Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects. Not simply a readable reference- these informative and fun books bring their subject to life. Each author gives an evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. This series offers a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable. This series aims to change the way you think about the things that interest you, and are the perfect introduction to subjects you previously knew nothing about. Easily browse through our collection of 664 titles using the subject tabs above. These books are only available in paperback, and are displayed at all branch locations with the Manatee County Public Library system.