Erickson Press Books

Man's Inhumanities

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The crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan has brought the term genocide back into the news. Although the Holocaust is the most widely-known example of genocide, there are numerous instances of genocide in our world today. Bringing the issue to light, this book on genocide defines and outlines the term, gives examples of genocide throughout history, and discusses the purpose of the United Nations in relation to genocide. Students can educate themselves about steps they can take to make genocide a thing of the past.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-975-2 or 1-60217-975-1 --- $23.95
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How does the term traffic relate to humans? How can humans be transported without their consent? With all the freedoms we have today, it can seem hard to imagine that human trafficking can be such a large problem, but human trafficking occurs all over the world. Human trafficking appears in many forms, including slaves, indentured servants, and men and women forced to become sex workers. This book educates readers on current instances of human trafficking and gives insight into international groups that focus on ending the terrible practice.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-978-3 or 1-60217-978-6 --- $23.95
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Some of the most shocking headlines today relate to murder and mass killings. From school violence to gang violence, what are the motives behind murder? Using historical cases, political assassinations, and recent headlines, this book chronicles murder throughout the years. The book also examines terms such as premeditated and manslaughter, and educates readers about legal definitions of terms related to murder. What happens after a murderer is caught? What happens in the courtroom? How does a judge decide on an appropriate sentence? These questions are addressed as the book offers some insight into the legal process.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-977-6 or 1-60217-977-8 --- $23.95
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For centuries, people have been judged and treated unfairly because of the color of their skin. Sometimes it can be easy to stereotype and label a person based on what he looks like. From the American slave trade to Nazi Germany, racist thoughts and intolerance of foreign cultures have resulted in violence and war. This book examines the cultural foundations for racism, defines race and ethnicity, and focuses on prejudice and stereotypes. By addressing the issue directly, this book provides thoughts on how to deal with racism in the United States and abroad.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-976-9 or 1-60217-976-X --- $23.95
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We have many stereotypes about what torture looks like. Reminding us that torture did not just occur during the Medieval Period, this book on human torture begins with a specific description of what elements define the act of torture. The author discusses the effects of torture on both the victim and the torturer, including references to psychological experiments that gave researchers insight into the torturer psyche. The book also gives descriptions of conventions and international pacts within the past century, as well as steps that are being taken today to prevent torture and to treat torture victims.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-974-5 or 1-60217-974-3 --- $23.95


Ripped from the Headlines - The Environment

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Ninety percent of energy used in the world today comes from fossil fuels. The problem is that fossil fuels will eventually run out and they are not clean fuels. Fossil fuels pollute the air and give off carbon dioxide which adds to climate change. People worldwide are exploring alternative energy sources such as the sun, wind, and water.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-029-2 1-60217-029-0 --- $23.95

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Earth’s climate is changing. People disagree about whether climate change is a problem. Melting glaciers and polar ice may cause flooding in certain areas and some parts of Earth may become too hot and too dry. Climate change may open new areas to settlement and access to natural resources that were previously inaccessible. These, and other uncertainties, mean that scientists cannot be sure of exactly how climate change will affect Earth and its people, however, evidence is becoming more available all of the time.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-030-8 1-60217-030-4 --- $23.95

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The world produces staggering amounts of garbage every day. Some of it is burned some of it is recycled to make new products. Most garbage ends up in landfills, which are rapidly filling up, but changes are taking place. There is a new emphasis worldwide on reducing, reusing, and recycling waste.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-031-5 1-60217-031-2 --- $23.95

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A green revolution is taking place. People are turning off unused lights, walking instead of driving to the store, buying chemical-free foods, and more. They are going green, which means they are making Earth-friendly choices in hopes of keeping the planet healthy for all living things. These choices are green because they save energy and reduce pollution. When enough people go green, everyone—including Mother Earth—will reap the rewards.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-032-2 1-60217-032-0 --- $23.95

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In 2010, there were 6.9 billion people on the planet. By 2050, that number could reach 10 billion. Some people think this is too many. They think the rising numbers spell big problems. Others believe there is plenty of room for more people and that any problems that arise can be solved. Either way, understanding population means looking beyond a single number. It means examining the relationship between natural resources and human needs.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-033-9 1-60217-033-9 --- $23.95

