readers in text boxes to engage critical-thinking skills in line with the Common Core standards, helping connect the concepts included in the book with readers’ own observations of the real world. BOOK 978-1-6227-5276-8 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5277-5 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5278-2

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Let’s Find Out! Life Science

The living world consists of intricate networks and systems that depend on everything from an organism’s internal structures to the environment in which it thrives. These networks reflect the complexity of all living things and the delicate ecological balance created by their relationships to each other and their surroundings. Through these captivating volumes, readers will discover the basics of life science, from the structures and characteristics of plants and animals to the habitats in which they live to the interconnectedness of all life.

reading level GradeS 2–3 Interest Level Grades 3–6

Key Features • “Compare and Contrast” and “Think About It” boxes encourage the reader to think and explore the ideas further—a key component of the Common Core State Standards. • Fact boxes highlight key concepts and terms.

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE

• Each title supports a specific science curriculum topic. • Appealing design draws in readers.

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See pages 2–7 for other great Let’s Find Out! titles! What Are Food Chains & Food Webs?

What Are Habitats & Biomes?

written by louise spilsbury

The intricate relationship between living creatures and their habitats is simplified in this clear and detailed guide to the variety of environments that plants and animals inhabit. Tundra, forests, and the ocean are just a few of the many types of biomes discussed in this volume, each with a discussion of the adaptations species living there have undergone to best fit their surroundings. Key terms are defined in text boxes as well as sidebars with critical questions for the reader and compare-and-contrast activities on the various biomes covered.

written by louise spilsbury

This book explains the transfer of energy between living things—known as the food chain—in a way that allows any reader to grasp the scientific principles behind food chains and food webs. The diets of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores are explained, as well as other types of diets, and the flow of energy between these groups is made clear with arrowed diagrams and colorful pictures that show where different species derive their energy. Also examined are the effects different habitats have on the food chain, and how food chains in different environmental regions can be contrasted.

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Let’s Find Out: The Human Body 8 New Titles Coming January 2015!

What Are Living and Nonliving Things? written by louise spilsbury

Key biological terms are defined in a way that all readers can understand in this book that explains the essential concepts of life processes and how living and nonliving things relate to each other. The basics of feeding, respiration, waste, and reproduction, among other important activities that sustain living things, are explained in clear, simple language, with colorful photographs to illustrate them. Nonliving things are defined and described as well. Each section also includes text boxes that define key terms and reading comprehension activities with thought-provoking questions. BOOK 978-1-6227-5226-3 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5227-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5228-7

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The Bones in Your Body.................................................. 978-1-6227-5624-7 The Brain in Your Body....................................................978-1-6227-5636-0 The Eyes in Your Body..................................................... 978-1-6227-5648-3 The Heart and Blood in Your Body................................... 978-1-6227-5640-7 The Lungs in Your Body................................................... 978-1-6227-5628-5 The Muscles in Your Body............................................... 978-1-6227-5651-3 The Skin on Your Body....................................................978-1-6227-5644-5 The Stomach and Intestines in Your Body....................... 978-1-6227-5632-2

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What Is a Life Cycle?

What Is the Structure of a Plant?

written by louise spilsbury

written by louise spilsbury

Each step of the life cycle for a variety of living creatures is covered in this book, guiding readers from the first stages of development for many plants and animals—including flowers, insects, fish, and mammals—through later phases and death. Also addressed are the different environments required for each step in the life cycle and the dangers these species may encounter throughout their lives. Critical-thinking activities such as compare-and-contrast boxes help readers grasp general features of the life cycle and its peculiarities with each type of plant or animal.

As concern for the environment increases, the role of the plant kingdom in the balance of ecosystems has become key. This book explains how various types of plants absorb water, light, and nutrients to grow. Basic scientific concepts are elaborated in the context of the many different types of plant structures, with illustrative diagrams and sidebars showing the many adaptations distinct species have developed for survival in their surroundings. Furthermore, critical-thinking questions help readers discover features common to all plants’ anatomy and their purpose in each plant’s growth.

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What Is the Structure of an Animal? written by louise spilsbury

Being able to compare the structure and anatomy of different families of animals and detect their differences and similarities is an essential skill in life science studies. This book takes the reader through the basic anatomical features that characterize a broad range of animal families, including crustaceans, fish, and birds. Key science terms are defined, accompanied by labeled photographs that make even the most unfamiliar of animal structures easy to grasp for readers. BOOK 978-1-6227-5246-1 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5247-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5248-5

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The Study of Science

Science is one of the most significant and influential forms of knowledge in modern society. These wide-ranging volumes provide an overview of the history and basic principles of six fascinating branches of science, including astronomy, biology, cosmology, archaeology, chemistry, and physics. Accessible yet packed with authoritative information, the books answer key questions about these disciplines for inquisitive readers. Generously illustrated with full-color photos, charts, and diagrams, these titles are valuable as curriculum supplements, reference materials for research, or selections for general reading.

reading level Grade 8

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Interest Level Grades 7–12+

• High-quality content written and vetted by experts that is as accessible and intriguing as it is scrupulously accurate • Gives readers a sense of the scope of each branch of science and the historical context in which each developed • Fulfills Common Core mandate to increase students’ grasp of terminology in science and technology • Correlates to STEM criteria

Archaeology: Excavating Our Past

Astronomy: Understanding Celestial Bodies

Edited by heather moore niver

Edited by samuel kazlow

The science of archaeology—the study of the remains of the human past—pairs the thrill of the treasure hunt with the mystery of detective work. Readers will learn all about the different types of archaeology, as well as how archaeologists collect, analyze, and synthesize data. In this insightful volume, readers discover archaeologists’ goals as they dig up discoveries and the training needed to get a foothold in the field. This book lays out the rich stages of archeological history, and readers learn why this field remains so important to this day.

Astronomy is one of the oldest natural sciences. From ancient times, people have recorded methodical observations of objects in the night sky and attempted to understand the mysteries of the universe. This title provides an engaging and up-to-date presentation of fundamental astronomy facts and principles. The text clearly explains the nature of celestial bodies such as the planets, dwarf planets, stars, moons, asteroids, and comets. It also examines the tools and techniques used by today’s astronomers, including high-tech telescopes, spectroscopy, and computer modeling. Enhanced with illuminating images, this title is an ideal introduction to astronomy for a range of readers.

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Biology: Understanding Living Matter

Chemistry: Understanding Substance and Matter

Edited by heather melissa landon

Edited by russell kuhtz

The study of living matter is an important part of biology. Being able to recognize living matter and differentiate it from nonliving matter is a key component of the science curriculum. This volume is a straightforward, comprehensive guide to the study of living matter: what its composed of, how it reproduces, how it reacts to the environment around it, and how it evolves. Readers will enjoy the bright photos and engaging information while learning an important part of the study of biology.

Without chemistry, bread would not rise, cleaners would not clean, and life itself would not exist. Chemistry is the study of matter and the chemical changes that matter undergoes. The discovery of the atom and how atoms interact with one another has transformed the world. In this illuminating volume, readers learn about the history of chemistry and the concepts they might encounter in an introductory chemistry course, including chemical and volumetric analysis, atomic theory, gravitation, elements and the periodic table, chemical reactions and formulas, and organic and inorganic compounds and bonds. Sidebars highlight key chemists and scientific principles.

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Chemistry

Cosmology: Understanding the Evolution of the Universe

Physics: Understanding the Properties of Matter and Energy

Edited by shalina saxena

Edited by John murphy

Bridging astronomy and physics, cosmology seeks to examine the nature of the universe as a whole. Scientific investigation of cosmology began in ancient times and progressed rapidly after the scientific revolution, which produced the discovery of gravity and the heliocentric model of Copernicus. This volume examines the historical developments in the field of cosmology, the evidence supporting the Big Bang theory, and the future implications of dark matter and an expanding universe. Readers will also be introduced to the various thinkers who helped advance study of this endlessly fascinating field.

Without physics, modern life would not exist. Instead of electric light, we would read by the light of candles. We couldn’t build skyscrapers. We could not possibly bridge rivers, much less build a jet or interplanetary craft. Computers and smartphones would be unimaginable. Physics is concerned with the most fundamental aspects of matter and energy and how they interact to make the physical universe work. In accessible language and with explanatory graphics and visual aids, this book introduces readers to the science that is at the very center of all other sciences and essential to our very existence.

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Science: Its History and Development Edited by hope killcoyne

Even students who aren’t inclined toward the sciences will find this book a great read. It is as much about the history of humanity and our curiosity regarding the world around us as it is an informative survey of our scientific breakthroughs. Included are early achievements—such as the discovery of fire and written language—and modern triumphs of ingenuity such as space exploration, genetics, information technology, and the so-called “God particle”. A history of the sciences that is also a history of human creativity, knowledge, experimentation, and invention, this book inspires a love and respect for curiosity, learning, and understanding that is more important than ever. BOOK 978-1-6227-5421-2 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5422-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5423-6

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Scientific Inquiry: Concepts, Methods, and Theories

Natural science reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

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Since prehistoric times, humans have examined and observed patterns found in nature, thus establishing the basis for science as we know it today. As data was accumulated, scientific observations went from rustic prognostication to sophisticated theory, advancing the various scientific disciplines over the centuries. Through these comprehensive volumes, readers will be introduced to the evolution of science—from mathematics and astronomy to biology and quantum physics—and the accompanying philosophical implications and underpinnings inherent within the realm of scientific discovery.

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• In-depth coverage of significant scientific milestones and schools of thought • These instructive volumes support Common Core standards relating to research to build and present knowledge, the production of writing, knowledge of language, acquisition and use of vocabulary, integration of knowledge and ideas, and integrating and evaluating information presented in different formats and derived from a range of sources.

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• Inviting and supportive step-by-step guide that takes all of the anxiety and intimidation out of the information-gathering process for young, first-time researchers

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The History of Science Edited by Hope merlin

Today we have countless scientific laws and principles that help explain our observations of the natural world. However, this was not always the case. Although individuals have long sought to understand their surroundings, it was not until around 2500 BCE that scientific activity began to assume a more prominent place in civilizations around the world. The journey from early investigation through the scientific revolution to the present day is chronicled in this absorbing volume. Readers will learn how religion helped fuel early studies in astronomy, how Stonehenge is related to the Pythagorean theorem, how the development of the scientific method affected the various branches of science, the implications of the “God particle,” and much more. BOOK 978-1-6227-5116-7 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5117-4 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5118-1

The Philosophy of Science Edited by marie wahl

The scientific discoveries of ancient philosophers such as Aristotle were considered to be in the realm of “natural philosophy.” Today philosophy and science are considered separate disciplines, yet each illuminates and complements the other. Modern philosophers are apt to pose important questions about the logic behind and validity of scientific practices. This comprehensive volume explains how and why philosophical thought is applied to the natural sciences and challenges readers to think in different ways about scientific inquiry.

The Philosophy of Science

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The World’s Armed Forces

history reading level Grade 8 Interest Level Grades 7–12+

Between ancient times and the present day, various branches of armed forces—armies, navies, marine corps, and air forces—have evolved to meet the needs of leaders and countries the world over. From Sumerian battles to more recent conflicts—the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, for example—the role of armed forces has grown alongside the emergence of more advanced technology and transportation. These detailed volumes examine the organization and historical development of the various branches of armed forces across the globe, as well as the roles they have played in major world events.

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• Detailed descriptions of equipment, vessels, and weaponry used by each branch • Sidebars highlight notable military figures, events, and concepts.

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• Profiles of armed forces from around the world provide comparative perspective. • Critical for the study of world history

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The History of Air Forces Around the World

The History of Armies Around the World

Edited by Shalini Saxena

Edited by Shalini Saxena

The introduction of aircraft to the world’s armed forces helped produce some of the greatest advances in modern warfare and led to the creation of air forces in many of the world’s militaries. This title’s comprehensive coverage of these developments makes it a must-read for history buffs, military enthusiasts, and fans of aeronautics alike. With specialized content dedicated to the missile age and the use of aircraft in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars, this book is highly relevant for anybody seeking to understand the new types of off-the-ground technologies—including unmanned aerial vehicles—that have become key for armed forces in the 21st century.

This high-interest book delves into the compositions, command structures, and histories of the greatest armies in the world. Beginning with ancient armies from Egypt, Greece, and Assyria, this title takes readers on a tour through the development of armies in the Middle Ages, early modern history, and during the most notable conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special focus is given to prominent contemporary armies and the structure and history of the U.S. Army, in particular. BOOK 978-1-6227-5139-6 eBook 978-1-6227-5140-2 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5141-9

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The History of Marines Around the World

The History of Navies Around the World

Edited by Shalini Saxena

Edited by Shalini Saxena

By combining both naval and terrestrial tactics, marine forces have formed a key part of many armed forces in history and are notably often among the first to fight. This thorough guide to the world’s most prominent marine corps covers the use of amphibious assaults in the major conflicts of the last two centuries, including the Napoleonic Wars, both World Wars, the Korean War, the Falklands War, and conflicts of the 21st century, among others. Photographs and sidebars help make this book as visually appealing as it is informative.

An essential guide for all readers interested in high seas combat, this book covers the history of navies from the time of ancient Greek galleys to the development of battleships in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to the present day. Various types of combat vessels are explained in detail with vivid photographs to illustrate. Significant attention is also given to the most noteworthy modern navies, including those of North Korea, Russia, and the United States.

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Research Tools You Can Use

This collection offers readers an invaluable resource for preparing for and executing a variety of school projects as well as helping them to become familiar with the fundamentals of research both in print and digital form. Further, each title helps students to meet certain requirements of the Common Core standards, such as determining the meaning of certain words and phrases, interpreting information, and being able to locate answers to questions and solve problems. The titles in this collection serve as a toolbox for readers who are just entering the academic space and the new frontier of multiplatform information.

reading level GradeS 2–3 Interest Level Grades 3–6

Key Features • Prepares readers to use both print and online tools and resources • These instructive volumes support Common Core standards (such as using glossaries and indexes, interpreting charts, and drawing on information from multiple sources). • Content that encourages and inspires thinking, reading, and discussion

How Do I Use a Database?

How Do I Use a Dictionary?

written by laura la bella

written by jennifer landau

A database is something that most students use every day, yet they may be in the dark when it comes to understanding how one works. Understanding the mechanics behind computer databases is likely to help them better put the technology to good use. The information compiled in this book sheds light on the types of databases, as well as how they organize, store, and retrieve information. Readers are also guided through an activity that gives them hands-on experience, putting what they’ve learned through the text to the test.

This engaging narrative introduces readers to the world of words and their meanings. Students learn that they can determine the part of speech a word is and often the synonyms and antonyms for the words. The volume describes the different types of dictionaries, how they are compiled and organized, what pronunciation symbols and accents mean, and what abbreviations represent. Word Workers and vocabulary boxes explain well-known lexicographers and important words to know. Readers practice their dictionary skills in an activity section.

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How Do I Use an Atlas? written by therese shea

Cell phones and GPS gadgets abound, but there is no substitute for learning the tried and true method of using an atlas. In this concise volume, readers learn how atlases came to exist and how they have evolved over the years. Exercises and fact boxes throughout the book engage readers in hands-on activities to familiarize them with using an atlas and its features. This instructive volume supports Common Core standards (such as using glossaries and indexes, interpreting charts, and drawing on information from multiple sources) with content that encourages and inspires thinking, reading, and discussion. BOOK 978-1-6227-5340-6 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5342-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5366-6

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skill building reading level Grades 2–3 Interest Level Grades 3–6

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How Do I Use an Encyclopedia?

How Do I Use a Library?

How Do I Use a Thesaurus?

written by therese harasymiw

written by susan meyer

Amidst the labyrinthine collection of books where readers and researchers can lose themselves for hours, libraries also host a wealth of digital resources; allow visitors to check out movies, music, and video games; and organize talks, story times, and much more. This lively volume helps readers navigate the physical and digital bookshelves of libraries, explaining the various types of libraries and breaking down how to use library catalogues and classification systems. Readers are then guided through a short research project, encouraging them to connect information from multiple sources in line with Common Core requirements.

The greatest remedy for writer’s block—and an effective way to expand one’s vocabulary—is the use of the writer’s go-to resource: a thesaurus. Thesauri are easier to use than ever before, thanks to numerous online options that complement traditional print editions. Readers will not only discover how to zero in on just the right word for the occasion, but they will also learn how to identify parts of speech, related words, and the fine distinctions among words. This is an indispensible guide to mastering the most important tool of a wordsmith. BOOK 978-1-6227-5369-7 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5370-3 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5373-4

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How Do I Use an Encyclopedia? written by suzanne weinick

A welcome edition for the digital age, this volume teaches young people how to do encyclopedia research in the traditional sense. Readers learn the basics of how to use an encylopedia, how to search for information both offline and online, and how to utilize their findings in school projects. They also learn how to do online research, and search tips and information on online citations are given. Finally, this volume lets readers test their research skills. Following the Common Core curriculum standards for preparing readers to use online tools and resources, this resource is a bridge to the digital age for young learners. BOOK 978-1-6227-5384-0 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5385-7 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5388-8

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The Britannica Common Core Library

Oral or written, words paint pictures that no other medium can fully capture. Myths, legends, fables, folktales, poems, and fairy tales are among the oldest forms that storytelling has taken and can be found in cultures across the globe. The origins, themes, and elements common to each as well as the features that distinguish one form from another—from the types of characters to structure—are considered in depth in these exciting volumes. Readers will also be introduced to notable authors of each form and are given the tools to try writing their very own stories.

reading level GradeS 2–3 Interest Level Grades 2–5

Key Features • Gives students full understanding of different genres • Supports Common Core standards relating to determining the central message or moral of fables, folktales, and myths, as well as the descriptions of characters, understanding of text, appreciation for craft and structure, and the comparing and contrasting of themes, plots, and settings • Six tales from different cultures are told in each book. • Stories are compared and contrasted to develop critical thinking. • Central message, lesson, or moral of each story is highlighted. • Readers are introduced to common types of texts. • A “Write Your Own” section in each book encourages readers to tell stories in their own words.

What Is a Fable?

What Is a Fairy Tale?

written by robyn hardyman

written by robyn hardyman

With bright photographs and illustrations, this volume explains the concept of a fable—defining the genre, detailing its characteristics, and reproducing some of the most famous examples of these stories from cultures around the world. Included in the Common Core Reading Standards, the fable is an irrefutably fundamental genre that allows young readers to learn universal morals by using animals to teach them important lessons. After learning all about fables, a hands-on, guided activity at the end helps readers go through the steps necessary to write their very own.

Fairy tales have existed in every culture around the world, teaching children stories of characters in imaginary worlds who undergo hardship but learn to overcome their difficult circumstances. This compelling book covers the basic components that make up fairy tales, as well as the purpose these fantastic tales serve in culture. Some of the most famous fairy tales are retold in varying versions, unique to different cultures, followed by activities that help readers identify what these tales have in common and what sets them apart. After learning the key elements of fairy tales, readers are given a step-by-step guide to plan out their own magical characters, setting, and plot.

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What Is a Folktale? written by geoff barker

This enchanting book delves into the history of folktales, or stories made up by peoples around the world to teach important values to their children. Traditional folktales from a variety of Native American communities and distant countries such as India and Botswana are all presented to show the commonalities shared by such diverse cultures in their classic stories. Artwork and paintings illustrate the tales, while text boxes explain important terms that are also defined in the glossary. As a part of the Common Core standards, understanding folktales is an essential skill for students—one they can develop with the help of the narrative and examples herein.

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Fine Arts & Literature reading level GradeS 2-3 Interest Level Grades 2–5

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What Is a Myth?

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What Is a Myth?

What Is a Legend?

What Is a Myth?

written by robyn hardyman

written by geoff barker

Legends are riveting tales that are based on real events, but exaggerated so that they are not completely true. In this book, readers will learn the most important aspects of what defines a legend, as well as how to tell fact from fiction in these semihistorical tales. Famous legends, such as those of Robin Hood and El Dorado, are presented in abridged versions that help anybody identify what various legends have in common and what is unique to the culture where the tale originated. Well-known classics are paired up with legends from various other cultures, including the Native American tribes of the Americas, encouraging readers to open their minds to stories from all around the globe.

Every culture in human history has created its own myths to describe how the natural world works. These stories that explain the cultural lessons, values, and religious beliefs of a specific group of people are a prime component of the Common Core Reading Standards for grade levels 2 and 3, and within this book some of the best-known myths are reproduced in a way that readers can grasp and interpret their meanings. Norse, Egyptian, and Chinese myths are among those included—each told in a way that prompts cross-cultural comparisons and awakens an interest in exploring more myths. BOOK 978-1-6227-5195-2 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5196-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5197-6

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What Is a Poem? written by geoff barker

Included in the Common Core standards, poetry was one of the earliest genres of literature and remains one of the most important today. Rhythm, word stress, and the other central elements of poetry are explained, as well as themes that are common in this sensory-based form of writing. Many examples of short poems are featured, including samples of the haiku form that originated in Japan or the Irish limerick known for incorporating humor, among others. After reading this guide, readers will feel confident in understanding many types of poems and may even try writing some verses of their own! BOOK 978-1-6227-5220-1 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5225-6 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5305-5

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Making a Difference: Leaders Who Are Changing the World

There are many people who can make a difference in the life of a teen, from parents and other family members to teachers and coaches. Those who go out of their way to make life more rewarding for others are always appreciated. But there are people who actually change life for millions of people. Those leaders who use their intellect, compassion, abilities, and personalities to change the world are the subjects of this engaging series. Readers will be inspired by these concise biographies of the political, spiritual, and corporate men and women who change our world every day.

reading level Grade 5 Interest Level Grades 5–8+

Key Features • The world’s most prominent, energetic, and inspiring leaders are profiled here, with comprehensive biographical information and a compelling focus on the figures’commitment to public service and their transformative effect upon global society—and the hearts and minds of people worldwide. • Timelines of major achievements provide a graphic view of each person’s history and accomplishments. •B rief bios of other difference makers are included in the text, broadening the scope of the topic, enticing readers to explore more. • Boxed insets present “quick facts” about each leader.

Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar’s Freedom Fighter

Bill and Hillary Clinton: America’s First Couple

written by laura la bella

written by jess mapua

Aung San Suu Kyi was born to lead. Following in the footsteps of her dissident father, Aung San, she has resisted the machinations of a corrupt government for years and paid dearly for it. In a largely biographical format, this book details Aung’s rise as an opposition leader in Myanmar (formerly Burma), telling the story of a woman who willingly sacrificed her freedoms for those of her people. Background information and notable moments in her struggle are called out in boxed insets.

Few political figures are as polarizing as Bill and Hillary Clinton. This power couple has generated fiercely mixed reactions since their first appearance on the political stage. A new Clinton era may be dawning, as Hillary again tests the waters for a presidential bid. Uncovering all the layers of myth, rumor, spin, and talk-radio takedowns, this examination is clear-eyed and calm, objectively reviewing the origins, rise, near fall, and reemergence of the world’s most influential couple. It is a fascinating tale of hard work, ambition, idealism and calculation, political might and human weakness and, ultimately, the enduring strength of family.

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Bill and Melinda Gates: Digital Age Philanthropists written by greg roza

The names Bill and Melinda Gates are often in the headlines, whether it’s for the newest Microsoft innovation or, more recently, for their inspiring philanthropic donations and endeavors. This book offers young readers a lively, accessible overview of the lives of these high-profile leaders, including their formative years, their accomplishments, and their astounding but thoughtful charitable contributions. This biography introduces readers to the upbringing and personalities of both Bill and Melinda, and explains how they work tirelessly as a team to improve the lives of the less fortunate around the world. BOOK 978-1-6227-5450-2 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5451-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5454-0

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Bill and Melinda Gates

Pope Francis: The People’s Pontiff

Sonia Sotomayor: The Supreme Court’s First Hispanic Justice

written by sarah machajewski

written by richard barrington

As leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope is the most visible spiritual leader in the world. The first non-European leader of the church in more than 1,200 years, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope in 2013. Taking the name Francis, the new pope has captivated the world with messages of justice, tolerance, and concern for the poor. This accessible biography tells Pope Francis’s life story, tracing his path to this important role in the church and on the world stage. It discusses his compassionate acts and efforts to bring about change, which have created excitement about the church’s future.

Rising out of poverty to become the third female and first Hispanic associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor truly embodies the American dream. Her journey from a housing project to the Ivy League and then through all three levels of the federal court system has inspired countless individuals across the country. Even in the midst of her successes, Sotomayor has made time to reach out to various communities to help ensure that all have equal opportunities for success. Readers will learn about her incredible life story and her contributions to both the legal system and the world outside of the courts.

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The Dalai Lama: Spiritual Leader of the Tibetan People written by jeanne nagle

From his humble beginnings to his worldwide fame, the still humble Dalai Lama, originally from Tibet, is an inspiration to many, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. Full of fascinating facts, this engaging book chronicles the life, achievements, awards, teachings, and ideals of this gifted and devoted promoter of peace and political independence—most notably for the people of Tibet, who remain under the control of the Chinese government. Though he himself remains exiled from Tibet, the Dalai Lama does all he can on the world stage to make the plight of his people known. This is the inspiring story of a uniquely passionate freedom fighter, political leader, public conscience, and spiritual guide. BOOK 978-1-6227-5441-0 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5440-3 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5444-1

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Making a Difference: Athletes Who Are Changing the World

While some professional athletes are admired for their walls of trophies, endorsement deals, and large paychecks, others have become inspirations for their efforts away from the spotlight as well. From working with at-risk youth to funding schools and hospitals to rolling up their sleeves in the wake of natural disasters, the remarkable athletes surveyed in these volumes have used their celebrity to contribute to a variety of important causes. Readers will learn how stars from the football, tennis, baseball, basketball, and racing worlds have translated their material successes to significant charitable undertakings, becoming role models both in and out of the sports arena.

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Derek Jeter in the Community

Jeff Gordon in the Community

written by matt anniss

written by matt anniss

Even during his first outstanding rookie season in Major League Baseball, Derek Jeter was determined to channel his burgeoning success into helping the community. This book explores the ways in which one of the world’s top-performing baseball stars has become a role model by practicing what he preaches—eating well and exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and working hard to achieve success. Readers will learn all about Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, which supports programs that encourage physical fitness and good values. All in all, this book shows the rewards that come from an athlete giving back.

In the 1990s, NASCAR racing star Jeff Gordon became a household name for his extraordinary wins on the track. Today he is equally well known for his charitable work with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. This book takes an in-depth look at Gordon’s successful efforts to raise funding for cancer research, as well as the construction of pediatric hospitals and health facilities. Packed with colorful photographs and “Star Stats,” this book shows readers how this sports star is making a difference behind the wheel and out in the community.

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Kevin Durant in the Community written by matt anniss

Raised in a poor area of Washington, D.C., Kevin Durant is a true example of how studying and working hard can lead to great success in sports. As a role model for basketball fans nationwide, Durant works with several charities and manages the Kevin Durant Family Foundation, which works with kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and singleparent families. This book, complete with “Star Stats” and a timeline of achievements, celebrates Durant’s charitable activities and basketball success. BOOK 978-1-6227-5180-8 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5181-5 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5182-2

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Venus & Serena Williams In the Community

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Peyton & Eli Manning in the Community

Robert Griffin III in the Community

written by matt anniss

written by matt anniss

Thanks to their record-breaking level of play, multiple Super Bowl wins, and numerous awards, Peyton and Eli Manning have become two of the most popular names in American football. This book chronicles the rise to fame of these football legends, as well as the ways in which they have used their success to give back to the community. Shots of the brothers in action—on the playing field and performing charitable work—and offset facts about their lives and careers help illustrate the hard work and responsibilities that come with great success.

One of the most outstanding features of Robert Griffin III’s football career has been his commitment to personally connecting with his fans. From his earliest days with the Washington Redskins, RG3, as Griffin has been nicknamed, has conducted himself in such a way as to become a popular role model. He promotes healthy physical lifestyles, strong spiritual faith and values, and a commitment to giving time to others in need. This book highlights one athlete’s inspiring commitment to success, showing how strength of character goes a long way toward making a difference.

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Venus & Serena Williams in the Community written by matt anniss

The story of the Williams sisters is an inspirational tale of two driven young women who overcame racism, classism, and sexism in their fight to excel in the world of sports. In this image-packed book, readers will discover how Venus and Serena’s astounding success journey is tied to their charitable efforts with organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund. “Star Stats” and a timeline of achievements highlight these tennis stars’ accomplishments both on and off the court. BOOK 978-1-6227-5170-9 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5171-6 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5172-3

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Essential Authors for Children & Teens

Through the creation of memorable characters, compelling storylines, precisely wrought style, and universal themes, great authors have the power to make a lasting impact on individual lives and entire cultures. The stories of influential writers are often as compelling as the tales they tell and the sentiments they arouse through the written word. These absorbing volumes survey the lives of hundreds of writers—both past and present—to whom readers are indebted for some of the greatest works of literature, across genres.

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Key Features • Emphasis on both the most beloved young adult authors and those writers who are most often taught in schools and whose work is firmly entrenched in the curriculum • Authors are presented in an A–Z format. • Focused biographies clearly detail significant life events and published works. • Provides the biographical and historic context behind the “authentic literature” your students are reading.

Great Authors of Classic Literature

Great Authors of Popular Fiction

Edited by Jeanne Nagle

While a number of genres—including mystery, romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, literary fiction, and thrillers, among others—comprise the broader category of fiction, few authors in those genres can claim popular crossover appeal. Culled from a variety of these genres, the authors profiled in this appealing volume have penned books that have done just that. Readers will be introduced to the lives and works of such writers as Judy Blume, Michael Chabon, Suzanne Collins, Dave Eggers, Yann Martel, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut, learning how they achieved widespread acclaim and transcended literary conventions.

