What is government? Why is government necessary? What purposes should government serve? How is the world organized politically? This series identifies and explains different types of governments and their social, political, religious, and cultural effects within each structure's confines as well as each government's impact on neighboring nations and the global community. Also addressed are key rulers in history and how leaders gain and keep control. Chapters discuss typical economic arrangements within each type of government and how economic theories and political practice are interwoven in defining how a government operates and serves its people.
"This informative series explains the need for government and introduces exemplars of verious forms. Life under each type is described, as are ways that revolutions and elections change governments. The writing is clear and attractive layouts use pictures and sidebars. Although currently up-to-date, students should check the news for current information. Dictatorships includes brief biographies of past and current dictators from Napoleon to Qaddafi. Parliaments contains information about a dozen parliaments as varied as those in Greece, India, and Rwanda. Chapters analyze benefits and criticisms of various forms of parliamentary government, often comparing them to our presidential system." --Library Media Connection
This set examines some of the world’s most critical contemporary social issues. Each book offers a historical background of the issue, leading up to its current and future impact on society. Also covered are efforts to combat the issue, including legislation and economic policy on a national and global level, as well as how economics, culture, and historical events affect each issue. Engaging text and color photographs present information realistically, leaving readers with a thorough, honest interpretation of each issue.
This series introduces the people who have shaped the world, impacted humanity, and changed the course of history. Each book uses primary research and sources. Color images, historical documents and maps are used to illustrate the subject and engage the readers. Each book includes an Essential Facts section, time lines, an index, glossary, and list of web resources.
“These biographies provide an update on Gates’s professional and personal life. Each account follows the now-familiar journey of the young computer genius from a prominent Seattle family to Harvard dropout, multi-billionaire technology visionary, and defendant in lawsuits. What these books do is focus more than earlier biographies on his and wife Melinda’s philanthropic work throughout the world, including their health and education initiatives. Schuman’s volume stands out a bit from the others by being both the most readable and the one with the strongest coverage of the Gateses’ public leadership role. A fair number of color photos highlight each title.” --School Library Journal
This unique series examines the fascinating lives of those whose extraordinary efforts have shaped and created today’s world of technology businesses. Readers will learn about the vision, talent, and drive of these incredible entrepreneurs. Each book highlights the family and educational background, early career and contributions to developing new technologies, as well as the company history and lasting legacy of each pioneer. Beautiful design, captivating photos, and informative sidebars complement easy-to-read, engaging text. Readers are left with a deeper, more meaningful understanding of technology companies and their impact on society and culture.
"Part 6 in the Essential Events series, each of these gripping titles tells a historical drama, often a catastrophe, and discusses the crucial political, social, and technical issues. The Amistad is thrilling history, focusing on the 1839-40 trial of the kidnapped Africans who rebelled on the slave ship from Cuba and were captured and tried in the U.S. on charges of piracy. Were the Africans property? The Bubonic Plague includes detailed science about the infection, its forms, and how exactly it spreads. Considering the devastating numbers killed by the Black Death, there is also social history to be told, including the mob violence and the search for scapegoats. In the Chernobyl Disaster, caught by the horror of 'a sort of nuclear volcano,' readers will delve into the technology and engineering detail of how a nuclear power plant generates electricity and why it is dangerous, as well as the politics of why the disaster happened. In contrast, The Endurance Expedition, about the race to be the first to reach the South Pole, focuses on that incredible rescue story--a grim survival adventure. The spacious series design is inviting, with many color illustrations and screens, and the extensive back matter includes a detailed time line, glossary, bibliography, and source notes." --Booklist
Inside the Industry explores different career options within a single field. Each book assists readers in determining if a particular field is right for them, through self-discovery and aptitude assessment. Chapters discuss a typical work environment as well as what classes and levels of education are needed, what personality and skill types fit well within each job, and what the future of each market looks like for job opportunities. In addition to plenty of real-life examples and up-to-date information, the engaging text is filled with tips to help readers get Inside the Industry!