If you are buying a new copy, please be aware that Ethics for Life, due to be published in October 2018, will be a new and revised edition of this book. That does not detract from the value of this one, of course, but I thought you should be warned.
Understand Ethics introduces the main ethical theories and key thinkers, to show how people have argued in the past. But it also examines modern ethical issues and case studies. It is written for the general reader, at A level students, and at those who are thinking about, or preparing for, the start of a university course including ethics.
The most recent editions include sections on Feminism, Genetics, Business Ethics and Environmental Ethics, as well as a chapter on scepticism and relativism in ethics.
For a detailed list of contents, along with sample material from the Introduction, just follow the Amazon links, where you can 'Look Inside' the book.
In my view, ethics is the most relevant of all subjects - it is fundamental to living the good life in every sense. I have particularly enjoyed up-dating this book to including more recent examples of moral issues. Ethics is always moving on; the theories and principles remain the same, but the issues and their relative importance are always changing.
Reviews on Amazon include the following...
'As I started reading and taking notes, I discovered that it really is a helpful guide to morals and ethics! Well-written and easy to understand, this book gets to the point and will really get you thinking. HIGHLY recommended for any beginning students of philosophy.'
'This is the best book I've read on the subject. Its very clearly written, it explains the views of all the relevant people and gives practical examples along the way. So this is a recommendation, and it also applies to "Teach Yourself Philosophy" by the same author.'
Ethics Made Simple...
This is an abbreviated edition (only 96 pages) of the book. It contains the key themes, but includes no new text. The Kindle edition of Ethics Made Simple, offers you the cheapest way to access the essential information on this subject.
Earlier editions of this book were published as Teach Yourself: Ethics. Although updated, the text of the latest edition remains substantially the same.