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Why do we need laws? What rights are protected by law? When was forensic evidence first used in court?
This ebook explores big questions like these, explaining the laws and legal precedents, and religious, political, and moral codes that have shaped the world we live in. Written in plain English, The Law Book cuts through the legal jargon and is packed with pithy explanations of the most important milestones in legal history, with step-by-step diagrams and witty illustrations that untangle knotty concepts.
From the earliest laws, such as the Code of Hammurabi, through groundbreaking legislation including Magna Carta and the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, The Law Book offers an engaging overview of legal history across the world all the way into the 21st century with copyright in the digital age, same-sex marriage, and the "right to be forgotten". Covering the fight for universal suffrage and workers' rights, and the establishment of international legal bodies like INTERPOL and the European Court of Justice, The Law Book explains the stories behind each milestone development.
Continuing the "Big Ideas" series' trademark combination of authoritative, informative text, and bold graphics, The Law Book uses an innovative visual approach to make the subject accessible to everyone, whether you're a law student, a legal professional, or an armchair expert.
How do species interact with each other and their environment? What is biodiversity and can we afford to damage it?
As our influence on the planet grows, answering these questions is becoming more pressing. Written in plain English, this book delivers short, pithy explanations of more than 90 key ideas. Step-by-step diagrams untangle tricky theories, illuminating quotes make the ideas and discoveries memorable, and witty illustrations enhance and play with our understanding of the science.
You'll explore key theories, movements, and events in biology, geology, geography, and environmentalism, from the ideas of classical thinkers and Enlightenment attempts to impose order on nature, to discoveries such as DNA and theories like the Gaia hypothesis. Boxes highlighting "green" issues - the impact of pesticides, the plight of vulnerable species, and the search for renewable energy - appear throughout, as do profiles of influential figures - Charles Darwin, Carl Linnaeus, Rachel Carson, and James Lovelock - which place their ideas in their historical context.
Whether you're new to ecology, a science student, or simply concerned about what's happening to our planet, this is a comprehensive introduction to the environment and climate change - arguably the most important subjects of our time.
The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring this wild and fascinating island.
Admire the clifftop setting of Bonifacio's Old Town, drive the corniche road around Cap Corse or enjoy the pure white sands of Plage de Loto: everything you need to know is clearly laid out within colour-coded chapters. Discover the best of Corsica with this indispensable travel guide.
Inside DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Corsica:
- Over 10 colour maps, plus a road map of the island, help you navigate with ease
- Simple layout makes it easy to find the information you need
- Comprehensive tours and itineraries of Corsica, designed for every interest and budget
- Illustrations show in detail the impressive citadels of Bastia, Calvi and Corte, Ajaccio's Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Palais Fesch, the wildlife-filled Réserve Naturelle de Scandola and more
- Colour photographs of Corsica's spectacular citadels, clifftop towns, beautiful landscape - including its beach-strewn coast, mountainous interior and dense forests - plus its pretty villages, historic sights and more
- Detailed chapters, with area maps, cover Bastia and the North; Ajaccio and the West Coast; Bonifacio and the South; Corte and the Interior
- Historical and cultural context gives you a richer travel experience: learn about the island's tumultuous history, diverse landscape and wildlife, varied architecture, as well as its language, literature, music, traditions, festivals and events, and more
- Essential travel tips: our expert choices of where to stay, eat, shop and sightsee, plus how to get around, useful phrases, and visa and health information
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Corsica is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you get the most from your visit to this beautiful island.
DK Eyewitness: winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017.
"No other guide whets your appetite quite like this one" - The Independent
Planning a shorter trip? Try our DK Eyewitness Top 10 Corsica guide.
About DK Eyewitness Travel: DK's highly visual Eyewitness guides show you what others only tell you, with easy-to-read maps, tips, and tours to inform and enrich your holiday. DK is the world's leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in over 120 countries.
Discover the stories behind more than 90 of the world's most significant battles in this lavishly illustrated history book.
The most important battles ever to take place are brought to life in the most spectacular way. From the brutal battle of Gettysburg to the epic air-sea battle of Midway, find out how fateful decisions led to glorious victories and crushing defeats.
Journey through the battlefields of history and follow the key developments of World War I, World War II, the Cold War and more in unprecedented visual detail. Using maps, paintings, artefacts, and photographs, Battles That Changed History is a guided tour of every major conflict in history.
