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  • BIG NECESSITY : Adventures in Human Waste
    BIG NECESSITY : Adventures in Human Waste
    GEORGE ROSE
    ISBN: 9781846270703
    Title: BIG NECESSITY : Adventures in Human Waste
    Author: GEORGE ROSE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Rose George confronts the last taboo and takes us on an unprecedented tour through a world knee-deep in pestilential sewage - which remains the most significant global issue about which few talk or think.


    Prepare to embark upon an eye-opening tour through the world of human waste. With a journalist's nose for a story, and a campaigner's desire for change, Rose George is our undaunted guide through this fascinating and little travelled terrain. She takes us underground into the Victorian brick sewers of London and New York in the company of flushermen, and overground to meet the heroes of India's sanitation movement. We examine the hi-tech Japanese revolution in toilet engineering; we investigate whether re-naming sewage sludge 'biosolids' might provide an eco-friendly alternative to petrol; and we stand right in front of the single biggest unsolved public health problem on the planet.

    Witty, serious and original, The Big Necessity proves that shit doesn't have to be a dirty word.

    Imprint: PORTOBELLO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    LEWIS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780141043531
    Title: BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    Author: LEWIS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'In the hands of Michael Lewis, anything is possible . . . if you want to know how a nation lost it financial mind - and have a good laugh finding out - this is the book to read' SUNDAY TIMES

    From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, The Big Short tells the outrageous story of the misfits, renegades and visionaries who saw that the biggest credit bubble of all time was about to burst, bet against the banking system - and made a killing.

    'Magnificent . . . a perfect storm of brilliant writer meeting big subject' GUARDIAN

    'He is so good everyone else may as well pack-up' EVENING STANDARD

    'A triumph . . . riveting . . . The Big Short reads like a thriller' THE TIMES

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BLACK UNICORN
    BLACK UNICORN
    LORDE AUDRE
    ISBN: 9780241396865
    Title: BLACK UNICORN
    Author: LORDE AUDRE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'I have been woman for a long time beware my smile I am treacherous with old magic'

    Filled with rage and tenderness, Audre Lorde's most acclaimed poetry collection speaks of mothers and children, female strength and vulnerability, renewal and revenge, goddesses and warriors, ancient magic and contemporary America. These are fearless assertions of identity, told with incantatory power.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BLAND FANATICS : Liberals the West and the Afterlives of Empire
    BLAND FANATICS : Liberals the West and the Afterlives of Empire
    MISHRA PANKAJ
    ISBN: 9781788737333
    Title: BLAND FANATICS : Liberals the West and the Afterlives of Empire
    Author: MISHRA PANKAJ
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most acclaimed essayists writing today on the political hysteria plaguing the West. Decades of violence and chaos have generated a political and intellectual hysteria—ranging from imperial atavism to paranoia about invading or hectically breeding Muslim hordes—that has affected even the most intelligent in Anglo-America. In Bland Fanatics, Pankaj Mishra examines this hysteria and its fantasists, taking on its arguments and the atmosphere in which it has festered and become influential. In essays that grapple with colonialism, human rights, and the doubling down of liberalism against a background of faltering economies and weakening Anglo-American hegemony, Mishra confronts writers from Jordan Peterson and Niall Ferguson to Salman Rushdie and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. With a newly written introduction, these essays provide a vantage point from which to look seriously at the current crisis.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BLOWOUT : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
    BLOWOUT : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
    MADDOW RACHEL
    ISBN: 9781847926364
    Title: BLOWOUT : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
    Author: MADDOW RACHEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    Corrupt? Yes. Unimaginably lucrative? Of course. But the enemy of democracy? Blowout is the oil and gas industry as we've never seen it before.

    Blowout is a blackly comic switchback journey with America's most incisive political journalist, from Washington to Siberia and Equatorial Guinea, from deep within the earth's crust to the icy Arctic seas. We witness the underground detonation of a nuclear bomb, an inept Russian spy ring, an international financial crisis, and murdered cows. And what it reveals is not just the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas but why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election.

    Because Russia's rich reserves of crude have in fact stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, its neighbours, and the West's alliances.

    The oil and gas industry has polluted oceans and rivers but also polluted democracy itself - in developing and developed countries. It has propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, 'like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can't really blame the lion. It's in her nature.'

    Blowout is our final wake-up call- to stop subsidizing oil and gas, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world's most destructive industry. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, 'Democracy either wins this one or disappears.'

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    HARDY DAVID
    ISBN: 9780992584504
    Title: BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    Author: HARDY DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    More than 50 older LGBTI people share their stories and images - of first love and family, of struggle and defiance and resistance and pride.

