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Understanding World Religions

To truly understand the world's major religions one needs to understand what people within each faith believe, how they practice their faith, and what rules they live by. The Understanding World Religions series explores these important aspects of religion as well as the origins of each faith and some of the challenges faced in the modern age.

Unprovoked War, The: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in anticipation of a quick and complete victory. That did not happen. Instead, Russia’s brutal, unprovoked war has run into determined resistance from the Ukrainian government and people. Even so, Russia’s war on Ukraine has destroyed huge swaths of the country, including hospitals, apartment buildings, and schools. It has displaced millions and killed and injured thousands. Much of the global community has rallied around Ukraine, providing weapons and fi

Vaccine Wars:When Science and Politics Collide

Vaccines have been one of the most important public health breakthroughs of the last century. Yet despite their ability to save lives, vaccines have become the objects of fear-mongering and fake science. From the groundbreaking polio vaccine to the COVID-19 vaccines produced in record time, Vaccine Wars: When Science and Politics Collide examines why these remarkably successful drugs remain so controversial.

Vaping: Considering the Risks

Vaping has been promoted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, yet e-cigarettes are far from safe. This book explores the addictive nature of vaping and the health dangers e-cigarettes pose to teens. It examines the evolution of vaping and the tactics used to circumvent regulations and keep vapes on the market. It provides information for teens who need to think critically about these products and how they impact their health.

Video Games and Society

Advances in video game technology have fueled a growing appetite for video games of all sorts. Gaming at its core is a form of entertainment but for some it has also become an obsession. Video Games and Society explores the highs and lows of this most ubiquitous technology—how video games have influenced people and daily life.

Vladimir Putin: Russia’s Autocratic Ruler

For more than two decades, Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, has nurtured his goal of restoring Russia’s global power and influence. A longtime opponent of the West, he has mouthed support for democracy while at the same time ruling Russia with an iron fist. And then, in early 2022, Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine. His willingness to use crushing violence against his supposed enemies-including even threats of nuclear strikes-makes him one of the most dangerous leader

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Ukrainian President and Unlikely Hero

When the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022, Ukraine’s relatively young and inexperienced president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, immediately marshalled his nation’s military forces. From that moment forward, Zelenskyy has displayed remarkable courage and resolve in the face of a brutal and larger, more well-equipped foe. He speaks nightly to his people, millions of whom have been displaced by the war. He visits Ukrainian soldiers on the frontlines. He reaches out to nations worldwid

Were Native Americans the Victims of Genocide?

European destiny in the Americas came at the expense of the Native peoples. On this point, most knowledgeable people would agree. Where there is disagreement is in determining the intent of the white Europeans who sought to make the Americas their new home. The question of intent, still contentious today, is the focus of the book Were Native Americans the Victims of Genocide?

What Makes a Superstar Athlete?

All superstar athletes have an abundance of talent, but talent alone does not make a superstar athlete. This book looks at the many different factors that shape superstar athletes. These include developing mental toughness, recognizing and seizing opportunities, learning from others, and hours and hours of focused practice to raise skills and keep them at superstar levels. Personal accounts from athletes and coaches in many different sports add insight and interest.

What Remains

In less than a second . . . . . . two of the things Cal Ryan cares most about, a promising baseball career and Lizzie, one of his best friends, are gone forever. In the hours that follow . . . . . . Cal's damaged heart is replaced. But his life will never be the same. Everyone expects him to pick up the pieces and move on. But Lizzie is gone, and all that remains for Cal is an overwhelming sense that her death was his fault. And a voice in his head that just . . . won't . . . stop. Cal thought h