David Chandler

  • Le destin a fait du hors-la-loi un héros
    La réputation de Malden, le plus talentueux des voleurs, n'est plus à faire. Cet esprit indépendant n'a aucune envie de partir en croisade contre les forces du mal. Mais en sauvant la vie du chevalier Croy, Malden se voit remettre l'une des sept lames magiques capables de venir à bout des démons. Héros malgré lui, Malden rejoint Croy et le barbare Mrget, bien résolus à se débarrasser d'une créature maléfique tapie dans une cité souterraine. La présence de Cythère, sorcière au visage de fée, promise au chevalier mais éperdument amoureuse du voleur, et la promesse d'un trésor inestimable dans l'antre du démon vont rendre l'aventure irrésistible...

  • Malden est un voleur qui attire l'attention plus qu'il l'aurait souhaité. Pour rejoindre l'organisation criminelle du terrible seigneur du monde souterrain, il doit s'acquitter d'une véritable fortune. Voler la couronne du burgrave suffirait à payer sa dette, mais des démons affamés la protègent. Accompagné d'un chevalier rebelle et d'une dame ensorcelée, Malden devra affronter la plus terrifiante incarnation du mal...

  • Dupé par son ancien allié, Malden a lamentablement échoué en essayant de sauver le royaume de Skrae. Désormais, plus rien n'empêche les hordes barbares d'envahir ces terres. À la tête de son armée de fortune composée de prostituées et de voleurs, et avec l'aide de la sorcière Cythère et de l'irascible nain Crassier, il mettra tout en oeuvre pour préserver le royaume - tout en essayant d'échapper à ses mortels ennemis. Heureusement, cet habile voleur a quand même plus d'un tour sans son sac !

  • Enter a world of darkness and danger, honour, daring and destiny in David Chandler's magnificent epic trilogy: The Ancient Blades.
    One thief against the world...
    When allies become enemies, to whom can a clever thief turn?
    Armed with one of seven swords forged at the dawn of time, Malden was chosen by Fate to act as saviour...and failed dismally. Deceived by the trickery of his one-time ally, Mörget, the young thief employed his newfound might to help destroy the naturally barrier protecting the kingdom of Skrae - and now there will be no stopping Mörget's barbarian hordes from pillaging the land. Suddenly friends and former supporters alike covet the young hero's magic while seeking his destruction - from the treacherous King and leaders of the City of Ness to the rogue knight Cloy, who owes Malden his life.
    It will take more than Malden's makeshift army of harlots and cutpurses to preserve a realm. Luckily the sorceress Cythera fights at his side, along with the ingenious, irascible dwarf Slag. And the wily thief still has a desperate and daring plan or two up his larcenous sleeve...

  • Enter a world of darkness and danger, honour, daring and destiny in David Chandler's magnificent epic trilogy: The Ancient Blades.
    It takes a thief to destroy a demon...
    Circumstance made him a criminal.
    Destiny may make him a hero.
    As a thief, Malden is unparalleled in the Free City of Ness. But he has no desire to take up arms against the forces of horrific evil. By saving the life of the knight Croy, however, Malden has bound himself to an ancient, noble brotherhood...and he now possesses a magical weapon forged at the dawn of time - one of only seven swords capable of destroying demons.
    Malden fears accompanying Croy and the barbarian Mörget on their quest to dispatch a foul creature of nightmare...nor does he want to disturb the vengeful dead. But with an assassin on his heels, the young cutpurse is left with no choice but to follow. And there is the comely sorceress, Cythera, to consider - promised to Croy but in love with Malden - not to mention the fabulous treasure rumoured to be waiting in the inescapable depths of the demon's lair...

  • Enter a world of darkness and danger, honour, daring and destiny in David Chandler's magnificent epic trilogy: The Ancient Blades.
    Croy is a knight errant, and bearer of an ancient blade with a powerful destiny. He's also kind of, well, dim. He believes in honour. He believes that people are fundamentally good, and will do the right thing if you give them a chance.
    Unfortunately, Croy lives in the city of Ness. A thriving medieval city of fifty thousand people, none of whom are fundamentally even decent, and who will gleefully stab you in the back. If you give them a chance.
    Ness is also the home to Malden. Malden is a thief. He lives by his wits, disarming cunning traps, sneaking past sleeping guards, and running away very fast whenever people are trying to kill him. Which is often. One time Malden stole a crown. And then he had to steal it back to avoid a civil war. Croy got the credit, of course, because he's a noble knight. Another time the two of them went into the tomb of an ancient warrior race, and Croy accidentally started a barbarian invasion. Guess who had to clean that up?
    They probably wouldn't be friends at all if it wasn't for Cythera. Cythera is a witch. A mostly-good witch. And despite herself she can't stop thieves and knights falling in love with her... At the same time.

