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  • DAILY RITUALS : Women at Work
    DAILY RITUALS : Women at Work
    CURREY MASON
    ISBN: 9781509852833
    Title: DAILY RITUALS : Women at Work
    Author: CURREY MASON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Daily Rituals: Women at Work includes one hundred profiles of female creators: artists, writers, film-makers, choreographers, and musicians.

    In Daily Rituals, Mason Currey brought us the daily routines of some of the world’s most famous creative brains. But there was a problem. Only 17% of those profiles were about women:

    'My idea for the book had been to profile the “great minds” of Western culture from the last few hundred years. Unfortunately, the side effect of focusing on the most well-known figures in Western literature, painting, and classical music is that they are overwhelmingly men.'

    In Daily Rituals: Women at Work, we see how brilliant female creators got to work, often in the face of sexism and opposition from those around them. Barbara Hepworth sculpted outdoors and Janet Frame wrote wearing earmuffs to block out the noise. Kate Chopin wrote with her six children ‘swarming around her’ whereas the artist Rosa Bonheur filled her bedroom with the sixty birds that inspired her work. Louise May Alcott wrote so vigorously – skipping sleep and meals – that she had to learn to write with her left hand to give her cramped right hand a break.

    From Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Brontë to Nina Simone and Jane Campion, this is a book full of the day-to-day lives of some of the world’s most brilliant creative minds who – no matter what stood in their way – found the time and got to work.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DARK AGE AHEAD
    DARK AGE AHEAD
    JACOBS JANE
    ISBN: 9781400076703
    Title: DARK AGE AHEAD
    Author: JACOBS JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jacobs uses her authoritative work on urban life and economies to discuss ways of protecting and strengthening culture and communities. Wise, worldly, and full of real-life examples and accessible concepts, this book is an essential read for perilous times.

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • DEAD BLONDES AND BAD MOTHERS
    DEAD BLONDES AND BAD MOTHERS
    DOYLE SADY
    ISBN: 9781612197920
    Title: DEAD BLONDES AND BAD MOTHERS
    Author: DOYLE SADY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2019 New Release

    Funny, smart and encyclopedic, nimbly addressing everyone from the biblical Lilith, to the movie Carrie, to Hae Min Lee (whose death was the focus of the first season of "Serial") te the cult film "The Craft", this book explores the female dark side, as represented in female monsters throughout pop culture.

    These monsters express taboo truths about female life and femininity. They embody patriarchal fear of women. They speak to urges women are encouraged to hide, or deny. They also speak to the viciousness with which a sexist society inflicts traditionally feminine roles upon us. This is a sympathetic-or, at least, curious-look at the women we fear and what they show us about how women navigate a dangerous and frightening world.

    Imprint: MELVILLE HOUSE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    OZ AMOS
    ISBN: 9781784742386
    Title: DEAR ZEALOTS : Letters from a Divided Land
    Author: OZ AMOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Concise, evocative....DEAR ZEALOTS is not just a brilliant book of thoughts and ideas--it is a depiction of one man's struggle, who for decades has insisted on keeping a sharp, strident and lucid perspective in the face of chaos and at times of madness.' David Grossman, winner of the Man Booker International Prize


    This collection of three new essays - all based on talks delivered by Amos Oz - was written out of a sense of urgency, concern, and a belief that a better future is still possible. It touches on the universal nature of fanaticism and its possible cures; the Jewish roots of humanism and the need for a secular pride in Israel; and the geopolitical standing of Israel in the wider Middle East and internationally. These three pleas illuminate the argument over Israeli, Jewish and human existence, and Amos Oz sheds a clear and surprising light on vital political and historical issues, daring to offer new ways out of a reality that appears to be closed down.

    Dear Zealots is a significant document that outlines Amos's current thinking about the Middle East - urgent reading for anyone interested in the conflict.

    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
    DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
    JACOBS JANE
    ISBN: 9780679741954
    Title: DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES
    Author: JACOBS JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding immediacy, Jane Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what constitutes a neighborhood, and what function it serves within the larger organism of the city; about why some neighborhoods remain impoverished while others regenerate themselves. She writes about the salutary role of funeral parlors and tenement windows, the dangers of too much development money and too little diversity. Compassionate, bracingly indignant, and always keenly detailed, Jane Jacobs's monumental work provides an essential framework for assessing the vitality of all cities.



    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DEATH OF EXPERTISE : The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
    DEATH OF EXPERTISE : The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
    NICHOLS TOM
    ISBN: 9780190469412
    Title: DEATH OF EXPERTISE : The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
    Author: NICHOLS TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the anti-vaccination movement to citizen blogging to uninformed attacks on GMOs, the nation has witnessed a surge in intellectual egalitarianism. While increased access to information undoubtedly brings some societal benefits, the leap to enlightenment that millions of lightly educated people believe they make after scouring WebMD or Wikipedia undermines established sources of knowledge.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $30.99

    Price: $30.99
  • DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY
    DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY
    ROBERTS-MILLER PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9781615194087
    Title: DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY
    Author: ROBERTS-MILLER PATRICIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY is a brief, incisive guide to what demagogues (those who gain power by exploiting prejudice and eschewing rational argument) say and do to gain and hold power, and what citizens can do to restore democracy.