Edited by hope killcoyne

Of the many millions of books written over the course of history, only a relatively small percentage have been deemed classics. Authors of classic literature are those who have penned works definitive of a style, movement, era, or ethos. Their works are timeless in message and scope. This essential volume chronicles the lives of many literary luminaries— including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, and Virginia Woolf—examining their early histories, journeys to success, and greatest tomes. BOOK 978-1-6227-5084-9 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5085-6 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5099-3

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Great Authors of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Great Poets & Playwrights

Edited by Jeanne Nagle

As with novelists and short story writers, the job of poets and playwrights is to elicit emotion and generate thought. The difference is that the latter authors do so while adhering to rules different than those governing standard prose works. Where poets create rich verses loaded with subtext, playwrights rely largely on dialogue to create poignant scenes that become all the more powerful when performed onstage. This captivating collection of biographies profiles some of the greatest writers of poetry and drama, from Aeschylus to Diane Ackerman, Sophocles to David Mamet.

Edited by Jeanne Nagle

Fantastical realms, enchanted creatures, and imaginative technologies are but a few of the many elements that draw readers to the science fiction and fantasy genres of literature. Great science fiction and fantasy authors are skilled at blending the unfamiliar with the familiar, making their imaginative tales both grounded and, in some cases, prescient. Writers such as Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, J. K. Rowling, and J. R. R. Tolkien, to name a few, explore themes ranging from conformity and government control to the dual burden and blessing of advanced technology, challenging readers to reimagine the world they know. The lives of some of the most prolific and popular authors of these genres are surveyed in this compelling volume.

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Great Authors of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Great Authors of Children’s Books

Great Authors of Mystery, Horror & Thrillers

Edited by Jeanne Nagle

Edited by Jeanne Nagle

Few stories have the power to stay with us the way the tales we hear in childhood do. Great children’s book authors have at their disposal countless techniques to channel young imaginations and appeal directly to their audience’s tender sensibilities. They craft colorful characters whose circumstances and actions resonate with readers in a way that carries through well into adulthood. The creators of some of the most whimsical, witty, thought-provoking, and powerful children’s books of all time—including Lewis Carroll, Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter, Maurice Sendak, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, among many others—are presented in this exciting volume.

Mysteries, horror stories, and thrillers keep readers’ hearts pounding and their bodies firmly planted on the edge of their seats. The authors who have provided some of the greatest literary adrenaline rushes in history are profiled in this book. These individuals challenge readers to solve crimes, delve into the supernatural, and face their deepest fears—all in the name of entertainment and edification. By examining the lives of many of the writers behind these popular works—including Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, John Grisham, Stephanie Meyer, and Bram Stoker—readers will also learn about the evolution of these genres, as well as the impetus behind the creation of many best-selling titles therein.

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Great Authors of Nonfiction Edited by Jeanne Nagle

Rooted in fact, great nonfiction works examine “the real world” from a literary standpoint. The authors of these stories often filter their material through the lens of personal history or knowledge of a particular field of study. They incorporate the back story and motivations of their protagonists, as well as the history of their subjects, and present it all in language that is as rich as that of any work of fiction. The lives of some of the top nonfiction authors—such as Rachel Carson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Sacks, Studs Terkel, and Elie Wiesel—are surveyed in this absorbing volume. BOOK 978-1-6227-5092-4 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5093-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5104-4

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People You Should Know

Neither success nor achievement is limited by profession, gender, race, or creed. Individuals of every stripe have been recognized for the ways in which they have broken boundaries, persevered against incredible odds, elevated their respective crafts, and left a lasting imprint on the world at large. These volumes introduce readers to some of the most remarkable women, musicians, athletes, philosophers, artists, and world leaders of all time—individuals who are well worth knowing on a personal and professional level.

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Top 101 Artists

Top 101 Athletes

Edited by Shalini Saxena

Edited by jeanne nagle

The influence of art on culture and society at large is irrefutable, and the 101 artists included in this book are some of the most recognizable names in the history of Western art. These biographies will help readers gain entry to the lives of many of the individuals who have defined art in its various mediums throughout the ages. Photographers, painters, and sculptors are among those included, making these profiles a must-read for fans of any genre of the visual arts. Photographs of the artists and images of their pieces serve as visually stunning complements to the details of their personal stories, influences, and their contributions to the world of art.

Major sports stars share many traits, among them selfdiscipline through regimented training, competition at the highest level, and mastery of their respective sports. Embedded in the public’s consciousness, these individuals can’t help but make an impact on the lives of fans the world over—whether they’re reaching for glory, achieving the pinnacle of success, or falling out of favor because of controversy. This exciting volume introduces readers to 101 remarkable athletes from a variety of sports, including David Beckham, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Jackie Robinson, and Venus and Serena Williams.

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Top 101 Musicians Edited by Shalini Saxena

While much in the history of music builds on what came before it, each generation witnesses musical innovations that define a genre and can endure long after their creation. The individuals profiled in this lively volume have been responsible for some of the most inspired and lasting works in the history of music, those that have remained timeless even as musical styles, genres, instruments, and technologies have evolved. The stories of such icons as Guido D’Arezzo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, and Adele, among many others, are concisely presented, along with descriptions of their greatest contributions to music. BOOK 978-1-6227-5121-1 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5122-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5123-5

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Top 101 Athletes

Top 101 Philosophers

Top 101 Remarkable Women

Edited by jeanne nagle

Edited by jeanne nagle

Although their methodologies, areas of focus, and conclusions may diverge greatly, all philosophers in some form or another pose questions about universal truths. These individuals have elevated discourse and changed the way we interpret the world around us. Profiles of 101 of the most noteworthy individuals in the field introduce readers to the various philosophical schools of thought, as well as the ongoing questions and debates that have occupied philosophers and nonphilosophers alike for centuries.

Women have faced oppression and gender inequality throughout history. Yet despite overwhelming odds stacked against them, there have always been a brave few who challenged the status quo and wound up making great strides in a wide variety of fields. From ancient times to the present day, women have broken down barriers and emerged as influential and important political leaders, activists, scientists, writers, artists, athletes, performers, and more. This volume chronicles the lives of many ground-breaking individuals—Cleopatra, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman, and Oprah Winfrey among them—as well as the challenges they faced as they sought to improve the human condition.

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Top 101 World Leaders Edited by jeanne nagle

Political leaders have the power to effect great change and unite disparate peoples. Unfortunately, as Lord Acton and others have noted, power also can corrupt those who wield it. Throughout time, the world has witnessed the reigns of both benevolent and brutal leaders, some guiding nations to greatness and others perpetrating unspeakable atrocities. This inclusive volume examines the lives of some of history’s most notable and notorious leaders from around the globe. Readers are invited to consider the nature of governance and the qualities that define true leadership. BOOK 978-1-6227-5124-2 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5125-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5306-2

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Gods and Goddesses of Mythology: Set 2

sociology reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

© 2015

The concept of supreme beings with the power to alter the natural world—and influence the lives of humans in the process—is common amongst cultures around the globe. Civilizations have developed religions and cultivated societal traditions around their attempts to appease or enjoin the favor of these gods and goddesses. This series examines the belief systems of ancient and indigenous peoples, highlighting the deities and spirit beings that have figured prominently in each society profiled.

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Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China

Gods & Goddesses of Ancient India

Edited by trenton campbell

Edited by tammy laser

This authoritative volume examines the two main faiths, Confucianism and Daoism, that developed before China had meaningful contact with the rest of the world. Aspects of Buddhism later joined features of these faiths to form elements of Chinese ideology and, with the beliefs in immortals and the worship of ancestors, they led to a popular religion. The narrative describes the gods and goddesses that dominated China’s mythology and folk culture, roughly from the 3rd millennium to 221 BCE, including the Baxian (Eight Immortals), Chang’e (moon goddess), Guandi (god of war), the Men Shen (door spirits), and Pan Gu (first man).

This encyclopedic volume is a thorough examination of the history of religion in ancient India, detailing each of the gods and goddesses, his or her origins, and how the gods continue to be worshipped today. The history of religion is directly tied to the history of the past one thousand years. World history is an important part of the history curriculum, making this volume a valuable teaching tool, as well as an entertaining read. Vibrant images make it a visual experience. BOOK 978-1-6227-5390-1 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5391-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5392-5

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Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations

Native American Spirit Beings

Edited by john murphy

Native American spirituality is as rich and varied as the cultures wherein it is practiced. Unlike the ancient Greeks and Romans, who worshipped divine gods and goddesses, the indigenous people of North America revere a variety of nondeity spirit beings, which are entities with mystical powers. The crux of Native American spirituality and the most intriguing spirit beings are discussed in this book. Detailed material on Native American religious traditions, beliefs by culture area, and a complete chapter on nature worship are included in this informative package.

Edited by jeanne nagle

Sharing many common beliefs, deities, and rituals, the religion of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca was rooted in both the earth and the sky, the rhythms of the seasons, and the movements of the sun, moon, and stars. Readers will meet rain and sun gods, corn gods and fertility gods, earth mothers who are both creators and destroyers, and even a feathered serpent. Lavish primary-source images of arts and artifacts are paired with text that is both information packed and enthralling. Readers who enter this pantheon are in for an awe-inspiring cultural journey through the divine mysteries of time and space.

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Gods and Goddesses of Mythology: Set 1

sociology reading level Grade 8 Interest Level Grades 7–12+

© 2014

Mythology reveals a great deal about a culture’s past, beliefs, social structure, and traditions. Evolving to explain a variety of natural and observed phenomena, mythology from around the world frequently involves the plights of gods and goddesses whose actions directly impact human beings and the world they inhabit. These lively volumes examine the fundamentals of the Greek, Roman, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian mythological traditions and profile some of the most famous and loved figures from each.

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• Richly illustrated with full-color images of paintings, sculptures, pottery, and more

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Egyptian Gods & Goddesses

Greek Gods & Goddesses

Edited by johnathan deaver

Edited by michael taft

Gods and goddesses—in human, animal, and other forms— were central to the ancient Egyptian way of life. Identified with the natural world, daily living, and the afterlife, they maintained order and prevented chaos from permeating the human world. The figures documented in ancient hieroglyphics are given dimension in this absorbing volume, which examines the characteristics and significance of many of the Egyptian gods and goddesses and also looks at related topics such as ancient symbols and the influence of Egyptian mythology on other cultures and belief systems.

Giving Western literature and art many of its most enduring themes and archetypes, Greek mythology and the gods and goddesses at its core are a fundamental part of the popular imagination. At the heart of Greek mythology are exciting stories of drama, action, and adventure featuring gods and goddesses, who, while physically superior to humans, share many of their weaknesses. Readers will be introduced to the many figures once believed to populate Mount Olympus as well as related concepts and facts about the Greek mythological tradition.

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Mesopotamian Gods & Goddesses

Roman Gods & Goddesses

Edited by vincent hale

Edited by william white

Mesopotamian religion was one of the earliest religious systems to develop with—and in turn influence—a high civilization. Followed by the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, Mesopotamian religion and mythology reflected the complexities of these societies and has been preserved in remnants of their cultural, economic, and political institutions. This absorbing volume provides a glimpse of the cradle of civilization by examining Mesopotamian religious and mythological beliefs as well as some of the many gods and goddesses at the core of their stories and also looks at epics—such as that of Gilgamesh— and other aspects of Mesopotamian life.

While the ancient Roman pantheon in many ways resembles that of ancient Greece, there is much that sets apart Roman mythology. Romans also borrowed from the religions of ancient Egypt, Asia Minor, and the Middle East, and legendary figures such as Romulus and Remus, tied closely to the history of Rome, feature prominently in ancient stories. The major and lesser figures of Roman mythology are presented in this vibrant volume with sidebars spotlighting related facts and concepts about Roman mythology and religion. BOOK 978-1-6227-5158-7 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5159-4 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5160-0

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NEW!

Political and Economic Systems

Aimed toward upper-level readers, this series seamlessly blends the history, theory, and practice of the most significant political and economic systems from antiquity through modern times in engaging and all-encompassing guides. Each book thoroughly addresses the philosophical origins and implementations of major political systems, the key stages of their development in a variety of governments, and an assessment of their contemporary prevalence in the global political arena. These texts explain the full array of political and economic thought and the role it has played in both social and legal progress worldwide.

reading level Grade 10

Key Features

Interest Level Grades 9–12+

• Key political science and economics terminology is employed and explained contextually in line with the Common Core History and Social Studies Standards. • The blend of content from history, political science, anthropology, and economics provides for an exceedingly comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. • Biographical details and theory from key historical figures and political thinkers are included to give an ideological framework to the movements presented.

Anarchism, Revolution, and Terrorism

Bands, Tribes & First Peoples and Nations

Edited by nicholas croce

Edited by ariana wolff

This title is an indispensable resource for those who are interested in the ways that small ideological groups can and have overthrown governments to further their political agendas. Spanning history, this resource looks at some of the most famous revolutionary groups, their beliefs, and the ways in which they achieved their goals. From national revolutions to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this book shows how revolutionaries have changed the world, for both good and evil.

Anthropology, politics, and history come together to form an insightful blend in this authoritative title covering kinship, tribalism, and nonurban cultures the world over. Both the theory and practical examples of tribal cultures are presented, with several chapters dedicated to the various schools of anthropological thought on nonurban societies, accompanied by a survey of tribal and indigenous cultures both historically and in modern times. American Indians, the indigenous peoples of South America, nomadic tribes of the Middle East, and Aboriginal Australians are a few of the societies explored in this extensive text.

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Capitalism

Democracy

Edited by richard smalbach

Edited by zoe lowery

Capitalism is first and foremost an economic system that prizes free and competitive markets, private ownership, and a comparatively small role for government intervention and regulation. Yet capitalism also has many political undertones and has become associated with notions of freedom, individualism, self-determination, and antiunionism. As a political and economic philosophy, it was a major player in the Cold War, squaring off against communism and seemingly triumphing. The colorful history of this economic system that doubles as a political philosophy is recounted here, from Medieval-era experiments in agrarian capitalism and mercantilism to the 21st-century digital economy and bitcoins. This is a fascinating and provocative read and an immersive journey through the political and economic history of the modern world.

The concept of democracy is far from new, but this comprehensive volume addresses some of the volatile questions that continue to puzzle even the best of us. Readers will get a survey of the development of this form of government, dating back to its birth in ancient Athens and continuing to the present, following its development with the changing times. Thoughtful questions provoke discussion about its pros and cons, its strengths and weaknesses, and how, even after all these years, this method of governing could be even more effective in the future. BOOK 978-1-6227-5356-7 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5357-4 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5358-1

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Democracy

Dictatorship, Fascism, and Totalitarianism

Feudalism, Monarchies, and Nobility

Edited by shalini saxena

Edited by jeanne nagle

Gaining momentum in the early decades of the 20th century, a number of fascist and other authoritarian regimes could be found around the world by the 1950s. Many persist into the present day. Often led by oppressive dictators, these regimes share many characteristics, though each differ in various ways as well. This volume examines the historical trajectory of dictatorship, fascism, and totalitarianism; their characteristics; where they intersected and how they differed; and some of the individuals—including Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, among many others—infamous for violently imposing their often extreme agendas.

Stories of pageantry associated with kings, queens, and the upper class have long captivated readers of all ages. The reality behind how these entities have operated within set governmental systems has not always been as glamorous as these tales, but royalty retains an allure of its own nonetheless. This book provides a firm grounding in the historic political, social, and economic implications of rule by monarchy, including the prevalence of the feudal system in medieval Europe. Modern monarchies and the role of the aristocracy in every age are also detailed. BOOK 978-1-6227-5347-5 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5348-2 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5349-9

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Socialism and Communism Edited by John murphy

The story of socialism and communism is a saga of idealism and cynicism, revolution and repression, and power and powerlessness. The entire political and economic history of the modern era is contained in this account, forming a detailed and lively panorama. The world is still grappling with age-old questions regarding governance, equality, justice, and freedom. As this enthralling text details so vividly, socialism and communism attempted to answer these questions definitively. In that they failed, but in doing so, they highlighted the importance of the questions themselves and of the ordinary people whose lives hang in the balance, waiting for answers. BOOK 978-1-6227-5335-2 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5337-6 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5336-9

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Practical Technology

As technology becomes integral to everyday life, digital and information literacy become increasingly invaluable. Students must be able to navigate the wealth of information and resources in the virtual world and that ability starts with understanding the basic definition and structure of some of the most commonly used digital tools—web pages, search engines, databases, blogs, wikis and social networks. These engaging volumes cover each of these in depth, using real-world examples familiar to most readers and profiling some of the notable individuals who pioneered these technologies.

reading level Grade 5 Interest Level Grades 5–8

Key Features • Reinforces Common Core Standards for Media Literacy and the acquiring of content knowledge by instructing readers how to access, analyze, evaluate, create, synthesize, report on, and participate with media information old and new, print and nonprint • Readers are introduced to notable teen and tween tech users. • Key tech terms and phrases are examined and explained. • Each volume includes practical tips for navigating digital and online content safely. • Ensures “digital literacy” among 21st-century learners

What Is a Blog and How Do I Use It?

What Is a Database and How Do I Use It?

written by leon gray

written by matt anniss

The widespread use of blogging today has made understanding how to read and write these online journals an essential skill for digital literacy at any age. In these pages, the ins and outs of several kinds of blogs—including political, news, and personal ones—are explained in clear terms. Content management, HyperText Markup Language (HTML) text editing, and web hosting are just a few of the topics that are simplified to guide users towards getting the most out of this cyber technology.

In this handbook on databases, the complex world of computer applications used for storing, managing, and accessing information is broken down in an easy-to-comprehend format. Concrete examples of physical and online databases that readers will already know coupled with explanations of how more advanced databases work will help the reader grasp digital information storage on all levels. With sidebars on topics such as Structured Query Language (SQL) and how databases are used in social media, as well as a chapter dedicated to data security, this book is certain to help young readers learn the essentials of using and understanding database technology.

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What Is a Search Engine and How Do I Use It? written by leon gray

This handy guide to search engines allows readers to learn the tricks to using these Internet-indexing services to their maximum potential. With an informative history of the development of search engines, this book teaches readers how this essential tool for the web has advanced in its technology for categorizing websites and then pulling them up for users at the click of a search button. From an electronic “spider” that crawls the Internet looking for new web pages to the meta tags and hash codes that have come to help optimize results, this book covers the early days of Yahoo and WebCrawler through the most recent developments in search engine technology. A discussion of cloud computing and other safety issues makes this a key read for anybody who wants to stay up on today’s issues in Internet security.

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What Is a Social Network and How Do I Use It?

What Is a Website and How Do I Use It?

written by leon gray

written by matt anniss

With the continued growth of social networking as a pervasive presence in our day-to-day lives, the need is greater than ever for a guide for young readers that helps them understand their engagement with this key medium of online communication. This book breaks down the basics of social media, its benefits, and its dangers for Internet users today. By explaining the concept of networking—both on and offline—readers will learn the importance of social interaction and meaningful relationships, as well as how to safely use online communities to interact with friends and avoid cyberbullies, or “trolls.” Sidebars shed light on navigating the various social media websites mentioned within the text.

Almost every day of our lives we go online and connect to websites for the news, research, or simply to socialize, but many of us may not know the history of the Internet and how web pages are made. This enlightening book takes the broad concept of the World Wide Web and makes it understandable for any reader, explaining HyperText Markup Language (HTML) tagging, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and the other design elements necessary to build and design a website. It is also packed with links to online tutorials to help readers get started on creating their very own websites. BOOK 978-1-6227-5072-6 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5074-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5109-9

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What Is a Wiki and How Do I Use It? written by leon gray

This lively guide to the wiki phenomenon narrates the history of wikis, explains how they work, and projects the future of these collaborative, content-driven sites based on developments already under way. With lists of the most popular wikis, biographies of the key figures of the wiki movement, and a timeline of feature developments integrated into wikis today, readers will finish this book feeling confident in their ability to understand, use, and create a wiki on any subject. Also explained are the dangers of hacking, “edit wars,” and ways to stay protected from cybervandalism. BOOK 978-1-6227-5069-6 eBOOK 978-1-6227-5071-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-6227-5108-2

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Introduction to Biology Countless biological processes enable the existence of all organisms and facilitate their interactions with the living and nonliving world around them. The microscopic structures and intricate mechanisms that make up these processes—from those that regulate the heartbeat of a child to those that govern photosynthesis in a plant—illuminate much about the past and future of all life. By examining the biological basis of various life forms and their characteristic behavioral patterns, these comprehensive volumes illuminate the magnificent organization of the natural world.

reading level Grade 8

Key Features

Interest Level Grades 7–12+

• Annotated diagrams illustrate complex structures and concepts • Detailed glossaries explain new terms • Sidebars highlight significant thinkers and concepts in numerous subfields of biology

Book Review: A Closer Look at Genes and Genetic Engineering “...the book holds the academic vocabulary the students need. Much like reading a textbook, but with much more pizzazz.” —Deri David, School Librarian, Gainesville Middle School

A Closer Look at the Animal Kingdom

A Closer Look at Bacteria, Algae, and Protozoa

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Distinguished by their highly developed mental faculties and their capacity for reason, humans are often said to reign sovereign in the animal kingdom. With their complex interactions, intricate social structures, and extensive range of displayed emotions, however, all creatures can be said to contribute uniquely to the planet and to the subsistence of all other beings. This colorful volume surveys the various members of the animal kingdom and the habits, behaviors, and physical characteristics that unite and distinguish all animals.

Bacteria, algae, and protozoa—microorganisms that are easily overlooked in our daily lives—can be found in a wide variety of locations and serve innumerable ecological purposes. While some such organisms have been associated with disease, they have also been invaluable in agriculture and in the production of certain foods, medicines, and other necessities. This informative volume examines the properties and uses of these powerful and essential life forms. Graphic organizers and detailed images bring the miniscule details of these entities to the forefront.

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A Closer Look at Biology, Microbiology, and the Cell

A Closer Look at Genes and Genetic Engineering

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Edited by Michael Anderson

Formalizing study of the natural world may seem like a daunting task considering the sheer breadth and variety of living things that inhabit the planet. From the microscopic organisms in the world’s most remote locations to those in the human body, evidence of the intricate structures and mechanisms that enable life are ubiquitous and new discoveries constantly reveal new possibilities that demand to be examined. This volume surveys the multitude of subjects that comprise the field of biology and includes an overview of the development of biology, microbiology, and cell theory.

Although we often search social and historical documents for clues to our past, biological “documents” perhaps hold the most important evidence of our heritage. The traits we inherit from our parents and pass on to our offspring are encoded in our genes and DNA and reveal much about both our origins and our future. This volume examines the fascinating biology behind genetics and genetic disorders. It also carefully considers the principles of gene manipulation and genetic engineering whose potential to revolutionize medicine, industry, and agriculture is becoming increasingly evident with every new discovery.

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A Closer Look at Living Things Edited by Michael Anderson

Life comes in all shapes and forms, and living entities dwell in all types of habitats. There are seven characteristics that all life forms share—the ability to move, to sense, to respire, to consume nutrition, to grow, to reproduce, and to excrete waste matter. Complete with annotated illustrations that clarify complex structures and life processes, this volume surveys the parts, characteristics, and classifications of various living things and explores the evolution of life in general. BOOK 978-1-61530-533-9 eBOOK 978-1-61530-583-4 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-599-5

A Closer Look at Plant Reproduction, Growth, and Ecology

A Closer Look at Plant Classifications, Parts, and Uses

Edited by Michael Anderson

For many of us, plants herald the change of seasons, represent the promise of nourishment, or serve as stunning visual reminders of Earth’s natural beauty. As vital components of nearly every ecosystem on the planet, plants play a fundamental ecological role in the lives of most organisms for their utility in food and clothing production, fuel, shelter, and a host of other activities. Complete with images and diagrams depicting the parts and growth stages of plants, this volume clarifies what defines a plant and introduces readers to the structures of various plants as well as their complex roles within our environment.

Edited by Sherman Hollar

The life cycle of a plant can be truly remarkable to observe, and the energy of plant life can be truly mystifying; consider how certain environments are inhospitable to life, yet they’re sprinkled with various forms of vegetation. Plant reproduction can occur asexually or sexually; the method of reproduction sets the stage for the plant’s growth and maturity. This flourishing volume examines the processes of plant reproduction and the stages of plant life, while also spotlighting the role of plants in various ecological settings.

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Introduction to Earth Science The mosaic formed by Earth’s many terrains and geographic treasures reflects the incredible journey the planet has taken in the millennia since it was formed. Fashioned from the natural forces and climatic conditions the Earth is subject to, the planet’s biomes—from its oceans to its deserts and rainforests—have nurtured a wide range of diverse plant and animal life. Loaded with stunning color images, these volumes provide a panoramic view of the planet’s extraordinary physical history and ecology, as well as the geologic and meteorological phenomena that have shaped it—and continue to do so today.

reading level Grade 8 Interest Level Grades 7–12+

Key Features • Vibrant photographs capture the beauty and majesty of Earth’s ecosystems.

“In this beautiful nonfiction series almost every page has a photographic border that is eye-catching; the text is clean and the page has sufficient white space to encourage reluctant students.”

• Detailed sidebars and maps supplement the text. • Comprehensive glossaries explain new terms and concepts.

—Library Media Connection

Investigating Earth’s Desert, Grassland, and Rainforest Biomes

Investigating Earth’s Oceans

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Contained in the immensity and depths of the Earth’s oceans, many of the planet’s species and resources thrive far away from the reaches of human civilization. With expanses that have yet to be discovered and enormous reservoirs of untapped potential, oceans provide fodder for all manner of research. This informative volume describes the features and properties of the bodies of water that make up 70 percent of the world’s surface as well as the various branches of oceanography dedicated to studying all aspects of the ocean and its life forms.

Edited by Michael Anderson

Perhaps the most prominent elements in the patchwork pattern formed by Earth’s regions and ecosystems are its deserts, grasslands, and rainforests. Though vastly different from one another and often separated by thousands of miles, these biomes are all life-sustaining components of a larger environmental network. This volume examines each of these captivating regions in turn as well as the various species that thrive within them. Vivid images provide colorful glimpses of the vistas and organisms that comprise each biome.

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Investigating Earth’s Polar Biomes

Investigating Earth’s Weather

Edited by Sherman Hollar

From the food available at the local store to the clothes we choose to wear every day, weather determines many of the major decisions we make and the actions we pursue. While we may not be able to control the weather, understanding the factors that cause a hurricane or allow us to plant certain crops, for example, can help us better prepare for both natural disasters and our daily lives. Detailed illustrations and photographs, interesting sidebars, and the topical narrative of this volume examine the conditions associated with different types of weather and the methods used to measure and forecast weather data.

Edited by Michael Anderson

The sub-zero temperatures and glacial conditions to which the polar regions of the Earth are often subject would make it difficult for many of us to survive there for long periods of time. Yet life is present in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and the lure of discovering new territories and resources has attracted both researchers and explorers to these icy expanses. Readers will journey alongside some of the early expeditions and will learn about the conditions and life that comprise the polar ecosystems. BOOK 978-1-61530-501-8 eBOOK 978-1-61530-550-6 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-613-8

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Investigating the Global Climate

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Investigating the History of Earth

Investigating Minerals, Rocks, and Fossils

Edited by Michael Anderson

Edited by Michael Anderson

It may be hard to believe that the Earth, with all the complexity and biodiversity we observe today, originated in a cloud of gas and dust. Yet much of the plant and animal life that seems so common now evolved relatively recently on the timeline of Earth’s long history. The Earth’s remarkable origins are chronicled in this insightful volume, which also examines the prehistoric organisms—from bacteria to dinosaurs—that populated the planet long before humans arrived.

Together, minerals, rocks, and fossils communicate much about Earth’s history. Much more than ornaments on a landscape, minerals and rocks are significant components of the planet’s foundation, while fossils contain clues as to the various life forms that once inhabited the planet. Readers are invited to take a closer look at the materials that have, in many ways, facilitated life, and to explore the types and categories of minerals, rocks, and fossils alike.

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Investigating Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes

Investigating the Global Climate

Edited by Michael Anderson

As the often unnoticed architect of a region’s landscapes and terrains, climate shapes the way life and societies develop in any given area. Reflecting the aggregate weather patterns of a place, climate can vary drastically around the globe and can itself be impacted by human actions. The classification systems that have been developed to comprehend the different types of climatic activity and the incredible range of effects it can have on the planet are the subjects of this insightful volume.

Edited by Michael Anderson

Some of the planet’s most destructive forces—including earthquakes and volcanic activity—are caused by the same factors that helped shape much of the Earth as it is today. Plate tectonics, or movement of the Earth’s outer layers, can occur in a number of different ways and produce a range of results, some minor and others far more considerable or devastating. Distinct maps, interesting sidebars, and annotated illustrations of the Earth’s layers are included in this volume, which details the motion of the planet and the nature and study of both earthquakes and volcanoes.

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Introduction to Physics Human experiences with the physical world are governed by a variety of natural laws that form the basis of the field of physics. These detailed volumes explore the fundamental concepts behind light, heat, sound, and matter, including the historical development of each subfield. Readers also are introduced to the brilliant minds that advanced each subject area. Key Features:

reading level Grade 8

• Informative sidebars spotlight significant facts and individuals. • Glossaries explain key terms and concepts.

Interest Level Grades 7–12+

• Relevant websites and organizations are included in each volume. Book review: heat “This is an exceptional resource and reference book about the nature of heat, temperature, and thermal energy and how they are alike and different. If you teach thermodynamics in middle school, this little book has the ability to capture the essence of a difficult concept and … make it easy to understand. The format of the book includes pictures, biographies, useful examples, and exciting facts. It uses a no–nonsense approach to learning. The visuals explaining how heat is transferred are especially impressive. … Its real life applications and larger than life format make it a good resource to accentuate learning about heat and temperature.” —National Science Teachers Association

Heat

Light

Edited by Andrea R. Field

Edited by Michael Anderson

Our body’s interpretation of hot and cold instinctively alerts us to the existence of temperature differences and gives us some sense of the concept of heat. Heat—the energy that is transferred from one object to another because of a difference in temperature—is a critical part of our lives even when we are not aware of it, including the melting of ice and functioning of an engine. This comprehensive volume examines heat and the related concepts of temperature, thermal energy, and thermodynamics and introduces readers to some of the great minds that furthered our understanding of this fundamental area of physics.