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Ninety percent of energy used in the world today comes from fossil fuels. The problem is that fossil fuels will eventually run out and they are not clean fuels. Fossil fuels pollute the air and give off carbon dioxide which adds to climate change. People worldwide are exploring alternative energy sources such as the sun, wind, and water.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-022-3 1-60217-022-3 --- $23.95

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The world produces staggering amounts of garbage every day. Some of it is burned some of it is recycled to make new products. Most garbage ends up in landfills, which are rapidly filling up, but changes are taking place. There is a new emphasis worldwide on reducing, reusing, and recycling waste.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-023-0 1-60217-023-1 --- $9.95

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Earth’s temperature is slowly rising. In some places, temperatures are rising, causing the ice to melt. People disagree about whether global warming is a problem. Melting glaciers and polar ice may cause flooding in certain areas and some parts of Earth may become too hot and too dry. Global warming may open new areas to settlement and access to natural resources that were previously inaccessible. These, and other uncertainties, mean that scientists cannot be sure of exactly how global warming will affect Earth and its people, however, evidence is becoming more available all of the time.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-024-7 or 1-60217-024-X --- $9.95

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A green revolution is taking place. People are turning off unused lights, walking instead of driving to the store, buying chemical-free foods, and more. They are going green, which means they are making Earth-friendly choices in hopes of keeping the planet healthy for all living things. These choices are green because they save energy and reduce pollution. When enough people go green, everyone—including Mother Earth—will reap the rewards.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-025-4 1-60217-025-8 --- $9.95

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In 2010, there were 6.9 billion people on the planet. By 2050, that number could reach 10 billion. Some people think this is too many. They think the rising numbers spell big problems. Others believe there is plenty of room for more people and that any problems that arise can be solved. Either way, understanding population means looking beyond a single number. It means examining the relationship between natural resources and human needs.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-026-1 1-60217-026-6 --- $9.95

 


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The issue of abortion is among the most divisive in America today. Polls show that most Americans believe abortion should be available when needed. But many states have passed restrictions and a small but vocal group of Americans opposes abortion under any circumstances. What to do about teens who seek abortions is an added concern. These and other related issues continue to vex the nation.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-020-9 or 1-60217-020-7 --- $23.95

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Cheating is a problem in America today. It occurs in many areas of daily life. Cheating takes place in schools, in sports, and in the professional world. Cheating hurts those who cheat and it hurts those who play fair. Penalties for cheating vary; attitudes toward cheating vary too. What to do about cheating remains a question for the future.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-011-7 or 1-60217-011-8 --- $23.95

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Should someone who kills another be forced to suffer the ultimate penalty? American society has been wrestling with this question for many years. It is still hotly debated. People question whether this punishment can be given fairly, whether it is moral, and whether it can help deter crime. All of these questions endure today.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-012-4 or 1-60217-012-6 --- $23.95

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Young people are insatiable consumers of music that can be downloaded over the Internet, however, downloading can be either legal or illegal. Peer-to-peer file sharing is the free, fun, often illegal, way to download that is used by millions of people every day. Downloading music has created a fire-storm of controversy over rampant copyright violations. What are the legal and moral issues involved? Will these issues change the way we buy and listen to music in the future?

ISBN: 978-1-60217-006-3 or 1-60217-006-1 --- $23.95

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Thousands of people die every year on America’s roads as a result of drivers who are drunk or high. Alcohol is the biggest problem but other drugs are not far behind. Government officials and organizations are trying to find ways to stop people from driving high or drunk. Stiffer laws and tougher penalties are among the tools being used to reduce DUI tragedies.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-013-1 or 1-60217-013-4 --- $23.95

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With obesity rates for adults and teens sky-rocketing, experts predict more health problems for Americans. This book explores the risks, both physical and emotional, for obese people—especially teens and children. In addition, it looks at the causes of obesity, and the ways it might be solved in the future.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-002-5 or 1-60217-002-9 --- $23.95

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America’s food supply is one of the safest in the world. So why are there so many reports of people getting sick from food? Spinach, burgers, lettuce, and chicken are just a few of the commonly eaten foods that have been involved in food scares in recent years. Making sure food is safe to eat challenges experts in many fields.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-014-8 or 1-60217-014-2 --- $23.95

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The United States Constitution guarantees the right of free speech, however Americans do not always agree on what that means. Speech that is hurtful or threatening, politically charged or socially provocative challenges the notion of free speech. While these issues often end up in court, they begin in settings of everyday life: in schools, in government offices, in workplaces, and more.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-015-5 or 1-60217-015-0 --- $23.95

