The World of Paperbacks

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The World of Paperbacks


ROUTLEDGE, one of the country's leading publishers of academic titles, has recently brought out paperback editions of four titles in the fields of politics, philosophy and history. In politics there is David Steele's highly praised Lord Salisbury: A Political Biography ([pound]12.99) and Reinventing Government in the Information Age: International Practice in if-enabled Public Sector Reform ([pound]19.99) edited by Richard Heeks. In philosophy there is Karl Popper's All Life is Problem Solving ([pound]9.99), first published in English by Routledge in 1999 and in history, a revised edition of Charles Arnold-Baker's highly successful, The Companion to British History ([pound]25.00), first published in 1996.

From PIMLICO we have paperback editions of two popular history titles: David Miller's analysis of post-World War II affairs in The Cold War: A Military History ([pound]12.50) and Rupert Christiansen's The Visitors: Culture Shock in Nineteenth-Century Britain ([pound]12.50) which looks at the effect of Britain on visitors and at their effect on British life. PIMLICO has also brought out Robert W. Gutman's Mozart: A Cultural Biography ([pound]16.00), praised by the Editor of this magazine as 'a magnificent achievement' and the autobiography of the former Director of the National Gallery, The Chapel is on Fire: Recollections of Growing Up ([pound]10.00) by Sir Michael Levey.

VINTAGE continues its publication of fiction and other works by three of the twentieth century's leading novelists in its 'Vintage Classics' series. From W. Somerset Maugham we have his collection of essays, The Vagrant Mood ([pound]7.99) first published in 1952 and his autobiographical notes, A Writer's Notebook ([pound]7.99). From Iris Murdoch we have two novels of loss and discovery, A Severed Head ([pound]6.99) and Nuns and Soldiers ([pound]7.99) There are also two of Graham Green's most famous novels, The Ministry of Fear ([pound]6.99) and England Made Me ([pound]6.99) as well as Twenty-One Stories ([pound]6.99), his collection of stories Written between 1929 and 1954 and first published in 1955.

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS has recently released a two-volume paperback edition of J. G. A. Pocock's Barbarism and Religion ([pound]27.95). Volume One, The Enlightenments of Edward Gibbon, 1737-1764 traces Gibbon's early days while volume two, Narratives of Civil Government, winds up this erudite study of the man who tried to construct 'an Enlightened narrative of an age doubly preceding "the Enlightened narrative" written by others'. Also from Cambridge is a paperback edition of Lutz Leisering and Stephan Leibfried's Time and Poverty in Western Welfare States: United Germany in Perspective ([pound]1 8.95). This study of poverty and government's attempts to deal with it in the country which more or less invented the 'welfare state' remains essential reading for anyone interested in modem European history.

From PENGUIN we have studies of two different aspects of modern European history. The first is Christopher R. Browning's Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland ([pound]8.99), a microcosm of the Nazis' 'final solution' that follows one battalion's deadly work. …

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