Explore the stories behind more than 90 important battles and discover how pivotal moments and tactical decisions have altered the course of history. From medieval clashes and great naval conflicts to the era of high-tech air battles, key campaigns are illustrated and analysed in detail. Learn incredible facts about the weapons, armour, soldiers, and military strategies behind some of the greatest battles ever.
This reference book includes profiles of famous military leaders like Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Rommel. See how kingdoms and empires have been won and lost on the battlefield. Go into the thick of combat at the Great Siege of Malta, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the icy waters of Dunkirk. It is the ultimate guide to the history of military conflict.
Relive 3,000 Years of World-Changing Combat
This stunning coffee table book from DK Books is a visual treat for history buffs, old and young. It includes a foreword from award-winning writer, TV presenter and historian, Sir Tony Robinson whose TV credits include Time Team, Blackadder,and The Worst Jobs in History.
From the ancient world to the nuclear war, each chapter of this military history book brings the key battles of the era to life:
- Before 1000CE: Includes Thermopylae and the Battle of Red Cliffs.
- 1000 - 1500: Includes the Battle of Agincourt and Fall of Constantinople.
- 1500 - 1700: Includes the Battle of Breitenfeld and Siege of Vienna.
- 1700 - 1900: Includes the Battle Waterloo and Gettysburg.
- 1900 - Present: Includes Dunkirk and Operation Desert Storm.
Introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured composer, more than 90 biographical entries trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each musical genius and their work.
Profiles offer revealing insights into what drove each individual to create the musical masterpieces - symphonies, concertos and operatic scores - that changed the direction of classical music and are still celebrated as masterpieces today.
Lavishly illustrated with paintings or photographs of each composer, alongside original musical scores and personal correspondence, images of their homes and where they worked, and personal effects and other important artefacts, the book introduces the key influences, themes, and working methods of each individual, setting their works within a wider historical and cultural context.
Charting the development of classical music and music movements across the centuries, Composers provides a compelling glimpse into the personal lives, loves, and influences of the giants of the classical music canon.
Discover the lives and achievements of more than 90 of the world's most inspirational and influential entrepreneurs and business leaders with this ebook of graphic-led biographies.
Boldy illustrated and comprehensive in its scope and depth, Entrepreneurs Who Changed History profiles leaders of industry across the world and throughout the ages - from the enterprising bankers of the medieval world and the merchants of empire, to the titans of industry and the geniuses of Silicon Valley.
Combining accessible text with specially-commissioned illustrated portraits in a range of bold artwork styles, photographs, and infographics, entries showcase each individual in a fresh, visual way. The towering personalities behind some of history's most recognisable brands and companies - their ruthlessness, tenacity, creativity, and sheer grit - are all brought to vivid life.
Profiling the kings and queens of commerce and trade, Entrepreneurs Who Changed History features the familiar faces of Vanderbilt and Rockefeller, Ford and Ferrari, Gates and Zuckerberg, alongside lesser-known figures such as the enterprising women of colonial America, the emancipated slaves who became millionaires against all odds, and the individuals powering today's emerging economies.
Meet the World's Mightiest Super Hero Team: The Avengers!
This comprehensive guide to the characters of Earth's mightiest Super Hero team features in-depth profiles on every Avenger - their powers, their allies, their key storylines, and their foes.
Features fan-favourites including Iron-Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther and Captain Marvel.
These are Marvel's mighty Avengers.
© 2021 MARVEL
Get the inside track on the incredible lives of history's must-know names: from Shakespeare to Oprah Winfrey, and Anne Frank to Julius Caesar.
Timelines of Everyone ebook breathes fresh life into the biographies of the people you thought you knew, and unearths many stories from previously ignored or unheard voices. Following on from the smash hit Timelines of Everything, Timelines of Everyone focuses squarely on the biographies of a myriad of movers and shakers across millennia. This DK children's ebook boasts more than 150 visual timelines, covering a diverse array of kings and queens, humanitarians, scientists, inventors, explorers, activists, writers, artists, and more, from across the globe.
This fascinating ebook takes kids on a thrilling historical journey, revealing not just the incredible achievements, contributions, and adventures of historical figures, but the lesser-known events that shaped them too, from childhood into old age. Did you know that West African ruler Mansa Musa was the richest person ever to have lived? Or that Hollywood screen legend Hedy Lamarr invented technology that would one day develop into WiFi? Or how about the fact that Einstein's last words were lost, because his nurse didn't speak German?
