Monday, 2 November 2009

New November Books

Uranium Wars: The scientific rivalry that created the nuclear age, Amir D. Aczel (Palgrave Macmillan)
A history of uranium and of the competition amongst a generation of scientists to discover its properties and harness its potential, which draws on newly opened archives to reassess the role of the physicist Heisenberg in the German nuclear programme during the Second World War.

Portugal in European and World History, Malyn Newitt (Reaktion Books)
An account of Portuguese history from initial contacts with the Moors, to the development of trade with western Africa, the Salazar regime and the country’s liberal revolution of 1974.

Voices Against War: A Century of Protest, Lyn Smith (Mainstream Publishing)
Based on nearly 200 personal testimonies from the Imperial War Museum Collections, the stories of those who participated in anti-war protests over the course of the 20th century, from the First World War, to the Second World War, the Falkland Islands invasion, the Gulf War and the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, William Dalrymple (Bloomsbury)
Based on the life stories of nine different people who each take a different religious path, this travel book explores how traditional forms of religious life in South Asia have been transformed in the vortex of the region’s rapid change.

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