Our visual experience of the world and our ability to perceive the objects and people around us would be impossible without light and the many roles it plays in our daily lives. In addition to facilitating our perception, light sustains life on earth by heating the atmosphere and providing energy to plants. The fundamentals of light— including how it is measured, its interaction with matter, and the particle and wave theories of light—are covered in this detailed volume. BOOK 978-1-61530-840-8 eBOOK 978-1-61530-844-6 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-847-7

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Matter

Sound

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The diversity of the various states of matter—solids, liquids, and gases—belies their essential similarities. All matter is composed of atoms that combine in different ways, giving us the multitude of shapes and structures we observe on a daily basis. Readers examine the different states and properties of matter, as well as the laws and forces to which matter is subject. Annotated diagrams provide visualization of complex concepts.

Sound has the power to soothe, excite, warn, protect, and inform. Indeed, the transmission and reception of audio signals pervade our daily lives. Readers will examine the mechanics and properties of sound and be provided an overview of the “interdisciplinary science called acoustics.” Also covered are functions and diseases of the human ear.

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Matter

Electricity

Electronics

Edited by Michael Anderson

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Electrical charges pervade nature, including lightning in a thunderstorm and the signals within our own bodies. Electrical energy also powers many devices—refrigerators, televisions, and computers, to name a few—upon which modern life depends. This illuminating volume explores the various aspects of electricity, including electric fields, currents, and circuits, as well as the relationship of electricity and magnetism to the functioning of motors and generators.

Although most people would scarcely be able to make it through the day without using some type of electronic device—computers, televisions, and MP3 players, to name a few—the inner workings of such devices remain a mystery to many. This insightful volume examines various components, such as electron tubes and semiconductors, that have been essential to electronics over the years, as well as the history of the field in general and its applications in everyday life.

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Energy

The Science of Physics

Edited by Andrea R. Field

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While it cannot be seen, energy is all around us. Defined as the capacity to do work, energy can be transferred from one entity to another, and exists in many different forms. This detailed volume examines the basics of energy, both kinetic and potential. Forays into more complex concepts, such as nuclear fission and fusion, the relationship between energy and matter, and thermodynamics are discussed as well.

As the foundation for other natural sciences, physics helps us interpret both our most basic and complex observations of the natural world. Physics encompasses such topics as mechanics, relativity, thermodynamics, and electricity, among others, all of which elucidate the nature of matter, its motion, and its relationship to force and energy. This engaging volume surveys some of the major branches of physics, the laws, and theories significant to each. Also chronicled are historical milestones in the field by such great minds as Galileo and Isaac Newton.

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The Environment: Ours to Save Marred by pollution and confronted with disappearing habitats, the planet increasingly has become victim to the consequences of human activity. As extinction, global warming, and other factors threaten every organism—including humans—measures are being taken to conserve Earth’s resources and protect its many life forms. By carefully examining the greatest threats to the planet and the steps being taken to mitigate their harmful effects, these volumes will challenge readers to thoughtfully consider their own attitudes toward and treatment of the environment.

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• Current developments in environmental studies are placed in historical context. • Scientific and societal responses to environmental threats are examined in depth.

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Ecology: The Delicate Balance of Life on Earth

Global Warming

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Global warming, often a source of much politicization and debate, has recast international dialogue with respect to environmental responsibility and activism. While it is generally agreed that global warming can be attributed to human activity, solutions to this phenomenon are unclear and vary with each country. This thought-provoking volume examines the science behind the greenhouse effect, identifies the human role in and response to climate change, and explores the various effects of this worldwide phenomenon.

Edited by Michael Anderson

Life on Earth can be viewed as a complex network of interactions between living organisms and their respective environments. By parsing the natural world into various ecosystems and biomes, the extent and significance of such interaction among species and between organisms and their natural habitats becomes abundantly clear. The study of ecology forms the heart of this engaging volume, which explores the formation of ecological communities and examines the biological diversity that forms the backbone of life on the planet.

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Poisoning Planet Earth: Pollution and Other Environmental Hazards

The Politics of Saving the Environment

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Edited by Michael Anderson

Although industrialization and modernization have dramatically improved the quality of our lives, they have also largely contributed to the destruction of our natural resources by engendering waste and creating depletion through overuse. As the world’s population continues to grow and consume, litter, chemicals, and a host of other harmful products overrun our land, air, and water. This intriguing volume examines the various pollutants and human activities that threaten the natural world, with a special look at deforestation and desertification.

Even as environmental consciousness and “green” habits become increasingly embedded with numerous individuals, many of the planet’s natural resources and species remain in danger. On a global scale, effectively protecting the environment requires top-down solutions from political and economic structures and the incorporation of environmentalist initiatives into legislative and legal action. This intuitive volume examines the emergence of the environmental movement and the basic principles of environmental law. It also takes a close look at the causes of and governmental responses to species endangerment. Maps, annotated illustrations, and sidebars support the riveting narrative.

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Global Warming

Protecting the Environment Edited by Sherman Hollar

Even though a growing number of people have begun to consider the impact of their actions on the environment, the planet remains vulnerable to human activity and the byproducts of modern conveniences. Thanks to an increasing number of conservation efforts, the planet’s ecosystems may emerge from the looming shadow of ecological threats. This stimulating volume examines the various individual-level and institutional responses to Earth’s damaged natural resources, discussing ways to stem the tide of disappearing species and habitats and examining potential methods of protecting the planet for future generations. BOOK 978-1-61530-503-2 eBOOK 978-1-61530-552-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-629-9

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The Solar System People have always been filled with wonder when staring at a starry sky. From the planets that join Earth in rotating around our life-giving Sun, to the distant stars and galaxies, these celestial bodies have intrigued the human imagination. Promising limitless opportunity for exploration and endless fuel for scientific inquiry, space offers new frontiers that demand to be discovered. As these absorbing volumes demonstrate, understanding the foundations of our world and the universe it inhabits begins by examining the elements of our own solar system—the Sun, planets, moons, and other bodies whose relationships with each other reveal much about the cosmic origins of all matter.

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Key Features • Striking photographs depict views from outer space.

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Astronomy: Understanding the Universe

Earth and Its Moon

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Routinely going through daily life, people may be inured to the fact that Earth takes up only a small fraction of a solar system, let alone the universe. Still, the planet we call home is unique for a number of reasons. The more we can learn about Earth and its Moon—the two bodies in the solar system of which the most has been discovered to date—the more likely scientists are to uncover truths about the universe as a whole. The properties, motions, and cycles that characterize the Earth and Moon are the subjects of this mesmerizing volume, supported with details, sidebars, and labeled illustrations that any earthling would love.

Edited by Michael Anderson

Fathoming the boundlessness of space and the universe, we are immediately filled with curiosity about our own origins and wonder about the objects, life forms, and matter that populate the cosmos. Through the observations and work of astronomers over time, we have slowly been able to reduce the number of unknowns and develop explanations or theories for some of the celestial objects and phenomena we see. This space-traveling survey recounts some of the major discovery milestones in the field of astronomy and examines the tools and techniques currently used by astronomers to study the universe.

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The Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars

The Nature of Planets, Dwarf Planets, and Space Objects

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Edited by Michael Anderson

Despite their proximity to Earth, much remains to be learned about the origins and conditions of Mercury, Venus, and Mars. The three smallest planets in our solar system and the three closest to the Sun—Mercury, Venus, and Mars—differ greatly from each other and from the place we call home. This far-reaching volume travels to each of the inner planets in turn and details the physical characteristics as well as the exploration efforts made in order to learn more about our closest planetary neighbors.

Peering through a telescope, you are likely to encounter a host of celestial bodies—anything from another planet to a comet—speckling the night sky. Careful observation has shown that while each object follows a unique orbit or trajectory, these entities also share numerous qualities and together provide critical information about space and the universe as a whole. This engaging volume surveys the characteristics of the diverse objects that make up the solar system as well as their distinguishing features.

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The Outer Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

The Outer Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

The Sun, Stars, and Galaxies

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Most avid sky gazers wait until nightfall to catch a glimpse of the stars that are scattered across the heavens. The fact of the matter is that one needs only to feel the Sun’s rays in order to experience the presence of a star. The Sun is an ordinary star, a ball of hot gas much like millions of others in the universe, but as the center of the solar system, it is critical to the survival of all life forms on Earth. This comprehensive volume examines the nature of the Sun and details the properties and types of various stars, as well as the greater galaxies of which they are a part.

Edited by Michael Anderson

As our ability to observe space improves with everprogressing technology, we better grasp the farthest reaches of the cosmos and heighten our understanding of the universe in its entirety. Spacecraft exploration of the outermost planets in our solar system—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune—reveals many features of these seemingly harsh environments and moves us closer to comprehending the origins of our own planet as well as others. This insightful volume examines the characteristics of these remote planets and the paths they illuminate in our quest for celestial knowledge.

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An Explorer’s Guide to the Universe Our search for knowledge about the universe has been remarkable, heartbreaking, fantastical, and inspiring, and this search is just beginning. This series takes readers through a virtual time warp of our discovery. From the nascent space programs of the 1960s to today’s space tourism and the promise of distant planet colonization, readers will be transfixed. Along the way on this journey of the mind, Earth-bound explorers gain keen insight into the celestial phenomena that have fascinated humans for centuries. Thrilling narratives about indefatigable scientific contributors and technological advances will rouse the imagination. Each book is lavished with photographs and illustrations that transport readers more deeply into the interstellar action.

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• Fascinating narratives about scientific contributors and technological advances • Lavishly illustrated with photographs, charts, and graphs • Aligns with high-school science standards

Manned Spaceflight

The Inner Solar System: The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars

Edited by Erik Gregersen

Edited by Erik Gregersen

Space travel is now a familiar concept. Such was not the case in the early 20th century, when the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a race to send humans into orbit. This book details the history of manned spaceflight, from the development of rockets to the advent of space tourism. Readers also are introduced to the men and women who have been willing to soar into the great unknown.

The planets closest to the Sun—Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars—include the world we know and its closest neighbors. However, despite our proximity, these rocky, silicate-based planets still represent so many mysteries yet to discover. Through a trove of images and a narrative bursting with detail, The Inner Solar System imparts what is known about this small corner of the Galaxy, and piques reader interest in the unknown.

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The Milky Way and Beyond: Stars, Nebulae, and Other Galaxies

Unmanned Space Missions

Edited by Erik Gregersen

Satellites and robotic spacecraft have long travelled where humankind cannot, or dare not, go. By delving into the pages of this book, readers will learn about the technology, people, and organizations that have made fruitful unmanned space missions a reality.

Edited by Erik Gregersen

The Sun is merely one of some 200 billion stars that make up the Milky Way—and the Milky Way is only one of a billion galaxies in the known universe. Packed with fascinating facts and stunning photography, this book examines the Galaxy humans call home and travels light years away, to the domain of phenomena such as the Oort cloud.

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The far side of the Moon, photographed during the Apollo 11 mission, 1969. NASA

Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Aldrin, photographed July 20, 1969, during the first manned mission to the Moon’s surface. Reflected in Aldrin’s faceplate is the Lunar Module and astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took the picture. NASA

at 4:18 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on July 20. He reported to mission control, “Houston. Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Six and a half hours later, Armstrong, soon followed by Aldrin, left the Lunar Module and took the first

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Apollo 15 astronaut James B. Irwin standing in back of the Lunar Roving Vehicle; the Lunar Module (LM) is at left with the modular equipment storage assembly (MESA) in front of it. NASA

human step on the surface of another celestial body. As he did so, he noted, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” (In the excitement of the moment, Armstrong skipped the “a” in the statement he had prepared.) Concluding 2.5 hours of activity on the lunar surface, the two men returned to the Lunar Module with 21.7 kg (47.8 pounds) of lunar samples. Twelve hours later, they blasted off the Moon in the Lunar Module’s ascent stage and rejoined Collins in the Command Module. The crew returned to Earth on July 24, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. The successful Apollo 12 mission followed in November 1969. The Apollo 13 mission, launched in April 1970, experienced an explosion of the oxygen tank in its Service Module on the outbound trip to the Moon. The crew survived this accident only through the improvised use of the Lunar Module as living quarters in order to preserve the remaining capabilities of the Command Module for

Apollo 15 spacecraft as it lifts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, U.S., atop a Saturn V threestage rocket, July 26, 1971. A camera mounted at the mobile launch tower’s 110-metre (360foot) level recorded this photograph. NASA

reentering Earth’s atmosphere after they had returned from their circumlunar journey. Four more Apollo missions followed. On each of the final three, the crew had a small cartlike rover that allowed them to travel several kilometres from their landing site. The final mission, Apollo 17, which

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was conducted in December 1972, included geologist Harrison Schmitt, the only trained scientist to set foot on the Moon. The United States had won the race to the Moon, but that race had been motivated primarily by political considerations. After the early 1970s there was no interest within the U.S. government for the next three decades in additional lunar exploration or in sending people to Mars or any other distant destination. No human has traveled beyond near-Earth orbit since Apollo 17. An Apollo spacecraft was used for the last time in 1975. Three years earlier, as a sign of improved U.S.-Soviet relations, the two countries had agreed to carry out a joint mission in which an Apollo spacecraft carrying three astronauts would dock in orbit with a Soyuz vehicle having two cosmonauts aboard. The Apollo-Soyuz

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The Outer Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the Dwarf Planets Edited by Erik Gregersen

Beyond Earth’s small, red neighbor Mars lie the gaseous, giant planets of the Outer Solar System. This book investigates these behemoths and dwarf planet Pluto, as well as other curiosities within the solar system’s farthest reaches, such as asteroid fields and the Kuiper belt. BOOK 978-1-61530-014-3 eBOOK 978-1-61530-051-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-090-7

Astronomical Observations: Astronomy and the Study of Deep Space

The Universe: A Historical Survey of Beliefs, Theories, and Laws Edited by Erik Gregersen

Edited by Erik Gregersen

The universe has been both a subject of study and supplier of fresh mysteries. This book tackles a topic that is infinitely broad with extreme precision and careful organization, bringing the far reaches of the universe squarely into the hands and minds of readers.

The night sky is positively teeming with wonders, from star clusters and nebulae to quasars. Astronomy is the means by which these and other similar phenomena are discovered and observed. This stellar resource traces the path of modern astronomy, from initial efforts to map the heavens to today’s use of high-tech telescopic devices that help people delve deeper into celestial discovery.

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21st Century Science

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The 21st century, like the 20th century before it, promises to be a time of extraordinary scientific growth and innovation. However, the hope for new cures and explanations about the world is often accompanied by new ethical concerns. This series examines the science behind three current fields of research and explores the implications for future scientific developments. Readers are also introduced to some of the controversies surrounding these subject areas to better understand the risks and benefits associated with modern advances. With sections devoted to significant concepts and thinkers, these books help actualize the excitement of the discovery process.

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New Thinking About Evolution

New Thinking About Genetics

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by Kara Rogers

Notwithstanding its detractors, evolutionary science has anticipated modern genetic research and continued to illuminate mysteries about our past and our connectedness to the species around us. Detailing the evolutionary process and speciation as well as the continuing debates about evolution’s inherent validity, this engrossing volume considers all aspects of this exciting field of study.

Debates on nature versus nurture rage on and the question of identity looms large for almost everybody at some point in their lives. Thanks to continuing developments in genetics research, some of those questions can be put to bed—or at least, better understood. Moreover, studies of the genome can yield a number of possibilities in improving health and curing disease. This book explores all aspects of this rapidly evolving field by introducing the science of genetics as well as detailing the controversies and implications for future studies.

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New Thinking About Pollution Edited by Robert Curley

As the world’s resources continue to suffer from overuse and the effects of human activity, understanding the causes and effects of pollution is critical to preserving the land, water, and air that are vital to all life. This insightful volume explores the root causes of pollution, as well as the local and global responses and constantly emerging technologies that allow governments and ordinary citizens to cope with an increasingly toxic environment and landscape. BOOK 978-1-61530-135-5 eBOOK 978-1-61530-171-3 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-174-4 New Thinking About Evolution

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Dynamic Earth

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The majesty of the natural world is often tempered by reminders of Earth’s incredible power to destroy. The natural disasters that sometimes devastate entire countries are sobering reminders of impermanence and reveal that our planet, like everything else, is in constant flux. This series explores some of the natural occurrences integral to Earth’s functioning but, in extreme cases, can destroy human life. Along with the science behind each phenomenon, readers learn about major examples and cases that bring home the effects of nature’s awesome power.

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Glaciers, Sea Ice, and Ice Formation

Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Glaciers and sea ice are vital to sustaining aquatic ecosystems and regulating ocean water temperature. Permafrost, a type of ground ice, dramatically affects the infrastructure and agricultural output of several communities around the world. The development of these varying formations and the interplay between them and the environment are thoughtfully considered in this fascinating volume.

The devastation wrought by earthquakes and volcanoes often obscures the fact that these destructive forces are also some of the most creative on the planet, birthing mountains and other land forms. With detailed diagrams outlining the structure of continental and oceanic crust and the distribution of major plate motion, this book introduces readers to the range of activity that can shape or decimate an entire region. Descriptions of famous earthquakes and volcanoes help contextualize the staggering power of the Earth’s motion.

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Storms, Violent Winds, and Earth’s Atmosphere Edited by John P. Rafferty

Whether ruining a commute or devastating entire countries, inclement weather has the power to capture attention and headlines. This book examines the science that gives us a greater understanding of the patterns that produce hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, and a host of related conditions. It also discusses another persistent issue of inclement weather, which is how to better predict climatic extremes. BOOK 978-1-61530-114-0 eBOOK 978-1-61530-188-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-191-1 Glaciers, Sea Ice, and Ice Formation

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Biochemistry, Cells, and Life Our capacity to react to our surroundings would scarcely be possible without the multitude of internal chemical reactions that occur continuously within our bodies. More than just enabling life, the biochemical makeup of all living organisms confers on them the ability to have a tangible biological impact on each other and their environs. This fascinating series details the microscopic processes that power our physical and emotional responses and facilitate communication at the cellular level. It also examines in depth fungi, protists, algae, bacteria, and viruses—those organisms whose complex relationship with the natural world reveals the many layers of biochemistry.

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• Annotated illustrations help simplify complex structures and processes. • Informative sidebars acquaint readers with significant thinkers in the field of biochemistry as well as numerous related concepts. • Detailed glossaries explain new terms and concepts.

Bacteria and Viruses Edited by Kara Rogers

The sometimes insidious effects of bacterial diseases and viral infections can obscure the incredible significance of the microscopic organisms that cause them. Bacteria and viruses are among the oldest agents on Earth and reveal much about the planet’s past and evolution. Moreover, their utility in the development of new cures and treatments signals much about the future of biotechnology and medicine. This penetrating volume takes readers under the lens of a microscope to explore the structure, nature, and role of both bacteria and viruses as well as all other aspects of microbiology. BOOK 978-1-61530-306-9 eBOOK 978-1-61530-376-2 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-420-2

The Chemical Reactions of Life: From Metabolism to Photosynthesis

The Cell Edited by Kara Rogers

A single cell can be a self-sustaining organism or one of trillions in a larger life form. Though visible only with the help of a microscope, cells are highly structured entities that perform a myriad of functions in every living thing and store critical genetic information. This fascinating volume examines the organization of various types of cells and provides an in-depth look at how cells operate alone to generate new cells and act as part of a larger network with others.

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The development and evolution of all species can, in many ways, be traced to a few biochemical reactions that facilitate metabolic and/or photosynthetic changes in each life form. Indeed, advances in the field of biochemistry have intimately depended on the study of these processes and the way basic molecules fragment and synthesize to produce elements vital to the survival of each organism. This insightful volume considers the various types, causes, and results of different reactions that operate at the cellular level and beyond to sustain biological activity.

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Fungi, Algae, and Protists

The Components of Life: From Nucleic Acids to Carbohydrates

Fungi, Algae, and Protists

Edited by Kara Rogers

Fungi, protists, and algae are among the most diverse life forms on the planet. Tiny protists range from plants to animals. Algae range from single-celled plants to 60-footlong kelp. Fungi occupy a kingdom of their own. Although their place in nature—neither truly plants nor animals— may make them seem strange, they are actually quite familiar to us for their use in various foods, medicines, and biotechnologies. Indeed, our consumption of bread or reliance on penicillin would not be possible without these diverse eukaryotic organisms. This intriguing volume delves into the taxonomy, structure, and function of each group and evaluates their wide-ranging natural and societal impact.

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The building blocks of all life—human and otherwise—are basic chemical molecules common to all organisms that simultaneously unite all species and set them apart. Together, nucleic acids, amino acids, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates determine our genetic makeup, power our movements, and generally enable some of the most vital and complex chemical reactions of the body. This volume examines the structure and function of each of these fascinating elements and the interrelationships between them, which nurture all existence. BOOK 978-1-61530-324-3 eBOOK 978-1-61530-389-2 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-434-9

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Physics Explained Just as all matter is reducible to the atoms that compose it, every activity—from the commonplace to the extraordinary—can be explained by a physical concept. This enlightening series details every aspect of the field of physics and elucidates not only what we perceive but how we perceive. From the most fundamental components of the atom to the intricate concepts of quantum mechanics, readers will learn about the mechanical, quantitative, and theoretical elements of a subject that has long helped solve some of the most profound unknowns of the universe.

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Book Review: The Britannica Guide to Matter

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“This book will be most useful to advanced physics students and college students. Although some of the information is simple, much is very detailed and can be used by graduate physics students.” —Tammy Kester, West Allegheny High School

The Britannica Guide to the Atom

The Britannica Guide to Electricity and Magnetism

Edited by Erik Gregersen

Edited by Erik Gregersen

Common to all matter and its smallest and most fundamental unit, the atom determines the properties of a substance and how it responds to other materials and stimuli. Dividing the atom further reveals several smaller particles whose activity forms the heart of nuclear physics. Readers will discover the structure of the atom as well as the ways in which its electrons, protons, and neutrons facilitate both radioactivity and nuclear reactions, both of which have been crucial to technological advancements since the 20th century.

From our television sets to the magnets that dot our refrigerators, electricity and magnetism are ever present in our everyday lives. Even aside from our modern technology, electrical charges can be found throughout nature—the most significant example being Earth’s magnetic field. This incisive volume includes extensive discussions of electrical and magnetic fields, as well as biographies of the physicists whose work has led to our greater understanding of them. BOOK 978-1-61530-305-2 eBOOK 978-1-61530-379-3 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-423-3

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The Britannica Guide to Heat, Force, and Motion

The Britannica Guide to Matter

Edited by Erik Gregersen

The study of matter is the study of all material things, as well as their ability to transform from one state to another. All matter assumes one of several basic states—solid, liquid, gas, and plasma being the most common. Under varying conditions, each state can be altered to form new substances or adopt new characteristics. This insightful book covers the various structures and elements of different types of matter, while examining the physical and chemical properties that allow for permutation and change.

Edited by Erik Gregersen

Many of the world’s most common processes and interactions are governed by the laws of thermodynamics and mechanics. While the transfer, release, or absorption of heat often accompany chemical reactions or seem inherent to mechanical systems, they are also familiar to anyone who has ever spent time outdoors on a warm day or touched a hot plate. Likewise, any physical body—large or small, solid or fluid—is subject to a wide range of forces that trigger motion. This detailed compendium explores the foundations and laws of both thermodynamics and mechanics as well as the lives of those individuals who helped advance these fundamental areas of physics.

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The Britannica Guide to Particle Physics Edited by Erik Gregersen

While the atom is universally acknowledged as the basis for most branches of physics, the study of its constituent particles has illuminated significant new areas of research. The behavior of subatomic particles provides crucial information on the structure and nature of atomic nuclei, which in turn reveal much about energy, matter, and often the origins of the universe. Complete with color diagrams and photographs, this volume elucidates the intricacies of this rapidly developing and always compelling field. BOOK 978-1-61530-333-5 eBOOK 978-1-61530-382-3 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-426-4

The Britannica Guide to Sound and Light

The Britannica Guide to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

Edited by Erik Gregersen

Edited by Erik Gregersen

Audio and visual cues facilitate some of our most powerful sensory experiences and embed themselves deeply into our memories and subconscious. Sound and light waves interact with our ears and eyes—our biological interpreters—creating a textural experience and relationship with the world around us. This well-researched volume explores the science behind acoustics and optics and the broad application they have to everything from listening to music and watching television to ultrasonic and laser technologies that are crucial to the medical field.

The oft-referenced E = mc2 may be one of the world’s most famous equations, but it actually represents only one aspect of the complex branch of physics known as relativity. Together, relativity and quantum mechanics explain both the most cosmic and most elementary relationships and processes of the universe. The profound place that relativity and quantum mechanics occupy in subverting longstanding notions about space, time, matter, and more and the brilliant individuals whose advanced study in these fields are the subjects of this volume. BOOK 978-1-61530-330-4 eBOOK 978-1-61530-383-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-427-1

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The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey The symbiotic nature of life on Earth is at once beautiful and awe inspiring. Animals and plants are dependent upon each other for nourishment—a necessity that engenders several predator/prey relationships within the planet’s ecosystems. This series provides an up-close examination of many of the world’s predominant herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores and their interrelationship. In addition to feeding habits, readers will also learn about each creature’s physical characteristics, species distribution, and importance to nature’s ecological balance.

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Key Features • Thorough coverage of individual specimens within class and genus • Vibrant, full-color images illustrate major species • Detailed glossaries familiarize readers with scientific terminology

Carnivores: Meat-Eating Mammals

Grazers

Edited by John P. Rafferty

While they come in all shapes, textures, and sizes, animals that subsist on the Earth’s natural vegetation share many common elements as well. Occupying a unique place in the food chain, grazers all over the Earth provide vital nourishment for carnivores and are often valuable to humans for meat, skins, and various domestic uses. This volume provides a colorful view of these varied and complex creatures as well as the features and behaviors that both bind them together and set them apart.

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Sharp-toothed and quick-footed, carnivorous mammals are primed for the hunt. Far from ruthless, however, carnivores—hunters by nature and necessity—are integral to maintaining ecological balance. While predatory behavior often seems grisly, many carnivores are actually omnivorous and many can even be domesticated. This striking volume journeys from secluded forest habitats to our own homes to survey the unique features and behaviors of various species of carnivores. Vivid color photographs accompany the text and provide a detailed look at these amazing creatures.

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Meat Eaters: Raptors, Sharks, and Crocodiles

Primates

Edited by John P. Rafferty

From lemurs to apes to human beings, primates are unique among mammals—for example, our brains are large compared to our size. Our complex interactions, intricate social structures, and extensive range of emotions allow us to adapt and thrive in diverse habitats around the globe. In this volume, readers are invited into the many domains of these extraordinary creatures to discover the incredible diversity of primate species. Readers will also learn about the long history of human beings, from our earliest ancestors, the australopiths, to the homo sapiens of today.

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Primeval jungles, mountain ranges, and the cover of deep forests are not the only domains of meat-eating creatures. Carnivores also can be found stalking prey from the air, in ocean depths, and marshy swamps. Raptors, sharks, and crocodiles are among the most predominant nonmammalian meat eaters that rely on hunting or scavenging for survival. This volume examines the various species in this select grouping, investigating the physical characteristics and traits that help these unique animals be successful predators.

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Meat Eaters: Raptors, Sharks, and Crocodiles

Rats, Bats, and Xenarthrans

Reptiles and Amphibians

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by John P. Rafferty

While we may often find them nestled in the corners of our attics or traversing our yards, rodents and bats are more frequently found in nature and originate in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Together they make up over half of the planet’s mammal species. While there are only 29 species of xenarthrans—an ancient line of mammals comprised of sloths, anteaters, and armadillos—they are significant players in various ecosystems, as well. This colorful volume considers the features, behaviors, and major species of these three intriguing categories of mammals.

More than 15,000 species of reptiles and amphibians roam planet Earth today. Believed to be descendents of the dinosaurs, reptiles are scaly and cold-blooded. Amphibians lead something of a double life since they are capable of living in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. This colorful volume details the physical characteristics, as well as the breeding and feeding behaviors, of both reptiles and amphibians, with an up-close look at many of these remarkable creatures. BOOK 978-1-61530-344-1 eBOOK 978-1-61530-410-3 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-457-8

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The Geologic History of Earth A diverse range of organisms and rock formations have survived for many millennia, originating prior to the emergence of human life forms. These geological formations—some of which even predate the dinosaurs—reveal much about Earth’s climate and the types of life forms that can endure certain environmental conditions. Using fossil records and geological evidence, this comprehensive series examines all aspects of prehistory, including the ascendancy of dinosaurs and the beginnings of humankind. Numerous photographs and illustrations invite the reader to pay homage to the genesis of life as we know it.

