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  • CHASING THE SCREAM
    CHASING THE SCREAM
    HARI JOHANN
    ISBN: 9781526608369
    Title: CHASING THE SCREAM
    Author: HARI JOHANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    NOW WITH A NEW AFTERWORD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE SOURCE OF THE VIRAL TED TALK

    'Screamingly addictive' STEPHEN FRY
    'Superb ... Thrilling story-telling' NAOMI KLEIN
    'A powerful contribution to an urgent debate' GUARDIAN

    What if everything we 've been told about addiction is wrong' One of Johann Hari 's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realised there was addiction in his family. Confused, he set out on a three-year, thirty-thousand mile journey to discover what really causes addiction and how to solve it.
    Told through a series of gripping human stories, this book was the basis of a TED talk and animation that have been viewed more than twenty million times. It has transformed the global debate about addiction.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    REYNOLDS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780190460952
    Title: CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    Author: REYNOLDS ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The gay rights movement has achieved social transformation at a dizzying pace, upending conventional views on sex, love, marriage, the family, and equality itself. While most scholars understand the movement as a broad-based social movement, Andrew Reynolds argues that the most important catalyst of gay rights is often overlooked: individuals. Specifically, openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender politicians had a critical role in bringing about a more positive attitude towards homosexuality and gender identity, both among other politicians and the general public. Just last year, a transgender candidate, Danica Roem, won a highly contested race in Virginia by concentrating on traffic issues. That would have been unthinkable even a few years ago.


    The Children of Harvey Milk tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights. Based on in-depth interviews with more than seventy elected officials and high profile political candidates, Reynolds traces major breakthroughs for the gay rights movement through the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender politicians who advanced the cause. The book documents their successes and failures, heartwarming stories of acceptance and heartbreaking stories of ostracism, demonstrating the ways in which an individual can change the views and voting behaviours of those around him. Reynolds also includes rare vignettes of LGBT leaders in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean who continue to fight for gay rights in spite of threats, violence, and homophobia.

    Blending personal stories with historical data, Reynolds offers both a compelling portrait of LGBT politicians and a powerful explanation of the importance of identity politics in the success of the gay rights movement. A touchstone narrative of the tumultuous journey towards gay rights, The Children of Harvey Milk is a must-read for anyone with an interest in LGBT rights, social movements, and social change.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $37.95

    Price: $37.95
  • CHINAS INVISIBLE CRISIS : The Growing Urban-Rural Divide and What It Means
    CHINAS INVISIBLE CRISIS : The Growing Urban-Rural Divide and What It Means
    JOHNSON NATALIE / ROZELLE SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781786075543
    Title: CHINAS INVISIBLE CRISIS : The Growing Urban-Rural Divide and What It Means
    Author: JOHNSON NATALIE / ROZELLE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    China's economy has been built on the back of unskilled labour and now that wages are rising, factories are moving elsewhere and taking jobs with them. The problem is that, in single-mindedly pursuing growth, China basically forgot to educate its people.
    Now a middle-income country, but with 500 million uneducated rural poor, China has a looming development trap. Without better skills and education, the country risks corruption, organised crime and economic stagnation. And as unskilled workers lose their jobs and are unable to find new ones, China may come to rely far more on militaristic nationalism in order to stave off social unrest.
    Stanford economist Scott Rozelle argues that, even as China has experienced unprecedented growth and deeply embedded itself in the world economy, it has missed a vital component in securing its future. The implications should worry all of us.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • CHINESE SPIES : From Chairman Mao to Xi Jimping
    CHINESE SPIES : From Chairman Mao to Xi Jimping
    FALIGOT ROGER
    ISBN: 9781925849639
    Title: CHINESE SPIES : From Chairman Mao to Xi Jimping
    Author: FALIGOT ROGER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Unearthing previously unseen papers and interviewing countless insiders, Roger Faligot's astonishing account reveals nothing less than a century of world events shaped by Chinese spies. Working as scientists, journalists, diplomats, foreign students, and businessmen, they've been everywhere - from Stalin's purges to 9/11. This murky world has swept up Ho Chi Minh, the Clintons, and everyone in between, with the action moving from Cambodia to Cambridge, and from the Australian outback to the centres of Western power.