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In the past few years gas prices have been going up and down with little apparent logic or reason. Gas Crisis explains with interesting anecdotes and simple language how prices are affected by weather, wars, and a growing worldwide demand for oil. And it takes a entertaining look at alternative vehicles from battery-powered sports cars to “greasecars” that run on vegetable oil.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-001-8 or 1-60217-001-0 --- $23.95

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There is no issue that is as controversial today as illegal immigration. Many believe illegal immigrants are criminals who have no right to remain in the United States. Others maintain that the immigrants are just trying to support their families. This book examines the various viewpoints of Americans, the difficulties in immigrating to America, and weighs the dangers and the economic impact of illegal immigration.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-003-2 or 1-60217-003-7 --- $23.95

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Internet sex predators have fast become a growing threat to children and teens online. At social networks, and in chat rooms, young people are enticed into relationships that may move into the real world and lead to sexual exploitation, abuse, or worse. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, too many kids continue to be easy and trusting targets. This book examines the tactics of the predators, the real-life experiences of young victims, the stings that catch online predators, and the ways in which people can protect themselves in today’s virtual world.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-000-1 or 1-60217-000-2 --- $23.95

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Violent music, video games, television, and movies are a growing concern. Some experts say that these forms of entertainment lead young people to act aggressively, even dangerously. Other experts are not so sure. They say the link between violence in the media and violence in society is not clear-cut. Whichever is correct, government officials and the public are already debating what new restrictions should be in place.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-016-2 or 1-60217-016-9 --- $23.95

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More countries than ever have the most dangerous weapons known to man—nuclear weapons. Also, terrorists are working hard to get them. Using primary and secondary source quotes, this exciting and informative book gives insights on what is happening in the world today. The connection between terrorism and nuclear weapons, the nuclear black market, the emerging threats in North Korea and Iran, and the efforts nations are taking to protect themselves are discussed in a clear and interesting manner.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-004-9 or 1-60217-004-5 --- $23.95

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This book examines the controversies involved in outsourcing, in which American companies close factories and offices in the United States and send the work abroad. Chapters focus on the reasons for outsourcing, the effects on U. S. workers and communities, the impact on foreign countries, and the future of outsourcing.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-008-7 or 1-60217-008-8 --- $23.95

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What is reality TV? How is it unlike other kinds of television? How real is reality TV, anyway—Do producers sometimes use tricks to make things different from what they really are? What happens to contestants on reality shows after their TV time is up? These are just some of the questions explored in “Reality TV.”.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-005-6 or 1-60217-005-3 --- $23.95

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Smoking damages human health. Everyone knows that now. And yet new smokers start up every day. This book examines the health effects of smoking – both on smokers and on those around them. It looks at why young people start smoking – even today – and what is being done to stop smokers from smoking.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-017-9 or 1-60217-017-7 --- $23.95

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The new science of stem cell research offers much hope for people who have terrible diseases. Scientists have already made progress but the most promising area of this research is mired in controversy. It involves human embryos. Many people oppose this work. Finding a balance may be the toughest challenge of all.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-018-6 or 1-60217-018-5 --- $23.95

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Violent street crime is a serious problem throughout the United States. In a growing number of cities, police are seeing a frightening trend: Criminals as well as victims are getting younger. Using vivid real-life examples, this book educates readers about street crime by covering the different types, the role played by gangs, how schools protect kids from crime around their campuses, and what people all over the country are doing to take back their neighborhoods.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-007-0 or 1-60217-007-X --- $23.95

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Thousands of illegal street races take place every year in the United States. The racers, mostly young men, like the thrill of driving fast. They like to show off their cars and their driving skills. But these races have another well-known feature. They are often deadly – and cities all across the nation are trying to find ways to stop to them.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-019-3 or 1-60217-019-3 --- $23.95

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Physical changes, along with brand-new sexual thoughts and feelings, can be confusing for teens. Loaded with first-person quotes and examples, this book clearly explains the physical, emotional, and social changes that occur during and after puberty. It also addresses the consequences of sexuality. By telling teens what to expect, this book helps young people to feel good about themselves and to make appropriate choices about their budding sexuality.

ISBN: 978-1-60217-009-4 or 1-60217-009-6 --- $23.95