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• Detailed charts organize dates for easy reference. • Expert discussions on significant species and concepts • Illustrations help readers visualize extinct organisms. **STARRED REVIEW** “This series surveys the geologic and biological history of the earth. Each volume begins with a table of contents that minutely breaks down the chapters by types of life forms and geologic stages and periods. This detailed breakdown allows these books to function both as general overviews and quick reference resources. An introductory chapter includes a helpful geologic time scale chart...Scattered illustrations, photographs, maps, and charts further illuminate the text. These challenging volumes will meet the needs of upper level students. Highly Recommended.” —Library Media Connection

Geochronology, Dating, and Precambrian Time: The Beginning of the World as We Know It Edited by John P. Rafferty

Though it encompasses the majority of the Earth’s history, much about Precambrian time still remains unknown to us. With its climate extremes and unstable surfaces, Precambrian Earth hardly resembled the planet we see today. Yet for all its differences, it made the existence of future generations possible. This volume helps unlock the mysteries of prehistory by considering available geologic evidence while providing a deep dive into the finer points of geochronology. BOOK 978-1-61530-125-6 eBOOK 978-1-61530-195-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-200-0

The Paleozoic Era: Diversification of Plant and Animal Life

The Cenozoic Era: Age of Mammals Edited by John P. Rafferty

Its constant evolution over the millennia since its inception has made the Earth a dynamic entity, subject to numerous climactic and environmental forces that are forever changing this planet. In its most recent stage, the planet has seen an incredible diversification in plant and animal life, with the most prominent development of the Cenozoic era being the emergence of mammals. This book examines our most immediate ancestors and the geologic, geographic, and environmental factors that helped make their primacy inevitable. BOOK 978-1-61530-144-7 eBOOK 978-1-61530-194-2 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-197-3

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The Mesozoic Era: Age of Dinosaurs

The Mesozoic Era: Age of Dinosaurs

The Paleozoic Era: Diversification of Plant and Animal Life

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Dinosaurs have captured the imaginations of children and adults alike since the first fossil discoveries mapped them onto our general body of knowledge. This book journeys to an era long before humans, when dinosaurs were masters of land, sky, and sea. In addition to accounts of significant dinosaur species and their extinction, readers will learn about the major life forms, both plant and animal, alongside whom dinosaurs dwelled, as well as the geographical and environmental factors that affected their subsistence.

Characterized by a surge in biodiversity and evolutionary development, the Paleozoic Era ushered in the beginnings of life as we know it. Within these pages, readers will discover the fossil and geologic evidence from this time, which reveals a dynamic planet, where new species of plants and animals were constantly emerging and continents were breaking apart and reforming. While many of the species from this era are now extinct and the continents are relatively stable, remnants of this era still continue to shed much-needed light on the conditions of Earth, both past and present.

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The Human Body

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While it is tempting to think of the human body merely as a single entity or unit, such a construction obscures the vital role played by our body’s complex individual systems. Acting in conjunction, the ear, nose, and throat, for example, or the kidneys and renal system, all ensure that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Accompanied by detailed color diagrams, these extensive volumes examine the physiology of the body’s most fundamental structures, as well as the diseases and disorders to which they are vulnerable.

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Ear, Nose, and Throat

The Endocrine System

Edited by Kara Rogers

Edited by Kara Rogers

The interconnectedness of the ear, nose, and throat is evident when you consider how the smell of garlic in the pan or chocolate chip cookies in the oven can affect your perception of their taste or how a runny nose and scratchy throat can lead to an ear infection. In addition to enabling sensory perception, the ear, nose, and throat perform a number of vital functions in the human body. This incisive volume examines the structure of each in turn and in concert with the other, also exploring the diseases and disorders that sometimes afflict them.

The endocrine system, comprised of a number of hormone-secreting glands, is vital to the functioning of the human body. In addition to its role in reproductive activity, the endocrine system regulates tissue growth, responses to injury and stress, and helps maintain necessary levels of chemicals throughout the body. This detailed volume carefully examines the major glands of the endocrine system as well as the consequences of its dysfunction and disorder. BOOK 978-1-61530-675-6 eBOOK 978-1-61530-731-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-804-0

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The Kidneys and the Renal System

Skin and Connective Tissue

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Even a quick look at the surface of human skin reveals its many complexities. Much more than a simple shell for the human body, the skin helps protect internal organs and, working in conjunction with connective tissue, allows the human body to function as a unit. This comprehensive volume examines the components of the human integumentary system, as well as the various diseases and disorders to which it is vulnerable.

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Responsible for managing the body’s waste and regulating the balance of water and electrolytes, the kidneys and renal system, in a sense, make up the body’s plumbing network. When any part of the system fails or does not function properly, the body may be subject to unnatural concentrations of certain substances, causing illness or even death. This volume examines the various components of the renal, or urinary, system, and the consequences of dysfunction and disease.

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Blood: Physiology and Circulation

Bone and Muscle: Structure, Force, and Motion

Edited BY Kara Rogers

Edited BY Kara Rogers

Although its ubiquity in the human body may make it seem unremarkable, simply put, blood makes life possible. It nourishes cells throughout the body and transports carbon dioxide to the lungs. Without it, the body would be unable to fight disease and infection or function at all. Readers are invited to follow the course of this extraordinary fluid as it circulates through the body and learn about its component parts. Detailed diagrams supplement the text and allow readers a glimpse into the anatomy and lifesustaining properties of human blood.

The seeming simplicity of day-to-day movement can belie the complexity of the structures that facilitate motion. More than just a framework around which the body develops, the human skeleton has evolved over time to allow humans to walk and stand upright. Muscles likewise perform a range of functions, without which the body could not manage. This comprehensive book details the anatomy and mechanisms that allow bones and muscles to operate naturally and examines the consequences of disease and injury on these fundamental components of the human body.

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The Eye: The Physiology of Human Perception

The Digestive System Edited BY Kara Rogers

Edited BY Kara Rogers

The satisfaction derived from savoring a steak or indulging in an ice cream sundae is only one aspect of a larger process that occurs in the human digestive system. From the moment food enters our mouths until long after we have finished a meal, the body engages in an extensive routine designed to retain nutrients and discard waste. This comprehensive book examines all the vital components involved in consuming and digesting food as well as the diseases and disorders that can plague this frequently overlooked area of the human body.

The human eye has been the subject of endless fascination. Indeed, the very nature of sensory perception is shaped by the visual cues the brain receives, thus rendering the eye one of the most crucial elements in our comprehension of the world. The structures and functions of the eye are examined in this exhaustive volume that describes how we are able to process what we observe and react accordingly. Detailed diagrams accompany the text and encourage the reader to consider all aspects of this beautiful and complex area of human anatomy.

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The Reproductive System

The Respiratory System

Edited BY Kara Rogers

Edited BY Kara Rogers

Although much is now known about the biology of reproduction, a great deal remains to be discovered about the diseases and disorders that can damage the reproductive system. Ethical concerns surrounding the issues of birth control and abortion have also provoked much discussion in recent times. This comprehensive narrative details both the biological process of procreation and the often divisive debates on how best to approach matters related to the human body.

So automatic and mechanical is breathing for most of us that we often fail to consider the complexities of respiration. Engaging the lungs, airways, and more, the intake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide are only the most apparent aspects of a much longer routine. Although vulnerable to various infections and other disorders, the respiratory system by and large continues to function in order to sustain us. This book explores each element involved in this subconscious process and the factors that perpetuate human life.

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The Brain and the Nervous System

The Cardiovascular System

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Though only about the size of a clenched fist, the human heart bears the immense burden of sustaining human life and activity. Functioning to circulate blood throughout the body, the heart is an organ on which all others intimately depend. This volume relates the anatomy of the heart and the effects of the diseases to which it is sometimes prone. Annotated diagrams and illustrations bolster the narrative and highlight significant aspects of cardiology and the incredible cardiovascular system.

Edited BY Kara Rogers

Necessary for everything from reflexes to reading to running, it’s no exaggeration to say that the brain and nervous system are responsible for nearly every endeavor of human activity. The sheer volume of information that the brain must process and respond to at every second of each day renders it one of the most remarkable systems of the human body. With illuminating diagrams and careful detail, this volume covers the amazing intricacies of this vital system as well as the effects of disease and damage.

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The Living Earth Underlying Earth’s natural beauty is a complex system of ecosystems that contour the planet and host its multifarious life forms. Though stratified by topographical and physiographical features, these regions function collectively to support an incredible range of biodiversity. Symbiotic relationships and environmental conditions that sustain the natural order are the subjects of this engrossing series. Several volumes navigate Earth’s various ecosystems, with an emphasis on each area’s biotic and abiotic elements, while others offer comprehensive discussions of ecological threats and ongoing efforts to combat them.

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• Annotated diagrams illustrate key processes. • Stunning, full-color photographs depict a wide variety of organisms and landscapes. • Appendices include a geologic chart and augment the already in-depth coverage.

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Biomes and Ecosystems

Climate and Climate Change

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Earth’s biosphere supports several unique biomes and ecosystems. Though they operate as self-contained units, these regions also operate as part of a global network, nurturing interdependence among greatly diverse plant and animal species. The evolution of these wondrous realms—both aquatic and terrestrial—and the various natural elements that distinguish them from one another are the subjects of this comprehensive volume.

As a fixture in recent headlines, the Earth’s climate has commanded much attention. While environmental and atmospheric conditions in large part determine the climate of a region, the impact of human activity has increasingly become a significant factor as well. This is especially true concerning significant climate changes, commonly known as global warming. New technologies and an ever-expanding population have contributed to worldwide climate shifts in ways that are harmful to the planet. The factors affecting climate, the various climate classification systems, and international responses to global warming are all carefully considered in this volume.

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Conservation and Ecology

Deserts and Steppes

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by John P. Rafferty

The Earth’s capacity to sustain life increasingly depends on the actions of humans and our commitment to preserving the planet’s incredible biodiversity. Because its ecosystems are vulnerable to pollution, overuse, and numerous other damaging activities, plants and animals that rely on these regions to subsist are significantly threatened. This insightful volume examines various conservation measures, such as habitat management, that help control the extinction rates of numerous species. Tireless, incredible individuals whose work has been crucial to protecting the planet for future generations are highlighted.

Characterized by uncompromising climate, sparse population density, and extreme aridity, deserts, steppes, and scrublands represent some of the least accessible regions on the planet. However, despite the severity of these ecosystems, they still boast mesmerizing terrains and are capable of supporting diverse animal groups and plant varieties as well as nomadic human inhabitants. This volume tours the alluring landscapes and ecosystems of the unique deserts and steppes of the world and introduces readers to the unique populations that call them home.

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Forests and Grasslands

Lakes and Wetlands

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Between their verdant canopies and shaded floors, forests contain a multi-tiered ecosystem that supports an abundance of flora and fauna. Together with the grasses and vegetation in the grasslands to which they are frequently adjacent, forests make up 70 percent of the Earth’s land area and sustain the majority of its species. With careful detail and beautiful photographs, this volume journeys to the woodland and grassland areas of the planet and examines the distinctive features and wildlife of each as well as techniques in forestry and forest management that have helped these remarkable regions survive.

Lakes and wetlands are significant ecosystems that nourish, sustain, and house many of the planet’s plant and animal species. Though both of these regions are defined by water—both fresh and saline—each lake and particular type of wetland also has characteristics all its own. This detailed volume considers the formation, composition, and maintenance of these intricate ecological units and the various life forms they support. Dramatic full-color photographs and in-depth profiles of Earth’s major lakes highlight the beauty and complexity of these regions. BOOK 978-1-61530-320-5 eBOOK 978-1-61530-403-5 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-450-9

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Oceans and Oceanography

Rivers and Streams

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Constituting more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface, the world’s oceans are so vast as to remain something of an enigma to this day. Navigating these imposing seas and unlocking their secrets is the calling of oceanographers. Their research helps determine what climatic, geologic, and chemical impact oceans have on a variety of organisms. In spite of their magnitude and might, the world’s oceans are not immune to the effects of adverse human activity, such as pollution. This volume surveys this huge, but fragile, ecosystem and the individuals who help fight for the preservation of this vital resource that has critical significance to all earthly life.

Winding their way through the planet’s landscapes and supplying some of its most prosperous cities with fresh water, food, and transportation conduits, rivers and streams have critical ecological and economic significance. As they carve out waterfalls, valleys, canyons, deltas, and a host of other landforms, they also support a diversity of organisms and connect disparate regions. Accompanied by extraordinary color photographs, this volume examines the characteristics of these captivating channels as well as their greatest threats and profiles some of the world’s prominent rivers. BOOK 978-1-61530-326-7 eBOOK 978-1-61530-411-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-458-5

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Energy: Past, Present, and Future

natural sciences reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 10–12+

High energy consumption is prevalent among industrialized nations. Societies around the globe commonly use oil, natural gas, and coal to power their machinery and gadgets, heat their homes, and fuel their vehicles. Excessive dependence on these fossil fuels, however, has hastened their depletion. Also, their use is taking a toll on the environment. Consequently, alternative and renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly popular, presenting environmentally sound ways of using and distributing energy. These informative volumes describe the nature of the various forms of energy, as well as the processes behind obtaining and utilizing each.

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Fossil Fuels

Fossil Fuels

Renewable and Alternative Energy

Edited by Robert Curley

Edited by Robert Curley

Accounting for more than 90 percent of the world’s energy supply, fossil fuels—coal, petroleum, and natural gas—are not an infinite resource. Formed by the lengthy decomposition of organic matter, fossil fuels are actually limited in availability. Still, nations across the globe are dependent upon the processing and utilization of these dwindling resources. Complete with maps and detailed diagrams, this volume examines the production and distribution of fossil fuels and their viability as a future energy source.

With growing populations across the world consuming Earth’s limited oil and natural gas reserves, the environmental and economic toll of energy dependence becomes an increasingly global concern. The development of renewable forms of energy—solar, wind, water, and geothermal, to name a few—offers alternatives to fossil fuels. Consumers are embracing these new modes of energy delivery and use. This extensive volume examines the possibility of a cleaner and more energy-efficient future by detailing the historic and emerging technologies behind some of the most promising alternative resources.

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Geology: Landforms, Minerals, and Rocks

natural sciences reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 10–12+

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Minerals and rocks are remnants of the planet’s most ancient history and custodians of its geologic secrets. While a great deal remains to be discovered about Earth’s origins and the earliest stages of its development, much of its past is indelibly chronicled in the inorganic material that comprises its surface and transforms its landscapes. These intriguing volumes examine the basic components of the planet—from topographic landforms to the molten rocks at Earth’s core—and the geologic processes that affect them, as well as the various disciplines dedicated to deciphering these relationships.

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Minerals

Geological Sciences

Landforms

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Described as craggy, rocky, or glacial, among a host of other descriptors, the Earth’s geosphere—that is, its solid foundation—is subject to incredible variation. It is these permutations that inform the study of the geological sciences. This field involves not only the study of rocks, minerals, and landforms, but also that of glaciers, fossils, volcanoes, and other aspects of the Earth’s surface. This sweeping volume examines the various branches of the geological sciences, as well as the methods and instruments used by geologists to obtain accurate records of the planet’s geological history. Profiles of seminal Earth scientists are also included.

The planet’s natural dips and elevations, slopes and structures, stud the world’s landscapes and enrich its panoramas. However, the Earth’s landforms should not be viewed as anomalies in its topography; rather, they are often invaluable components of ecosystems and hold significant clues to the natural forces that fashion our environment. This comprehensive volume examines the various landforms—from mountains to caves to glaciers— that can be found across the globe. The processes that shape each formation are also detailed within these pages. BOOK 978-1-61530-486-8 eBOOK 978-1-61530-536-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-620-6

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Minerals

Rocks

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Edited by John P. Rafferty

Anyone who has marveled at the glimmer of a perfectly cut diamond, tended a garden, or consumed a nutritious meal has appreciated some of the many roles that minerals play in our lives. Present in many natural substances, minerals are highly structured entities, each with a unique chemical composition and set of properties. Accompanied by detailed tables, diagrams, and sidebars, this informative volume examines the various types of minerals and their structures and classifications, as well as the physical and chemical attributes that separate one mineral from another.

Often concealing millennia worth of Earth’s history, rocks seem to project an impression of durability and permanence that belies their transformation over time. Seen in all shapes and sizes and found in many of the planet’s ecosystems, rocks have been subject to various natural forces that have affected such attributes as their elasticity, strength, and ductility (that is, their ability to be fashioned into a new form). The general properties as well as the three major categories of rock—igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic—are all examined in depth in this penetrating volume.

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Shakespeare: His Work and World

fine arts & literature reading level Grade 8 Interest Level Grades 7–12+

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William Shakespeare, or the Bard, as he is known to many, has been called one of the greatest writers of all time. In his life, he wrote 154 poems as well as some 38 plays—many of which are still performed regularly in theatres around the world. The cast of memorable characters he created include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. These absorbing volumes take an in-depth look at Shakespeare’s life and literary output as well as the world in which he lived: 16th-century England. Also included are critiques of his works and coverage of the world of British theater during his time.

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The Comedies of William Shakespeare

The History Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

In Shakespeare’s time, the term “comedy” did not necessarily denote something funny or amusing. Rather, through such plays such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice, the playwright examines other defining characteristics of comedic drama—the social interactions of common folks and the contradictions inherent in everyday life. Readers explore the major themes of Shakespearean comedies, which have enchanted readers and theatergoers alike for centuries.

Before Shakespeare, few dramatists had used historical figures as characters in a play or actual historical events as elements of a plot. Likewise, the Bard was a pioneer of the sonnet, which he took to new heights. Both literary forms, including his two historical tetralogies, and his narrative poems, in addition to the particular form of sonnet that now bears his name are examined through engaging text. A brief treatise on the music within and accompanying productions of Shakespeare’s plays rounds out the coverage.

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The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

The Tragedies of William Shakespeare

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

As with many writers before and since, William Shakespeare was influenced by the events that took shape all around him. The sweeping changes to England’s politics, language, and culture that took place during his lifetime were the fertile ground from which the Bard drew inspiration. Shakespeare’s life is surveyed and the social context in which he created his greatest drama and poetry is examined.

Shakespeare’s gift for writing tragedies was powerful indeed. His ability to create epic tragic characters—think Hamlet, Lear, and the star-crossed Romeo and Juliet—and scenarios is virtually unrivalled. Readers examine the Bard’s major tragedies and their significance, and touch upon the state of theatre and dramatic performance in Shakespeare’s England for good measure. BOOK 978-1-61530-927-6 eBOOK 978-1-61530-932-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-937-5

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Popular Music Through the Decades

fine arts & literature reading level Grade 9 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

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Music has a singular ability to go directly to our hearts and our brains. Sometimes it even feels as though certain songs and musicians define an era as they capture our emotions, reflect social attitudes, and express political beliefs. These entertaining and informative volumes examine the various forms of popular music that have emerged since the second half of the 20th century, including everything from rock to disco to hip-hop. Profiles of legendary artists—including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Jay-Z to name a few—tell the stories behind some of the world’s most timeless songs and albums.

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The Birth of Rock & Roll: Music in the 1950s Through the 1960s

Sounds of Rebellion: Music in the 1960s

Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

When rock and roll first burst onto the scene in the 1950s, it was more than a new form of music—it was a rebellion against the past. With the music of such artists as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and the Supremes came a new attitude that allowed fans—many of them young—to look past the social norms of the time, a shift that included a greater interaction with and understanding between the races. This stunning, story-filled volume examines the phenomenon of rock and roll—the way it was before it crept into the mainstream it had once retaliated against—and the many musicians who made it into an art.

The music of the 1960s is perhaps as memorable as the historical milestones of the era. Timeless bands, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, emerged from England while the U.S. saw the rise of such folk musicians as Bob Dylan and the explosion of soul, with such legends as Aretha Franklin and James Brown providing the soundtrack to the fight for civil rights. Accessible text captures the extraordinary sounds of this unforgettable period through profiles of its greatest musical talents, placing their stories in social and cultural context. BOOK 978-1-61530-907-8 eBOOK 978-1-61530-913-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-917-7

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Disco, Punk, New Wave, Heavy Metal, and More: Music in the 1970s and 1980s

Alternative, Country, Hip-Hop, Rap, and More: Music from the 1980s to Today

Edited by Michael Ray

Edited by Michael Ray

Although rock music continued to dominate the music scene, the sounds of the 1970s and ‘80s differed greatly from the music of the preceding decades, reflecting newer social realities. Readers examine the various styles of music that defined the 1970s and ‘80s, profiling the artists who captured the spirit of rapid social and cultural change.

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The Britannica Guide to World Literature Weaving together imagination and social commentary, the literature of a nation is often the most effective way to understand the ethos of its people at any given time. The written word offers a sharpened lens through which readers can perceive the world they inhabit, so as to better comprehend personal or universal truths. This captivating series presents major authors, poets, and texts from the world over, immersing students in the life stories of authors that are often as engaging as the narratives these writers have crafted. Discussions on significant literary movements place the works in social context and reveal the Zeitgeist of each era.

reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

Key Features • Includes excerpts of significant works for easy reference • Discussions of important historical events contextualize literature. • Illustrations help readers clearly visualize stories and writers.

American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s

American Literature from 1945 Through Today

Edited by adam augustyn

Edited by adam augustyn

Fiercely nationalistic, the first prominent American writers exhibited a profound pride in the territory that would come to be known as the United States. Predating even the Declaration of Independence, much early American writing entailed commentary on the newly developing American society. This volume examines the literature of the country in its nascence and writers such as Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson, who helped cultivate a uniquely American voice.

Perhaps the most defining characteristic of American literature composed after World War II is the rejection of conventional form and structure with its increasingly uninhibited and experimental style. Embracing works from previously marginalized groups such as African Americans and women and ushering in new genres, contemporary American literature has progressively begun to mirror the American population in diversity and versatility. In this volume, readers are invited to think critically about the social issues and ideas that are as much a part of modern American life as they are of modern American literature.

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American Literature from the 1850s to 1945

English Literature from the Old English Period Through the Renaissance

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Edited by J.E. Luebering

Deviating from the Romanticism of earlier works, American literature that emerged after the mid-19th century adopted a distinct realism and an often critical view of American society. With penetrating analyses, writers such as Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair exposed fundamental flaws in government and industry, while Mark Twain and H. L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills such as prejudice and intolerance. Readers will encounter these and other great minds whose fluid pens challenged the status quo.

Retaining the thrill and tone of oral storytelling as the written word became increasingly widespread was the charge of early English writing. Beginning in the Old English period and continuing through the medieval and Renaissance periods, writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare began to elevate the place of literature in society. This volume details the evolution of early English literature and the enduring works that have withstood centuries of linguistic and cultural change.

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The Literature of Spain and Latin America

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English Literature from the Restoration Through the Romantic Period

The Literature of Spain and Latin America

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From the whimsical idealism of Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote to the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, Spanish-language literature has substantially enriched the global literary canon. This volume examines the vibrant prose and dynamic range of both Spanish and Latin American authors, whose narratives are informed as much by their imaginations as the turbulent histories of their native lands. Influenced by a plethora of diverse cultures, these tales truly tell a global story.

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Both the form and content of literature today owes much to the developments that took place in England between the Restoration and Romantic periods. The emergence of the novel triggered the creation of new genres and accompanied a rise in literacy throughout the country. This volume examines the English writers who helped shape the social, political, and religious climate of the age and immerses students in the history of narratives that continue to enchant audiences today.

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English Literature from the 19th Century Through Today Edited by J.E. Luebering

As the British empire expanded ever outward, English writers of the 19th and early 20th centuries such as Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot, and Virginia Woolf turned their gaze inward to matters of ethical and moral import. Modern writers continue to examine British identity by reformulating and reinventing literary movements and devices introduced by their predecessors. Readers of this volume are invited to observe the progression of English literature and enjoy the stories behind some of the most seminal works in the world. BOOK 978-1-61530-117-1 eBOOK 978-1-61530-232-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-239-0

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The Britannica Guide to Literary Elements

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The advent of the written word and the attendant transformation of language and literature sparked the development of new forms of expression and copious literary devices. Such instruments of poetry and prose can finesse turns of phrase, render the foreign familiar, or simply texture plot lines. The literary terms surveyed in these fascinating volumes describe the content, structure, and characteristics of some of the world’s most celebrated bodies of verse and drama, fiction and nonfiction. Sidebars spotlight some of the modern and traditional writers and works that have enriched discourse and communication.

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Book Review: Poetry and Drama: Literary Terms and Concepts “Packed with detailed analysis, this thick, one-volume overview in the Britannica Guide to Literary Elements series is a valuable reference resource about literary forms and important writers. . .the open design invites browsing, with lots of photos, subheads, and detailed, screened biographies about Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and T. S. Eliot back to Sappho and dozens more.” Prose: Literary Terms and Concepts

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Poetry and Drama: Literary Terms and Concepts

Prose: Literary Terms and Concepts

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Verse and drama have provided outlets for emotive expression and the creative impulse for centuries. Poignant, inspiring, and thought-provoking, plays and poems spoken or written in any language help reinterpret reality and evoke some of humanity’s most profound truths. The terms culled in this volume describe many of the most potent elements of language—those that venture beyond the realm of prose and invoke the power of cadence, lyricism, and drama to recount all aspects of the human condition.

Narratives come in many forms, fall into many genres, and tell the stories of an endless assortment of characters. Despite recurring themes and conceits in works from around the world, each story—from biography to science fiction—is singular and designed to elicit a distinct emotional response from its readers. The rhetorical tools and literary styles that have helped reinvent the art and study of storytelling over time are surveyed in this captivating volume. BOOK 978-1-61530-494-3 eBOOK 978-1-61530-543-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-628-2

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Math Explained

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The universal language of numbers has allowed individuals to transcend cultural differences and make collaborative efforts to comprehend the world mathematically. Though many of these mathematicians may never have met the predecessors who made their own work possible, their collective works form the foundation of mathematics as it is known today. This series introduces students not only to the theories and formulas that form the basis of each field of mathematics, but to the individuals who dedicated their lives to pushing numerical boundaries. Detailed diagrams provide visual summaries of complex concepts and make these books an asset both to lovers of math and to those who may find math unapproachable.

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The Britannica Guide to Analysis and Calculus

The Britannica Guide to Geometry

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More than a study of shapes and angles, geometry reflects an amalgamation of discoveries over time. This book not only provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of geometric shapes, axioms, and formulas, it presents the field’s brilliant minds—from Euclid to Wendelin Werner and many in between— whose works reflect a progression of mathematical thought throughout the centuries and have helped produce the various branches of geometry as they are known today. Detailed diagrams illustrate various concepts and help make geometry accessible to all.

The dynamism of the natural world means that it is constantly changing, sometimes rapidly, sometimes gradually. By mathematically interpreting the continuous change that characterizes so many natural processes, analysis and calculus have become indispensable to bridging the divide between mathematics and the sciences. This comprehensive volume examines the key concepts of calculus, providing students with a robust understanding of integration and differentiation. Biographies of important figures will leave readers with an increased appreciation for the sometimes competing theories that informed the early history of the field.

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The Britannica Guide to the History of Mathematics Edited by Erik Gregersen

Through this in-depth narrative, students will learn how major mathematical concepts were first derived, as well as how they evolved with the advent of later thinkers shedding new light on various applications.

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The Britannica Guide to Numbers and Measurement

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Calculating and manipulating the unknown has been the enterprise of the field of algebra since its earliest inception in Babylon and ancient Egypt. Trigonometry draws on principles presented in algebra and uses angle measurements to elaborate on geometric calculations. Essential to further mathematical and scientific study, both algebra and trigonometry provide crucial tools in managing variables and understanding the relationships between them. This volume presents the fundamentals of these fascinating areas of mathematics while chronicling their respective histories.

Communication and, indeed, our comprehension of the world in general are largely ordered by the number and measurement systems that have arisen over time. This book delves into the history of mathematical reasoning and the progression of numerical thought around the world. With detailed biographies of seminal thinkers and theorists, readers develop a sophisticated understanding of some of the most fundamental arithmetical concepts as well as the individuals who established them. BOOK 978-1-61530-108-9 eBOOK 978-1-61530-218-5 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-225-3

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By observing patterns and repeated behaviors, mathematicians have devised calculations to significantly reduce human potential for error. This volume introduces the historical and mathematical basis of statistics and probability as well as their application to everyday situations. Readers will also meet the prominent thinkers who advanced the field and established a numerical basis for prediction.

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Impact on America: Collective Biographies The formation and growth of any country involves a complex symphony of political, social, and cultural movements orchestrated by impassioned individuals. Some seek the betterment of their society while others are intent on making a more personal mark. Between the discovery and settlement of the land and the Reconstruction era, and beyond, the United States saw many such actors, including those who fought for the right to govern themselves during the American Revolution and those who fought for states’ rights and the emancipation of an entire race in the American Civil War. These captivating volumes survey the lives of the political figures and social revolutionaries that shaped early U.S. history.

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Biographies of the New World: Leif Eriksson, Henry Hudson, Charles Darwin, and More

Biographies of Colonial America: Sir Walter Raleigh, Powhatan, Phillis Wheatley, and More

Edited by Michael Anderson

Edited by Sherman Hollar

With their eyes set on distant horizons, explorers from across Europe—including Leif Eriksson, Sir Francis Drake, and Alexander von Humboldt—voyaged to the New World. They discovered the lands that would later be known as the Americas—motivated by curiosity, commercial interests, or scientific inquiry. These adventurers charted previously unknown territories, encountered, and often tragically exploited, native peoples and changed the fate of the global landscape. The stories of these trailblazers and their remarkable journeys comprise this compelling volume.

Religious freedom, economic security, and the allure of a second chance drew thousands of settlers away from their European homeland to the shores of what would one day become the United States. Through their tireless work, new colonies were established, new traditions, customs, and practices cultivated. This captivating volume profiles many of the individuals who sought to fulfill the promise of the New World, from explorers to religious and political leaders to writers who captured the spirit of the time, as well as those native inhabitants who strove both to preserve their ways of life and to peacefully coexist with the new settlers.

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Biographies of the American Revolution: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Paul Jones, and More Edited by Michael Anderson

Rejecting British authority and profoundly committed to the principles of liberty and justice as well as the land they called home, American colonists from all walks of life answered the resounding cry for independence and gave voice to the ideals in which they so passionately believed. The agents of the American Revolution included soldiers and generals who fought on the frontlines, statesmen who fought behind the scenes, and ordinary individuals who contributed what they could to the cause of freedom. Readers discover some of the notable military and political leaders of the Revolution as well as some of the lesser-known figures instrumental to securing the country’s future. Book 978-1-61530-685-5 eBook 978-1-61530-719-7 Print/eBook Bundle 978-1-61530-764-7

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Biographies of the Civil War and Reconstruction: Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and More

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Edited by Sherman Hollar

In the wake of the American Revolution, the United States of America was faced with the task of evolving into an independent republic. This move was facilitated by a number of visionaries who rose to the challenge of crafting what would become America’s national ethos. Readers will be absorbed as this volume surveys the lives of the individuals responsible for some of the nation’s earliest political, social, and cultural achievements.

