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  • 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: June 2019 New Release

    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 AND SOCIETY : Coleridge to Orwell
    CULTURE AND SOCIETY : Coleridge to Orwell
    WILLIAMS RAYMOND
    ISBN: 9781784870812
    Title: CULTURE AND SOCIETY : Coleridge to Orwell
    Author: WILLIAMS RAYMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A ground-breaking work exploring how culture developed in the West. Relevant and readable more than fifty years after its first publication

    Acknowledged as a masterpiece of materialist criticism, this book delves into the complex ways economic reality shapes the imagination. Surveying two hundred years of history and English literature – from George Eliot to George Orwell – Williams provides insights into the social and economic forces that have shaped British culture and society. Provocative and revolutionary in its day, this work overturned conventional thinking about the development of a common British mentality.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • DAWN OF EURASIA : On the Trail of the New World Order
    DAWN OF EURASIA : On the Trail of the New World Order
    MACAES BRUNO
    ISBN: 9780141986357
    Title: DAWN OF EURASIA : On the Trail of the New World Order
    Author: MACAES BRUNO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this original and timely book, Bruno Maçães argues that the best word for the emerging global order is 'Eurasian', and shows why we need to begin thinking on a super-continental scale. While China and Russia have been quicker to recognise the increasing strategic significance of Eurasia, even Europeans are realizing that their political project is intimately linked to the rest of the supercontinent - and as Maçães shows, they will be stronger for it.

    Weaving together history, diplomacy and vivid reports from his six-month overland journey across Eurasia from Baku to Samarkand, Vladivostock to Beijing, Maçães provides a fascinating portrait of this shifting geopolitical landscape. As he demonstrates, we can already see the coming Eurasianism in China's bold infrastructure project reopening the historic Silk Road, in the success of cities like Hong Kong and Singapore, in Turkey's increasing global role and in the fact that, revealingly, the United States is redefining its place as between Europe and Asia.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • DEATH OF TRUTH
    DEATH OF TRUTH
    KAKUTANI MICHIKO
    ISBN: 9780008312787
    Title: DEATH OF TRUTH
    Author: KAKUTANI MICHIKO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of the West's retreat from reason.‘The Death of Truth is destined to become the defining treatise of our age' David Grann‘The first great book of the Trump administration … essential reading' Rolling Stone

    We live in a time when the very idea of objective truth is mocked and discounted by the US President. Discredited conspiracy theories and ideologies have resurfaced, proven science is once more up for debate, and Russian propaganda floods our screens. The wisdom of the crowd has usurped research and expertise, and we are each left clinging to the beliefs that best confirm our biases.

    How did truth become an endangered species? This decline began decades ago, and in The Death of Truth, former New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani takes a penetrating look at the cultural forces that contributed to this gathering storm.

    In social media and literature, television, academia, and political campaigns, Kakutani identifies the trends – originating on both the right and the left – that have combined to elevate subjectivity over factuality, science, and common values. And she returns us to the words of the great critics of authoritarianism, writers like George Orwell and Hannah Arendt, whose work is newly and eerily relevant.

    With remarkable erudition and insight, Kakutani offers a provocative diagnosis of our current condition and presents a path forward for our truth-challenged times.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
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