Les enquêtes de Nicolas Le Floch 1783, l’éruption gigantesque d’un volcan en Islande provoque d’importants changements climatiques. La terre se réveille : tremblements de terre, tempêtes... affaiblissent tous les pays d’Europe, la France en particulier. Le royaume commence à vaciller, les caisses se vident. Nicolas est convoqué par la Reine. Il est chargé d’enquêter sur la mort violente d’un de ses proches : le Vicomte de Trabou. L’homme est mystérieux, il fréquente le monde de la finance. Ne cherche-t-il pas à camoufler une affaire de fausse monnaie ? Tous les moyens sont-ils bon pour combler l’immense déficit du Trésor royal ? Voilà une affaire qui n’est pas sans nous rappeler quelques événements contemporains... Les investigations de Nicolas vont le conduire une nouvelle fois en Angleterre et le mener à deux personnages le Comte de Cagliostro et la Comtesse de la Motte, chacun au cœur d’affaires où, là aussi, l’argent est en jeu. Dans ces mondes nouveaux que Nicolas va découvrir, la mort plane encore plus proche...
Paris, 1774. Commissioner Le Floch's stormy love affair with socialite Julie de Lasterieux has run its course. But before Nicolas can formally end the relationship, Julie is found murdered in her bed, a victim of poisoning.For now, he retains the confidence of even the King, who sends him on a secret intelligence mission. But a plot is afoot to implicate Nicolas in Julie's death, and he is soon fighting to uncover the perpetrators and clear his name.
L'enquête russe : No10
Author: Jean-François Parot
Publisher: JC Lattès
1782. La France et les Insurgents américains sont en passe de l’emporter sur l’Angleterre. Le tsarévitch Paul, sous le nom de comte du Nord, séjourne incognito à Paris, étape de son tour d’Europe. Versailles entend se concilier les faveurs de l’héritier de l’empire russe. Nicolas Le Floch reçoit mission de Sartine et de Vergennes de monter un subterfuge lui permettant de gagner la confiance du fils de Catherine II. Qui assassine au même moment le comte de Rovski, ancien favori de la tsarine, exilé à Paris ? Au cours d’une enquête minutieuse, et tout en participant aux divers événements de la visite princière, Nicolas Le Floch et l’inspecteur Bourdeau vont avancer pas à pas, de surprise en surprise, dans les milieux parisiens du jeu, de la galanterie, du négoce et de l’espionnage. Y a-t-il un lien entre ce crime et des meurtres à l’ambassade russe ? Qui massacre des filles galantes des boulevards ? Quel jeu pratiquent les entours du prince ? Qui est la mystérieuse princesse de Kesseoren, escroc de haut vol ? Que vient faire dans cet imbroglio un agent du Congrès américain protégé par Benjamin Franklin ? Nicolas parviendra-t-il à dénouer les écheveaux mêlés de ces intrigues ? Quelle découverte lui réserve une quête qui mettra une nouvelle fois en cause ses fidélités ? Entouré des siens sous la houlette incertaine d’un Sartine tortueux, le commissaire des Lumières affrontera périls et trahisons...
The Sixth Extinction
Author: Richard E. Leakey
Chronicling five times in the history of the earth in which more than half of all living species disappeared in a geological instant, a geological study states that we are on the brink of a sixth mass extinction and presents supporting evidence. Reprint.
The news media played a crucial role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Local media fueled the killings, while international media either ignored or seriously misunderstood what was happening. This is the first book to explore both sides of the media equation. Examining how local radio was used as a tool of hate, encouraging neighbors to turn against each other, the book also presents a critique of international media coverage. Bringing together local reporters, high-profile Western journalists, and leading media theorists, this is the only book to identify the extent of the media's accountability. It also examines deliberations by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on the role of the media in the genocide. This book is a startling record of the negative influence that the media can have. The authors put forward suggestions for the future, outlining how we can avoid censorship and propaganda and they argue for a new responsibility in media reporting.
Humankind has pervasively influenced the Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere, arguably to the point of fashioning a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. To constrain the Anthropocene as a potential formal unit within the Geological Time Scale, a spectrum of indicators of anthropogenically-induced environmental change is considered, and shown as stratigraphical signals that may be used to characterize an Anthropocene unit, and to recognize its base. This volume describes a range of evidence that may help to define this potential new time unit and details key signatures that could be used in its definition. These signatures include lithostratigraphical (novel deposits, minerals and mineral magnetism), biostratigraphical (macro- and micro-palaeontological successions and human-induced trace fossils) and chemostratigraphical (organic, inorganic and radiogenic signatures in deposits, speleothems and ice and volcanic eruptions). We include, finally, the suggestion that humans have created a further sphere, the technosphere, that drives global change.