    As author and longtime rhetoric professor Patricia Roberts-Miller shows, demagogues might seem volatile and spontaneous, but - from the time of ancient Greece to the age of our demagogue-in-chief, Donald Trump - they actually follow a rather recognizable pattern of irrationality. They appeal to fear but claim courage. They pay lip service to authenticity but embrace obfuscation. They resist concrete policy debate because they prefer to divide and polarize until discussion is nothing more than identity politics. The list goes on.

    The key to resisting demagogues is to know their playbook - to recognize demagoguery when you see it and to know what it leads to - and to learn the ways an engaged citizenry can hasten a demagogue's fall.

    Imprint: AFFIRM PRESS
    RRP: $15.99
    Price: $15.99
  • DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE : A HISTORY OF ANARCHISM
    DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE : A HISTORY OF ANARCHISM
    MARSHALL PETER
    ISBN: 9780006862451
    Title: DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE : A HISTORY OF ANARCHISM
    Author: MARSHALL PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fascinating and comprehensive history of anarchist ideas and actions, 'Demanding the Impossible' is a challenging and thought-provoking examination of this movement from ancient times to the present day. Navigating the broad 'river of anarchy', from Taoism to Situationism, from Ranters to Punk rockers, from individualists to communists, from anarcho-syndicalists to anarcha-feminists, 'Demanding the Impossible' is an authoritative and lively study of a widely misunderstood subject. It explores the key anarchist concepts of society and the state, freedom and equality, authority and power and investigates the successes and failure of the anarchist movements throughout the world. While remaining sympathetic to anarchism, it presents a balanced and critical account. It covers not only the classic anarchist thinkers, such as Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Reclus and Emma Goldman, but also other libertarian figures, such as Nietzsche, Camus, Gandhi, Foucault and Chomsky. No other book on anarchism covers so much so incisively.In this updated edition, a new epilogue examines the most recent developments, including 'post-anarchism' and 'anarcho-primitivism' as well as the anarchist contribution to the peace, green and 'Global Justice' movements.Demanding the Impossible is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what anarchists stand for and what they have achieved. It will also appeal to those who want to discover how anarchism offers an inspiring and original body of ideas and practices which is more relevant than ever in the twenty-first century.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS
    DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9781786074065
    Title: DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Prompted by events in recent years in the UK and the USA, in Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. In each of five short chapters, he considers a moment in history in which the challenges we face today were first encountered, how they were overcome or not and with what consequences. With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, argues Grayling, if a civilized society, that looks after all its people, is to flourish.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEMOCRACY ON THE ROAD
    DEMOCRACY ON THE ROAD
    SHARMA RUCHIR
    ISBN: 9780241388075
    Title: DEMOCRACY ON THE ROAD
    Author: SHARMA RUCHIR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    India is a country obsessed by politics. In early 2019, it faces national elections, and urgent questions present themselves- will India continue down a path of populism and increasingly strident Hindu nationalism or will it return to its postcolonial secular vision? Is the long-promised economic book finally at hand, or is some form of socialism part of India's DNA? Will the seemingly invincible Modi triumph again, or will India revert to its habit of throwing out incumbents? Bestselling author Ruchir Sharma has been on the road during Indian elections for twenty years and here distills the wisdom of his observations and experiences over that time in a deeply insightful book about the world's largest and most complex exercise in democracy.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • DENIALISM : The Dangers of Irrational Thinking and Ignoring Science Experts
    DENIALISM : The Dangers of Irrational Thinking and Ignoring Science Experts
    SPECTER MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780715653036
    Title: DENIALISM : The Dangers of Irrational Thinking and Ignoring Science Experts
    Author: SPECTER MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There is so much confusing and conflicting information about the world in which we live that the truth can be impossible to find. The rise of modern scepticism against 'fake news' is to be celebrated, but this cultural shift has led to a world where opinion is as valuable as fact. The existence of climate change; the safety behind eating genetically modified foods; and the effectiveness of herbal remedies over newly developed medicines are all hotly debated subjects and yet the science, rather than the rhetoric, is almost unanimous.

    Denialism brilliantly exposes the irrational pseudoscience and scare-mongering that increasingly get in the way of the truth and sensible decision-making. Specter demonstrates how key areas of modern life from basic health, to the environment and overall scientific progress are being dangerously misdirected and why facts must be put back to the heart of our judgements and belief.

