Author: Robert Waller
Release Date: 2007-05-07
The latest edition of The Almanac of British Politics has been thoroughly revised and updated to include full details of the new constituencies following the comprehensive boundary changes which will come into force throughout the United Kingdom at the next election. It has firmly established itself as the definitive guide to the electoral map of the UK for nearly twenty-five years, covering in detail each of the constituencies sending representatives to the House of Commons. Its comprehensive coverage provides a witty and informative biographical profile of every Member of Parliament and a detailed social, demographic, economic and political analysis with statistics of seats to give the clearest picture of the British social and political landscape in the twenty-first century. This is the essential reference work on British politics for students, academics, journalists and psephologists.
Author: Neil S. Berman
Publisher: Coin & Currency Institute
Release Date: 2007-03-01
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
A bible for coin investment in the 21st century.Twenty years ago, the first edition of this book was revolutionary in its approach to the buying and selling of rare coins. Collectors and investors were told that if they followed empirical models of price performance and investment return, not only would they profit handsomely, but their coin purchases would also outperform traditional investment vehicles.For this new edition, the well-known professional numismatist Silvano DiGenova and Dr. Jason Perry, Financial Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, have joined the books original author, Neil S. Berman to fully update the contents, taking into account the steady acceleration in rare coin prices, changes in trading practices, the revolution in grading standards, and external factors affecting the buying and selling of coins. The result is a no-holds-barred look at todays evolving market that is indispensible to experienced collectors and investors as well as neophytes.Included is an extensive price history of all United States coins from 1955 to date, with notable auction results and listings of key dates. The numerous charts of data and illustrative graphs interspersed throughout will be useful to dealers and collectors alike in forming strategies to take advantage of what will be one of the great growth areas of the 21st century.
Author: Larry Hannant
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
Release Date: 1995-06
Current historical orthodoxy contends that Canada was startled into implementing security screening in September 1945, when Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko defected in Ottawa, bringing with him sensational evidence that a Soviet espionage network existed in this country. The Infernal Machine challenges that conventional view in the course of rewriting Canadian security and intelligence history. Larry Hannant marshals evidence from previously classified documents to show that systematic security screening was launched fifteen years before Gouzenko. It was initiated because the Russian Revolution in 1917 caused Canadian authorities, particularly the RCMP, to view many citizens with suspicion. The heart of the security screening system was a unique Canadian experiment in mass fingerprinting. During the Second World War the RCMP received and checked over two million sets of fingerprints. This was both unprecedented and illegal. Because fingerprinting offended popular opinion and legal authority, surrendering their fingerprints was always `voluntary' for employees at war plants. The RCMP acknowledged that the procedure could be subject to abuse - and abused it was. People identified by security checks as having criminal records or even personal peccadilloes were fired and denied jobs. Some of these people protested their treatment, and in internal memos the RCMP commissioner fretted that the force was acquiring `a Gestapo reputation' among Canadians. The Infernal Machine presents a compelling new chapter in Canadian history. Hannant has produced an authoritative and dramatic examination of the Canadian state's deep fears of its own citizens and of the arbitrary measures taken againstthose citizens.