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Staff Review: The Genius of Dogs

The Genius of Dogs
Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods
Oneworld Publications

The evolution of man’s best friend is not as straightforward as you might think. This fascinating title, The Genius of Dogs, delves into the inner workings of not only a dog’s mind and their intelligence, but also touches upon human and ape evolution.
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Staff Review: Street Food of India

Street Food of India
Sephi Bergerson
I.B.Tauris Publishers

At first glance this books draws you into it and says, “Go ahead and take a look, you’re going to love it.” Not many cook/snack books do that. And if you do take a look you will be glad that you did.
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Staff Review: Packing for Mars

Packing for Mars
Mary Roach
Oneworld Publications

The irrepressible Mary Roach does it again, bringing her special brand of wit and inexhaustible research to bear on the fascinating world of space travel and its concomitant developments.
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Staff Review: Suicide Bombings

Suicide Bombings
Riaz Hassan
Taylor & Francis

In the first chapter, Hassan caught my attention with his discussion of ‘Life as a Weapon’. Life is used as the most basic yet powerful weapon to attack and instill fear in the enemy or society. Suicide is seen as a means to an end and we can see various examples of it throughout history, such as the crucifixion death of Jesus Christ, the martyrs of Cordoba and Japanese ritual suicide to maintain honour and kamikaze operations during WWII where Japanese air force pilots crashed their planes to US naval fleets.
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Staff Review: You Are Not So Smart

You Are Not So Smart
Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself

David McRaney
Oneworld Publications

You have everything under control. Rationality and logic guide your decision-making. You know who you are, what you believe and why you believe it. You can recognise a bad situation when you’re in one.

How much of this description fits? It fit me. Or, it did. You and I, it turns out, are never in complete control. Our brains manipulate us, not the other way around. Through them, we ignore evidence and obscure facts. We can be very suggestible, requiring only mild nudges to act against our interests.
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Staff Review: The Myth of Martyrdom

The Myth of Martyrdom
What Really Drives Suicide Bombers Rampage Shooters and Other Self-Destructive Killers

Adam Lankford
Palgrave Macmillan USA

What really drives someone to put on a bomb vest walk out into a crowed street and blow themselves up; or what made those terrorists fly into the Twin Towers in 9/11? This book asks and answers these questions on what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters and other self-destructive killers.
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Staff Review: Telling the Bees

Telling the Bees
Peggy Hesketh
Oneworld Publications

Telling the Bees is a deceptively slow story of contrast and mystery, which builds and builds the suspense right up to the very end.

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Staff Review: My Beautiful Genome

My Beautiful Genome
Lone Frank
Oneworld Publications

The judges comment, when shortlisting My Beautiful Genome by Lone Frank for the (London) Royal Society Winton Prize 2012 which is awarded for “stimulating, engaging, clear, accessible, and high-quality” science books, says it all about this book. The judges said: “My Beautiful Genome puts a personal story at the heart of the science. To some extent we are all narcissists and we want to learn more about ourselves, Frank provides us with an insight into how our genes help to define us. She keeps you wanting to read more.”
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Staff Review: The Wizard of Oz

BFI Film Classics: The Wizard of Oz
Salman Rushdie
Palgrave Macmillan

I’m going to be honest—when I decided to read Salman Rushdie’s critical analysis of one of my favourite movies, The Wizard of Oz, I was in it for a whimsical good time. While I did not (fully) expect to be transported straight onto the Yellow Brick Road beside Dorothy, familiarity with the authors favour for magical realism with a touch of historical fiction, did leave me expecting a fanciful take on this film classic.
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Staff Review: The Talented Manager

The Talented Manager: 67 Gems of Business Wisdom
Adrian Furnham
Palgrave Macmillan

The notion of business wisdom gems was enough for me to add this book to my reading list: category ‘productive read’. Access to 67 of them seemed like excellent value for money and time invested. With chapters like ‘blamestorming’, ‘could do better’, ‘nutters at work’, ‘protecting vulnerable customers’, and ‘writing your own obituary’ how could I go wrong?!
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