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Bomb: Persaingan Demi Senjata Paling Mematikan di Dunia (Steve Sheinkin, 2012)

Identitas Buku

Judul: Bomb: Persaingan Demi Senjata Paling Mematikan di Dunia
Original Title: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
Penulis: Steve Sheinkin
Penerjemah: Putra Nugroho
Editor: Lian Kagura, Novikasari Eka S.
Genre: History, Non-fiction
Terbit: April 2015 (originally published: September 4, 2012)
Bahasa: Indonesia (terjemahan dari Inggris)
Penerbit: NouraBooks
Cover: Paperback
Tebal: 348 pages
ISBN-13: 978-602-130-697-0
Awards: Newbery Honor Book, Washington Post Best Book of The Year, dan Robert F, Sibert Award.

Sinopsis Official

Desember, 1938: Dunia gempar saat ahli kimia berkebangsaan Jerman menemukan fisi (pembelahan atom) pada uranium–sesuatu yang tadinya mustahil terjadi.

Pembelahan atom-atom uranium secara bersamaan akan melepaskan energi yang sangat dahsyat. Inilah cikal bakal bom terkuat yang pernah dibuat manusia!

Berita penemuan itu menyebar dengan cepat dan sampai di telinga ilmuwan Amerika. Mereka waswas Jerman akan membangun senjata ledak mahadahsyat yang bisa digunakan Hitler menaklukkan dunia. Einstein pun mengirimkan surat kepada Presiden Roosevelt, memperingatkan Amerika akan ancaman bom mematikan ini. Para ilmuwan terbaik dikumpulkan dan ditugasi membuat bom serupa–berlomba dengan para fisikawan Jerman.

Sontak seluruh dunia bersaing. Sabotase, operasi intelijen, pembunuhan, segala intrik dan taktik dikerahkan demi menjadi pemenang.

BOMB! Inilah kisah di balik penemuan senjata yang berpotensi menghapus semua spesies di planet bumi, yang bahkan sampai saat ini masih mengancam dunia.

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The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia (Michael Booth, 2014)

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Book title: The Almost Nearly Perfect People – Behind The Myth of Scandinavian Utopia
Alternative title: The Almost Nearly Perfect People – The Truth about The Nordic Miracle
Author: Michael Booth
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Release date: February 6, 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0224089625
ISBN-13: 978-0224089623
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches

Official Blurb/Synopsis

The whole world wants to learn the secrets of Nordic exceptionalism:

Why are the Danes the happiest people in the world, despite having the highest taxes?

If the Finns really have the best education system, how come they still think all Swedish men are gay?

Are the Icelanders really feral?

How are the Norwegians spending their fantastical oil wealth?

And why do all of them hate the Swedes?

Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians, on and off, for over ten years, perplexed by their many strange paradoxes and character traits and equally bemused by the unquestioning enthusiasm for all things Nordic that has engulfed the rest of the world, whether it be for their food, television, social systems or chunky knitwear.

In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success and, most intriguing of all, what they think of each other.

Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterised by suffocating parochialism and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn’t easy being Scandinavian.

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German Wisdom (Diana Mauer, 2015)

Identitas Buku

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Judul buku: German Wisdom – Funny inspirational and thought-provoking quotes by famous Germans
Penulis: Diana Mauer
Tanggal terbit: 3 Oktober 2014 (1st edition), 17 Juni 2015 (2nd edition)
Penerbit: Westhoff Publishing
Bahasa: English
Tebal: 156 halaman
Genre: Non-fiction, collage
Cover: Softcover/paperback
ISBN-13: 978-069-247-409-9

Sinopsis Official

German Wisdom features a fascinating collection of funny, inspirational and thought-provoking quotes by some of Germany’s greatest poets, thinkers and philosophers, as well as from contemporary Germans of note.

See the world through their eyes as they contemplate life, love, freedom, national identity and many other topics from a distinctly German perspective.

A great gift idea for anyone who wishes to know more about their German heritage.

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

“A Bavarian is a mixture between an Austrian and a human being.”
-Otto von Bismarck

“Farting is done at night, with all your might.”
-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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almost nearly perfect people

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of Scandinavian Utopia (Michael Booth, 2014)

Identitas Buku

almost nearly perfect people

Book title: The Almost Nearly Perfect People – Behind The Myth of Scandinavian Utopia
Alternative title: The Almost Nearly Perfect People – The Truth about The Nordic Miracle
Author: Michael Booth
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Release date: February 6, 2014
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0224089625
ISBN-13: 978-0224089623
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches

Sinopsis Official

The whole world wants to learn the secrets of Nordic exceptionalism:

Why are the Danes the happiest people in the world, despite having the highest taxes?

If the Finns really have the best education system, how come they still think all Swedish men are gay?

Are the Icelanders really feral?

How are the Norwegians spending their fantastical oil wealth?

And why do all of them hate the Swedes?

Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians, on and off, for over ten years, perplexed by their many strange paradoxes and character traits and equally bemused by the unquestioning enthusiasm for all things Nordic that has engulfed the rest of the world, whether it be for their food, television, social systems or chunky knitwear.

In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success and, most intriguing of all, what they think of each other.

Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterised by suffocating parochialism and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn’t easy being Scandinavian.

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