    Imprint: DUCKWORTH
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DESTINED FOR WAR : America China and Thucydides's Trap
    DESTINED FOR WAR : America China and Thucydides's Trap
    ALLISON GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9781925322378
    Title: DESTINED FOR WAR : America China and Thucydides's Trap
    Author: ALLISON GRAHAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Athens went to war with Sparta some 2,500 years ago, the Greek historian Thucydides identified one simple cause: a rising power threatened to displace a ruling one, leading inexorably to conflict. As Graham Allison explains, in the past 500 years, great powers have found themselves in ‘Thucydides’s Trap’ sixteen times. In twelve of the sixteen — from war between the French and the Hapsburgs in the sixteenth century to the two world wars of the twentieth — the results have been catastrophic. Today, the same structural forces propel China and the United States toward a cataclysm of unseen proportions, even as both sides insist that such a war could never occur.

    In Destined for War, Allison compares the U.S.-China conflict to its closest parallel: World War I. There, a rising Germany threatened the supremacy of the British Empire. He sketches several scenarios in which America and China might slide, against their intent and better judgment, into a similar conflict. But he also examines the rare instances when two clashing powers have avoided disaster, and speculates about whether the current standoff could be one of those exceptions.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DESTROYING A NATION : The Civil War in Syria
    DESTROYING A NATION : The Civil War in Syria
    VAN DAM NIKOLAOS
    ISBN: 9781784537975
    Title: DESTROYING A NATION : The Civil War in Syria
    Author: VAN DAM NIKOLAOS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Following the Arab Spring, Syria descended into civil and sectarian conflict. It has since become a fractured warzone which operates as a breeding ground for new terrorist movements including ISIS as well as the root cause of the greatest refugee crisis in modern history.

    In this book, former Special Envoy of the Netherlands to Syria Nikolaos van Dam explains the recent history of Syria, covering the growing disenchantment with the Assad regime, the chaos of civil war and the fractures which led to the rise and expansion of ISIS.

    Through an indepth examination of the role of sectarian, regional and tribal loyalties in Syria, van Dam traces political developments within the Assad regime and the military and civilian power elite from the Arab Spring to the present day.


    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DIVIDED : Why We're Living in an Age of Walls
    DIVIDED : Why We're Living in an Age of Walls
    MARSHALL TIM
    ISBN: 9781783963973
    Title: DIVIDED : Why We're Living in an Age of Walls
    Author: MARSHALL TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    Walls are going up. Nationalism and identity politics are on the rise once more. Over 6,000 miles of fences and barriers have been erected in the past ten years, and they are redefining our political landscape.

    There are many reasons why walls go up, because we are divided in many ways: wealth, race, religion, politics. In Europe the divisions of the past decade threaten not only European unity, but in some countries liberal democracy itself. In China, the Party’s need to contain the divisions wrought by capitalism will define the nation’s future. In the USA the rationale for the Mexican border wall runs deeper than the need to control illegal immigration; it taps into the fear that the USA will no longer be a white majority country during the course of this century.

    Understanding what has divided us, past and present, is essential to understanding much of what’s going on in the world today. In ten chapters covering The Great Divides; China; the USA; the UK; Europe; the Middle East; India and Bangladesh; Africa; The Spaces In Between; and The Bridges Across, bestselling author Tim Marshall presents an unflinching and essential overview of the faultlines that will shape our world for years to come.

    Imprint: ELLIOTT AND THOMPSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DOING JUSTICE
    DOING JUSTICE
    BHARARA PREET
    ISBN: 9781408899038
    Title: DOING JUSTICE
    Author: BHARARA PREET
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The People vs. Putin.
    The People vs. the Mafia.
    The People vs. Wall Street.

    For eight years Preet Bharara prosecuted some of the most high-stakes crimes in the world. Billion-dollar frauds. Terrorist attacks. Russian espionage. These were the cases that gripped America and he was the man making sure people answered.

    In Doing Justice Bharara lifts the lid on his time as America's prosecutor for justice, showing in intimate and explosive detail how the criminal justice system works from the inside. Spanning history, his own fabled cases and the actions of key players in the upper echelons of power, this is a book about what it means to make the right decisions at the toughest of moments, and about what the state of justice in America reveals about today.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DOOMSDAY MACHINE : Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
    DOOMSDAY MACHINE : Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
    ELLSBERG DANIEL
    ISBN: 9781608196739
    Title: DOOMSDAY MACHINE : Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
    Author: ELLSBERG DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the same time former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America's nuclear program in the 1960s. Here for the first time he reveals the contents of those documents, and makes clear their shocking relevance for today.

    The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy--and renewal under the Obama administration--threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them. No other insider has written so candidly of that long-classified history, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. Ellsberg's analysis of recent research on nuclear winter shows that even a "small" nuclear exchange would cause billions of deaths by global nuclear famine.

    Ellsberg, in the end, offers steps we can take under a new administration to avoid nuclear catastrophe. Framed as a memoir, this gripping exposé reads like a thriller with cloak-and-dagger intrigue, placing Ellsberg back in his natural role as whistle-blower. It is a real-life Dr. Strangelove story, but an ultimately hopeful--and powerfully important--book.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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