Francis James

  • A fully updated edition of Cameron: The Rise of the New Conservative, the first major biography of David Cameron, and now covering his first years as Prime Minister and leader of the coalition government.

  • This book began with the aim of telling the almost forgotten story of Thomas Hancock, the rubber developer who in his own day was acknowledged as one of the great scientific pioneers of the Industrial Revolution. But as research progressed, it was clear that Thomas and his five brothers, the Hancocks of Marlborough, together constituted a unique family which made a tremendous yet virtually unknown contribution to nineteenth-century science and art. Walter designed and ran the first steam carriages to carry passengers on the common roads of England and so began the age of mechanized transport. Thomas founded the UK rubber industry when he discovered how to vulcanize rubber reliably; his company survived for some 120 years before being taken over. Charles was a well established painter who was also instrumental in the manufacture of gutta percha-coated undersea cables, used by the electric telegraph to begin the global information highway. Other brothers, John, James and William all made significant contributions to the development of Victorian science and culture. This book tells the story of the family and the remarkable people in it, from the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653 to the present day, using the Hancock family archive of many unpublished and previously unknown documents.

  • This book focuses on the importance and roles of seed microbiomes in sustainable agriculture by exploring the diversity of microbes vectored on and within seeds of both cultivated and non-cultivated plants. It provides essential insights into how seeds can be adapted to enhance microbiome vectoring, how damaged seed microbiomes can be assembled again and how seed microbiomes can be conserved. 

    Plant seeds carry not only embryos and nutrients to fuel early seedling growth, but also microbes that modulate development, soil nutrient acquisition, and defense against pathogens and other stressors. Many of these microbes (bacteria and fungi) become endophytic, entering into the tissues of plants, and typically exist within plants without inducing negative effects. Although they have been reported in all plants examined to date, the extent to which plants rely on seed vectored microbiomes to enhance seedling competitiveness and survival is largely unappreciated. How microbes function to increase the fitness of seedlings is also little understood. 

    The book is a unique and important resource for researchers and students in microbial ecology and biotechnology. Further, it appeals to applied academic and industrial agriculturists interested in increasing crop health and yield. 

  • A survey of the built environment distills the work of legendary author and illustrator Francis D. K. Ching into a single volume Introduction to Architecture presents the essential texts and drawings of Francis D. K. Ching for those new to architecture and design. With his typical highly graphic approach, this is the first introductory text from Ching that surveys the design of spaces, buildings, and cities. In an easy to understand format, readers will explore the histories and theories of architecture, design elements and process, and the technical aspects of the contemporary profession of architecture. The book explains the experience and practice of architecture and allied disciplines for future professionals, while those who love the beauty of architecture drawing will delight in the gorgeous illustrations included. Overview of the issues and practices of architecture in an all-in-one introductory text Includes new chapters and introductory essays by James Eckler, and features more than 1,000 drawings throughout Professor Ching is the bestselling author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by Wiley; his works have been translated into 16 languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphical presentation For those pursuing a career in architecture or anyone who loves architectural design and drawing, Introduction to Architecture presents a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive guide to the subject.

  • Au sortir de la seconde guerre mondiale, en 1945, Eugénie Droz fondait les Textes Littéraires Français, une collection dévolue à l'édition critique des textes significatifs du patrimoine littéraire de langue française du moyen âge au XXe siècle. Accessibles, dans un petit format maniable, chaque édition est accompagnée d'une introduction, de notes, d'un glossaire, si nécessaire, et d'index. Cet appareil critique exigeant accueille l'érudition des meilleurs spécialistes pour éclairer la genèse des oeuvres et, quelle que soit leur époque, livrer au lecteur contemporain les explications les plus minutieuses sur le contexte historique, culturel et linguistique qui les a vues naître. Depuis soixante-dix ans, la collection a accueilli, outre quelques édicules, plus de 600 monuments littéraires français.

  • Censure, manipulation, propagande. L'information télévisée n'aurait-elle que cela pour toute histoire, le grand catalogue de ce qui a été écarté, gommé, retranché du petit écran par la main noueuse de l'Etat ? Cette référence à l'action des gouvernements comme à celle des grands professionnels qui, en leur temps, marqueraient d'une empreinte indélébile la télévision, ou encore l'invocation des progrès technologiques qui ouvriraient des périodes chaque fois nouvelles de l'audiovisuel, enfin l'influence qu'exerceraient les coûts économiques des émissions, tout cela prétend aujourd'hui expliquer la télévision. Or, ces arguments restent aveugles à la fabrication quotidienne de l'actualité télévisée. Ils omettent l'exercice même d'un journalisme qui, depuis plus de trente ans, crée une manière spécifique de produire la vérité. Et qui, dans ce travail, a opéré un profond bouleversement en substituant le journalisme d'examen au journalisme d'enquête. Ainsi, donner à voir la vérité, cela a sa propre histoire. L'ouvrage s'achève avec un débat entre François Châtelet et Pierre Dumayet.

  • Certains journalistes et essayistes de renom, vulgarisateurs multicartes, animateurs et autres célébrités, tels Alain Duhamel, Christine Ockrent, François de Closets, Bernard Kouchner, Thierry Ardisson, interviennent médiatiquement en nom propre, et non en intellectuels ni en experts. A quel titre alors ? Cet ouvrage porte sur les dimensions généalogique, historique et sociologique de l'ouverture du champ politique à des agents "charismatiques" recourant à de nouvelles rhétoriques et à des registres de prise de parole issus du monde de la communication.

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