Nowhere can intricacies of the ideological, regional, and economic tensions that erupted into the American Civil War be better seen than in the individual actors who fought both on and off the battlefields and on either side for what they believed. While some vigorously struggled for emancipation, others vehemently resisted such a notion, while still others were motivated primarily by regional loyalties and the desire to preserve the only way of life they knew. This penetrating volume profiles many of the soldiers, generals, political leaders, and social activists who left indelible marks on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, thereby altering the entire course of American history.

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Biographies of the New World Power: Rutherford B. Hayes, Thomas Alva Edison, Margaret Sanger, and More Edited by Michael Anderson

Following the end of the American Civil War, the country’s landscape transformed dramatically as it experienced economic growth, saw the emergence of various progressive social movements, and engaged as never before in international affairs. The drivers of these changes included presidents, political and business leaders, social activists, inventors, writers, and artists. This engaging volume examines the lives of many of the noteworthy individuals of the time—including Andrew Carnegie, Susan B. Anthony, and Theodore Roosevelt—and the lasting influence they have had over time. Book 978-1-61530-691-6 eBook 978-1-61530-722-7 Print/eBook Bundle 978-1-61530-765-4

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Inventors and Innovators Even more than necessity, invention requires the tireless dedication of individuals seeking to improve their lives and that of those around them. Discovery and innovation—the reimagining of existing tools and devices in medicine, technology, space exploration, the environment, and climatology— have been taken to previously unimagined heights thanks to people as brilliant and diverse as Hippocrates and Sally Ride. These exciting volumes profile the men and women responsible for some of the most significant developments in science and technology in the course of human history.

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key features: • Focused biographies clearly detail significant contributions and scientific milestones • Colorful images depict memorable events and individuals • Glossaries explain key terms and concepts • Relevant websites and organizations provide further reference “These well-designed books present information in a succinct and uniform manner. Each chapter presents a two- to four-page biography and usually includes an accompanying portrait with a caption, in chronological order by year of the featured individuals’ births. An introduction and conclusion offer more insights into each book’s focus and will assist youngsters with making connections among entries.” —School Library Journal

Pioneers in Astronomy and Space Exploration

Pioneers of the Green Movement: Environmental Solutions

Edited by Michael Anderson

Edited by Michael Anderson

The pioneers of astronomy and space exploration have advanced humankind’s understanding of the universe. These individuals include earthbound theorists such as Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Galileo, as well as those who put their lives on the line travelling into the great unknown. Readers chronicle the lives of individuals positioned at the vanguard of astronomical discovery, laying the groundwork for space exploration past, present, and yet to come.

The peaceful coexistence between humans and nature is vital to the survival of every living thing on Earth. Naturalists, conservationists, and environmental activists are dedicated to curbing a number of ecological threats. Readers take a thoughtful look at the work of those individuals who have helped shape and advance the green movement, which aims to provide a sustainable future for all concerned.

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Pioneers of the Industrial Age: Breakthroughs in Technology Edited by Sherman Hollar

Rapidly developing technological innovation and mass production have become such hallmarks of our industrialized world that we may fail to consider the events and individuals that laid the groundwork for our many conveniences today. Beginning in Europe in the mid-18th century, the Industrial Revolution continued growing and spreading as innovators around the world began modifying old machinery and methods for production or creating new ones. This lively volume profiles a number of the minds behind some of history’s greatest industrial advances, including Robert Fulton, Margaret Knight, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. Book 978-1-61530-696-1 eBook 978-1-61530-745-6 Print/eBook Bundle 978-1-61530-789-0

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Pioneers in Medicine: From the Classical World to Today

Pioneers in Medicine: From the Classical World to Today

Pioneers in the World of Weather and Climatology

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Battling disease, championing new techniques, recommending necessary medications, and offering comfort and guidance to those in need are just some of the many responsibilities with which healers over time have been charged. Even as the field of medical science rapidly evolves, doctors, researchers, and other medical professionals serve as significant reminders of the human element that has sustained the craft of healing for millennia. Readers discover surveys of the lives of many of those who persevered in their pioneering quest for new and improved ways to treat a variety of ailments and conditions.

Sometimes fickle and often devastating in its most extreme forms, the weather can seem inscrutable. Yet our understanding of weather systems and climate has improved greatly over the years due to the work of scientists dedicated to studying the planet’s meteorological conditions. This absorbing volume introduces readers to individuals who have stood at the forefront of deciphering weather-related phenomena and advanced the science of climatology. Book 978-1-61530-702-9 eBook 978-1-61530-743-2 Print/eBook Bundle 978-1-61530-787-6

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Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership A brief survey of the men who have held the office of U.S. president reveals an array of personalities, each with his own strengths and weaknesses. Despite their differences, each is remembered for his accomplishments and defining leadership. In this engaging series, the early, political, and private lives of seven key presidents—Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Kennedy, Reagan, and Obama—are presented. reading level Grade 8

Key Features • Includes biographies of influential wives of presidents

Interest Level Grades 7–12+

• Features primary sources from the terms in office • Covers early life, career, presidency, and life after last term • Focuses on both domestic and foreign policy

George Washington

Thomas Jefferson

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Edited by Michael Anderson

Although more than 200 years have passed since the death of the first U.S. president, the name George Washington still invokes deep patriotism and pride in the country he helped found. A leader on the battlefield as well as the halls of politics, Washington was a crucial figure during the American Revolution who helped define the American presidency, as we know it. Readers trace the life of the man known as the Father of the Country, from his childhood to his military successes through his tenure as president.

As skilled at architecture and inventing as he was at politics, Thomas Jefferson was a man of many talents who was invaluable to the founding of the United States. After loaning his expertise to writing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson went on to serve as the third U.S. president, nearly doubling the size of the United States during his term. Jefferson’s extraordinary life and accomplishments are recounted in this engaging volume. BOOK 978-1-61530-940-5 eBOOK 978-1-61530-952-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-959-7

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Andrew Jackson

Abraham Lincoln

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The seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson is often remembered for his “firsts;” he was the first leader from west of the Appalachians and the first to win office by directly appealing to the American people, rather than relying on association with a political party. A military hero during the War of 1812, Jackson brought the same determination and strength of character he showed on the battlefield to the presidency. Lively text recounts the life and presidency of this complex—and contentious— figure in American history.

It may be little exaggeration to say that Abraham Lincoln embodies the American ideal more so than any other U.S. president. Although he came from humble beginnings and held several odd jobs before launching his career in politics, Lincoln’s determination and natural abilities brought him to the White House, where he led the struggle to preserve the Union and emancipate the country’s slaves. Lincoln’s remarkable life—from his childhood to his role as commander in chief during the Civil War to his tragic death—is chronicled in this captivating volume.

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John F. Kennedy

Ronald Reagan

Edited by Sherman Hollar

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Though he had less than three years in office, John F. Kennedy made a lasting and profound mark as U.S. president. Deftly handling the Cuban missile crisis and supporting civil rights laws and the space race, Kennedy represented the promise for a better future. Readers examine the life of the accomplished and charismatic 35th president, whose life and term were tragically ended too soon.

Witty and charming, Ronald Reagan could as easily enchant political assemblies as he could moviegoers. As the first U.S. president to reach the White House by way of Hollywood, Reagan may have seemed an unlikely candidate. But throughout his life, Reagan had demonstrated a talent and passion for politics, even during his time as an actor, and his combination of knowledge and charisma won over voters. Readers examine Ronald Reagan’s life and career, from his boyhood to the successes and challenges connected to his administration to his final days.

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Barack Obama Edited by Sherman Hollar

Sweeping into the office of U.S. president with his mesmerizing oratory of hope and change, Barack Obama forever transformed American politics. As the first African American to hold the title, both his election and re-election represented historic milestones, socially and politically. The 44th president’s remarkable journey from Hawaii and Indonesia to Chicago and the White House is chronicled, and the major issues that his administration has faced —including the financial crisis, healthcare, and foreign policy—are examined. BOOK 978-1-61530-945-0 eBOOK 978-1-61530-948-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-955-9

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The Britannica Guide to Authors For centuries, writers have attempted to document the human experience by putting chisel to stone, ink to paper, or finger to keyboard. Through their novels, poems, plays, and essays, authors have the power to enlighten readers, spark discourse on important matters, and encapsulate the events that shape civilizations. Spanning many continents and time frames, these compelling volumes profile hundreds of noteworthy authors, examining their lives, inspirations, and major works. reading level Grade 9

Key Features • In-depth biographies place authors and their works in chronological context.

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• Rich with photos and illustrations of the authors, works, and historical periods • Biographical context prepares readers to understand authors’ works. • Supports Common Core goals in understanding authentic literature.

Classical Authors: 500 BCE to 1100 CE

Authors of the Medieval and Renaissance Eras: 1100 to 1660

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Edited by Adam Augustyn

Since ancient times, storytelling has been a valued art form that enables traditions, beliefs, and lessons to be transmitted from one generation to the next. Epics such as Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid and tales such as those contained in the collected The Thousand and One Nights offer modern-day readers a glimpse into various countries and cultures, as well as different eras. The individuals and works profiled in this absorbing volume have withstood the test of time, remaining culturally significant and influencing authors and readers alike for centuries.

As Europe’s religious, social, economic, and cultural identity began to take more definite shape in the medieval and Renaissance eras, so too did its literary identity. By capturing in ink the spirit of these transformative periods, such literary giants as Geoffrey Chaucer, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, and John Milton laid the foundations for literature, drama, and poetry today. Readers will be introduced to these and other notable figures from around the world whose works have had an equally enduring impact on the global literary canon. BOOK 978-1-61530-998-6 eBOOK 978-1-62275-012-2 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-62275-013-9

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Authors of the Enlightenment: 1660 to 1800

Authors of the 19th Century

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From Romanticism to Realism, the 19th century saw a flourishing of literary movements, as well as the arrival of several now-revered luminaries on the literary scene. Authors experimented with new styles that elevated the novel as a significant literary form, while new techniques and themes were also introduced into poetry and drama. These compelling profiles examine the lives of some of the 19th century’s greatest writers—Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy, to name just a few—and reveal the remarkable stories behind the works they crafted.

Edited by Adam Augustyn

Reason, rationality, and reform were perhaps the biggest buzzwords of the Enlightenment era and the themes of much of the writing that appeared at that time. As thinkers increasingly began turning a critical eye towards accepted beliefs and practices, such luminaries as Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine took up their pens to illuminate the social injustices and injuries to personal freedom that pervaded their societies. BOOK 978-1-61530-999-3 eBOOK 978-1-62275-010-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-62275-011-5

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Starting at the dawn of the 20th century, writers began experimenting with literary styles as never before. As perhaps the most far-reaching movement, Modernism swept across both the United States and Europe and has been embodied in the works of such writers as Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and T. S. Eliot. The existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett’s absurdist writings, and the range of literary output from around the world also reflect the spirit of the period. The lives and works of these and other authors from across the globe are surveyed in this absorbing volume.

Contemporary literature encompasses so many genres, literary forms, and themes that it would seem almost impossible to identify a unifying thread between them. Yet in the tradition established by literary heavyweights who came before, modern writers of all stripes and backgrounds have continued to entertain and to confront the social, cultural, and psychological realities of the times—including everything from racial identity to war to technology—with their own flair and insight. The diversity of authors profiled herein—from Toni Morrison to Sylvia Plath to Stephen King to David Foster Wallace—attests to the scope and complexity of modern society.

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The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Adventurers People have been pushing boundaries in search of fame and fortune for centuries, from ancient times to the present day. A quest for knowledge has been another impetus for testing personal and universal limits, as has the thrill of adventure. Within these pages, readers will discover detailed accounts of the lives of explorers and adventurers throughout the ages, men and women whose journeys have been remarkable, whatever their motivation.

reading level Grade 9

Key Features

Interest Level Grades 9–12+

• Includes well-known and lesser-known explorers of the period • Maps provide visual context. • Vivid illustrations depict seminal figures and events.

Explorers of Antiquity: From Alexander the Great to Marco Polo

The Age of Exploration: From Christopher Columbus to Ferdinand Magellan

Edited by Kenneth Pletcher

Edited by Kenneth Pletcher

Crossing geographic and cultural boundaries at a time when much of the world remained uncharted was a challenge faced by ancient explorers. Long before the Golden Age of Exploration, an assortment of travelers ventured into the unknown, uncovering untapped riches of land and resources in the process. Readers will become familiar with the lives and journeys of these early explorers, whose number included dauntless leaders—Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Genghis Khan—who sought to establish vast empires and enterprising merchants such as Marco Polo.

The Age of Exploration, which spanned roughly from 1400 to 1550, was the first time in history that European powers—eyeing new trade routes to the East or seeking to establish empires—began actively looking far past their own borders to gain a better understanding of the world and its many resources. The individuals who set out on behalf of the countries they represented came from a variety of backgrounds, and included master navigators such as Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan— the latter of whom was the first to circle the globe—as well as the often ruthless conquistadors of the New World such as Francisco Pizarro and Hernán Cortés.

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Explorers of the Late Renaissance and the Enlightenment: From Sir Francis Drake to Mungo Park

Nineteenth-Century Explorers: From Lewis and Clark to David Livingstone

Edited by Kenneth Pletcher

Edited by Kenneth Pletcher

As the Age of Exploration came to a close, the world seemed to be a significantly smaller place than it once was, with more major landmasses identified on the global map. Yet questions and unknowns remained and details had yet to be filled in. Armed with greater knowledge and better equipment than their predecessors, explorers in the late Renaissance and Enlightenment eras took up the reins, with some discovering new routes and lands while others carefully surveyed or settled lands already known.

Although the once-fuzzy outlines of the global map had largely been defined by the 19th century, much had yet to be learned. As some explorers continued to search either for resources or for unknown regions, others increasingly embraced a new kind of discovery—that of scientific knowledge. Readers will journey alongside a host of notable explorers, accompanying Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition—during which they both charted much of the United States and identified 178 new plants—and marvelling at Charles Darwin’s revolutionary findings in the Galapagos Islands.

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biographies reading level Grade 9 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

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Explorers of Antiquity: From Alexander the Great to Marco Polo

Explorers in the 20th and 21st Centuries: From Auguste Piccard to James Cameron Edited by Kenneth Pletcher

Technological advances—including pressurized cabins for hot air balloons, rocketry that powers spacecraft, and deep-sea diving gear—have changed the face of exploration. What hasn’t changed since ancient times, however, is the bravery and inquisitiveness of intrepid individuals at the forefront of modern-day exploration and adventure. Those who have challenged conventional thinking, and sought to test physical limits of human endurance in the 20th and 21st centuries are the subjects of this exciting collection of biographies. BOOK 978-1-62275-022-1 eBOOK 978-1-62275-025-2 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-62275-026-9

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The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People It has been said that when it comes to success, it isn’t what you know, but who you know. In this intriguing series, readers get the best of both worlds. These concise but information-packed biographies detail the lives and life’s work of hundreds of leading individuals from an assortment of disciplines. Readers will get to know the foremost minds within science, art, writing, music, invention, and philosophy. Eminent women and world leaders are also reviewed. Each valuable compendium offers a comprehensive index, complementary visuals, and behind-the-scenes details that reveal the very human nature behind famous personalities.

reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

Key Features

“This ambitious series corrals world history’s major doers and thinkers whose work challenges and inspires people consistently, or incites change or reform on a large scale. People of many races and nationalities are represented. Careful wording bridges one chronologically arranged article to the next, enhancing the idea that one person’s word builds on an earlier individual’s accomplishments...this series is a goldmine.”

• Details the events and decisions that determined the future of each person and their impact on the world • Photos throughout • Comprehensive index allows for quick research. • Aligns with standards for history, science, political science, and philosophy

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The 100 Most Influential Inventors of All Time

The 100 Most Influential Philosophers of All Time

Edited by Robert Curley

Edited by Brian Duignan

If necessity is indeed the mother of invention, then the individuals profiled in this volume should be considered the most laudable of all midwives. They each saw a need and met it. Readers will learn more about the lives and methodologies of well-known inventors such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison, and become familiar with several more whose creations have sometimes outstripped their personal fame.

I think, therefore I am … influential. Leading philosophers conduct a rational investigation of truth to arrive at a set of principles that others believe and adopt. This compendium of the world’s greatest thinkers includes the likes of Confucius, Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, and René Descartes. BOOK 978-1-61530-009-9 eBOOK 978-1-61530-057-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-072-3

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The 100 Most Influential Musicians of All Time

The 100 Most Influential Painters & Sculptors of the Renaissance

Edited by Gini Gorlinski

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Welcome to a veritable feast for readers’ eyes, minds, and, by extension, ears. Filled with profiles of truly accomplished musicians across a broad spectrum of musical styles and genres, this volume includes such varied musical artists as Ludwig von Beethoven, Elvis Presley, and hip-hop artist Jay-Z.

The Renaissance was a fantastic period of rebirth in terms of art and culture. This book recounts the struggles and victories of the most celebrated artists who lived and worked at this time. The masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Pieter Bruegel, Sandro Botticelli, and others are highlighted.

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The 100 Most Influential Scientists of All Time features Black-and-White Photographs • Illustrations • Glossary • Index • Further Reading • Introductory and Epilogue Material

The 100 Most Influential Scientists of All Time

The 100 Most Influential Writers of All Time

Edited by Kara Rogers

Edited by J.E. Luebering

Leonardo da Vinci’s study of mechanics led to the creation of early prototypes of flying machines and submarines. Biologist Carolus Linnaeus pioneered the hierarchal system of taxonomic classification in use today, Barbara McClintock’s genetics research garnered her the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The detailed profiles of these and many other notable scientists collected in these pages are bound to fascinate and inspire readers.

There are few tools more powerful than the written word. Writers who finely hone their craft possess the ability to spread messages, change minds, or merely create something beautiful. As shown in the pages of this volume, masterful writers through the ages have run the gamut from early dramatists and poets such as Aristophanes, Sophocles, and Shakespeare to successful modern-day novelists, including Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, and J. K. Rowling.

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The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time

The 100 Most Influential World Leaders of All Time

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Edited by Amy McKenna

Through the ages women have had to fight to be taken seriously, have their work accepted, and be considered the equal of men intellectually and creatively. This book tips its hat to women such as Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Sojourner Truth, and Princess Diana, who have made their mark and forever changed the world with their contributions.

It takes a great deal of personal strength, charisma, and intelligence to lead others. Some leaders improve the lives of their fellow citizens while others rule with an iron fist, oblivious to the plight of others. This book covers the lives and agendas of leaders good and bad, those who history has justifiably vilified and others who will be cherished for years to come.

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The Renaissance

Biographies reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

After emerging from the shadows of the Middle Ages, Western Europe was reborn. The discovery of new lands, advances in the arts, and scientific revolution were among the developments of the period known as the Renaissance. Through vivid outlines of the era and detailed profiles of the individuals who helped shape the age, these stunning volumes capture the spirit of creation and invention typical of the Renaissance. Key Features • Sidebars highlight notable individuals, events, and concepts. • Colorful illustrations depict important figures and events of the Renaissance. • Historical and biographical context helps readers understand each person’s contributions.

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Explorers of the Renaissance

Musicians of the Renaissance

Edited by Robert Curley

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

The allure of far-off lands, the promise of untapped resources, and a hunger for building global empires prompted Renaissance explorers to journey into the unknown. Battling harsh seafaring conditions, disease, and any number of unknown threats to their health and safety, the individuals profiled in this volume shaped the world map, setting the stage for future voyagers along the way.

The score of Western music was writ large during the Renaissance. Secular music rivaled church music for prominence, harmonic lines intertwined and changed music forever with the emergence of polyphony, and, in general, musical composition was taken to new heights. The composers and musicians who provided the soundtrack to this remarkable period are the subject of this comprehensive volume, which also takes an in-depth look at instruments of the day.

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Painters of the Renaissance

Scientists and Inventors of the Renaissance

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Edited by Robert Curley

Some of the world’s most celebrated works of art—the Mona Lisa and The Birth of Venus, to name just two—were produced during the period of cultural reawakening known as the Renaissance. Painters of the era incorporated new techniques and ideals while reflecting in their works the dramatic social, religious, and political changes of the time. Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and El Greco are just a few of the notable Renaissance artists profiled in this volume, which also includes vibrant images of a number of influential works.

The ingenuity evidenced during the Renaissance was not just limited to the fine arts. A number of scientists and inventors also made astonishing breakthroughs in astronomy, medicine, physics, and more. Readers examine the scientific revolution, profiling Isaac Newton, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo, and many other great thinkers who transformed the scientific and mechanical worlds. BOOK 978-1-61530-880-4 eBOOK 978-1-61530-884-2 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-888-0

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Food and Society

health & nutrition reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

The life cycle of the food we eat—its journey from the fields to our bodies—is often more interesting and complex than we may realize. Over the course of thousands of years, food production has become increasingly sophisticated, with agricultural advances influencing the types of food we consume and the nutrition we receive. These detailed volumes offer a behind-the-scenes look at the history and development of various food staples, the role of food in our lives, and the effect of nutrition on the human body.

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• Discusses small independent farmers, organic farming, and giant agribusinesses

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The History of Agriculture

The History of Agriculture

The Science of Nutrition

Edited by Gini Gorlinski

Edited by Kara Rogers

Agriculture—that is, using and managing natural resources—has a long and complex history. For thousands of years, societies have relied on plants and animals for food and other items, making agriculture as vital to their survival as it is to ours. The cultivation of various crops and livestock over time and throughout the world are examined, revealing the history behind and importance of much of the food we eat today. Also covered are the techniques and equipment that have been developed over time to facilitate agricultural production.

From a young age we have been told to eat our fruits and vegetables and limit sugar and fat. Readers examine what makes certain foods better nutritionally than others and how various foods affect the human body, including the role they can play in disease and illness. Tables in the appendix provide quick reference on vitamins and common food-related illnesses. BOOK 978-1-61530-920-7 eBOOK 978-1-61530-922-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-924-5

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Health and Disease in Society

health & nutrition reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

Our physical well-being facilitates our ability to engage with—and enjoy—the world around us, and is directly related to quality of life. However, even as life expectancies increase and scientists advance treatments and solutions to ailments that have long plagued societies around the world, new health concerns are constantly emerging to challenge our well-being as well as our current awareness of disease. The foundation of managing public health rests on identifying the causes, courses, and effects of both common and uncommon afflictions and adapting appropriately as new pandemics arise. This series examines various diseases and the epidemiological issues associated with crafting global responses to them.

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• Current developments in health care are placed in historical context. • Informative sidebars introduce past and present leaders in fields such as epidemiology, surgery, and nursing.

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Substance Use and Abuse

Battling and Managing Disease

Infectious Diseases

Edited by Kara Rogers

Edited by Kara Rogers

As the world’s population expands, so too does the risk of communicable disease and global pandemics. Consequently, health care has assumed a greater centrality in the public consciousness both in the United States and around the world. With various national and international organizations dedicated to epidemiological research and disease control, societal welfare has become an increasingly significant aspect of public policy. The historical, legal, and scientific factors that form the basis of public health locally and globally are the subjects of this relevant and revealing volume.

Outbreaks of infectious disease pose some of the greatest public health risks to humans across the globe. Although an increasing number of preventative measures and cures are available against a number of these threats, many are still untreatable or have no remedy. However, the human response to these diseases has matured as awareness increases and new scientific research emerges. This volume examines the many causes and effects of bacterial, viral, and other forms of disease, as well as the various steps taken over time to mitigate the damaging consequences of infection.

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Medicine and Healers Through History

Substance Use and Abuse

Edited by Kara Rogers

Consumed for a wide range of reasons, substances that alter a person’s mood and mind are widespread in most societies. Although many such substances initially had been valued for their medicinal properties, their usage can have health-endangering consequences, including habit formation. The misuse or abuse of legal and illicit drugs and alcohol engender numerous public health concerns over time. This analytical volume examines the physical, ethical, and public policy issues that have arisen as the result of excessive and inappropriate substance use.

Edited by Kara Rogers

The diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease remains a challenging undertaking as emerging disorders and pandemics are constantly presenting new opposition. Behind the practice of medicine is a treasury of great minds and healers who have endeavored tirelessly at the forefront of disease management. This compelling volume introduces readers to the development of medicine over the centuries and to those intrepid individuals who have dedicated their lives to safeguarding the welfare of people around the world.

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Inside Sports

Sports reading level Grade 6 Interest Level Grades 5–12+

Created for sports fans in middle and high school, this dynamic and accessible series surveys the evolution of these four sports and the journeys of their most exceptional players. Inspiring the deep-seated passions of both players and fans alike, the games of baseball, basketball, football, and soccer have encouraged professional athletes to defy physical and social boundaries, elevating their franchises to international renown.

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Baseball and Its Greatest Players

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Perhaps the most iconic representation of Americana, baseball captured the hearts of the American public when it first gained traction around the country in the mid-19th century. The sport continues to enthrall fans both in the United States and around the world through informal games, regional associations, and at the professional level. This volume introduces readers to the history of a sport that in many ways is inextricably tied to the American ethos and surveys the lives of some of its key professional players. BOOK 978-1-61530-510-0 eBOOK 978-1-61530-559-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-589-6

Basketball and Its Greatest Players

Football and Its Greatest Players

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Edited by Michael Anderson

Drawing crowds for its displays of both raw athleticism and spectacular showmanship, basketball has become one of the most exciting spectator sports in the United States, as well as the world. Players renowned for their maneuverability and skill—“Air” Jordan and his classic acrobatic moves, for instance—have intensified the level of competition in professional leagues and inspired everyday fans to “shoot hoops” in friendly games. This engaging volume examines the history and evolution of basketball and some of its most influential players.

Anyone who has experienced the thrill of watching his or her team win on Super Bowl Sunday will recognize the exhilaration that the game of football generates. Gridiron football is a complex game that demands both tactical ability and physical skill. This enthralling volume outlines the history and rules of American football, chronicles the rise of some of its greatest players, and illustrates how the game has become such a beloved cultural phenomenon. BOOK 978-1-61530-511-7 eBOOK 978-1-61530-560-5 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-606-0

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Soccer and Its Greatest Players

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With a following that remains unmatched by any other sport, soccer has commanded the loyalties of peoples of all backgrounds around the world, stirring the passions of all. National associations in countries across the globe have encouraged the emergence of numerous skilled players and advanced the level of competition and skill in the game, as is often demonstrated in each World Cup. The history, rules, and prominent players of this beloved sport are all examined in this exuberant volume.

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The World of Sports

Sports reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 10–12+

Sports enthusiasts can be found gathered in parks, arenas, homes, and elsewhere, revelling in the thrill of victory, lambasting weak plays, exercising, or simply having fun. More than just games, sports such as baseball, basketball, football, and soccer have long held cultural and social significance, inciting deep loyalties to country, region, and team. These engaging volumes enrich the spectator experience by examining the major developments of these four popular sports over time, and by exploring the lives of athletes whose accomplishments continue to inspire generations of enthusiasts.

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The Britannica Guide to Soccer

The Britannica Guide to Baseball

The Britannica Guide to Basketball

Edited by Adam Augustyn

Edited by Adam Augustyn

Integral to the consciousness of the American people, the sport of baseball has become a steadfast institution in a nation whose identity is constantly evolving. Although the game has undergone its own share of changes since it first took center stage, baseball has maintained an unwavering devotion among fans and players alike. This comprehensive volume details the rules of baseball, introduces some of its key personalities, and examines the historical role of the game as it changed both the recreational and social landscapes of the country.

Despite its American origins, the fast-paced and often acrobatic game of basketball commands the attention of fans around the world. The sport’s seeming simplicity— put the ball in the basket—is delightfully offset by the complexity of the athleticism and strategy required to be successful at the game. Recounting the evolution of basketball and profiling greats from George Mikan to Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and beyond, this gripping volume examines the story of a game that continues to dazzle American and global fans alike.

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The Britannica Guide to Football

The Britannica Guide to Soccer

Edited by Adam Augustyn

Edited by Adam Augustyn

From Europe’s rugby and soccer evolved a truly American sport. Played across the United States at parks, schools, universities, and in stadiums, football is as much a part of America’s iconographic experience as apple pie. Emerging from college campuses, it has blossomed to become a popular form of recreation throughout the country, as well as a professional-sports juggernaut. This detailed narrative examines the history of gridiron football, including the teams and players that have helped make it a national obsession.

Although it assumes different monikers in various parts of the world and has appeared in various incarnations over time, the game of soccer has retained a great deal of its original character. While it is ostensibly simple in terms of equipment and rules, soccer has inspired skill, strategy, and pure athleticism that have allowed the professional sport to evolve. The history of soccer and the biographies of game-changing players who have kept fans riveted game after game are chronicled in this lively volume. BOOK 978-1-61530-532-2 eBOOK 978-1-61530-581-0 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-594-0

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U.S. Government: The Separation of Powers

political sciences reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

The framers of the Constitution had consummate legal minds. Their desire for a government that would represent the needs of the many as well as the needs of the few led to the creation of a balanced government, which no other nation had formalized at that time. This thought-provoking series provides an exciting look into the three branches of the world’s leading democratic government. Primary-source documents and interpretations introduce readers to leaders, ideas, and legal principles at work. Readers will learn about presidential interplay, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Watershed Supreme Court cases such as the Dred Scott decision will remain in the reader’s mind long after the book is returned to the shelf.

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Key Features • Helps students understand U.S. government, its powers, and the democratic process

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• Features primary-source documents and interpretations

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• Appendices include listings of presidents, vice presidents, Supreme Court judges, and key Supreme Court cases. • Meets requirements for high-school government classes

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The Judicial Branch of the Federal Government: Purpose, Process, and People

The Executive Branch of the Federal Government: Purpose, Process, and People

Edited by Brian Duignan

Edited by Brian Duignan

The system of courts in the United States serves to enforce the laws of the nation as well as act as a check to make sure the other branches of government obey the powers set forth by the Constitution. Through a series of landmark court cases, chronicled in this book with an explanation of their lasting impact, the judiciary has shaped the laws of the nation. In addition to the powers of the judiciary and information on important Supreme Court justices, landmark cases such as Marbury v. Madison and Brown v. Board of Education are covered.