    This fascinating narrative exposes the sprawling tentacles of the world's largest intelligence service, from the very birth of communist China to Xi Jinping's absolute rule today.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CIVIC FOUNDATIONS OF FASCISM IN EUROPE
    CIVIC FOUNDATIONS OF FASCISM IN EUROPE
    RILEY DYLAN
    ISBN: 9781786635235
    Title: CIVIC FOUNDATIONS OF FASCISM IN EUROPE
    Author: RILEY DYLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Drawing on a Gramscian theoretical perspective and developing a systematic comparative approach, The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe challenges the received Tocquevillian consensus on authoritarianism by arguing that fascist regimes, just like mass democracies, depended on well-organised, rather than weak and atomised, civil societies. In making this argument the book focuses on three crucial cases of interwar authoritarianism- Italy, Spain and Romania, selected because they are all counterintuitive from the perspective of established explanations, while usefully demonstrating the range of fascist outcomes in interwar Europe. Civic Foundations argues that, in all three cases, fascism emerged because of the rapid development of voluntary associations, combined with weakly developed political parties among the dominant class, thus creating a crisis of hegemony. Riley then traces the specific form that this crisis took depending on the form of civil society developed (autonomous, as in Italy; elite-dominated, as in Spain; or state-dominated, as in Romania) in the nineteenth century.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    MASON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241390337
    Title: CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    Author: MASON PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Has capitalism stripped us of our common humanity? In an age of fragmented identities and authoritarianism, award-winning journalist Paul Mason calls for a new humanism.


    Our world order is under pressure as never before. From new authoritarian regimes in the US, Turkey and Russia, to the imminent break-up of the European Union and a social media awash with intolerance, things look set to fall apart just as abruptly as the Soviet Union did some thirty years ago. How did we get here, and what do we do now?

    In this searching new exploration of our crisis, Paul Mason argues that at its heart lies an attack on the idea of humanity itself. As the free-market system reduced us to two-dimensional consumers, genetics has stripped us of our belief in humans as agents of change. And now the dystopian forces of the authoritarian right are pushing the world towards a pre-modern understanding of the human being: one that aims to destroy the very concept of universal human rights, and create a new world in which we are biologically destined to form hierarchies based on ethnicity and gender, and to obey the demands of religious conformity.

    If these forces are not stopped, Mason warns, we will relive something even worse than the 1930s. In response, he demands a radical defence of the human being: a reinvention of humanism; a re-assertion of the universality of human rights; and a struggle for a society where biologically determined hierarchies are abolished. We have the power to imagine and design a better system. We must, Mason concludes, reach deep into the history and experience of resistance in order to be our own saviours.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    MORAN ALAN
    ISBN: 9781925501407
    Title: CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    Author: MORAN ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alan Moran has been a prominent writer on regulatory matters for thirty years. He was the inaugural head of the Australian governments’ regulatory review office and researched the issues in “think tanks”.

    Working outside and within the Victorian Government, he was a major participant in the disaggregation of that state’s monopoly electricity business into a dozen independent parts and in the creation of what later became the National Electricity Market.

    Dr Moran has written many books and articles on the interface between climate change, energy and economic well-being. These include editing and contributing to the 2015 best seller, Climate Change: the facts.

    Climate Change: treaties and policies in the Trump era, is an examination of:
    • The setting of the climate change agenda
    • Its position in the international arena where nations have agreed to treaties and agreements that have increasingly placed pressures on governments to take actions in conformance with their provisions
    • The developments leading to the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which incorporated governments’ “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs) on abatement of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
    • The costs nations are actually and prospectively incurring in meeting their INDCs and in other measures designed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
    • President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement and other nations’ responses.

    The book foreshadows the collapse of the Paris agreement and gradual, if not abrupt, dismantling of the costly measures it entails – primarily involving forcing consumers to subsidise wind and solar energy.

    Imprint: CONNORCOURT
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COCAIN : History & Culture
    COCAIN : History & Culture
    BOLTON ISAURA
    ISBN: 9781614287551
    Title: COCAIN : History & Culture
    Author: BOLTON ISAURA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the popular imagination, cocaine appeared sometime in the 1970s, seemingly out of nowhere, as the ne plus ultra party drug for the disco generation; shortly thereafter, its destructive effects became impossible to ignore. But in fact, cocaine's history of addiction dates back to the nineteenth century, when it was legal and sold over the counter to treat ailments ranging from stomach aches to cramps to teething pain in babies.

    For millennia before that, however, the unprocessed coca leaf had been essential to the development of indigenous South American cultures. How did the sacred plant of the Incas become the addictive white powder that held in its grip - and nearly destroyed - prominent figures like Sigmund Freud and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, among countless others? And how did it get to wield the corrosive power depicted in films and television series such as Scarface and Narcos?
    This book tells that story.

    Imprint: ASSOULINE
    RRP: $85.00

    Price: $85.00
  • CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDT JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780141986302
    Title: CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    Author: LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDT JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have good intentions, over-parenting and the decline in unsupervised play led to the emergence of modern identity politics and hypersensitivity?

    In this book, free speech campaigner Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt investigate a new cultural phenomenon of "safetyism", beginning on American college campuses in 2014 and spreading throughout academic institutions in the English-speaking world.

