'Let us turn our faces towards Asia', exhorted Lenin when the long-awaited revolution in Europe failed to materialize. 'The East will help us conquer the West.' Peter Hopkirk's book tells for the first time the story of the Bolshevik attempt to set the East ablaze with the heady new gospel of Marxism. Lenin's dream was to liberate the whole of Asia, but his starting point was British India. A shadowy undeclared war followed. Among the players in this new Great Game were British spies, Communist revolutionaries, Muslim visionaries and Chinese warlords - as well as a White Russian baron who roasted his Bolshevik captives alive. Here is an extraordinary tale of intrigue and treachery, barbarism and civil war, whose violent repercussions continue to be felt in Central Asia today.
Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure. The French Revolution is in full swing and the aristocracy are being sent to the guillotine in their hundreds. In the shadows, English dandy Sir Peter Blakeney working under his alter ego, the Scarlet Pimpernel is breaking the condemned out of prison and leaving his distinctive calling card, a picture of a red flower, to torment the French authorities. A master of disguise, infamous escape artist and flamboyant swordsman, his identity is such a closely guarded secret that even his wife is in the dark. But, with enemy agents on close his tail, his failure to trust her might be his undoing. The very first hero with a secret identity, the Scarlet Pimpernel is a worthy precursor to Zorro and Batman. His daring antics (and undeniable flair) are just as delightful today as they were a century ago.
"As a physician and a social scientist, Peter Ubel is unparalleled in his understanding of some of the most important decisions we are facing, or will face." --Dan Ariely, New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational "His ideas are important, his style is accessible (with the right balance of humor and compassion) and his topic is timely." --Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness and host of "This Emotional Life" All too often, problems in communication between a doctor and patient can lead to bad medical decisions. As a practicing physician and a behavioral scientist, Dr. Peter Ubel has a unique understanding of this dangerous situation--and in Critical Decisions he addresses the problem while revealing a new revolution in medical decision-making. Critical Decisions combines eye-opening medical stories with groundbreaking behavioral science research, while offering important information and common sense solutions to promote better doctor/patient relationships thereby ensuring that the right decision will be made in life-saving medical situations.
Published in the UK in 1967, this is the US debut of this controversial novel in the form of a drug-drenched, satan-haunted diary. Peter meets Maud, and his initial contempt for her as a straight, boring hairdresser soon gives way to a kinky menage a trois, in which Sally, the trois, eagerly dons a dog collar and frilly apron and has herself tattooed with the words I am Sally, the slave of Maud and Peter. This is a vivid, utterly convincing portrait of life on the loopier fringes of the Sixties, black, compulsive and very, very funny, a prankish celebration of a time when the social, sexual, political and alchemical revolution seemed only a chord-change away, an extended postcard from a world turned upside down.