Explore the five newest books added to Very Short Introductions online:
- William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction, by Stanley Wells. In time for Shakespeare's birthday, this new offering brings to life the world's greatest dramatist. Written with enthusiasm and flair, Wells looks at both the world Shakespeare lived in and all of his major works, to show how and why he continues to be so influential and important to society today.
- Pilgrimage: A Very Short Introduction, by Ian Reader, explores the key issues and themes of pilgrimage throughout early history to the present day, looking at the various forms it can take, how people take part in it, and more.
- Nuclear Weapons: A Very Short Introduction (new edition), by Joseph M. Siracusa, explains the history and politics of the bomb, from the technology of nuclear weapons, to the revolutionary implications of the H-bomb, and the politics of nuclear deterrence.
- Corruption: A Very Short Introduction by Leslie Holmes, notes that corruption is as old as humanity itself, and then considers why the international community has only highlighted it as a problem in the past two decades.
- Taxation: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Smith, details the role that taxes play in the modern economy, and goes on to describe some of the main taxes that are used by most developed and developing countries worldwide.