The founders of the Constitution created the office of the president to be the chief executive of the United States, as well as an important figure the nation could turn to. This book covers the role and duties of the executive in the office of president, describing how those duties have changed and evolved throughout the history of the United States. There is also plenty of helpful information detailing the complicated election process, from the caucus to the Electoral College, helping to educate a new generation of voters about their impact on electing the next executive officer.

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The Legislative Branch of the Federal Government: Purpose, Process, and People

Introduction

Edited by Brian Duignan

The legislative branch, created by Article I of the Constitution, is comprised of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together form the United States Congress. This book not only studies the powers of the legislative branch and the organization of both houses of Congress, but also examines the legislative process and how a bill ultimately can become a law. This book gives readers a detailed look at how their government really works to both create and pass lasting legislation.

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uring the hot summer months of 1787, delegates from the American states met in Philadelphia and created a new framework of government, called the United States Constitution. While the delegates recognized the need for a strong executive to govern the United States, they did not want an all-powerful monarch who might become a tyrant. Instead they created three branches of government—the executive, the legislature and the judiciary—each with specific powers, and each with the power to check and balance the other. In Article II, the Constitution spells out the powers of the President, the Chief Executive of the United States. They include the power to make treaties with foreign governments and to appoint ambassadors, federal judges and other officials—but only with the consent of the U.S. Senate. The President is also Commander and Chief of the nation’s armed forces, but can only declare war with the approval of Congress. In 1789, as a result of the first presidential election, George Washington became President of the United States and John Adams, his Vice President. Washington named a small group of political leaders to his cabinet, including Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury; Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State; and Henry Knox, Secretary of War. The Constitution specified that the President’s term of office should be four years, although it did not state how many times a president could run for re-election. Washington chose to run in 1792 for a second four-year term. After winning the election, he retired at the end of his second term, setting a precedent followed by other presidents until the 20th century. Under the Constitution, a president and vice president are not elected directly by the American voters. Instead, they vote for electors in their states, who, in turn, elect America’s two top executives. According to the

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Governance: Power, Politics, and Participation A complex interplay of policy, politics, special interests, legal precedent, and administration, governance is a multidimensional art. While seeking to maintain an ordered society, governing bodies at every level—local, regional, or national—must balance majority interests with socially and economically viable solutions. This thought-provoking series examines many forms of government around the world and through the ages. Included are discussions of the structures, laws, and interests with which they must contend.

reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 10–12+

Key Features: • Comprehensive discussions of varied aspects of political science and philosophy • Sidebars spotlight significant individuals, parties, theories, and concepts. • Glossaries explain key terms and ideas.

Forms of Government and the Rise of Democracy

Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections

Edited by Brian Duignan

Edited by Brian Duignan

For as long as individuals have lived alongside one another, there have been governing structures—bodies established to maintain order and justice, entrusted to provide basic needs and services to their constituents. Disparate beliefs and interests have given rise to many forms of government throughout history, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. This engaging volume allows readers to examine the various forms of government that have developed around the world, with a special focus on the ascension of democracy.

Divergence in opinions, beliefs, and interests is a fundamental aspect of every society. Such plurality often spurs the development of various factions and groups, each seeking to attain its objectives through political and governmental action. Whereas elected officials exercise political power directly, interest groups often operate behind the scenes, lobbying for policy changes that benefit their cause. Readers discover how the general populace influences the way it is governed via political parties, interest groups, and elections within the framework of various forms of government.

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Political Systems, Structures, and Functions Edited by Brian Duignan

Governance is a complex process, often divided among various structures and institutions. Local, regional, national, and even supranational entities each have their own formal and informal institutions that comprise a political system. Readers will use this comprehensive volume to examine the various types, structures, and functions of government around the world, as well as the evolution of political systems and the factors contributing to their rise and fall. Book 978-1-61530-700-5 eBook 978-1-61530-747-0 Print/eBook Bundle 978-1-61530-791-3

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The Science and Philosophy of Politics

The Science and Philosophy of Politics

The U.S. Constitution and Constitutional Law

Edited by Brian Duignan

Edited by Brian Duignan

Complementary and mutually reinforcing, political science and political philosophy lie at the heart of the study of governance. The concept of how government could or should operate in the abstract is the province of political philosophy, while political science concerns itself with the concrete. Readers will chronicle the history and development of both fields and be introduced to the major thinkers—including Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Weber—whose works have informed the study of politics the world over.

Although one of the shortest written constitutions in the world, the U.S. Constitution, designed to embody the rights, laws, and guiding principles of a diverse and ever-changing populace, remains an enduring document. Since its ratification in 1787, the Constitution has been applied to a broad range of legal and political questions and, while often the subject of much debate, continues to serve as a stalwart reminder of the country’s social and legal strides. This detailed volume breaks down each section of the Constitution and its amendments, also providing a concise overview of the field of constitutional law as it is applied around the world and in various forms of government.

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Ancient Civilizations Introduce middle and high school students to the great accomplishments of the ancient world. While technological advancement may seem to be the hallmark of modern society, many of the conveniences we enjoy in the present are iterations of precedents set by ancient peoples. From the philosophers of ancient Greece to the Mayan astronomers of Meso-America, our experience of the world around us owes a great deal to the efforts and accomplishments of its earliest cultures. Illustrated with stunning images, these engaging volumes capture the dramatic ascension and decline of some of the most sophisticated empires and civilizations in recorded history.

reading level Grade 8 Interest Level Grades 7–12+

Key Features • Vivid images depict the art and artifacts left by each culture. • Sidebars supplement the text with related information. • Detailed glossaries explain terms and concepts related to each civilization.

“The series includes colorful photographs and images of artifacts depicting societies, life, architecture, and people of our ancient predecessors. … these volumes read more like stories than encyclopedia articles. Each volume contains contact information for related museums and special collections.” —Library Media Connection

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece

Edited by Sherman Hollar

Edited by Michael Anderson

The iconic pyramids and striking hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt are but a limited representation of the resplendent culture that once inhabited the Nile Valley. The ancient Egyptians developed sophisticated societies and belief systems, bestowing on the world plenitudes in the way of intellectual and cultural achievement. The vibrance of ancient Egyptian life—from the dynasties to the masses— are captured in this volume, which also explores the political and social development of the region.

Frequently cited as a land that birthed civilization and culture as we know it, the impact of ancient Greece on the world cannot be overstated. Its flourishing city-states laid the creative foundations for much of the literature, drama, art, and architecture we enjoy today, while advances in governance and law have shaped the development of democracy. This lively volume chronicles the major events and achievements of this dynamic society and profiles some of its most notable figures. Numerous maps, illustrations, and sidebars transport the reader to the ancient, awe-inspiring past of the Hellenic Republic.

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Ancient Rome

Early Civilizations of the Americas

Edited by Michael Anderson

Edited by Michael Anderson

Amidst constant warfare and surges of cultural achievement, ancient Rome luxuriated in the splendors of its conquests and the glory of its empire. Under the powerful direction of such leaders as Julius Caesar and Augustus, Rome secured its legacy as a foundation for much of the modern Western world. This provocative volume examines the many advances in governance, law, and engineering attributed to the Roman Empire as well as the individuals who shaped its military and cultural trajectory.

The cultural and intellectual achievements of Old World civilizations—ancient Greece or Egypt, for instance—can be glimpsed in present-day societies the world over. Unfortunately, accomplishments of the ancient civilizations of the New World have often been obscured by the colonial forces that eventually eradicated much of their populations. One glance at the imposing architecture left behind by the Inca or the mathematical strides made by the Maya reveals that the early peoples of the Americas were equally as enterprising as their Old World counterparts. This exciting volume introduces readers to the magnificent kingdoms and empires of early South, Middle, and North America and the rich heritage of the peoples who made them.

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history reading level Grade 8 Interest Level Grades 7–12+

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Ancient Egypt

Mesopotamia Edited by Sherman Hollar

Responsible for the first writing system and home to elaborate kingdoms and societies, Mesopotamia has been aptly labeled as the birthplace of the world’s first advanced civilizations. Although much remains unknown about the life and structure of Mesopotamia, the writings and artifacts left behind have shed elucidating light on a number of its significant developments and technological advances. This absorbing volume explores Sumer, Babylon, and the other early settlements that flourished in the enchanting land between the Tigris and Euphrates. BOOK 978-1-61530-526-1 eBOOK 978-1-61530-575-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-621-3

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A History of Western Civilization

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Before spawning the sometimes dueling behemoths of democracy and capitalism that have become integral to much of the Western world, the European continent was largely comprised of disparate villages, city-states, and kingdoms, with little to unite them. Over time, political, social, and economic philosophies emerged to transform kingdoms into empires. This engaging series takes a broad look at the events, movements, and ideas that created and sustained the countries of Europe, from prehistory through the Renaissance, from the modern era to the present European Union.

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reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

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The Ascent of the West: From Prehistory Through the Renaissance

The Ascent of the West: From Prehistory Through the Renaissance

The Emergence of Modern Europe: c. 1500 to 1788

Edited by Heather M. Campbell

At the end of the Renaissance, the Western world was beginning to change. Explorers brought back treasures from other lands. Merchants helped develop the rudiments of a modern economy. The new Protestant religion swept across Europe, sparking the brutal Thirty Years’ War with Roman Catholics. By the time of the French Revolution, the world had been introduced to the distinct entities that still largely make up present-day Europe, and to the revolutionary social, cultural, and political philosophies of the Enlightenment. Within these pages, readers will encounter the developments that altered the course of Europe’s early modern era. The volume contains a wealth of thoroughly researched information complemented by beautiful photographs to draw readers into the remarkable history of the development of this powerful continent.

Edited by Heather M. Campbell

Catalyzed by the introduction of writing and the unifying force of Christianity, prehistoric European societies became flourishing civilizations in the early stages of European history. This period ushered in new technologies and advances in economic, political, and scientific thought that created an enduring cultural link between what would later become disparate nation-states. This illuminating volume provides an overarching view of the early social and intellectual transformations that brought European civilization from its birth in antiquity to its illustrious rebirth during the Renaissance. BOOK 978-1-61530-299-4 eBOOK 978-1-61530-373-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-419-6

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Advances in Democracy: From the French Revolution to the PresentDay European Union Edited by Heather M. Campbell

Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, Europe was seized by the spirit of political and social innovation and reform that has continued into the 21st century. The general atmosphere of the continent, reflected in the Romantic, Realist, and Modernist movements that swept through its nations, reflected a growing cognizance of previously neglected social realities that demanded action. This engaging volume chronicles Europe’s transformations from the late 18th century through the present and examines the European response to both prosperity and war. BOOK 978-1-61530-337-3 eBOOK 978-1-61530-417-2 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-418-9

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Turning Points in History

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The transformative power of various movements, voyages, conceits, and outright brainstorms are the focus of this provocative series. A true journey into modernity, this set delves into the facts surrounding landmark decisions, actions, and inventions that have advanced cultures, inspired humankind, and forever changed the way the world works. Supplementing the text, which is categorized for easy referencing, are an array of photographs and illustrations that provide an unforgettable visual narrative. Readers will see the world in a whole new light after learning about the social movements, inventions, explorers, and theories that have created our society’s substrate. A detailed table of contents allows for leisure reading by subject and also acts a quick locator for research.

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reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

Key Features • Explores in detail events that shape the world today • Excellent resource for high-school and college research papers • Wide array of photographs, primary sources, and illustrations

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The Britannica Guide to Political and Social Movements That Changed the Modern World

The Britannica Guide to Inventions That Changed the Modern World

Edited by Heather M. Campbell

Edited by Robert Curley

Few forces are more powerful than a group of people united by a common cause. Collective objectives, known as movements, have been known to radically alter the course of human history. This book traces an array of important political and social movements from their inception to their apex, with plentiful side discussions of notable proponents.

By their very nature, inventions change the status quo. The innovations highlighted in this book have done so in a most dramatic, memorable, or effective fashion. Through engaging narrative and accompanying images, this volume gives readers a deeper appreciation for the inventions that have made their lives easier, more aesthetically pleasing, or otherwise better.

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The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Explorations That Changed the Modern World

The Britannica Guide to Theories and Ideas That Changed the Modern World

Edited by Kenneth Pletcher

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

There was a time when every voyage contained an element of the unknown. Today, however, the world spreads out before us carefully mapped and plotted. One must credit explorers with this transformation. Readers will devour these tales of explorers who have pushed geographic and personal boundaries, leaving virtually no corner of the globe off limits.

There was a time when people assumed that the world was flat. Once an alternate theory was proposed, however, that conceit was challenged and, eventually, disproved. In short, theories and ideas can be potent agents of change— none more so than those that are extensively detailed in this book. BOOK 978-1-61530-029-7 eBOOK 978-1-61530-063-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-081-5

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America at War Give readers one of the deepest dives possible into America’s military history with this probing yet accessible series. Military legacies are not just about dates and timelines; they’re about our strengths and weaknesses, ignorance and brilliance, and desire for peace or dominance. Students will discover the underlying motivations, causes, and consequences of military engagement throughout America’s history. Conflicts include the Civil War, Korean War, World War I, and the American Revolutionary War. Written for high-school and college students, these image-studded volumes are a must-read for anyone interested in understanding America’s experience in the crucible of war. Each volume includes indepth, balanced coverage of key military, political, and civilian leadership. Engaging narratives about crucial battles transport the student into all sides of America’s wartime actions, creating an unforgettable reading experience. Key Features • Explains underlying motives, causes, and consequences of America’s military engagement • In-depth, balanced coverage of key military, political, and civilian leadership • Engaging narratives about crucial battles • Heavily photo illustrated • Aligns with history standards

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The American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812: People, Politics, and Power

The American Civil War and Reconstruction: People, Politics, and Power

Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

Many Americans buoy their national pride and patriotism in the tableau of the American Revolution—in which everyday men rose up against taxation from abroad to defeat one of the most powerful countries in the world at the time. From the midnight ride of Paul Revere to the cold winter at Valley Forge, American freedom was proudly won. This book investigates the important battles, speeches, and leaders of this important war, which ended in the creation of a proud new nation.

The American Civil War hit close to home as it pitted brother against brother, Americans fighting one another to defend their differing beliefs. Years of war were followed by a subsequent period of Reconstruction, wherein the nation tried to piece itself back together in an uneasy political climate—a trying time in American history. This book focuses on the underlying causes, important battles, remembered personages, and lasting outcomes of the Civil War through detailed information and supporting photos.

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World War I: People, Politics, and Power

World War II: People, Politics, and Power

Edited by William L. Hosch

Edited by William L. Hosch

Beginning with the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, World War I, sometimes called the Great War, spiraled into a struggle lasting four years, leaving ten million dead, and affecting the lives of millions more. This investigation of World War I begins in the shaky political climate that helped foment a massive conflict that swept up the world, follows through battles of import and their outcomes, and includes plenty of side focuses on such concepts as trench warfare and the Schlieffen Plan.

World War II was a very different war than those that had previously been fought in the course of history—new technologies and ideas were employed making way for widespread death and new atrocities. This book is a valuable resource that follows the war from the rise of Hitler to the dropping of the atomic bombs, through blitzkrieg and bombings, to the treaty that finally ended it all, noting the effects upon future world politics. BOOK 978-1-61530-008-2 eBOOK 978-1-61530-046-4 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-093-8

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history black people. In 1855 he followed five of his sons to the Kansas Territory to assist antislavery forces struggling for control there. With a wagon laden with guns and ammunition, Brown settled in Osawatomie and soon became the leader of antislavery guerrillas in the area. Brooding over the sack of the town of Lawrence by a mob of slavery sympathizers (May 21, 1856), Brown concluded that he had a divine mission to take vengeance. Three days later he led a nighttime retaliatory raid on a proslavery settlement at Pottawatomie Creek, in which five men were dragged out of their cabins and hacked to death.

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After this raid, the name of “Old Osawatomie Brown” conjured up a fearful image among local slavery apologists. In the spring of 1858, Brown convened a meeting of blacks and whites in Chatham, Ontario, at which he announced his intention of establishing in the Maryland and Virginia mountains a stronghold for escaping slaves. He proposed, and the convention adopted, a provisional constitution for the people of the United States. He was elected commander in chief of this paper government while gaining the moral and financial support of Gerrit Smith and several prominent Boston abolitionists. In the summer of 1859, with an armed band of 16 whites and 5 blacks, Brown set up a headquarters in a rented farmhouse in Maryland, across the Potomac from Harpers Ferry, the site of a federal armoury. On the night of October 16, he quickly took the armoury and rounded up some 60 leading men of the area as hostages. Brown took this desperate action in the hope that escaped slaves would join his rebellion, forming an “army of emancipation” with which to liberate their fellow slaves. Throughout the next day and night he and his men held out against the local militia, but on the following morning he surrendered to a small force of U.S. Marines who had broken in and overpowered him. Brown himself was wounded, and 10 of his followers (including two sons) were killed. He was tried for murder, slave insurrection, and treason against the state and was convicted and hanged.

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John Brown’s execution brought together three of the most extraordinary figures in America’s history. The colonel of marines who was in charge of the affair was Robert E. Lee, later to lead the Confederate armies against the Union. One of the militiamen was John Wilkes Booth, who would commit the last tragic act in the tragedy that was the Civil War by assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. And, of course, there was John Brown himself, who “never again,” in Lloyd Lewis’s words, “after that day’s work, was . . . to be clearly a man any more in anybody’s memory; thereafter he was to the South a gathering thunderhead on the Northern sky, promise of the hurricane to come. Thereafter he was to the North a song.” The Union soldiers sang this “greatest of the world’s war songs,” as it has been called, throughout the war. They sang it quickly, lightly, as they marched into battle, and slowly, mournfully, after the many defeats.

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The stars of heaven are looking kindly down, The stars of heaven are looking kindly down, The stars of heaven are looking kindly down, On the grave of old John Brown.

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The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations The innovation and progress that characterize modernity often eclipse the accomplishments of ages past. However, close examination of ancient civilizations reveals a sophistication in both thought and accomplishment that in some ways surpasses what is observed in the present. This series details the ancient lifestyles and cultures that have produced concepts and technologies still in use today. Illustrations complement the text and instill excitement for the achievements of these rich and highly developed societies.

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Ancient Egypt: From Prehistory to the Islamic Conquest

Ancient Greece: From the Archaic Period to the Death of Alexander the Great

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Home to some of the most remarkable feats of engineering as well as awe-inspiring natural vistas, ancient Egypt was a land of great promise fulfilled. Its pyramids, writing systems, and art all predate the Islamic conquest and are symbols of the civilization’s vitality. This volume invites readers to indulge in the splendors of ancient Egyptian culture and discover the traditions that have fired imaginations for generations. A detailed appendix profiles important sites throughout Egypt, many of which still contain remnants and artifacts that illustrate the import of this extraordinary civilization.

From Archaic times to the reign of Alexander the Great, Greek unity was tenuous, yet ancient Greece was a place where culture flourished and intellectual achievement knew no bounds. Ancient Greek ideas on philosophy, politics, science, and the arts influence many of our own, and in some ways, remain unparalleled today. This book recounts the events that were instrumental to the development of this storied civilization and the indelible legacies it has left behind. A detailed appendix supplements the narrative with in-depth discussion of the pre-Greek societies that fueled the imagination and gave birth to an enduring body of Greek mythology.

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Ancient Rome: From Romulus and Remus to the Visigoth Invasion

Mesopotamia: The World’s Earliest Civilization

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Echoes of ancient Roman concepts of governance, law, and society still ring throughout the world today. A stranger to neither war nor wealth, ancient Rome was shaped as much by strife as it was by prosperity. The expansion of the Roman Empire was buoyed by this culture’s tendency to embrace traditions of its newly assimilated peoples, making Rome a cradle of endless and enduring possibilities. The history of an exceptional empire is recounted in this sweeping volume.

Celebrated for numerous developments in the areas of law, writing, religion, and mathematics, Mesopotamia has been immortalized as the cradle of civilization. Its fabled cities, including Babylon and Nineveh, spawned new cultures, traditions, and innovations in art and architecture, some of which can still be seen in present-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Readers will be captivated by this ancient culture’s rich history and breadth of accomplishment, as they marvel at images of the magnificent temples and artifacts left behind.

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Pre-Columbian America: Empires of the New World Edited Kathleen Kuiper

From the Mayan calendar to the Toltec architecture at Chichén Itzá, the bequests of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations have endured long after the societies that created them declined. The intellectual and cultural achievements of pre-Columbian America rivaled those of ancient Rome and Egypt, and greatly enriched the landscape of present-day Mexico and Central America. The traditions, social organizations, languages, and ideas that shaped each of these cultures are examined in this fascinating volume. BOOK 978-1-61530-150-8 eBOOK 978-1-61530-211-6 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-216-1

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The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union As the European Union continues to grow and exert its influence on the world stage, it is useful to trace the long and unique histories of its member countries. Despite thousands of years of history, dozens of languages, boundaries that have been drawn and redrawn, and constantly evolving cultural norms, these countries have come to embrace their diversity and to work together towards a better future. The rich pasts of the western, central, and eastern European member countries are examined in these comprehensive volumes, which also survey contemporary political and social trends.

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Key Features • Maps provide visual context. • Sidebars highlight notable individuals, events, and concepts. • In a tumultuous age, this is the most complete series in print on the European Union and the leaders and policies making history. Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia

Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands

Edited by Lorraine Murray

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Although vastly different in many ways, Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia together form the heart of Central Europe. Austria has historically been much more visible in European politics than either Croatia or Slovenia, but as with the latter two, it has also been a part of various alliances over the centuries. Despite that, however, all three have retained their own sense of national identity through it all, weathering the fall of Austria-Hungary, both World Wars, the collapse of Yugoslavia, and entry to the European Union over the course of one hundred years.

Despite being known as the Low Countries, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands are far from insignificant. The Benelux Economic Union, which sought economic integration between the three countries, in fact served as the model for the European Union. Additionally, each of the three boasts rich histories, and what they lack in size or population, they make up for in thriving cultural climates. This absorbing volume pays each country its due, surveying the lands, societies, traditions, and histories that have elevated the Low Countries on the world stage.

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Cyprus, Greece, and Malta

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For centuries islands of the Mediterranean served as a cultural crossroads, with the Phoenicians, Romans, and Arabs variously settling and colonizing the area. Cyprus, Greece, and Malta in particular were subject to the influence of foreign powers, and remained so for much of their histories. Today, each has gained its independence and gone on to become an active member of the European Union. This lively volume examines the historical events that shaped these EU countries, as well as the cultural traditions of the diverse societies that call them home.

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Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia share a remarkably similar trajectory on their individual paths to becoming the nations they are today. Each had ties to the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires in earlier times, all became Eastern-bloc countries in the 20th century, and all successfully emerged from Communist rule in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. These multilayered lands—where folk traditions still exist alongside the hallmarks of modern life and the remnants of communist rule—are the subjects of this sweeping tome.

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Denmark, Finland, and Sweden

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland

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The Nordic region of northern Europe is indelibly linked in the minds of many with the Viking cultures that populated the area eons ago. Yet, as this intricate study of Denmark, Finland, and Sweden attests, there’s so much more to the story than that. These nations have emerged from the long shadow of their early days in the Viking era to become vibrant societies with proud traditions, distinct customs, and promising futures. Readers will learn about the land, people, governments, and economies of these fascinating countries, and examine the historical paths each took to achieve the successes they enjoy in the modern age.

After emerging from the long shadow cast by the Soviet Union, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and neighboring Poland transitioned from communism to market economies and instituted democratic reforms in a remarkably short time. Although each continues to contend with various economic and political issues, their successes have allowed them to become some of the few former Eastern-bloc states to join the European Union. The journeys each country has made—from antiquity to the present—and the remarkable peoples and cultures that make up their populations are the subjects of this captivating volume.

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France’s cultural and historical legacies are numerous and diverse. It has long played a dominant role on the world stage, and as one of the largest countries of the European Union, its global influence shows no signs of dying down. But despite its cultural, economic, governmental, and historical achievements, France has experienced trials and tribulations, perhaps most memorably during the French Revolution, but throughout history as well.

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Germany’s complex past is riddled with both stunning triumphs and staggering failures. Once little more than a federation of tribes, over the course of its history, it formed various alliances, some of which were broken while others survived and allowed Germany to become a significant power in Europe and the world. And although a sense of German national identity was centuries in the making, folk traditions, regional culture, and a robust intellectual tradition have endured throughout the ages and produced world-famous musicians, artists, and writers.

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Although the independent Irish republic emerged only relatively recently, its rich history and cultural bounties date back centuries. The Irish have long endured strife, struggling against external control—notably English rule—as well as against infighting, often between Roman Catholics and Protestants. This compelling profile of Ireland surveys the land, people, culture, and history of this storied country, from the beginning of Celtic society to the development of the Celtic Tiger economy of the late 20st century.

Italy Edited by Lorraine Murray

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It is almost impossible to think about Italy without recalling its Renaissance art masterpieces, its spectacular landscapes, or its widely loved cuisine. Although these combined elements hint at a united Italian culture, Italy is truly a country comprised of individual regions, each with their own identities, histories, and traditions. Readers will follow Italy’s trajectory from a land of disparate barbarian kingdoms to a republic, discovering along the way the glories of the Medici period and beyond.

Portugal and Spain Edited by Michael Ray

As neighbors and early rival nations, Portugal and Spain have been associated for much of their histories. Yet despite their geographic proximity on the Iberian Peninsula and shared past, each boasts distinct social, cultural, and economic identities. Readers will examine the evolution of each country, witnessing the rise of their earliest civilizations, their dramatic rivalry during the Age of Discovery, their days as empire builders, their struggles through authoritarian regimes, and their emergence as democratic nations and members of the European Union.

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Despite its comparatively small size, England has been a nation of considerable stature on the international stage for much of its history. As the home of parliamentary government, William Shakespeare, and the English language, England has been an influential player in the political and cultural development of nations the world over. The story of England is captured in this compelling volume, which provides an overview of its rich past, remarkable present, and promising future.

The United Kingdom: Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales—storied lands that have sparked the global imagination through their legends and centuries-old traditions—often seem to be eclipsed by the neighboring England. While there are many similarities between them, each is culturally distinct, with languages, traditions, and identities not shared by the others. But even as Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales each work to safeguard their unique heritages, they have also worked together and with England.

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The Britannica Guide to War For better or worse, conflict and war have shaped the trajectory of human interactions throughout history. Though warfare in the 21st century may ostensibly bear little resemblance to the battles of ancient times, many of the same principles, strategies, and tactics are still in play. Meanwhile, weaponry, and the technology used to deploy it, have grown increasingly sophisticated, continuously evolving as the years march onward. These engaging volumes take a unique, in-depth look at the ways in which wars have been fought the world over and throughout time.

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War on Land

The Science of War: Strategies, Tactics, and Logistics

War on Land

Edited by Robert Curley

Long before they took to the sea and air, warring factions engaged in land-based conflicts that involved close-range combat with rudimentary defenses and weapons. As civilizations have advanced, so too have their military strategies, tactics, and weaponry. Eventually this led to the development of sophisticated land fortifications, arms, artillery, and missile systems in use today by ground troops. This insightful volume examines the evolution of warfare on land around the world, as well as the impact of new technologies on the nature of war.

Edited by Robert Curley

War, while often gruesome and devastating, can also be viewed as a science or art, involving the translation of theory into practice. Even as weapons grow in sophistication over time, war has always involved careful calculations and balancing the interests of the involved party with effective combat techniques against an enemy. This absorbing volume examines the evolution of the strategies, tactics, and logistics employed in various wars and conflicts, from ancient times to the present day.

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War at Sea and in the Air

Weapons of Mass Destruction

War at Sea and in the Air

Edited by Robert Curley

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With their potential to wreak massive or total devastation, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons have dramatically escalated the stakes of war. As stockpiles of such weapons continue to grow around the world, especially in the years since the Second World War, countries have recognized the need to check their powers. This detailed volume examines various weapons of mass destruction and the science behind them, their effects on conflict, and the various arms control treaties and agreements that have been introduced to help curb the possibility of overwhelming loss.

Although conflict was once restricted to land, the introduction of warships and planes eventually expanded the theater of war to include both water and sky. New combat strategies emerged with these changing technologies and dramatically impacted such events as the First World War. This comprehensive volume examines the various crafts that have shifted the front lines of war to previously unimagined heights and depths and the tactics that have accompanied these developments. Book 978-1-61530-677-0 eBook 978-1-61530-753-1 Print/eBook Bundle 978-1-61530-798-2

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Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation In the years following the Civil War, the United States experienced periods of great prosperity and peace as well as privation and conflict, as the country laid claim to increasing prominence on the world stage. These absorbing volumes provide readers with a panoramic view of the U.S. from the end of the Civil War through the present day, featuring excerpts from historical documents that highlight many social, cultural, and political events that have defined each era.

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America Between the Civil War and the 20th Century: 1865 to 1900

U.S. Imperialism and Progressivism: 1896 to 1920

Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

The newly reunified United States experienced a tenuous peace following the American Civil War. It was a period characterized by great technological advances, but also by increased political, economic, and social polarization. This penetrating look at American history between the Civil War and 20th century includes firsthand accounts that reveal the prevailing ideologies of the time and shed light on significant people and events.

With one eye on the world and one on the home front, the United States at the turn of the 20th century was distinguished both by its emerging global engagements— including the acquisition of new territories and its involvement in the First World War—and the social movements that surged throughout the country. Readers examine American history between the post-Civil War period and the end of World War I, considering in-depth both the imperialist and Progressive influences that heralded the country’s future position as a major force on the international stage.

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A New World Power: America from 1920 to 1945

The Growth of a Superpower: America from 1945 to Today

Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

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The inward-looking, isolationist tendencies of the United States as it emerged from the First World War gave way to a country vastly different from the outward-looking incipient superpower that began to materialize during WWII. As it transitioned from economic depression to international prominence under the steady hand of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the United States slowly carved out a place for itself on the world stage.

