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  • 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
  • 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
  • DEAR PARENTS : Letters from the Teacher - your children, their education, and how you can help
    DEAR PARENTS : Letters from the Teacher - your children, their education, and how you can help
    STROUD GABBIE
    ISBN: 9781760875268
    Title: DEAR PARENTS : Letters from the Teacher - your children, their education, and how you can help
    Author: STROUD GABBIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    So many parents are buying the government line about standardised testing of students and programs like NAPLAN and MySchool, which somehow satisfy the 'consumer' in many people as they think they are getting results because of ranking and comparisons. But what these parents don't seem to realise is what those new ways of assessing students' skills are actually doing to their kids' ability to learn the crucial life skills and appreciation for learning that has thus far been the primary aim of teaching.

    In this funny, heartfelt and passionate series of letters to the Mothers and Fathers of Australia, Gabbie Stroud makes a plea to all parents to understand the fundamental changes to the way their children are being taught, and the results of such a process on the development of future generations. She wants parents to understand their responsibility as primary educators and to appreciate the benefits to their kids of the life-long benefits that committed and dedicated teachers can bring to them.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • Deficit Myth : Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the Peoples Economy
    Deficit Myth : Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the Peoples Economy
    KELTON STEPHANIE
    ISBN: 1541736184
    Title: Deficit Myth : Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the Peoples Economy
    Author: KELTON STEPHANIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE


    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY
    DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY
    ROBERTS-MILLER PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9781615194087
    Title: DEMAGOGUERY AND DEMOCRACY
    Author: ROBERTS-MILLER PATRICIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
  • 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 Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DESTINED FOR WAR : Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?
    DESTINED FOR WAR : Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?
    ALLISON GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9781925849981
    Title: DESTINED FOR WAR : Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?
    Author: ALLISON GRAHAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    China and the United States are heading toward a war neither wants.

    The reason is Thucydides' Trap, a deadly pattern of structural stress that results when a rising power challenges a ruling one. This phenomenon is as old as history itself. About the Peloponnesian War that devastated ancient Greece, the historian Thucydides explained- 'It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable.' Over the past 500 years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times. War broke out in twelve of them.

    Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America, and both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump promise to make their countries 'great again', the seventeenth case looks grim. Unless China is willing to scale back its ambitions or Washington can accept becoming number two in the Pacific, a trade conflict, cyberattack, or accident at sea could soon escalate into all-out war.

    In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides' Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past - and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • DONT BE EVIL : The Case Against Big Tech
    DONT BE EVIL : The Case Against Big Tech
    FOROOHAR RANA
    ISBN: 9780241427903
    Title: DONT BE EVIL : The Case Against Big Tech
    Author: FOROOHAR RANA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From acclaimed Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst, a penetrating indictment of how today's biggest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, and our minds.

    Today Google and Facebook receive 90% of the world's news ad-spending. Amazon takes half of all ecommerce in the US. Google and Apple operating systems run on all but 1% of cell phones globally. And 80% of corporate wealth is now held by 10% of companies - not the GEs and Toyotas of this world, but the digital titans.
    How did we get here? How did the tech industry get to dominate our world so completely? How did once-idealistic and innovative companies come to manipulate elections, violate our privacy, and pose a threat to the fabric of our democracy? In Don't Be Evil, Financial Times global business columnist Rana Foroohar documents how Big Tech lost its soul - and became the new Wall Street.

    Through her skilled reporting and unparalleled access - won through nearly 30 years covering business and technology - she shows the true extent to which the 'Faang's (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) crush or absorb any potential competitors, hijack our personal data and mental space and offshore their exorbitant profits. What's more, she reveals how these threats to our democracies, our livelihoods and our minds are all intertwined. Yet Foroohar also lays out a plan for how we can resist, creating a framework that fosters innovation while also protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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