    They include prominent Australian activists including Bob Brown, Sally Goldner and the Hon. Michael Kirby. Many of the stories are by ordinary and extraordinary people who may be Indigenous, born overseas, or live in cities or small towns across Australia, New Zealand, UK, US and Ireland. David Hardy presents diverse stories to unsilence lives and put them in print. They add to the history of the LGBTI movement by adding in the power of the personal; life stories that make their mark.

    'I hope this book helps people understand who LGBTI people are and who we are not, ' says David. 'We are not invisible. This collection of stories celebrates the myriad ways we identify as LGBTI people. I hope these stories will stir and agitate, comfort and caress, and make you mad and cry and laugh out loud.'

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    FORD CLEMENTINE
    ISBN: 9781760632335
    Title: BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    Author: FORD CLEMENTINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Clementine Ford reports that one of the questions she is most asked in person and online is 'How do I raise my son to be a feminist? How do I make sure he's a supporter rather than a perpetrator?' That is a question that many parents with sons are haunted by. Now that Clem is mother to a baby boy of her own, it is a question that haunts her too.

    How does a feminist raise a son in a world that conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also their own? All boys start innocent but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. This explosive new work will look at toxic masculinity and the closed ranks of brotherhood that shape an entitled, disrespectful and potentially dangerous idea of manhood.

    In Boys Will Be Boys, bestselling and ground-breaking author of Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, dismantles the age-old idea that entitlement, aggression and toxicity are natural realms for boys, and reveals how the patriarchy we live in is as harmful to boys and men as it is to women and girls.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BUILDING AND DWELLING : Ethics for the City
    BUILDING AND DWELLING : Ethics for the City
    SENNETT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141022116
    Title: BUILDING AND DWELLING : Ethics for the City
    Author: SENNETT RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The third in a series of three books about the ways in which we can reform society by reconnecting with different forms of self-expression.

    In this sweeping study, one of the world's leading thinkers about the urban environment traces the anguished relation between how cities are built and how people live in them, from ancient Athens to twenty-first-century Shanghai. Richard Sennett shows how Paris, Barcelona and New York City assumed their modern forms; rethinks the reputations of Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford and others; and takes us on a tour of emblematic contemporary locations, from the backstreets of MedellYn, Colombia, to the Google headquarters in Manhattan. Through it all, he shows how the 'closed city' - segregated, regimented, and controlled - has spread from the global North to the exploding urban agglomerations of the global South. As an alternative, he argues for the 'open city,' where citizens actively hash out their differences and planners experiment with urban forms that make it easier for residents to cope.

    Rich with arguments that speak directly to our moment - a time when more humans live in urban spaces than ever before - Building and Dwelling draws on Sennett's deep learning and intimate engagement with city life to form a bold and original vision for the future of cities.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BUILDING THE SKYLINE : THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTANS SKYLINE
    BUILDING THE SKYLINE : THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTANS SKYLINE
    BARR JASON
    ISBN: 9780199344369
    Title: BUILDING THE SKYLINE : THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTANS SKYLINE
    Author: BARR JASON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jason Barr chronicles the economic history of the Manhattan skyline. Part I lays out the historical background that established Manhattan's real estate trajectory. Part II focuses specifically on the economic history of skyscrapers and the skyline, investigating the reasons for their heights, frequencies, locations, and shapes.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $62.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    GRAEBER DAVID
    ISBN: 9780141983479
    Title: BULLSHIT JOBS : A Theory
    Author: GRAEBER DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Back in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that by the century's end, technology would see us all working fifteen-hour weeks. But instead, something curious happened. Today, average working hours have not decreased, but increased. And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services or admin, jobs that don't seem to add anything to society- bullshit jobs. In Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber explores how this phenomenon - one more associated with the 20th-century Soviet Union, but which capitalism was supposed to eliminate - has happened. In doing so, he looks at how we value work, and how, rather than being productive, work has become an end in itself; the way such work maintains the current broken system of finance capital; and, finally, how we can get out of it.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAN WE TRUST AMERICA ? : A Superpower in Transition: Australian Foreign Affairs 8
    CAN WE TRUST AMERICA ? : A Superpower in Transition: Australian Foreign Affairs 8
    PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760641771
    Title: CAN WE TRUST AMERICA ? : A Superpower in Transition: Australian Foreign Affairs 8
    Author: PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The eighth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the changing status of the United States as its dominance in the Asia-Pacific faces challenge from China and its "America First" foreign policy marks a shift away from global engagement.