Filled with easy-to-understand visual timelines, vibrant illustrations, and a diverse range of historical figures, Timelines of Everyone is the must-have guide to the world's must-know names.
Discover all there is to know about human anatomy in DK's latest concise visual guide to the human body. Fully updated to reflect the latest medical information, The Concise Human Body Book is illustrated throughout with colourful and comprehensive diagrams, photographs, scans, and 3D artworks, which take you right into the cells and fibres that are responsible for keeping your body ticking.
The Concise Human Body Book provides full coverage of the body, function by function, system by system. In the opening chapter, colourful medical scans, illustrations, and easy-to-understand diagrams show you how the different parts of the body work together to produce a living whole. Eleven main body systems - including the skeletal system, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system - are then covered in intricate detail in the following chapters, with each section ending on common diseases and disorders that can affect that system.
From bones and muscles to systems and processes, this in-depth, pocket-sized guide to the body's physical structure, chemical workings, and potential problems is the must-have reference manual for trainee medical professionals, students, or anyone interested in finding out more about how the human body works.
Master key carpentry skills, from simple joinery techniques to fine woodworking.
Learn about basic woodworking techniques to more advanced types of wood joints, finishing, woodturning, and furniture restoration. This book provides all the information you need to become a master carpenter. It's the ultimate step-by-step guide to essential woodworking tips and tricks.
Inside the pages of this beginners guide, you'll find:
- Over 100 key techniques and 20 easy projects to get you started
- Clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow instructions
- Advice on all major wood types and veneers and how to use them
- Tips and tricks on restoring old furniture
This visual guide is packed with clear instructions, detailed photography, and expert advice on how to master more than 20 woodcraft techniques such as joinery and finishing. Discover how to get the best out of your woodworking tools by learning how to use and maintain them. This informative guide also includes a visual directory of all major wood types and veneers, explaining what they are best used for and tips on how to work with them.
This updated edition includes a fresh design and brand-new photography making the step-by-step techniques and projects even clearer to understand. The ideal gift for Father's Day, or for anyone who's looking for an introduction to carpentry.
Complete the Series:
Fully illustrated and easy to use, the DK Step by Step series covers all the essential skills and techniques you need to succeed in a specific activity. Once you've mastered key carpentry skills with Woodwork Step by Step, sharpen up your survival skills with Knots Step by Step.
Discover how to truly connect with clay, bring ideas to life, and become a highly skilled potter.
From first throwing down the clay, through experimenting with decorative effects and trying out new glazing recipes, to judging the ideal firing cycle, Complete Pottery Techniques is the perfect companion for every step of the pottery journey - and an ideal gift for all inspired creators.
Produced by a team of 18 talented potters, demonstrating the widest range of skills and creative styles showcased in beautiful photography, this book will inspire as well as teach.
Sgraffito, nerikomi, terra sigillata, raku firing effects... Complete Pottery Techniques has got it all covered, explaining each method with straightforward instructions, expert tips, and crystal clear photography of each stage involved.
The ebook also explores alternative ways of forming clay pieces, with in-depth coverage of pinching, slabbing, coiling and using moulds, demonstrating creative possibilities apart from the wheel.
Whether you're a hobbyist just starting out or an experienced practitioner, this is the up-to-date, one-stop guide to help you realise your pottery potential.
From Confucius and Plato to Karl Marx and Noam Chomsky, this ebook brings together more than 100 illustrated biographies of the world's great philosophers.
Introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured philosopher, each profile traces the ideas, friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired the world's greatest thinkers and influenced their work, offering revealing insights into what drove them to question the meaning of life, and come up with new ways of understanding the world and the history of ideas.
Lavishly illustrated with photographs and paintings of philosophers, their homes, friends, studies, and their personal belongings, together with pages from original manuscripts, first editions, and correspondence, this ebook introduces the key ideas, themes, and working methods of each featured individual, setting their ideas within a wider historical and cultural context.
Charting the development of ideas across the centuries in both the East and West, from ancient Chinese philosophy to the work of contemporary thinkers, Philosophers provides a compelling glimpse into the personal lives, loves, and influences of the great philosophers as they probed into life's "big ideas".