Pål Brekke: THE STORY ABOUT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Historien om Nordlyset                                                                                                           To be published by Solarmax Consulting, November 2018

Watching the northern lights or “aurora borealis” dancing overhead on a clear winter night is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring sights that the natural world can offer. They differ from all other light phenomena by exhibiting an amazing variety of colours, structures, and movements. For people who have caught a glimpse of the northern lights will the sight often leaves memories for a lifetime.

This book explain the mechanisms behind the northern lights, and how we can predict when and where we can see them.

There have been hundreds of stories and theories to explain these celestial lights, which we now know as the northern lights. Today we know that the northern lights are caused by charged particles from the Sun. This book describe this fascinating phenomenon from myths to modern research and science, illustrated by a number of captivating images.

Dr Pål Brekke received a PhD in 1993 from the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo.  He has worked for the European Space Agency at NASA. He currently works at the Norwegian Space Centre. He has received prizes like ESA´s´Exceptional Achievement Award in 2002 and Laurels for Team Achievements from the International Academy of Astronautics in 2003.

Dr. Brekke has written several popular science books about the Sun and the Northern Lights, that are translated into many languages. He has recently produced the international award-winning documentary «The Northern Lights – a Magic Experience”, available in a number of languages. He is also an international recognized lecturer.

 

Geir Hestmark: GLACIATOR. JENS ESMARK, ICE AGES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

                                                                                                                                                      Istidens  oppdager – Jens Esmark, pioneren i Norges fjellverden            

Published by Kagge Forlag, 2017

Jens Esmark is the great pioneer in the exploration of Norway’s mountain world in early 19th century,  and this is the definitive story of his life, his expeditions, mountain ascents and glacier crossings. Not the least the book traces the paths to his epochal discovery of ice ages, the most dramatic climate changes on Earth. As Esmark’s supporters or opponents we meet a rich gallery of Norwegian and foreign students and colleagues. The book is compulsory reading for all mountain hikers and nature enthusiasts, and everyone with an interest in Norwegian and European cultural history.

 

The Press wrote:

“A biography that should appeal to a wide audience of nature-interested readers, at a time when the climate debate is relevant like never before. “                                                                                                                                 Dagbladet

“In mid-September 1823, an elderly professor and his two young students returned to Christiania after three months of travel in Norway. Along the way they had stumbled upon the biggest scientific discovery ever made in Norwegian nature: They had discovered the ice age.” This is how Geir Hestmark begins the book that he has spent twelve years researching and writing. Those who do not want to keep on reading cannot be much curious because you feel like you are sitting with a novel in your hands, not a biography. …The book is a pleasure to read.”                                                                                                                                                              Geo 365

 

The book is nominated to best non-fiction book in Norway since 2000, one out of ten.

Geir Hestmark  (b. 1958) graduated in both philosophy and natural science, and is currently a professor at the University of Oslo and a Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science. He has contributed to Thinkers of the West (1994), Norwegian History of Non-Fiction Literature (1998), Norwegian History of Ideas (2002), and Norwegian Polar History (2004). For his biography of Waldemar C. Brøgger, Science and Nation he received the Freedom of Speech Honors Prize in 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

Mah-Rukh Ali: IRAN AND THE NEW MIDDLE EAST

IRAN OG DET NYE MIDTØSTEN                                                                                            Published by Kagge Forlag, 2018

 

Iran is the rising superpower in the Middle East. The bitter rivalry between Saudi Arabia and the containment of ISIS yielded the country a key position in the region. On one side Iran could play a decisive role in defeating terrorism and enact a close ally to the West. On the other side the country has, since Khomeini’s revolution in 1979, been accused of exporting terror to the rest of the world. Is Iran a friend or a foe? And why did a culture loving people elect a fundamentalist hierocracy?

On a journey into the recent political history of Iran, Mah-Rukh Ali endeavours to find answers.

«A fascinating introduction to Iranian culture and policy. Accessible and fetching to everyone interested.» Sverre Lodgaard, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

Mah-Rukh Ali (b. 1982) has previously worked as a journalist and news anchor in the Norwegian national broadcast channel TV 2. Ali’s academic background includes a Master in International Policy and Diplomacy, SOAS, London University (2008-2009), and she has contributed as a guest researcher with the University of Oxford, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and with Harvard in 2017. In 2015 she published The Threat from ISIS (Kagge Publishing), which sold over 30.000 copies. At present, she is the Head of Communication and Advocacy at CARE (a global aid organization which endeavours to improve the living conditions of women). She is also a columnist in one of the national newspapers (The Norwegian Business Daily) in which she writes about foreign policy.