    Can We Trust America? looks at the uncertainties for Australia as questions arise about the commitment of its closest ally.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAPITAL AND IDEOLOGY
    CAPITAL AND IDEOLOGY
    PIKETTY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780674980822
    Title: CAPITAL AND IDEOLOGY
    Author: PIKETTY THOMAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The epic successor to one of the most important books of the century: at once a retelling of global history, a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic system.

    Thomas Piketty's bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system.

    Our economy, Piketty observes, is not a natural fact. Markets, profits, and capital are all historical constructs that depend on choices. Piketty explores the material and ideological interactions of conflicting social groups that have given us slavery, serfdom, colonialism, communism, and hypercapitalism, shaping the lives of billions. He concludes that the great driver of human progress over the centuries has been the struggle for equality and education and not, as often argued, the assertion of property rights or the pursuit of stability. The new era of extreme inequality that has derailed that progress since the 1980s, he shows, is partly a reaction against communism, but it is also the fruit of ignorance, intellectual specialization, and our drift toward the dead-end politics of identity.

    Once we understand this, we can begin to envision a more balanced approach to economics and politics. Piketty argues for a new "participatory" socialism, a system founded on an ideology of equality, social property, education, and the sharing of knowledge and power. Capital and Ideology is destined to be one of the indispensable books of our time, a work that will not only help us understand the world, but that will change it.


    Imprint: BELKNAP PRESS
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    PIKETTY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780674979857
    Title: CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    Author: PIKETTY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
    Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again.
    A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.


    Imprint: BELKNAP PRESS
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    ROY ARUNDHATI
    ISBN: 9781784780944
    Title: CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    Author: ROY ARUNDHATI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An impassioned manifesto from the author of Booker-winner God of Small Things, one of the most vocal campaigners in the world.

    In Capitalism: A Ghost Story, best-selling writer Arundhati Roy examines the dark side of Indian democracy-a nation of 1.2 billion, where the country's 100 richest people own assets worth one quarter of India's gross domestic product. Ferocious and clear-sighted, this is a searing portrait of a nation haunted by ghosts: the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt; the hundreds of millions who live on less than two dollars a day. It is the story of how the largest democracy in the world, with over 800 million voting in the last election, answers to the demands of globalized capitalism, subjecting millions of people to inequality and exploitation. Roy shows how the mega-corporations, modern robber barons plundering India's natural resources, use brute force, as well as a wide range of NGOs and foundations, to sway government and policy making in India.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CAPITALISM : A Graphic Guide
    CAPITALISM : A Graphic Guide
    CRYAN DAN
    ISBN: 9781785785146
    Title: CAPITALISM : A Graphic Guide
    Author: CRYAN DAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Capitalism shapes every aspect of our world, beyond just our economic structures; it moulds our values and influences the way we write laws, wage wars, and even conduct personal relationships.

    From its beginnings to the present day, Capitalism: A Graphic Guide tells the story of capitalism's remarkable and often ruthless rise, evolving through strife and struggle as much as innovation and enterprise.

    This non-fiction graphic novel explores the key developments that have shaped our modern world, from early banking to the founding of the USA, the Opium Wars, financial crashes and the rise of big data. It also introduces us to the leading proponents and critics of capitalism - including Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Theodor Adorno and Milton Friedman - providing both a theoretical and practical understanding of this fascinating subject.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • CAPITALISM IN AMERICA : A History
    CAPITALISM IN AMERICA : A History
    GREENSPAN ALAN / WOOLDRIDGE ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9780141989310
    Title: CAPITALISM IN AMERICA : A History
    Author: GREENSPAN ALAN / WOOLDRIDGE ADRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Where does prosperity come from, and how does it spread through a society? What role does innovation play in creating prosperity and why do some eras see the fruits of innovation spread more democratically, and others, including our own, find the opposite? In Capitalism in America, Alan Greenspan, legendary Chair of the Federal Reserve, distils a lifetime of grappling with these questions into a profound assessment of the decisive drivers of the US economy over the course of its history. In partnership with Economist journalist and historian Adrian Wooldridge, he unfolds a tale of vast landscapes, titanic figures and triumphant breakthroughs as well as terrible moral failings. Every crucial American economic debate is here - from the role of slavery in the antebellum Southern economy to America's violent swings in its openness to global trade.

    At heart, the authors argue, America's genius has been its enthusiasm for the effects of creative destruction, the ceaseless churn of the old giving way to the new. Although messy and painful, it has lifted the overwhelming majority of Americans to standards of living unimaginable even a few generations past. At a time when productivity has again stalled, stirring populist furies, and the continuing of American pre-eminence seems uncertain, Capitalism in America explains why America has worked so successfully in the past and been such a gigantic engine of economic growth.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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