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Understanding Psychology

What motivates one student to study hard and another to not study at all? How does personality develop and can it change? How and why do relationships fall apart? These and other questions lie at the heart of human psychology, which is the focus of the Understanding Psychology series. Books in this series examine the mental and emotional factors that influence and shape human behaviour. Careful, clear explanations; solid information; and insightful and fully documented quotes provide readers wit

Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the blink of an eye, the world as we know it has changed. Friends and loved ones have died lonely, painful deaths. Once-robust economies have disintegrated, costing millions their jobs. Schools, forced to close their doors, have resorted to distance learning. Social interaction has been replaced with social distancing. The new series Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic examines the origins of the virus that causes the disease; how different countries responded; how the virus spreads, sickens,

Understanding the Holocaust

Between 1938 and 1945 Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime murdered more than 6 million Jews. This virulent campaign, Hitler’s so-called Final Solution, began with hatred and exclusion but steadily escalated to encompass persecution, expulsion, and, finally, annihilation. Understanding the Holocaust presents an unstinting look at the people and events that lie at the heart of this dark period in human history. Individual titles explore specific topics such as the death camps and killing centers, res

Understanding World History

This series surveys the political, social, and cultural trends of major periods and events in world history. Primary and secondary source quotes bring historical events to life. Source notes, a bibliography for further research, and index provide additional tools for student researchers.

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