This volume discusses a variety of topics in the field of research in population economics, under the headings of the economics of the family in low- and high-income countries, time-series analyses of fertility, and private and public investments in education.
Soil Erosion and Carbon Dynamics
Author: Eric J. Roose, Rattan Lal, Christian Feller, Bernard Barthes, Bobby A. Stewart
Publisher: CRC Press
The most complete, nonpartisan source of information on this hot agronomic topic available today, this book brings together a diverse group of papers and data to resolve the debate between sedimentologists and soil scientists and agronomists over whether the effects of soil erosion on carbon and atmospheric CO2 is beneficial or destructive. Divided into four sections, it offers data on how soil erosion affects soil, water, and air quality. Topics include mineralization rate, inundation, sediment deposition, and global warming potential, as well as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions, and the implications of soil erosion on the global carbon cycle and carbon budget.
Hundreds of useful phrases at your fingertips Speak Chinese - instantly! Traveling to China but don't know Chinese? Taking Chinese at school but need to kick up your conversation skills? Don't worry! This handy little phrasebook will have you speaking Chinese in no time. Discover how to Get directions, shop, and eat out Talk numbers, dates, time, and money Chat about family and work Discuss sports and the weather Deal with problems and emergencies
A study of vendetta and banditry, applying insights from the field of social anthropology.
The Notorious Luke Short
Author: Jack DeMattos, Chuck Parsons
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Often times the smaller the man, the harder the punch--this adage was true in the case of diminutive Luke Short, whose brief span of years played out in the Wild West. His adventures began as a teenage cowboy who followed the trail from Texas to the Kansas railheads. He then served as a scout for the U.S. Army during the Indian wars and, finally, he perfected his skills as a gambler in locations that included Leadville, Tombstone, Dodge City, and Fort Worth. In 1883, in what became known as the "Dodge City War," he banded together with Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and others to protect his ownership interests in the Long Branch Saloon--an event commemorated by the famous "Dodge City Peace Commission" photograph. The irony is that Luke Short is best remembered for being the winning gunfighter in two of the most celebrated showdowns in Old West history: the shootout with Charlie Storms in Tombstone, Arizona, and the showdown against Jim Courtright in Fort Worth, Texas. He would have hated that. During his lifetime, Luke Short became one of the best known sporting men in the United States, and one of the wealthiest. He had been a partner in the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, as well as the White Elephant in Fort Worth. He became friends with other wealthy sporting men, such as William H. Harris, Jake Johnson, and Bat Masterson, who helped broaden his gaming interests to include thoroughbred horse racing and boxing. Before he died he would become a familiar figure in Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, and Saratoga Springs, where he raced his string of horses. He traveled with other wealthy sporting men in private railroad cars to attend heavyweight championship fights. Luke Short was always a little man dealing in big games. He married the beautiful Hattie Buck, who could turns heads at all the top resorts they visited as man and wife. Jack DeMattos and Chuck Parsons have researched deeply into all records to produce the first serious biography of Luke Short, revealing in full the epitome of a sporting man of the Wild West.
An essential introduction to the France of Louis XIV.
A unique, advanced textbook combining sedimentology and geomorphology in a comprehensive and integrated way.
Empire and Nation
Author: John Dickinson, Richard Henry Lee
Two series of letters that have been described as "the wellsprings of nearly all ensuing debate on the limits of governmental power in the United States" are collected in this volume. The writings include Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania—the "farmer" being the gifted and courageous statesman John Dickinson and Letters from the Federal Farmer—he being the redoubtable Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. Together, Dickinson and Lee addressed the whole remarkable range of issues provoked by the crisis of British policies in North America, a crisis from which a new nation emerged from an overreaching empire. Dickinson wrote his Letters in opposition to the Townshend Acts by which the British Parliament in 1767 proposed to reorganize colonial customs. The publication of the Letters was, as Philip Davidson believes, "the most brilliant literary event of the entire Revolution." Forrest McDonald adds, "Their impact and their circulation were unapproached by any publication of the revolutionary period except Thomas Paine's Common Sense." Lee wrote in 1787 as an Anti-Federalist, and his Letters gained, as Charles Warren has noted, "much more widespread circulation and influence" than even the heralded Federalist Papers. Both sets of Letters deal, McDonald points out, "with the same question: the never-ending problem of the distribution of power in a broad and complex federal system." The Liberty Fund second edition includes a new preface by the editor in which he responds to research since the original edition of 1962. Forrest McDonald is Professor of History at the University of Alabama and author also of E Pluribus Unum, among other works.