So rapid has been the growth of the United States since the mid-20th century and so profound the changes it has experienced that its current superpower status in the world sometimes obscures the radical social, political, economic, and technological transformations it has experienced in that time. Although international and domestic challenges—from the Cold War to the war on terror to health care—as well as successes on each front have alternately stunted and accelerated the country’s ascent, its role in world affairs is undeniable.

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A New World Power: America from 1920 to 1945

From Columbus to Colonial America: 1492 to 1763

The American Revolution and the Young Republic: 1763 to 1816

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Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

The New World, as the land that comprises the United States was once known, held the promise of opportunity and changing fortunes for those who discovered and colonized it. Even before becoming an independent nation, the land proved to be a bounteous yet challenging home. This lively volume recounts the early history of America, using a diverse selection of the era’s personal and historic documents as guideposts.

Struggling against unjust taxation and British intervention in colonial affairs, the colonies that would come to be part of the United States of America were ripe for revolution in the late eighteenth century. Led by impassioned individuals, Americans waged a series of protests against the British that eventually led to the Revolutionary War and effectively culminated with the War of 1812. In this compelling volume, readers are introduced to the architects of American independence and their most ardent arguments against British rule, the events of the American Revolution, and the documents that helped shape a country.

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From Democracy’s Roots to a Country Divided: America from 1816 to 1850

The American Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850 to 1890

Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

While the United States represents freedom to many, much of its history tragically includes the enslavement of a large portion of its population. Inflamed passions on both sides of the slavery debate inspired fervent rhetoric, much of which is reflected in the primary source documents interspersed with the text in this thought-provoking volume, which chronicles the events of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction period that followed.

Edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt

Characterized largely by expansionism, economic growth, and social and political reform, the period in American history following the War of 1812 proved advantageous to a number of Americans. Complete with eyewitness descriptions of key events and issues as well as seminal documents of the time, this absorbing volume recounts the historical, cultural, economic, and political developments of the United States in the decades leading up to the Civil War.

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Economics: Taking the Mystery Out of Money When we think of economics, terms such as “supply and demand” and “capitalism” may come to mind. The comprehensive volumes of this timely series break down the various aspects of economics, from governments and banks to businesses and individuals. Included are profiles of the thinkers and theorists that advanced the field, as well as an examination of the global impact of the Great Depression.

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• In-depth coverage of historical developments and milestones in the field of economics • Relates complex economic concepts to current and relevant examples to aid understanding • Covers micro and macro economic concepts of the financial literacy curricula

Banking and Finance

Economics and Economic Systems

Edited by Brian Duignan

Edited by Brian Duignan

Banks and businesses today often deal with so many different operations, it may seem difficult to see the purpose of each and how they relate to each other or how they relate to our daily lives. Like individuals, businesses rely on banks, and when banks are not practical, they find other means for financing, or raising and managing funds. Readers examine the role of banks and the process of business financing as insightful text breaks down such terms as interest rate, capital, dividend, and much more.

Although individuals and countries, for centuries, have exchanged goods and services for money, the formal field of economics—the study of wealth and how it is produced and distributed—is relatively young. Since Adam Smith’s pioneering work in the 18th century, economics has developed a great deal, and with it, so has our understanding of market systems, such as capitalism and centrally planned systems. A detailed explanation of the scope of economics, historical development, and the strengths and weaknesses of various economic systems is provided.

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The Great Depression

Money and Capital

Edited by Brian Duignan

Edited by Brian Duignan

One of the greatest economic crises in history, the Great Depression of the 1930s caused much hardship both in the United States and throughout the world. The economic impact of this difficult period was reflected not only in the job market of the era but in its art, society, and politics as well. Illuminating information allows readers to examine the economic causes and effects of the Great Depression, as well as the federal and global responses to the crisis, and gives an in-depth look at how literature, theater, film, and more began to reflect the new social realities of the time.

Money can be paper or metal, can come in dollars, euros, pesos, or one of many other forms of currency, and can be used to pay for goods and services. Explanations of topics such as how we determine value, what exactly capital is and how it relates to money, and more are examined through accessible text. The gold standard, various currencies from around the world, and interest theory are also covered. BOOK 978-1-61530-893-4 eBOOK 978-1-61530-898-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-903-0

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Notable Economists

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Notable Economists

Notable Economists Edited by Brian Duignan

In many ways, modern economics can be seen as the sum total of the works of leading thinkers in the field. Including Adam Smith with his groundbreaking study of capitalism and Paul Krugman’s study of international trade patterns, economists have continued to increase our understanding of the principles of the world’s economic systems. Engaging profiles of the most notable contributors to economic thought are provided and the impact they continue to have throughout the world today is examined. BOOK 978-1-61530-891-0 eBOOK 978-1-61530-899-6 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-904-7

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African American History and Culture

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Resilience and triumph in the face of a tragic past has marked the trajectory of African Americans over time. Marginalized and relegated to slave status, early African Americans encountered endless obstacles in trying to secure freedom and basic human rights. The remarkable achievements of African Americans and the struggles—past and present—with which they have been confronted are the subjects of this engrossing series. From heart-breaking to awe-inspiring, the accounts described within these pages leave the reader with new insight and appreciation for this extraordinary and diverse group.

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Africa to America: From the Middle Passage Through the 1930s

The Black Experience in America: From Civil Rights to the Present

Edited BY Jeff Wallenfeldt

Edited BY Jeff Wallenfeldt

At the expense of basic human rights, dignity, and decency, Africans were torn from their native countries and first brought to the United States as slaves. Yet even in the face of the injustice and hardship they have endured since then, African Americans have been bolstered by the sacrifices, leadership, and determination of courageous individuals. This inspiring volume chronicles the history of African Americans—the triumphs and tragedies—from origins on the African continent to the end of the Harlem Renaissance.

The outlawing of segregation and attainment of equal rights facilitated a new era of possibility throughout American society. This book details the historic deeds that redefined the American landscape since the 1940s, examining the explosion of creativity that ensued in the areas of literature, music, and sports as African Americans explore new opportunities and prospects. BOOK 978-1-61530-146-1 eBOOK 978-1-61530-177-5 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-179-9

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Black American Biographies: The Journey of Achievement Edited BY Jeff Wallenfeldt

From the abolitionists and civil rights leaders who struggled to secure basic freedoms to the scientists, entertainers, and public servants who have nurtured innovation in their respective fields, African Americans have achieved great things that benefit all Americans. This volume profiles many of those individuals—from Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey to Barack Obama—whose efforts and ideas continue to enrich the nation. BOOK 978-1-61530-137-9 eBOOK 978-1-61530-176-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-178-2

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The Britannica Guide to Africa

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Africa is a land where the juxtaposition of ancient customs and modern developments greets its inhabitants daily. After centuries under the influence of foreign invaders, slave traders, and settlers from other lands, African nations relish their independence even though many have encountered several obstacles to stability. Bound by similar struggles and triumphs, they are nevertheless in possession of individual cultures and traditions that have shaped the continent as a whole. This panoramic series takes readers on a journey through time to explore the histories of varied African regions, with an eye toward understanding the nature of this land as a whole.

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key features • Comprehensive profiles highlight significant events and personalities in each nation’s history. • Detailed maps highlight key cities and areas. • Current events are placed in objective, historical context.

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The History of Central and Eastern Africa

The History of Northern Africa

Edited by Amy McKenna

Alternately identified with either the countries of the Mediterranean, those of the Middle East, or other African territories, the nations of northern Africa occupy a unique physical and historical place. After centuries of fielding various foreign invaders, northern Africans have absorbed and coopted Greek, Roman, and Arab peoples and traditions, among others. Under the pervasive turmoil that has ensued after colonial rule and internecine warfare, readers will encounter a region of various traditions that stands at a unique crossroads between several very different worlds.

Edited by Amy McKenna

The abundance of natural resources endemic to central and eastern Africa has been critical in shaping the trajectory of the civilizations that have made the region their home. Like the rest of the continent, however, the areas’ riches also made them vulnerable to slave traders and colonizers, who left a devastating legacy in their wake. This engrossing selection documents the history of a region that witnessed some of the world’s most brutal and destructive conflicts as well as the birth of several groups that continue to fight for justice and peace in the region.

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The History of Southern Africa

The History of Western Africa

Edited by Amy McKenna

Edited by Amy McKenna

The history of southern Africa is marked by both the convergence and divergence of diverse cultures. Clashes between European settlers and indigenous peoples throughout this section of the continent were common. At stake were rights to a wealth of natural resources and, as time went by, independence. This volume surveys the often volatile histories of each country in the region and introduces readers to the diversity of peoples that are an important element of each country’s past and future.

From its ancient kingdoms to the independent postcolonial states that make up the region today, western Africa has transformed dramatically over the centuries. Economically lucrative for European slave traders and later for their colonial successors, the territories along Africa’s Atlantic coast were forced to overcome great adversity before achieving autonomy. This volume surveys the history of the many nations of western Africa, where vestiges of its celebrated past are still visible in cities like Timbuktu and where its diverse peoples continue to navigate a path towards a more stable future.

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Middle East: Region in Transition Beset by centuries of conflict, the countries of the Middle East are no strangers to friction. While much about their future remains uncertain, their individual pasts boast the robust traditions and textured stories frequently eclipsed by recent headlines. This thoroughgoing series invites readers to journey to bygone eras and to behold the development of rich and complex societies, whose remarkable cultural monuments—from the medieval `Aba¯ssid Palace of Baghdad to the ultramodern Burj Khalifa in Dubai—witnessed the Middle East’s greatest struggles and anticipate a future resplendent with possibility.

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Egypt

Historic Palestine, Israel, and the Emerging Palestinian Autonomous Areas

Edited by Laura S. Etheredge

The dynasties of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs are among the more storied elements of Egypt’s rich heritage, but the long era of foreign rule that followed has in many ways been more crucial to the development of Egypt’s present-day ethos. While engendering much turbulence, this layered past has also made Egypt an intellectual hub that has spawned some of the most seminal works in Arab art and literature. This volume examines the Egyptian land and its peoples, culture, and history.

Edited by Laura S. Etheredge

A long, often fractious history has shaped relations between present-day Israel and the emerging Palestinian autonomous areas. This area of the MIddle East has a significant role as the cradle of two of the world’s major monotheistic religions and as well as a home to ancient sacred monuments and relics. This penetrating volume traces the history of land that is beloved and claimed by two cultures that share a common past and have been inexorably linked for centuries, based primarily on their love for—and claim to—a common homeland.

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Iran

Iraq

Edited by Laura S. Etheredge

Edited by Laura S. Etheredge

Iran’s cultural and historical significance is unquestionable. The land of celebrated poets such as Rumi and Hafez, as well as the magnificent ruins of Persepolis, it is a place where ancient traditions are revered. With over half of its population under the age of 30, however, Iran also embraces modernity, all the while never losing sight of the various Persian, Turkic, Arab, and Islamic influences that have made the country what it is today. This absorbing volume considers the geographical, cultural, political, and historical elements of this often turbulent, but always fascinating, country.

Venerated as the cradle of civilization since the days of ancient Mesopotamia, Iraq served as an intellectual and cultural center in the Arab world for much of its history. Unwilling to let the turbulence of the 20th and 21st centuries eclipse their rich culture and society, the Iraqi people endeavor to secure a hopeful, prosperous future for their country. This thoughtful volume chronicles the major events in Iraqi history and the traditions, customs, and ideas that have shaped its trajectory since the Arab conquests. BOOK 978-1-61530-304-5 eBOOK 978-1-61530-402-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-449-3

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Saudi Arabia and Yemen

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Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan Edited by Laura S. Etheredge

While each country’s centrality to the future of Middle East politics and strategy remains unequivocal, the social and cultural traditions of Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan reveal a robust blend of Mediterranean and Arab influences. Home to diverse populations who have experienced centuries of exposure to an array of influences, each country boasts ancient monuments that testify to its ability to withstand conflict and absorb various peoples and ideas. This rich volume profiles the intertwined histories of these three countries and the geographic, economic, and social factors that have come to define each. BOOK 978-1-61530-329-8 eBOOK 978-1-61530-414-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-461-5

Persian Gulf States: Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia and Yemen Edited by Laura S. Etheredge

While they share a border and a rich heritage, Saudi Arabia and Yemen are also a study in contrasts. Where Saudi Arabia has a largely urban population that enjoys the benefits of its thriving economy, Yemen is home to predominantly rural citizens and is one of the poorest countries in the world. Within these pages, readers will encounter the long, intertwined histories of these two nations, as well as their individual struggles for prosperity and peace—with each other and the rest of the world.

Edited by Laura S. Etheredge

Though smaller than most other Arab countries, the Gulf states of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates represent some of the most fascinating areas of the Middle East. A blend of traditional and modern, most of these states have become wealthy with oil money, which has allowed them to welcome foreign workers from diverse backgrounds, while retaining their Arab character. This absorbing volume surveys the organization, culture, and history of each of these states and their efforts to balance their ties with the Arab and international communities.

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The Britannica Guide to Ethics

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Leading a principled existence demands grappling with questions whose answers are frequently unclear and examining the values that we most vigorously defend. Even as we contend with the travails of daily life, we are constantly confronted with issues of moral import. Where other branches of Western philosophy seek to comprehend universal truths that often seem far removed from routine activity, ethics begins with personal judgments and individual action. These penetrative books consider the key developments in thinking on Western ethics and the thinkers throughout time who have challenged us to reevaluate the standards we use to distinguish between right and wrong and the moral codes that form the backbone of human behavior.

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The History of Western Ethics

The History of Western Ethics

Thinkers and Theories in Ethics

Edited by Brian Duignan

Edited by Brian Duignan

Ethics is the business of moral philosophy by which humans try to determine what behaviors are right and wrong, good and bad, noble and ignoble. Each person strives for rectitude as he or she understands it, while working within the accepted values of a larger group dynamic. The moral view of the larger group is developed and refined within a state of flux, and new circumstances are constantly arising that defy individual consciences and compel each individual to reexamine how he or she applies ethical principles in everyday life. This absorbing volume looks at the development of the three major fields of Western ethics over time, while providing insightful cross-cultural comparisons between ancient moral philosophies of societies across the globe.

Perspectives on moral behavior and ethical action are wide-ranging, and often involve divergent standards and approaches that produce ambiguous conclusions—yet we still arrive at universals. Echoes of Enlightenment and ancient Greek thinking resonate through the present day, and various thinkers have adapted the same ideas to respond to emerging social, cultural, political, and technological developments and new moral dilemmas. This volume surveys the major theories that form the basis of ethical thought. Sidebars and detailed images shed light on the vacillating world of ethics, and highlight the individuals whose seminal works confront some of our most fundamental human concerns. Book 978-1-61530-311-3 eBOOK 978-1-61530-415-8 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-416-5

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The History of Philosophy

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The human mind has long hungered to understand deep truths. Though ideas of this nature are often impossible to explain definitively, numerous individuals dedicate their lives to seeking answers that transcend the mechanical and approach the metaphysical. These absorbing books invite readers to pose their most probing questions alongside the philosophers who came before them and learn about the various strands of thought that developed over time in response. Students will also discover the interplay between philosophy and religion as well as the mathematical basis for much philosophical thought.

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Ancient Philosophy: From 600 BCE to 500 CE

Medieval Philosophy: From 500 to 1500 CE

Edited by Brian Duignan

Edited by Brian Duignan

Supplanting mythical explanations with those based on observation, early Greeks and some of their contemporaries sought to comprehend worldly phenomena in terms of more universal truths. This book introduces readers to the figures instrumental in implementing this refined way of thinking, including Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. It also examines the effect of these thinkers on the major religions of the time, namely, Judaism and Christianity.

Philosophers of the Middle Ages endeavored to reconcile two seemingly incompatible concepts: religion and reason. By drawing extensively from the work of their predecessors, such as Plato and Aristotle, medieval philosophers were able to find logical bases for their theological beliefs, thus using rationality to better comprehend their faith. This fascinating volume looks at the individuals who pioneered these new schools of thought and their lasting effects on our understanding of the nature of reality.

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Modern Philosophy: From 1500 CE to the Present Edited BY Brian Duignan

Concerned more with rationality, human nature, and human interaction with society and the world than the theological questions of the Middle Ages, contemporary philosophy has advanced the study of the limits of the human mind. This insightful volume traces the evolution of present-day Western philosophy and the diverging methods of inquiry that continue to inform a wide range of disciplines. BOOK 978-1-61530-145-4 eBOOK 978-1-61530-245-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-248-2 Ancient Philosophy: From 600 BCE to 500 CE

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The Islamic World

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What are the precepts of Shari’ah law? What role did Genghis Khan play in Islamic history? How do the teachings of the Qur’an mesh with those of other religious texts? In this powerful, probing, and thought-provoking series, the world of Islam is explored and explained. With coverage from around the world and across the centuries, each book provides a thorough look at the religion with nearly two billion adherents worldwide. Readers will develop a comprehensive understanding of this incredibly rich faith and its contributions to world culture and history. They will gain access to authentic ideas and concepts, which unfortunately have been distorted by recent events that were carried out in the name of Islam. Each book includes copiously informative nonfiction features, such as a detailed table of contents and index, which allow for deep research and recreational reading equally.

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Key Features • Examines all aspects of this topical, and sometimes misunderstood, religion

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Islamic Beliefs and Practices

Islamic Art, Literature, and Culture

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Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Islam is the second most followed religion on Earth, with more than one billion practicing Muslims around the globe. However, few Westerners fully understand the beliefs of the religion nor the cultural practices that accompany it. This book explores Islam from the prophet Mohammad to the Five Pillars of Islam, which includes the most important rituals of the faith, including fasting at Ramadan, and hajj, the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

The many followers of Islam are spread around the globe from traditional lands in the Middle East and parts of Africa to metropolitan European cities. This extremely varied group of people nevertheless shares a distinct and rich style of arts, architecture, poetry, epic literature, painting, and philosophy. This book follows the intriguing history of Islamic arts and literature through the ages from the Umayyad Dynasty to the modern Islamic world.

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God’s Word to Humanity

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The Qur’an

Islamic History

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Edited by Laura S. Etheredge

God’s Word to Humanity

Given that Islam predominates in over thirty countries around the world, the history of the Islamic world requires a broad perspective. This in-depth look at the history of the religion and culture of Islam and the Muslim people covers the extreme breadth of the topic, while still maintaining a detailed focus on the key people and events of the long and fascinating history of the Islamic World.

The Qur’an is the central theophany (divine manifestation) of Islam. Although most modern Muslims know it as the Holy Qur’an, many of them still refer to it as alQur’an al-karim or al-Qur’an al-majid, which can best be translated as “the Noble Qur’an” or “the Glorious Qur’an.” Composed in Arabic, Islam’s sacred liturgical language, the Qur’an is untranslatable. The name Qur’an is derived from the term al-qur’an, meaning “the recitation.” The scripture has many other names, each of which suggests an aspect of its significance for Muslims. Among those found in the text itself are al-furqan (“discernment”), umm al-kitab (the “mother book,” or “archetypal

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here is something of the soul of the Prophet Muhammad in the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam that tradition holds was originally a sonorous revelation from God imprinted upon the Prophet’s heart and only later written down. If the text of the Qur’an is comparable to words heard by the ear, the soul of the Prophet is like the air that carries the sound and allows it to be heard by humanity. According to a famous saying from him (known as hadith al-thaqalayn), Muhammad said that, when he departed from the world, he would leave behind two precious gifts (thaqalayn): the Qur’an and his family. When asked by his wife ‘A’ishah how he should be remembered after his death, Muhammad replied, “By reciting the Qur’an.” The very subtle relationship between the Qur’an and the Prophet causes Muslims to feel his grace (barakah) whenever they read the Qur’an, which they nevertheless understand to be the pronouncement to humanity of the Word of God revealed through the agency of the archangel Gabriel to Muhammad, a pious but unlettered person, and uttered verbatim by him to those around him.

A man reads from the Qur’an in the Sanaa Grand Mosque in Yemen. The Qur’an did not exist in book form until after Muhammad’s death. Khaled Fazaa/AFP/Getty Images

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The Native American Sourcebook

sociology reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 9–12+

Native American cultures and contributions predate those of the American majority, and yet they are often unfairly consigned to the peripheries of the mainstream. The longevity of many Native American traditions is testament to the strength and endurance of these societies and their perseverance in the face of trials and persecution. This penetrating series explores the ideas and cultures indigenous to the Americas and sheds light on these frequently misunderstood peoples. The narratives in these books will leave readers with a more informed understanding of the Americans whose stories are integral to the fabric of history.

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Native American Culture

Native American Culture

Native American History

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Edited by J.E. Luebering

Even as contact with European cultures eroded indigenous lifestyles across North America, many Native American groups found ways to preserve the integrity of their communities through the arts, customs, languages, and religious traditions that animate Native American life. While their collective struggles against a common cause may create the semblance of a shared past, each Native American community has a unique heritage that reflects a singular history. The ancient cultural legacies that both distinguish and unite these diverse tribes are the subject of this engrossing volume.

With the advent of European colonization, the North American landscape and the indigenous cultures that inhabited it changed irrevocably. While a large part of Native Americans’ past has been marked by struggles for equality and sovereignty, a survey of the early history of various tribes reveals prosperous societies that managed to live peaceably with each other and a parade of various interlopers. This volume examines the trajectory of Native American cultures over the centuries, detailing how they have retained their longstanding values and traditions in the face of war, disease, resettlement, and assimilation.

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Understanding China

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China’s status as an emerging superpower has captured the interest and attention of the entire world in recent times. Underlying the politics and economic structures, however, is a rich and deeply textured history of a people whose contributions to science, philosophy, mathematics, the arts, and a host of other subjects date back millennia. The events, ideas, religions, people, and places that have assumed a central place in the Chinese way of life are examined in-depth in this comprehensive and farreaching series. From China’s dynastic past to the post-Mao era, this set surveys the epic transformations that make the country what it is today. Memorable photographs and illustrations accompany the text and transport readers across time and place to experience traditions and locales at the same time unique and not unlike their own.

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The Culture of China

The History of China

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Edited by Kenneth Pletcher

Reverberations of China’s diversity and multiethnic heritage are visible in everything from the cuisine and languages to the beliefs and arts of the vast nation. In addition to linking the Chinese to their rich past, a number of these traditions have been absorbed by cultures around the world and have granted many entrée into a nation otherwise far removed from their own. This volume treats readers to a unique sensory experience, allowing them to better appreciate the sights, sounds, and tastes that have been developed and refined in China for centuries.

China’s unmatched ability to reinvent itself over the centuries is perhaps its most timeless asset. Even in the wake of violent civil wars, Mongol invaders, and turbulent governance, China has endured and, in recent times, achieved a level of prosperity rivaled by few other countries in the world. The events that transformed China from an imperial nation to a superpower are chronicled in this comprehensive volume that introduces the history of the world’s largest and one of its most dynamic populations. Accompanied by vivid images, the narrative provides readers with new perspective on this ancient culture.

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The Geography of China: Sacred and Historic Places Edited by Kenneth Pletcher

With its flourishing metropolises, China has come to be identified with urban life and rapid technological advancement. Yet much of its landscape also boasts communities sustained by wondrous natural resources, which contribute to the scenic and spiritual beauty of the nation as well as its economic productivity. Within these pages, readers are invited to tour China’s cities, villages, and countryside. They’ll visit the natural and manmade landmarks that reveal as much about the history of this vast nation as its geography. BOOK 978-1-61530-134-8 eBOOK 978-1-61530-182-9 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-185-0

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Understanding India

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Though peopled with diverse groups and subject to the influence of various invading bodies, India has developed a robust heritage uniquely its own. The birthplace of several world religions, India is a dynamic center of coexistence of people with numerous spiritual, linguistic, and regional traditions who have enriched the foundations of Indian society. This detailed series explores all aspects of this vibrant subcontinent. With accounts of India’s most ancient civilizations and the individuals and ideas that have shaped the country since then, readers are introduced to a place that is constantly evolving and accommodating new ways of thinking. The images included with the text allow readers to experience India’s multilayered history and witness the rise from its fabled empires to its colonial past to its current place as a formidable player on the world stage.

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The History of India

The Culture of India

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Because of its natural wealth, India has long been a tempting prize for invaders, yet foreign forces such as the Mughal Empire and the British did not destroy India’s vibrant spirit. Rather, external influences often became absorbed into the mix of different peoples, languages, religions, and regional traditions, creating a lasting culture of great depth. This book recounts the history of India and much of present-day Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as the factors that have contributed to India’s epic economic successes in recent times. Memorable images texture the narrative and vividly animate the story of this unique nation.

Heir to a diverse array of traditions, the Indian subcontinent boasts customs that are distinguished by a constant juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern. The omnibus culture that has resulted from a rich history reflects an accommodation of ideas from across the globe and over time. This inviting narrative examines the tapestry of major events and beliefs that imbue everyday Indian life with vitality, and it presents the remarkable achievements in writing and the arts that have influenced individuals throughout the world. BOOK 978-1-61530-149-2 eBOOK 978-1-61530-203-1 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-205-5

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The Geography of India: Sacred and Historic Places Edited by Kenneth Pletcher

With a landscape as diverse as the multitude of people that inhabit it, India hosts a wide range of communities, from remote villages nestled in the Himalayas to thriving urban centers. In many ways, it is a land of contrasts, as reflected in its geography—shaped as much by the annual monsoon season as the arid deserts that punctuate the nation. In this volume, readers will experience a juxtaposed journey, visiting both areas that have remained untouched for centuries and areas of technological advancement that have brought the country to the forefront of innovation. BOOK 978-1-61530-142-3 eBOOK 978-1-61530-202-4 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-206-2

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Native American Tribes

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As indigenous peoples of the “New World,” Native Americans had established working societies long before Europeans arrived on the shores of North America. Each tribe had its own unique identity even as it shared certain traditions, customs, means of sustenance, housing patterns, and beliefs with neighboring groups in a given culture area. These volumes dig beneath the surface to examine what life truly was like for American Indians before, during, and after European settlement.

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American Indians of the Plateau and Plains

American Indians of California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest

American Indians of the Northeast and Southeast

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Sharing a number of traditions and practices, the Native American tribes of the Northeast and Southeast regions of the United States are sometimes considered a single culture area known as the Eastern Woodlands. Despite their cultural similarities, however, each region, and each tribe within each region, has its own customs and histories that distinguish one from another. This engaging volume examines the history of the indigenous peoples, including their first encounters with European colonizers and conquerors, as well as the various native languages, rituals, characteristics, and kinship that have survived despite Western influence and assimilation practices.

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

The geographically distinct American territories of California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest have long sustained a variety of indigenous peoples, including the Miwok, Comanche, and Navajo, respectively. An examination of each of these culture areas yields rich histories filled with steadfast traditions and religious practices, subsistence patterns dictated by geographic location, and social interactions within and between tribes. This absorbing volume surveys the history of the various groups that form these culture areas as well as the spiritual, cultural, and social practices that distinguish each tribe.

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American Indians of the Plateau and Plains

Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

Edited by Kathleen Kuiper

The use of horses has perhaps most dramatically shaped the way of life for Native American tribes in the Plateau and Plains regions of North America, but the practices and traditions of both culture areas date back to a time long before Europeans ever touched American shores, introducing their animals and customs to the continent’s indigenous peoples. This captivating volume examines the history and cross-cultural interactions that came to be associated with the peoples of the Plateau and the changing settlement patterns of the Plains peoples, as well as the cultural, social, and spiritual practices that have defined the major tribes of each region.

The indigenous peoples of North America and Greenland have long inhabited and thrived in a variety of terrains and climates. The three different culture areas of the Arctic, American Subarctic, and American Northwest perhaps best exemplify this—from the sometimes stark environment of the tundra to the moderate conditions of the coastal regions in northern California. The indigenous communities in each region have found ways to subsist on the resources available to them even when facing social, political, or geographic adversity. This compelling volume examines histories, lifestyles, and the spiritual and cultural traditions of the diverse groups that make up these culture areas.

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The Britannica Guide to Religion

sociology reading level Grade 10 Interest Level Grades 10–12+

Offering both personal fulfillment and practical guidance, religions often comprise a complex interplay of theology, history, mythology, moral philosophy, and ritual. As many religions spread across the globe, they evolve over time and assume new cultural hues, thus creating “lived religions” whose practices, while anchored in their doctrinal foundations, blend in various facets of local traditions and beliefs. The key events, ideas, literature, figures, institutions, and customs central to the spiritual life of two such faiths—Christianity and Judaism—are considered in-depth in these comprehensive volumes.

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Judaism: History, Belief, and Practice

Christianity: History, Belief, and Practice

Judaism: History, Belief, and Practice

Edited by Matt Stefon

Edited by Matt Stefon

Arguably one of the greatest influences on the Western world, if not the world as a whole, the Christian faith can be described as a cultural and religious colossus for the tremendous effect it has had on the development of civilization as we know it. Although centered around the figure of Jesus of Nazareth, Christianity evolved rapidly, leading to the creation of various sects and traditions that have come to represent different peoples around the world. This compelling tome examines the philosophy, history, dogma, and sociocultural aspects of a religion that has been found at the heart of both conflict and peace. Sidebars brim with interesting facts and stories that support the main narrative.

With a diaspora that has spread to nearly every continent, the Judaic tradition has been an integral part of the history and development of societies the world over. As the oldest of the world’s three major monotheistic religions, Judaism has survived centuries of trial and transformation, all while consistently maintaining a considerable following and identity. This comprehensive volume examines the robust spiritual and cultural heritage of this rich and complex faith as well as the lives of past and present figures whose leadership and intellectual contributions have shaped its development. BOOK 978-1-61530-487-5 eBOOK 978-1-61530-537-7 PRINT/eBOOK COMBO 978-1-61530-619-0

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Intelligence and Counterintelligence

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Double agents, code cracking, and covert operations are not just the stuff of action movies or thrillers. Intelligence communities—comprised of spies as well as cryptographers and experts in a variety of other fields—have played significant roles in both past and present wars as well as in determining foreign threats, such as terrorism, to national security. The seemingly mystery-shrouded world of intelligence agencies and the tactics, strategies, and operations associated with them are made accessible to readers through an in-depth look at intelligence agencies around the world as well as the fundamentals of cryptography.

