WEDNESDAYS WORDS

WEDNESDAYS WORDS is a new weekly installment that ranks the most interesting, intriguing books of the week (old, new, reissues, digital, etc). Contributors represent a variety of genres and sources. Each book includes Title and publisher blurb.


Book Description
Publication Date: August 1, 2008 | ISBN-10: 0854049657 | ISBN-13: 978-0854049653 | Edition: 1
Molecules of Murder is about infamous murderers and famous victims; about people like Harold Shipman, Alexander Litvinenko, Adelaide Bartlett, and Georgi Markov. Few books on poisons analyse these crimes from the viewpoint of the poison itself, doing so throws a new light on how the murders or attempted murders were carried out and ultimately how the perpetrators were uncovered and brought to justice. Part I includes molecules which occur naturally and were originally used by doctors before becoming notorious as murder weapons. Part II deals with unnatural molecules, mainly man-made, and they too have been dangerously misused in famous crimes. The book ends with the most famous poisoning case in recent years, that of Alexander Litvinenko and his death from polonium chloride. The first half of each chapter starts by looking at the target molecule itself, its discovery, its history, its chemistry, its use in medicine, its toxicology, and its effects on the human body. The second half then investigates a famous murder case and reveals the modus operandi of the poisoner and how some were caught, some are still at large, and some literally got away with murder. Molecules of Murder will explain how forensic chemists have developed cunning ways to detect minute traces of dangerous substances, and explain why some of these poisons, which appear so life-threatening, are now being researched as possible life-savers. Award winning science writer John Emsley has assembled another group of true crime and chemistry stories to rival those of his highly acclaimed Elements of Murder.
Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases


Book Description
Publication Date: August 1, 2008
The year 2008 has witnessed a major shift in the way people across the world live: For the first time in human history more people live in cities than in rural areas. This triumph of the urban, however, does not entirely represent progress, as the number of people living in urban slums–often under abject conditions–will soon exceed one billion. From 2005 to 2007 Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen documented life in the slums of four different cities: Nairobi, Kenya; Mumbai, India; Caracas, Venezuela; and Jakarta, Indonesia. His lyrical images capture the diversity of personal histories and outlooks found in these dense neighborhoods that, despite commonly held assumptions, are not simply places of poverty and misery. Of course, slum residents continuously face enormous challenges, such as the lack of health care, sanitation and electricity.
Innovatively designed with 20 double gatefold images that unfold to configure the four walls of each individual’s home, The Places We Live tells the story of the denizens within with unusual humanity. Through its inventive design and experiential approach, The Places We Live brings the modern-day Dickensian reality of these individuals into sharp focus.
This volume includes an introduction by American author and journalist Philip Gourevitch, editor of The Paris Review and author of Standard Operating Procedure and We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda. An accompanying exhibition will open at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo in the summer of 2008, and then tour worldwide.
A member of Magnum Photos, Jonas Bendiksen, born in T0nsberg, Norway in 1977, has received numerous awards, including the 2003 Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography and first prize in the Pictures of the Year International Awards. His photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Geo, Newsweek and the Sunday Times Magazine, among other publications. His bestselling first book, Satellites: Photographs from the Fringes of the Former Soviet Union, was published in 2006 by Aperture. In 2007, the Paris Review received a National Magazine Award for The Places We Live.
Jonas Bendiksen: The Places We Live


Book Description
Publication Date: January 1, 2012 | Series: Rand Mcnally Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico
Find your next route with a modern road map The 89th edition of the most trusted and best-selling US atlas on the market features the winners from the first Best of the Road® search for America s best small towns.
Use the book’s scannable tags to point your smartphone to updated road trip content and tools that enhance your travel planning. To download the Microsoft Tag reader, use the web browser on your phone to navigate to randmcnally.com/TAG and click the link provided.
The 2013 Road Atlas includes coupons for discounts at hotels, restaurants and family attractions so you can save money on your next road trip. Tags keep the offers fresh scan them with your smartphone to check back for additional deals.
Product Description
Updated U.S. atlas contains maps of every U.S. state and Canadian province, an overview of Mexico, and detailed inset maps of over 350 cities and 20 U.S. national parks. City inset maps were added or expanded in the following state sections: MD, NC, ND, SC and VA.
Road construction projects and updates highlighted for every state, conveniently located above maps and updated at maps.randmcnally.com.
Tags take your smartphone to even more travel info including a mobile mileage calculator, updated offers from our partners, and the Best of the Road app, where you can review your favorite destinations and points of interest
Read about the winning teams and small towns from the first Best of the Road contest and rally. Visit bestoftheroad.com to vote for your favorites.
Includes a handy list of hotel chain toll-free numbers for easy access from the road or at home
Tourism websites and phone numbers for every U.S. state and Canadian province on map pages
Contains mileage chart showing distances between 90 North American cities and national parks with driving times maps
Coverage: United States, Canada, and Mexico
The 2013 Road Atlas (Rand Mcnally Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico)

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