  • This book is the first to chart the rise and fall of peacebuilding. Charting its beginnings, as an ad-hoc extension of peacekeeping responsibilities, and formalisation, as a UN-supported international project of building liberal states. Twenty years later, the grounding policy assumptions of peacebuilding - that democracy, the rule of law and free markets were a universal solution to conflict-prone states and societies - have been revealed as naïve at best, and at worst, hubristic and Eurocentric.

    Here, Chandler traces the disillusionment with international peacebuilding, and the discursive shifts in the self-understanding of the peacebuilding project in policy and academic debate. He charts the transformation from peacebuilding as an international project based on universalist assumptions, to the understanding of peace as a necessarily indigenous process based on plural and non-linear understandings of difference. Is the end of peacebuilding necessarily a cause for celebration? Does this shift result in a realist resignation to the world as it appears? Is it necessary to "marry idealism with realism" - as E.H. Carr once argued - if we wish to keep open the possibilities for social change? This book seeks to answer these questions, making an invaluable reference both for students and practitioners of peacebuilding and for those interested in the broader shifts in the social and political grounding of policy-making today.

  • Napoleon's success was built upon practical experience combined with his study of classical warfare and his natural grasp of the key principles of war. His thoughts, theories and commentaries on the subject are presented here in the form of accessible and readable maxims and these, with explanatory comments, reveal the fundamentals of Napoleon's art of waging war. David Chandler has added explanatory comments and provides the necessary context for modern readers to compare Napoleon's thoughts with the experience of war in the modern age. This revealing guide presents Napoleon's principles of war and his art of conducting statecraft; it is a fascinating insight into a great mind and a unique collection of tenets on warfare in the Napoleonic era.

  • In the tragic recent history of Cambodia a past scarred by a long occupation by Vietnamese forces and by the preceding three-year reign of terror by the brutal Khmer Rouge no figure looms larger or more ominously than that of Pol Pot. As secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) since 1962 and as prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea (DK), he has been widely blamed for trying to destroy Cambodian society. By implementing policies whose effects were genocidal, he oversaw the deaths of more than one million of his nation's people.The political career of Saloth Sar, better known by his nom de guerre Pol Pot, forms a critical but largely inaccessible portion of twentieth-century Cambodian history. What we know about his life is sketchy: a comfortable childhood, three years of study in France, and a short career as a schoolteacher preceded several years spent mostly in hiding as a guerrilla and the commander of the victorious army in Cambodia's civil war. His career reached a climax when he and his associates, coming to power, attempted to transform their country along lines more radical than any attempted by a modern regime. Driven into hiding in 1979 by invading Vietnamese forces, Pol Pot maintained his leadership of a Khmer Rouge guerrilla army in exile, remaining a power and a threat.In this political biography, David P. Chandler throws light on the shadowy figure of Pol Pot. Basing his study on interviews and on a wide range of sources in English, Cambodian, and French, the author illuminates the ideas and behavior of this enigmatic man and his entourage against the background of post–World War II events, providing a key to understanding this horrific, pivotal period of Cambodian history. In this revised edition, Chandler provides new information on the state of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge following the death of Pol Pot in 1997.

  • Paris, Shanghai, New York, Tokyo, Rome... en trente villes et neuf atmosphères, les trois cents photographies du collectif Tendance Floue réunies dans cet ouvrage tracent les contours d'une ville contemporaine archétypale. Né de la collaboration initiée par Louis Vuitton pour la collection City Guide, cet ensemble dépasse son objet et dessine, au-delà de chaque écriture singulière, une ville globale, une ville-monde dans laquelle le lecteur est convié à un voyage fulgurant, mystérieux et stimulant, à une déambulation sensible et poétique.