    Looking at the consequences of paranoid parenting, the increase in anxiety and depression amongst students and the rise of new ideas about justice, Lukianoff and Haidt argue that well-intended but misguided attempts to protect young people are damaging their development and mental health, the functioning of educational systems and even democracy itself.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COME TOGETHER : Years of Gay Liberation
    COME TOGETHER : Years of Gay Liberation
    WALTER AUBREY
    ISBN: 9781788732376
    Title: COME TOGETHER : Years of Gay Liberation
    Author: WALTER AUBREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Come Together tells the incredible story of the emerging radicalism of the Gay Liberation Front, providing a vivid history of the movement, as well as the new ideas and practices it gave rise to across the United Kingdom. Before marriage equality or military service, Come Together reminds us of paths forged but not taken by queer politics in its earliest stages.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9781784873691
    Title: COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    Author: MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY YANIS VAROUFAKIS

    The Communist Manifesto was first published in London in 1848, by two young men in their late twenties. Its impact reverberated across the globe and throughout the next century, and it has come to be recognised as one of the most important political texts ever written. Maintaining that the history of all societies is a history of class struggle, the manifesto proclaims that communism is the only route to equality, and is a call to action aimed at the proletariat. It is an essential read for anyone seeking to understand our modern political landscape.

    Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth, this pocket edition includes a new introduction by the economist and bestselling author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? and Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis.


    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    TOOZE ADAM
    ISBN: 9780141032214
    Title: CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    Author: TOOZE ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In September 2008 the Great Financial Crisis, triggered by the collapse of Lehman brothers, shook the world. A decade later its spectre still haunts us. As the appalling scope and scale of the crash was revealed, the financial institutions that had symbolised the West's triumph since the end of the Cold War, seemed - through greed, malice and incompetence - to be about to bring the entire system to its knees.

    Crashed is a brilliantly original and assured analysis of what happened and how we were rescued from something even worse - but at a price which continues to undermine democracy across Europe and the United States. Gnawing away at our institutions are the many billions of dollars which were conjured up to prevent complete collapse. Over and over again, the end of the crisis has been announced, but it continues to hound us - whether in Greece or Ukraine, whether through Brexit or Trump. Adam Tooze follows the trail like no previous writer and has written a book compelling as history, as economic analysis and as political horror story.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    ISBN: 9780141978574
    Title: CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    Author: ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education. In this inspiring, empowering book, he sets out a new vision for how education can be transformed to enable all young people to flourish. Filled with practical examples and groundbreaking research, it will inspire the change our children urgently need.

    'This book is a manifesto; a practical exploration and celebration of what is possible. Now it's up to us.' Richard Gerver, author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today

    'Inspires and brings a new sense of possibility to the goal of transforming education . . . This is a global game-changer.' Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly

    'Wonderful and enjoyable.' Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize Laureate

    'This book is a wake-up call . . . a must-read.' Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons 2.0



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    SAID EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780099967507
    Title: CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    Author: SAID EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Following his profoundly influential study, Orientalism, Edward Said now examines western culture. From Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie, from Yeats to media coverage of the Gulf War, Culture and Imperialism is a broad, fierce and wonderfully readable account of the roots of imperialism in European culture.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    TIMBERG SCOTT
    ISBN: 9780300216936
    Title: CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    Author: TIMBERG SCOTT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Change is no stranger to us in the twenty-first century. We must constantly adjust to an evolving world, to transformation and innovation. But for many thousands of creative artists, a torrent of recent changes has made it all but impossible to earn a living. A persistent economic recession, social shifts, and technological change have combined to put our artists-from graphic designers to indie-rock musicians, from architects to booksellers'out of work. This important book looks deeply and broadly into the roots of the crisis of the creative class in America and tells us why it matters. Scott Timberg considers the human cost as well as the unintended consequences of shuttered record stores, decimated newspapers, music piracy, and a general attitude of indifference. He identifies social tensions and contradictions'most concerning the artist's place in society'that have plunged the creative class into a fight for survival. Timberg shows how America's now-collapsing middlebrow culture'a culture once derided by intellectuals like Dwight Macdonald'appears, from today's vantage point, to have been at least a Silver Age. Timberg's reporting is essential reading for anyone who works in the world of culture, knows someone who does, or cares about the work creative artists produce.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    DENNISS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781863959414
    Title: CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    Author: DENNISS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Affluenza is the empty sense we feel when our wasteful consumerist lifestyle leaves us dissatisfied and unfulfilled. How can we cure ourselves of this strikingly modern affliction? According to Richard Denniss, we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and to the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. In this sparkling book of ideas, he shows why we must cherish the things that we own - preserve them, maintain them, and then gift them or sell them when we no longer have a need for them. If we as a society do not cure ourselves of affluenza, we make it impossible for all the people of our planet to enjoy a higher standard of living, and we condemn our environment to a polluted and unsustainable future.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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