Wednesday, 21 October 2009

New Wednesday Paperbacks

The Human Footprint, Anthony N. Penna (Wiley Blackwell)
This study of transnational environmental history, from the Palaeolithic to the present era, explores various themes ranging from the global impact of agriculture and urbanisation, to manufacturing, consumption and industrialising.

William H. Prescott’s History of the Conquest of Mexico, introduction by J.H. Elliot (Continuum)
This book contains a substantial extract from Prescott’s major work A History of the Conquest of Mexico, which is set against the background of the growth of historical research in the introduction by J.H. Elliott.

Plutonium: A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element, Jeremy Bernstein (Cornell University Press)
This history of plutonium charts the steps that were taken to transform plutonium from a laboratory novelty, when it was first manufactured in 1941, into the nuclear weapon that destroyed Nagasaki, explaining both the science and the people involved.

Richard Owen: Biology without Darwin, Nicolaas Rupke (University of Chicago Press)
This biography of Richard Owen resuscitates the reputation of a scientist who, despite his prominence in the mid-1850s, became largely obscured by the shadow of Charles Darwin and publicly marginalised for his critique of natural selection.

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