Sciences humaines & sociales

  • Bills, boyfriends, Bikram yoga... nobody said life was easy. But you can make it a whole lot less stressful with this ingenious guide to modern life.

    In LIFE'S TOO SHORT, Grace Saunders shares her shortcuts to success at work, at home and at play, along with terrific tips from those in the know. Whether you're a single lady, a committed career woman or a mega-busy mum, this book should be your bible.

    Need a quick fix for...

    How to plan a wedding without becoming Bridezilla How to find jeans that don't give you a massive muffin-top How to move house without having a nervous breakdown How to ease that agonising shoe spending guilt?

    Sit back and relax. LIFE'S TOO SHORT is just what you've been looking for.

  • Throughout WWI, Hitler never rose above the rank of lance corporal, and beforehand had been an improverished drifter. Yet within a few months of the end of the war, he had embarked on the path that was to lead Europe into years of war, terror and the Holocaust. Was it treatment by a controversial psychiatrist that changed him?

  • A biography of Churchill's closest bodyguard during the Second World War, based on his complete memoir.

  • A must for any fan of the storytelling genius that is Neil Gaiman, author of the acclaimed novel AMERICAN GODS and the highly anticipated new novel for adults, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE.

  • All systems break down. Some bounce back, others do not. This is a book about why.

    RESILIENCE is a dazzling exposition of fresh thinking about how the world works. It covers business, economic, geographic and social systems in a thrillingly readable narrative. A wealth of absorbing examples are covered, from the link between US oil prices and the recent 'tortilla riots' in Mexico to what was really happening when the US government decided not to bail out Lehman Bros. RESILIENCE introduces completely new ideas, such as 'flipping' which is when a systems has been pulled out of shape so often it changes forever. The thinking in RESILIENCE has crucial implications for how to understand the world in which we live.

  • Memoirs of the Iraq war hero whose stirring pre-battle speech so inspired his troops - and the world. Full of drama, thought and humour, 'Rules of Engagement' describes in graphic and thrilling detail not only Tim Collins' time in Iraq in the lead up to war and during the war itself, but looks back on a life's experience in the army. Hardback edition reached number 3 in the Sunday Times bestseller list.

  • Madame Sadayakko was the ultimate geisha, who became an instant star when she took to the stage. She danced for the Prince of Wales, Picasso painted her and Rodin admired her. But in Japan she suffered the stigma of being an ex-geisha and was forced to choose between respectability and love.

  • In 210 BC the first emperor of China, Shi Huang-te, decreed that after his death his body should be clothed in jade, cast adrift in a lake of mercury within a pyramid, and protected by an eternal army. In 1974, the first of 7000 lifesize terracotta warriors were discovered, but why were they there?

  • Former senior VP at Intel explores the consequences of a highly connected digital world and what that means

  • Anglais @ WAR

    Shane Harris

    The United States military now considers cyberspace as the 'fifth domain' of warfare (alongside land, air, sea and space). The Department of Defense, the NSA and CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, U.S. military hackers played a crucial role in the war in Iraq. Two successive presidents have called the Internet 'a strategic national asset', and as such are committed to defending it - even to the extent of trying to acquire the power to turn off the internet in the face of a major attack. The resulting global struggle to control cyberspace is defining Western security policy in the 21st Century, just as the nuclear arms race did in the 20th. Recent revelations from Edward Snowden, Wikileaks and others have shown the extent to which national governments are using the internet to collect vast amount of information about their citizens, but, as @War will show, this is only the tip of the iceberg. The internet is now integral to controlling our banks, railways, airspace, hospitals and nuclear reactors. It is also the place where modern warfare, terrorism and espionage are being played out. As western governments, and the US in particular, seek to police the internet and fight their enemies on-line, where does that leave us? @War reveals a hidden war that is going on all around us - a war where our privacy, liberties and security risk being caught in the crossfire.