Elvis Inc

Elvis Inc

Elvis Inc

Elvis Presley was nearly bankrupt when he died more than 20 years ago; today, his estate rakes in $100 million per year and more. How was this accomplished? The drama of the Presley empire is vividly captured in this unique "post-biography", a richly complex portrait of business savvy, greed, and true devotion.

The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire

The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire

The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire

At its peak the Spanish empire stretched from Italy and the Netherlands to Peru and the Philippines. Its influence remains very significant to the history of Europe and the Americas. Maltby provides a concise and readable history of the empire's dramatic rise and fall, with special emphasis on the economy, institutions and intellectual movements.

The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California s Great Central Valley

The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California s Great Central Valley

The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California s Great Central Valley

This is the first comprehensive environmental history of California’s Great Central Valley, where extensive freshwater and tidal wetlands once provided critical habitat for tens of millions of migratory waterfowl. Weaving together ecology, grassroots politics, and public policy, Philip Garone tells how California’s wetlands were nearly obliterated by vast irrigation and reclamation projects, but have been brought back from the brink of total destruction by the organized efforts of duck hunters, whistle-blowing scientists, and a broad coalition of conservationists. Garone examines the many demands that have been made on the Valley’s natural resources, especially by large-scale agriculture, and traces the unforeseen ecological consequences of our unrestrained manipulation of nature. He also investigates changing public and scientific attitudes that are now ushering in an era of unprecedented protection for wildlife and wetlands in California and the nation.

Modern China

Modern China

Modern China

Documents the history of modern China and its evolution from a turbulent, troubled nation in the mid-nineteenth century to a powerful global economic, cultural, and political force in the twenty-first century.

Ancient Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire

Ancient Rome  The Rise and Fall of an Empire

Ancient Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire

This is the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Simon Baker charts the rise and fall of the world's first superpower, focusing on six momentous turning points that shaped Roman history. Welcome to Rome as you've never seen it before - awesome and splendid, gritty and squalid. From the conquest of the Mediterranean beginning in the third century BC to the destruction of the Roman Empire at the hands of barbarian invaders some seven centuries later, we discover the most critical episodes in Roman history: the spectacular collapse of the 'free' republic, the birth of the age of the 'Caesars', the violent suppression of the strongest rebellion against Roman power, and the bloody civil war that launched Christianity as a world religion. At the heart of this account are the dynamic, complex but flawed characters of some of the most powerful rulers in history: men such as Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, Augustus, Nero and Constantine. Putting flesh on the bones of these distant, legendary figures, Simon Baker looks beyond the dusty, toga-clad caricatures and explores their real motivations and ambitions, intrigues and rivalries. The superb narrative, full of energy and imagination, is a brilliant distillation of the latest scholarship and a wonderfully evocative account of Ancient Rome.

The Rise and Fall of the Arab Empire and the Founding of Western Pre eminence

The Rise and Fall of the Arab Empire and the Founding of Western Pre eminence

The Rise and Fall of the Arab Empire and the Founding of Western Pre eminence

Two children are found dead in the forest outside the remote village of Gerasimovka, Western Siberia in 1932. Both have been repeatedly stabbed. Who committed these horrific murders has never been proved, but the elder boy, 13-year-old Pavlik Morozov, quickly became the most famous boy in Soviet history, with children across the country exhorted to emulate him. Catriona Kelly, Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford, explores how Stalin's regime turned Pavlik into a boy martyr and national hero designed to produce good Soviet citizens.