Discover more about the titles added to Very Short Introductions this month:
Coral reefs are found all around the world, from the Indo-Pacific coral reef province to the Caribbean and Australia, and they support both marine and human life. They provide a rich supply of food and a breakwater from storms and high waves to countless coastal communities. Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction provides an account of what coral reefs are, how they are formed, how they have evolved, and the biological lessons we can learn from them. Today, these fascinating ecosystems are under threat from over-exploitation and climate change; some are dead and others are dying. They could face extinction, unless our conservation efforts are stepped up in order to save them.
Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (new edition)
Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction shows why, for a full understanding of contemporary global politics, it is essential to be geopolitical. Geopolitics is a way of looking at the world: one that considers the links between political power, geography, and cultural diversity. In certain places such as Iraq or Lebanon, moving a few feet either side of a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between place and politics. Even far away from these ‘danger zones’ geopolitics remains an important part of everyday life. A country's location and size as well as its sovereignty and resources affect understanding and interaction in that country with the wider world.
Nutrition is a topic of wide interest and importance. In spite of a growing understanding of the underlying biochemistry, and health campaigns such as ‘five-a-day’, increasing obesity and reported food allergies and eating disorders, as well as the widely advertised ‘supposed’ benefits of food supplements mean that a clear explanation of the basic principles of a healthy diet are vital. Nutrition: A Very Short Introduction explains the basic elements of food, the balance between energy intake and exercise, the problems of over- and under-nutrition, and raises the question of the safety of nutritional supplements.