 

Mah-Rukh Ali

Ina Tin: SAUDI ARABIA. THE SWORD AND THE VOICES

Saudi-Arabia. Sverdet og stemmene

Published by Humanist Forlag, 2018

Countries in the West share close ties with Saudi Arabia, selling weapons and advanced surveillance technologies to its autocratic royal family. As oil prices fall, Saudi is beginning to diversify its economy, but the nation’s politics are becoming more and more authoritarian – its people have no political freedoms and no freedom of speech. In this book, a portrait of the Saudi nation emerges from the stories of people whom the royal family are doing everything in their power to silence. We hear the dissenting voices of Saudi Arabia. They use mobile phones, blogs and car keys. The regime responds with God, oil and force. Everything is at stake. Not just the freedom – and lives – of those speaking out, but also the future of the nation and its surrounding region.

The Saudi kingdom plays a pivotal role in the Middle East. The country is the world’s second largest exporter of oil and importer of weapons. It is both Iran’s arch-enemy, and a close ally to the United States. It is a pilgrimage destination for 1.5 billion muslims as well as the birthplace of jihadism. It is an ally in the war against terror – but one that sees human rights advocates as terrorists and throws them behind bars. This book documents the lives of brave men and women who defy the authorities – in an ongoing drama that is unfolding as you read.

Ina Tin (b. 1961) is a human rights activist and senior adviser for Amnesty International, specialising in the Middle East. She has over twenty years experience within the organisation and has participated in research missions to countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Russia and the USA. In the past, Tin has studied Arabic, as well as worked as a journalist, editor and head of communications.

Ina Tin

Kim Hjardar and Vegard Vike: VIKINGS AT WAR

HISTORY

Vikings at WarVikinger i krig
Published by Spartacus 2011/2017

To the Vikings, war was ubiquitous. Their raids united the Spanish kingdoms and halted the progress of Charlemagne and the Franks in Europe. Wherever the Viking ships sailed, they left enormous suffering in their wake. But through these meetings of cultures, European and Nordic societies were also transformed.

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Bjørn Berge: NOWHERE LANDS. LOST COUNTRIES OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

Bjørn Berge: Landene som forsvant/Nowhere LandsLandene som forsvant. 1840 – 1970
Published by Spartacus, 2016

A different kind of world history – told through stamps from countries that have been erased from the map

More than 1000 countries have issued their own stamps during the past 175 years since the first “Penny Black” was introduced in England in 1840. Most of them no longer exist. Some of their names will bring back associations, such as Biafra and “famine” and Bhopal and “environmental disaster”. Others, few of us will associate with anything, like Labuan, Tannu Tuva and Fiume. These lost countries have fascinating stories to tell , whether they were short-lived like Eastern Karelia, which lasted only a few weeks during the winter war of 1922, or more tenacious such as the Orange Free State, a Boer Republic which celebrated 50 years as an independent state in the late 1800s.

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Erik Sveberg Dietrichs: LIFE ON THE EDGE. HOW THE BODY COPES WITH EXTREME CONDITIONS

NATURAL SCIENCE – CULTURAL HISTORY

På livets grense. Hvordan kroppen takler ekstrem natur
Published by Humanist forlag, August 2017

This is a highly original book that combines medicine and anthropology. Around the world, large groups of people have settled in extreme places and there are regular expeditions to the top of Mount Everest. People winter in Antarctica, others dive in the Mariana Trench and refugees cross scorching deserts and deep oceans. We move and live in places where we should not be able to cope.

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Åsmund H. Eikenes: YOUR HANDS – A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY FROM FINS TO FINGERS

NATURAL SCIENCE/BIOLOGY

Åsmund Eikenes: Handboka/Your HandsHandboka – alt du vil vite om hendene dine
Published by Samlaget, 2016

Your hands are the result of evolution over billions of years. Biologist Åsmund H. Eikenes takes us on a journey from the primordial soup to your hands. How do they work and how do they communicate with the brain? How does the skin protect us from harmful bacteria and viruses? What if we lose a finger, will we be able to produce a new one in the laboratories of the future?

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Alfred Fidjestøl: ALMOST HUMAN – A BIOGRAPHY OF JULIUS THE CHIMPANZEE

BIOGRAPHY/NATURAL HISTORY

Alfred Fidjestøl: Nesten menneske - biografien om Julius/Almost Human - the Bigraphy of Julius the ChimpanzeeNesten menneske. Biografien om Julius
Published by Samlaget 2017

Julius the Chimpanzee is the most famous animal in Norway. He was born on Boxing Day 1979, in Kristiansand Zoo in southern Norway. Six weeks old he was rejected by his mother and had to live with a human family for one year. A camera crew followed him during this period and the following TV program made him into a celebrity in Norway.

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Thor Gotaas: RUNNING: A WORLD HISTORY

Running - A World HistoryLøping. En verdenshistorie
Published by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 2008/2018

An original, funny, and almost improbable world history. Why do people run? Four millennia ago in Mesopotamia, King Shulgi ran from Nippur to Ur to take part in a religious festival. In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh had to run to prove his vitality and to hold on to power. And then there are the little-known naked runs, whore runs, endurance tests at bars, backward runs, monk runs, and the Inca Empire’s got professional runners. Thor Gotaas shows us what running, in all its remarkable diversity, is and has been for mankind.

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