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This book, written by the national think tank of China, presents a comprehensive analysis of the key elements and unique characteristics in Chengdu’s development into a global city. To do so, it adopts both external and internal perspectives: externally, it highlights Chengdu’s agglomeration and linkage so as to identify the differences in its overall development in comparison with other world cities. Internally, it explores the... more...

As early as 1940 political leaders and military commanders responsible for the conduct of the Allied operations realized that, after a string of disastrous setbacks, national morale could only be restored by taking offensive action against the enemy. With the limited resources, available Churchill's stirring call to 'set Europe ablaze' called for unconventional solutions and action. From these uncertain beginnings was born a plethora of Allied Special... more...

After decades of operating off-the-backfoot and protecting and conserving nature perceived as under threat, conservationists are becoming proactive and creative in the face of habitat loss, agricultural intensification and climate change. Beyond Conservation offers a revolutionary agenda for both managing existing wildlands in Britain and for expanding and connecting such lands. Central to this strategy is the imperative to 'rewild' or restore and... more...

The role of advertising in everyday life and as a major employer in post-industrial economies is intimately bound up with processes of contemporary globalization. At centre of the advertising industry are the global advertising agencies which have an important role in developing global brands both nationally and internationally. This book indentifies and addresses questions on the globalization of advertising through detailed study of... more...


The 36 Stratagems is a Chinese essay used to illustrate a series of stratagems used in politics and in war, as well as in civilian life, often through unorthodox means. Approximately 300 years ago an unknown scholar compiled the stratagems, a strangely seductive meditation on deception. The stratagems are ordered in categories according to your current position. 'Advantageous Stratagems', 'Opportunistic Stratagems' and 'Attacking Stratagems' are used... more...

Devotees will tell you that eating these wonderful beasts is not only healthy but also very sexy. They insist there has to be some truth to the many myths that expound their aphrodisiac qualities and more than one reason why so many of them have been immortalized in numerous stories, poems and songs. Our primordial ancestors must have instinctively known that shellfish were not only good for the soul but also life sustaining. Having crawled from the... more...

The Lazy Winner is for all those who simply want to do more with less effort and succeed in their working and personal lives without rushing around like headless chickens or putting in 100 hour weeks. We are all too good to put our careers and work-life balance at risk by working too hard! The Lazy Winner builds on the concept of 'productive laziness', developed in Peter Taylor's bestselling The Lazy Project Manager, which encourages people to apply... more...

This new work represents the author's life-long research into this enigmatic and complicated subject. Peter Taylor has meticulously tracked down 400 colour images which, combined into one volume, make this the most definitive book ever to be published on Special Forces Insignia.It covers all the Commando battalions, SBS, SAS, LRDG, Popski's Private Army, the Parachute Regiment, the FANY, the Chindits, SOE, Phantom, Merill's Marauders, US Airborne, US... more...

Nanotechnology in Civil Infrastructure is a state-of-the art reference source describing the latest developments in nano-engineering and nano-modification of construction materials to improve the bulk properties, development of sustainable, intelligent, and smart concrete materials through the integration of nanotechnology based self-sensing and self-powered materials and cyber infrastructure technologies, review of nanotechnology applications in... more...