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Cryptography: Cracking Codes

Cryptography: Cracking Codes

Spy Agencies, Intelligence Operations, and the People Behind Them

Edited by Rob Curley

While cracking a code might seem like something few of us would encounter in our daily lives, it is actually far more prevalent than we may realize. Anyone who has had personal information taken because of a hacked email account can understand the need for cryptography and the importance of encryption—essentially the need to code information to keep it safe. This detailed volume examines the logic and science behind various ciphers, their real world uses, how codes can be broken, and the use of technology in this oft-overlooked field.

Edited by Rob Curley

The idea of espionage might immediately bring to mind images of danger, state secrets, and cutting-edge technologies. While these can be elements of intelligence operations, they do not provide a complete picture. There are numerous methods intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, might employ to gather information, and any number of threats that might be examined given the political climate of the day. This compelling volume examines the models intelligence agencies around the world have used both in the past and present, notable individuals, and the intelligence priorities of the Middle East and East Asia, two of the most politically volatile regions in recent history.

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Transportation and Society

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At one time, the ability to travel was limited by the capacity of one’s own two feet and the geographic barriers that divided one place from another. Ingenuity has led to increasingly sophisticated modes of transportation that have allowed humans to transcend physical and theoretical boundaries, via land, sea, and air. This comprehensive series chronicles the development of various vehicles, crafts, and travel-oriented infrastructures, examining their impact on societies across the globe.

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The Complete History of Aviation: From Ballooning to Supersonic Flight

The Complete History of Railroads: Trade, Transport, and Expansion

Edited by Robert Curley

Edited by Robert Curley

Humans have long dreamt of communing with the skies and acquiring the ability to fly. Including first experiments with balloon flight through the development of the Concorde and everything in between, aviation has transformed the way humans travel, especially over vast distances. This penetrating volume examines the various technologies and aircraft that have enabled human flight and includes a comprehensive section on the design and operation of airports.

Traversing landscapes and expediting travel, railroads have allowed us to conquer once-elusive frontiers to improve both transportation and commerce. Railroad design has changed remarkably little in the years since the invention of the steam engine, yet trains remain a prevalent form of transport. The bridges that have been developed to support them continue to be a vital part of infrastructures in countries around the world. This engaging volume examines the evolution of railways, railcars, and bridges, as well as the lives of pioneers and tycoons in the railroad business.

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The Complete History of Ships and Boats: From Sails and Oars to Nuclear-Powered Vessels

The Complete History of Wheeled Transportation: From Cars and Trucks to Buses and Bikes

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Edited by Erik Gregersen

Even as airlines provide faster means of travel, ships and boats remain as important as ever in transporting passengers and cargo across the world’s bodies of water. While ship design has become increasingly sophisticated with time, everything including the luxury liners, warships, and sailboats of today owe much to the watercraft that facilitated travel, trade, and war among ancient cultures. This detailed volume examines the development of the different types of water vehicles and the design of related structures, including docks and quays.

While the wheel itself has changed little over time, it has immeasurably altered the nature of transportation. This insightful volume examines the various wheeled conveyances that have been instrumental in agriculture and commerce—carts and wagons, for instance—as well as those that have facilitated human travel—coaches, bicycles, cars, and buses, among others. Also explored is the evolution of roads, as they have expanded to accommodate various modes of wheeled transportation. Book 978-1-61530-701-2 eBook 978-1-61530-728-9 Print/eBook Bundle 978-1-61530-771-5

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Computing and Connecting in the 21st Century Originally conceived to assist with complex mathematical problems and computations, computers once existed as far simpler versions of their modern counterparts. As the ability to process and store data has become increasingly sophisticated, so too have the devices and resources—from iPads to social networking sites—that allow us to stay plugged in. These exciting volumes examine the technologies that keep us informed, entertained, and connected, wholly revolutionizing life on Earth. Along the way, readers are introduced to the individuals whose work brought forth the systems and networks that we’ve come to depend on today.

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Architects of the Information Age

Breakthroughs in Telephone Technology: From Bell to Smartphones

Edited by Robert Curley

The rapid development of computer technology since the mid-20th century would not have been imaginable without the brainpower of individuals dedicated to innovation and turning the seemingly impossible into reality. As far back as the eighteenth century, inventors began setting the stage for future minds to advance hardware and software that would change our world forever. This engaging volume introduces readers to the titans of the technology industry, including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg, among many others.

Edited by Robert Curley

In an age in which near instantaneous communication is available through all manner of portable and pocketsized devices, it is easy to overlook the genesis of telecommunication instrumentation—the telephone. Since Alexander Graham Bell patented the first phone in the 1800s, the telephone has undergone numerous changes to its look and functionality. This detailed volume examines the development of the telephone and related technologies, including everything from the transistor to fax machines, smartphones, and VoIP technology.

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Computing: From the Abacus to the iPad Edited by Robert Curley

Humans have long attempted to mechanize calculations—mathematical and otherwise—and build problem-solving machines. Yet it was not until the 20th century, with the advent of the computer, that such technology truly hit its stride. Indispensable to nearly all industry and increasingly vital to individuals around the globe, the computer has come to be an icon of the modern age. This insightful volume chronicles the history of computing devices, from simple tabulators such as the abacus and the earliest analog calculators to the tablet computer. Also adroitly covered is how the Internet has spurred computing innovation. Book 978-1-61530-660-2 eBook 978-1-61530-707-4 Print/eBook Bundle 978-1-61530-772-2

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# The 100 Most Influential Inventors of All Time The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People

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The 100 Most Influential Musicians of All Time The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People

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The 100 Most Influential Painters & Sculptors of the Renaissance The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People 76 The 100 Most Influential Philosophers of All Time The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People

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The 100 Most Influential Scientists of All Time The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People

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American Indians of the Northeast and Southeast

Native American Tribes 112

American Indians of the Plateau and Plains

Native American Tribes 112

American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s The Britannica Guide to World Literature 62 American Literature from 1945 Through Today The Britannica Guide to World Literature 62 American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 The Britannica Guide to World Literature 62 Political and Economic Systems

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Ancient Egypt: From Prehistory to the Islamic Conquest The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations

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The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People

77

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Civilizations

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The 100 Most Influential World Leaders of All Time The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People

Ancient Greece

Ancient Civilizations

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Ancient Greece

The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations

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The 100 Most Influential Writers of All Time The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People

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Anarchism, Revolution, and Terrorism

Ancient Philosophy: From 600 BCE to 500 CE

The History of Philosophy 107

Ancient Rome: From Romulus and Remus to the Visigoth Invasion The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations

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Ancient Civilizations

86

Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership

70

The Study of Science

10

A Closer Look at Bacteria, Algae, and Protozoa

Introduction to Biology

32

Ancient Rome

A Closer Look at Biology, Microbiology, and the Cell

Introduction to Biology

32

Andrew Jackson

A Closer Look at Genes and Genetic Engineering

Introduction to Biology

32

Archaeology: Excavating Our Past

A Closer Look at Living Things

Introduction to Biology

33

A Closer Look at Plant Classifications, Parts, and Uses Introduction to Biology

33

Architects of the Information Age Computing and Connecting in the 21st Century 116

A Closer Look at Plant Reproduction, Growth, and Ecology

Introduction to Biology

33

A Closer Look at the Animal Kingdom

Introduction to Biology

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A New World Power: America from 1920 to 1945 Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation 98

Astronomical Observations: Astronomy and the Study of Deep Space An Explorer’s Guide to the Universe

43

The Study of Science

10

The Solar System

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Astronomy: Understanding Celestial Bodies Astronomy: Understanding the Universe

Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar’s Freedom Fighter Making a Difference: Leaders Who Are Changing the World 18

Advances in Democracy: From the French Revolution to the Present-Day European Union A History of Western Civilization

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Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

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Abraham Lincoln

Africa to America: From the Middle Passage Through the 1930s African American History and Culture 102

Authors of the 19th Century

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The Age of Exploration The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Adventurers

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Authors of the Early to mid-20th Century

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The American Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850 to 1890 Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation

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Authors of The Enlightenment: 1660 to 1800

The Britannica Guide to Authors

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Authors of the Medieval and Renaissance Eras: 1100 to 1660 The Britannica Guide to Authors

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The American Civil War and Reconstruction: People, Politics, and Power

America at War

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The American Revolution and the Young Republic: 1763 to 1816 Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation

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The American Revolutionary War and The War of 1812: People, Politics, and Power

America at War

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A History of Western Civilization

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Popular Music Through the Decades

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The Ascent of the West: From Prehistory Through the Renaissance Alternative, Country, Hip-Hop, Rap, and More

Biochemistry, Cells, and Life

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Bands, Tribes, & First Peoples and Nations Political and Economic Systems

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Bacteria and Viruses

Banking and Finance

America Between the Civil War and the 20th Century: 1865 to 1900 Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation 98 American Indians of California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest

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Baseball and Its Greatest Players

Inside Sports

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Basketball and Its Greatest Players

Inside Sports

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Health and Disease in Society

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Physics Explained

49

Math Explained

65

Physics Explained

48

Math Explained

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The Britannica Guide to Theories and Ideas That Changed the Modern World Turning Points in History

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Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

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The Britannica Guide to Sound and Light The Britannica Guide to Statistics and Probability The Britannica Guide to The Atom The Britannica Guide to The History of Mathematics

Biographies of Colonial America: Sir Walter Raleigh, Powhatan, Phillis Wheatley, and More Impact on America: Collective Biographies

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Biographies of the American Revolution: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Paul Jones, and More Impact on America: Collective Biographies

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Biographies of the Civil War and Reconstruction: Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and More Impact on America: Collective Biographies 67 Biographies of the New American Nation: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and More Impact on America: Collective Biographies 67

C Political and Economic Systems

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The Human Body

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The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey

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Biochemistry, Cells, and Life

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Capitalism The Cardiovascular System

Biographies of the New World: Leif Eriksson, Henry Hudson, Charles Darwin, and More Impact on America: Collective Biographies

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Biographies of the New World Power: Rutherford B. Hayes, Thomas Alva Edison, Margaret Sanger, and More Impact on America: Collective Biographies

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The Cell

The Study of Science

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The Geologic History of Earth

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The Living Earth

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Popular Music Through the Decades

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The Chemical Reactions of Life: From Metabolism to Photosynthesis

Biochemistry, Cells, and Life

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The Study of Science

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Biology: Understanding Living Matter Biomes and Ecosystems The Birth of Rock & Roll

Carnivores: Meat-Eating Mammals

The Black Experience in America: From Civil Rights to the Present African American History and Culture 102

Chemistry: Understanding Substance and Matter

Black American Biographies: The Journey of Achievement African American History and Culture 102

Classical Authors: 500 BCE to 1100 CE

Blood: Physiology and Circulation

The Human Body

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Bone and Muscle: Structure, Force, and Motion

The Human Body

55

The Brain and the Nervous System

The Human Body

55

Breakthroughs in Telephone Technology: From Bell to Smartphones Computing and Connecting in the 21st Century 116

The Britannica Guide to Religion 113

Christianity: History, Belief, and Practice

The Britannica Guide to Authors

72

The Living Earth

56

Shakespeare: His Work and World

60

Climate and Climate Change The Comedies of William Shakespeare

Computing: From the Abacus to the iPad Computing and Connecting in the 21st Century 116 The Living Earth

56

Contemporary Authors: 1945 to the Present The Britannica Guide to Authors

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Cosmology: Understanding the Evolution of the Universe

10

Conservation and Ecology

The Britannica Guide to Algebra and Trigonometry

Math Explained

65

The Britannica Guide to Analysis and Calculus

Math Explained

65

The Britannica Guide to Baseball

The World of Sports

82

The Britannica Guide to Basketball

The World of Sports

82

Physics Explained

48

The Complete History of Railroads: Trade, Transport, and Expansion Transportation and Society 115

The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Explorations That Changed the Modern World Turning Points in History

89

The Complete History of Ships and Boats: From Sails and Oars to Nuclear-Powered Vessels Transportation and Society 115

The World of Sports

82

Math Explained

65

The Britannica Guide to Heat, Force, and Motion

Physics Explained

48

The Britannica Guide to Inventions That Changed the Modern World

The Components of Life: From Nucleic Acids to Carbohydrates

Turning Points in History

89

Cryptography: Cracking Codes

Physics Explained

48

The Culture of China

Understanding China 110

Math Explained

65

The Culture of India

Understanding India 111

Physics Explained

49

The Britannica Guide to Political and Social Movements That Changed the Modern World Turning Points in History

Cyprus, Greece, and Malta The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

89

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The Britannica Guide to Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

Physics Explained

49

The Dalai Lama: Spiritual Leader of the Tibetan People Making a Difference: Leaders Who Are Changing the World 19

The Britannica Guide to Soccer

The World of Sports

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Democracy

The Britannica Guide to Electricity and Magnetism

The Britannica Guide to Football The Britannica Guide to Geometry

The Britannica Guide to Matter The Britannica Guide to Numbers and Measurement The Britannica Guide to Particle Physics

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Denmark, Finland, and Sweden The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

94

Derek Jeter in the Community Making a Difference: Athletes Who Are Changing the World

20

The Living Earth

56

From Democracy’s Roots to a Country Divided: America from 1816 to 1850 Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation 99

Political and Economic Systems

29

Fungi, Algae, and Protists

The Human Body

54

G, H, I

Popular Music Through the Decades

61

Gaming: From Atari to Xbox

The Human Body

54

Ancient Civilizations

86

The Solar System

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Deserts and Steppes Dictatorship, Fascism, and Totalitarianism The Digestive System Disco, Punk, New Wave, Heavy Metal, and More Ear, Nose, and Throat Early Civilizations of the Americas Earth and Its Moon Ecology: The Delicate Balance of Life on Earth Economics and Economic Systems

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Economics: Taking the Mystery Out of Money 100 Middle East: Region in Transition 104

Egypt

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The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

France

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From Columbus to Colonial America: 1492 to 1763 Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation 99

Biochemistry, Cells, and Life

47

Computing and Connecting in the 21st Century 117

Geochronology, Dating, and Precambrian Time: The Beginning of the World as We Know It The Geologic History of Earth

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The Geography of China: Sacred and Historic Places

Understanding China 110

The Geography of India: Sacred and Historic Places

Understanding India 111

Geological Sciences

Geology: Landforms, Minerals, and Rocks

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George Washington

Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership

70

The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

95

Dynamic Earth

45

The Environment: Ours to Save

38

Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China

Gods and Goddesses of Mythology

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Gods & Goddesses of Ancient India

Gods and Goddesses of Mythology

26

Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations

Gods and Goddesses of Mythology

26

The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey

50

Great Authors of Children’s Books

Essential Authors for Children & Teens

23

Germany

Glaciers, Sea Ice, and Ice Formation

Gods and Goddesses of Mythology

27

Electricity

Introduction to Physics

37

Electronics

Introduction to Physics

37

Energy

Introduction to Physics

37

A History of Western Civilization

88

The Human Body

54

The Britannica Guide to World Literature

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English Literature from the Old English Period Through the Renaissance The Britannica Guide to World Literature

Great Authors of Classic Literature

Essential Authors for Children & Teens

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62

English Literature from the Restoration Through the Romantic Period The Britannica Guide to World Literature

Great Authors of Mystery, Horror & Thrillers

Essential Authors for Children & Teens

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63

Great Authors of Nonfiction

Essential Authors for Children & Teens

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Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

Great Authors of Popular Fiction

Essential Authors for Children & Teens

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The Executive Branch of the Federal Government: Purpose, Process, and People U.S. Government: The Separation of Powers

Great Authors of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Essential Authors for Children & Teens

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Explorers in the 20th and 21st Centuries The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Adventurers

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Great Poets & Playwrights

Essential Authors for Children & Teens

22

The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Adventurers

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Greek Gods & Goddesses

Gods and Goddesses of Mythology

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Explorers of the Late Renaissance and the Enlightenment The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Adventurers

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The Growth of a Superpower: America from 1945 to Today Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation 98

Explorers of the Renaissance

The Renaissance

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Heat

The Eye: The Physiology of Human Perception

The Human Body

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Historic Palestine, Israel, and the Emerging Palestinian Autonomous Areas Middle East: Region in Transition 104

Political and Economic Systems

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Inside Sports

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The Living Earth

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Egyptian Gods & Goddesses

The Emergence of Modern Europe: c. 1500 to 1788 The Endocrine System English Literature from the 19th Century Through Today

Explorers of Antiquity

Feudalism, Monarchies, and Nobility Football and Its Greatest Players Forests and Grasslands

Forms of Government and the Rise of Democracy Governance: Power, Politics, and Participation

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Energy: Past, Present, and Future

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Fossil Fuels

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Introduction to Physics

The History of Agriculture The History of Air Forces Around the World

Food and Society

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The World’s Armed Forces

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The History of India The History of Marines Around the World

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The History of Navies Around the World

The World’s Armed Forces

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The History of Northern Africa

The History of Science Scientific Inquiry: Concepts, Methods, and Theories

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The History of Southern Africa

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The History of Western Africa

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The History of Western Ethics

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The Judicial Branch of the Federal Government: Purpose, Process, and People U.S. Government: The Separation of Powers

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K, L, M, N Kevin Durant in the Community Making a Difference: Athletes Who Are Changing the World

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The Human Body

54

The Korean War and The Vietnam War: People, Politics, and Power

America at War

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Lakes and Wetlands

The Living Earth

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Geology: Landforms, Minerals, and Rocks

59

The Legislative Branch of the Federal Government: Purpose, Process, and People U.S. Government: The Separation of Powers

83

The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare: His Work and World

60

Introduction to Physics

36

The Britannica Guide to World Literature

63

An Explorer’s Guide to the Universe

42

Introduction to Physics

36

The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey

50

Health and Disease in Society

80

The Kidneys and the Renal System

Landforms

The History Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare: His Work and World

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How Do I Use a Database?

Research Tools You Can Use

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How Do I Use a Dictionary?

Research Tools You Can Use

14

How Do I Use a Library?

Research Tools You Can Use

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How Do I Use a Thesaurus?

Research Tools You Can Use

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How Do I Use an Atlas?

Research Tools You Can Use

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The Literature of Spain and Latin America

How Do I Use an Encyclopedia?

Research Tools You Can Use

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Manned Spaceflight

Light

Matter

Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast

Native American Tribes 112 Health and Disease in Society

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Meat Eaters: Raptors, Sharks, and Crocodiles

The Solar System

40

Medicine and Healers Through History

The Inner Solar System: The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars An Explorer’s Guide to the Universe

42

Investigating Earth’s Desert, Grassland, and Rainforest Biomes

Introduction to Earth Science

34

Investigating Earth’s Polar Biomes

Introduction to Earth Science

34

Investigating Earth’s Weather

Introduction to Earth Science

34

Investigating Earth’s Oceans

Introduction to Earth Science

34

Investigating Minerals, Rocks, and Fossils

Introduction to Earth Science

35

Investigating Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes

Introduction to Earth Science

35

Investigating the Global Climate

Introduction to Earth Science

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Investigating the History of Earth

Introduction to Earth Science

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Infectious Diseases The Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars

Medieval Philosophy: From 500 to 1500 CE

Middle East: Region in Transition 104

Iraq

Middle East: Region in Transition 104 The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

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Islamic Art, Literature, and Culture

The Islamic World 108

Islamic Beliefs and Practices

The Islamic World 108

Islamic History

The Islamic World 108

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Computing and Connecting in the 21st Century 117

The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

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Jeff Gordon in the Community Making a Difference: Athletes Who Are Changing the World

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Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership

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Italy

John F. Kennedy

Judaism: History, Belief, and Practice

The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations

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Ancient Civilizations

87

Mesopotamian Gods & Goddesses

Gods and Goddesses of Mythology

27

The Mesozoic Era: Age of Dinosaurs

The Geologic History of Earth

53

The Milky Way and Beyond: Stars, Nebulae, and Other Galaxies An Explorer’s Guide to the Universe

42

Geology: Landforms, Minerals, and Rocks

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Minerals

Iran

Ireland

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Money and Capital

The Renaissance

Musicians of the Renaissance

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Native American Culture

The Native American Sourcebook 109

Native American History

The Native American Sourcebook 109 Gods and Goddesses of Mythology

26

The Solar System

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New Thinking About Evolution

21st Century Science

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New Thinking About Genetics

21st Century Science

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New Thinking About Pollution

21st Century Science

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The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Adventurers

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Native American Spirit Beings

The Nature of Planets, Dwarf Planets, and Space Objects

Nineteenth-Century Explorers Notable Economists

Economics: Taking the Mystery Out of Money 101

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Rocks

The Outer Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the Dwarf Planets An Explorer’s Guide to the Universe

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The Renaissance

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The Geologic History of Earth

53

The Outer Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

Painters of the Renaissance The Paleozoic Era: Diversification of Plant and Animal Life

Persian Gulf States: Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates Middle East: Region in Transition 105

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Gods and Goddesses of Mythology

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Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership

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Roman Gods & Goddesses Ronald Reagan

S,T Middle East: Region in Transition 105

Saudi Arabia and Yemen

The Study of Science

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The Science and Philosophy of Politics Governance: Power, Politics, and Participation

85

Food and Society

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Introduction to Physics

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The Britannica Guide to War

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Science: Its History and Development

Peyton & Eli Manning in the Community Making a Difference: Athletes Who Are Changing the World

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The Philosophy of Science: The Systems, Validity, and Ethics of Scientific Inquiry Scientific Inquiry: Concepts, Methods, and Theories

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Physics: Understanding the Properties of Matter and Energy

The Study of Science

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Scientists and Inventors of the Renaissance

The Renaissance

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Pioneers in Astronomy and Space Exploration

Inventors and Innovators

68

Skin and Connective Tissue

The Human Body

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Pioneers in Medicine: From the Classical World to Today

Inventors and Innovators

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Inside Sports

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Pioneers in the World of Weather and Climatology Inventors and Innovators

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Political and Economic Systems

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Sonia Sotomayor: The Supreme Court’s First Hispanic Justice Making a Difference: Leaders Who Are Changing the World

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Introduction to Physics

36

Popular Music Through the Decades

61

The Science of Nutrition The Science of Physics The Science of War

Pioneers of the Green Movement: Environmental Solutions

Inventors and Innovators

68

Soccer and Its Greatest Players Socialism and Communism

Sound

Pioneers of the Industrial Age: Breakthroughs in Technology

Inventors and Innovators

68

Sounds of Rebellion

Dynamic Earth

45

Poetry and Drama: Literary Terms and Concepts The Britannica Guide to Literary Elements

Spy Agencies, Intelligence Operations, and the People Behind Them Intelligence and Counterintelligence 114

64

Storms, Violent Winds, and Earth’s Atmosphere

Poisoning Planet Earth: Pollution and Other Environmental Hazards

The Environment: Ours to Save

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Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections Governance: Power, Politics, and Participation

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Political Systems, Structures, and Functions Governance: Power, Politics, and Participation

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The Environment: Ours to Save

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Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, and Earthquakes

The Politics of Saving the Environment

Pope Francis: The People’s Pontiff Making a Difference: Leaders Who Are Changing the World Portugal and Spain

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Pre-Columbian America: Empires of the New World The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations

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The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey

50

Prose: Literary Terms and Concepts

64

Protecting the Environment

The Environment: Ours to Save

39

Rats, Bats, and Xenarthrans

The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey

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Energy: Past, Present, and Future

58

Reptiles and Amphibians

The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey

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The Reproductive System

The Human Body

55

The Respiratory System

The Human Body

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The Living Earth

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Robert Griffin III in the Community Making a Difference: Athletes Who Are Changing the World

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Renewable and Alternative Energy

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The Solar System

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Middle East: Region in Transition 105

Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan

The Britannica Guide to Ethics 106 Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership

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Top 101 Artists

People You Should Know

24

Top 101 Athletes

People You Should Know

24

Top 101 Musicians

People You Should Know

24

Top 101 Philosophers

People You Should Know

25

Top 101 Remarkable Women

People You Should Know

25

Top 101 World Leaders

People You Should Know

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Shakespeare: His Work and World

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Thomas Jefferson

The Tragedies of William Shakespeare The Britannica Guide to Literary Elements

126

The Sun, Stars, and Galaxies

Thinkers and Theories in Ethics

The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

Primates

Substance Use and Abuse

Dynamic Earth

U, V, W, X,Y, Z The United Kingdom: England the European Union

The Britannica Guide to Countries of 95

The United Kingdom: Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union

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U.S. Imperialism and Progressivism: 1896 to 1920 Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation 98 The U.S. Constitution and Constitutional Law

Governance: Power, Politics, and Participation

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The Universe: A Historical Survey of Beliefs, Theories, and Laws An Explorer’s Guide to the Universe

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What Is a Planet?

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Venus & Serena Williams in the Community Making a Difference: Athletes Who Are Changing the World

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What Is a Poem?

The Britannica Common Core Library

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War at Sea and in the Air

The Britannica Guide to War

97

What Is a Search Engine and How Do I Use It?

Practical Technology

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War on Land

The Britannica Guide to War

96

What Is a Social Network and How Do I Use It?

Practical Technology

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Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Britannica Guide to War

97

Let’s Find Out!

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What Are Food Chains & Food Webs?

Let’s Find Out!

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What Is a Website and How Do I Use It?

Practical Technology

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What Are Habitats & Biomes?

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What Is a Wiki and How Do I Use It?

Practical Technology

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What Are Living and Nonliving Things?

Let’s Find Out!

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What Is an Object in the Sky?

Let’s Find Out!

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What Are Measurements?

Let’s Find Out!

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What Is Energy?

Let’s Find Out!

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What Is Magnetism?

Let’s Find Out!

3

What Is Friction?

Let’s Find Out!

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What Are Natural Disasters?

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What Is Gravity?

Let’s Find Out!

3

What Are Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans?

Let’s Find Out!

6

What Is Matter?

Let’s Find Out!

3

What Is a Blog and How Do I Use It?

Practical Technology

30

What Is the Milky Way?

Let’s Find Out!

5

Let’s Find Out!

4

What Is the Rock Cycle?

Let’s Find Out!

7

Practical Technology

30

What Is the Structure of a Plant?

Let’s Find Out!

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What Is a Fable?

The Britannica Common Core Library

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What Is the Structure of an Animal?

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What Is a Fairy Tale?

The Britannica Common Core Library

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What Is the Water Cycle?

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What Is a Folktale?

The Britannica Common Core Library

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What Is Weather?

Let’s Find Out!

7

Let’s Find Out!

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World War I: People, Politics, and Power

America at War

90

The Britannica Common Core Library

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World War II: People, Politics, and Power

America at War

90

What Is a Life Cycle?

Let’s Find Out!

9

What Is a Moon?

Let’s Find Out!

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The Britannica Common Core Library

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Unmanned Space Missions

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Series Index 21st Century Science.....................................................44

Impact on America: Collective Biographies.................66

African American History and Culture....................... 102

Inside Sports....................................................................81

America at War...............................................................90

Intelligence and Counterintelligence......................... 114

Ancient Civilizations........................................................86

Introduction to Biology...................................................32

Biochemistry, Cells, and Life..........................................46

Introduction to Earth Science........................................34

The Britannica Common Core Library............ NEW!...16

Introduction to Physics...................................................36

The Britannica Guide to Africa................................... 103

Inventors and Innovators...............................................68

The Britannica Guide to Ancient Civilizations..............92

The Islamic World........................................................ 108

The Britannica Guide to Authors...................................72

The Living Earth..............................................................56

The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union...................................................94

Let’s Find Out!...................................................... NEW!...2

The Britannica Guide to Ethics................................... 106 The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Adventurers..74 The Britannica Guide to Literary Elements..................64 The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey...............50 The Britannica Guide to Religion............................... 113 The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential People............................................................76

Making a Difference: Athletes Who Are Changing the World.......................................... NEW!...20 Making a Difference: Leaders Who Are Changing the World.......................................... NEW!...18 Math Explained................................................................65 Middle East: Region in Transition.............................. 104 Native American Tribes............................................... 112 The Native American Sourcebook............................. 109

The Britannica Guide to War.........................................96

People You Should Know................................. NEW!...24

The Britannica Guide to World Literature....................62

Physics Explained............................................................48

Computing and Connecting in the 21st Century..... 116

Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership...................70

Documenting America: The Primary Source Documents of a Nation..................................................98

Political and Economic Systems..................... NEW!...28

Dynamic Earth.................................................................45 Economics: Taking the Mystery Out of Money......... 100 Energy: Past, Present, and Future.................................58 The Environment: Ours to Save.....................................38

Popular Music Through the Decades............................61 Practical Technology......................................... NEW!...30 The Renaissance.............................................................78 Research Tools You Can Use........................... NEW!...14

Essential Authors for Children Teens..............NEW!...22

Scientific Inquiry: Concepts, Methods, and Theories..................................... NEW!...12

An Explorer’s Guide to the Universe.............................42

Shakespeare: His Work and World...............................60

Food and Society.............................................................79

The Solar System............................................................40

The Geologic History of Earth........................................52

The Study of Science........................................ NEW!...10

Geology: Landforms, Minerals, and Rocks...................59

Transportation and Society......................................... 115

Gods and Goddesses of Mythology................ NEW!...26

Turning Points in History................................................89

Governance: Power, Politics, and Participation...........84

U.S. Government: The Separation of Powers..............83

Health and Disease in Society......................................80

Understanding China................................................... 110

The History of Philosophy........................................... 107

Understanding India.................................................... 111

A History of Western Civilization...................................88

The World’s Armed Forces............................... NEW!...13

The Human Body.............................................................54

The World of Sports........................................................82

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