–>Democracy: Crisis and Renewal by Paul Ginsborg
Despite the global expansion of democracy, a looming threat has appeared in the countries that claim to love it most, and power is ever more concentrated in the hands of their leaders. Behind these trends lie changing relationships between economics, the media, and politics. Electoral spending has spiralled out of control, with powerful economic interests exercising undue influence. The “level playing field” on which democracy’s contests have supposedly been fought has become ever more sloping and uneven. In many “democratic” countries, media coverage, especially on television, is heavily biased. Electors become viewers, and active participation gives way to mass passivity.
In this brilliant and bold new diagnosis of our political system, historian and commentator Paul Ginsborg goes back to the first principles of democracy and examines anew a concept that we once fought for. Can things change? Ginsborg shows that they can and must.
–> Acne For Dummies (For Dummies (Health & Fitness)) by Herbert P. Goodheart M.D.
Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States, affecting more than 60 million adults and teenagers each year. Acne For Dummies addresses the causes of acne, and, most importantly, what can safely be done to cover it up, treat it, and minimize scarring. The book covers everything from daily skin care, over-the-counter acne preparations, and when to see a dermatologist to the hazards and benefits of prescription acne medications and the range of dermatological procedures available to erase aftereffects. Also covered are specific issues common to acne as seen in various ethnic groups and other skin problems, such as rosacea, a condition that people often mistake for acne.