News from Somewhere tells the story of a philosopher's attempt to settle in rural Wiltshire. In a style that is both deeply felt and full of humour, Roger Scruton describes the people and animals around his farm, the condition of rural society, the impact of recent disasters, the eccentric pursuits and hard-won consolat... read more
The first wholly accurate and authorised record of Nelson Mandela's most inspiring and historically important quotations.
Nelson Mandela by Himself is the complete and fully authorised book of quotations from one of the great leaders of our time. This definitive collection - gathered from privileged access to Mandela's... read more
Aung Sun Suu Kyi was confined to house arrest in 1989 by the junta in Burma and since then she has been cut off from the world outside. Few people have seen or spoken to her during this time, yet despite her isolation and forced reticence, Suu Kyi - leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy and winner of the Nobel... read more
I have enjoyed reading Struggle for Freedom, a biography of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi by Jesper Bengtsson. Suu Kyi has had a rich and politically diverse life living with the influence of being the daughter of Burma’s liberation hero Aung San. He was murdered in the 1940’s following the liberation of Burma f... read more
In mid-2008, after thirty years of increasingly tyrannical rule, Robert Mugabe lost an election. Instead of conceding defeat, his supporters launched a brutal campaign of terror. Zimbabweans called it, simply, The Fear. Peter Godwin travels, at considerable risk, to see the havoc raging at the heart of his country, but wh... read more
|Author:||Ezra F. Vogel|
|Awards:||Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Awards: Biography 2011.|
Perhaps no one in the twentieth century had a greater long-term impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar of contemporary East Asian history and culture is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the many contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China's boldest strategist. Once described by ... read more
|Author:||Peter Dauvergne & Jane Lister|
|Series:||PRS - Polity Resources Series|
Timber is a vital resource that is all around us. It is the house that shelters us, the furniture we relax in, the books we read, the paper we print, the disposable diapers for our babies and the boxes that contain our cereal, detergent and new appliances. The way we produce and consume timber, however, is changing. With inte... read more
What are the lives of modern day pirates like outside of the attack skiffs? How do they spend their money? What clothes do they wear and what is their drug of choice?
Deadly Waters takes us to the heart of Somalia, where Jay Bahadur, the intrepid 25-year-old author, has ventured where most journalists fear to tread. As... read more
China will replace the United States as the world's dominant power. In so doing, it will not become more western but the world will become more Chinese.
Jacques argues that we cannot understand China in western terms but only through its own history and culture. To this end, he introduces a powerful set of ideas includ... read more
Full of astonishing personal stories, this is an essential and incisive discussion on China today - a country on an environmental precipice that will affect the entire world - and a compelling look at the lives of its people.
With foul air, filthy water, rising temperatures and encroaching deserts, China is already ... read more
Since it first appeared, this book has achieved a classic status. Reprinted many times since its publication, it remains the only work that looks in detail at the political issues posed by global warming. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and provides a state-of-the-art discussion of the most formidable challenge h... read more
The Cage is a brilliant yet harrowing account of Sri Lanka's fall into darkness.
From one of the most promising nation states of the post-colonial world, Sri Lanka descended into bitter civil conflict between a vicious and corrupt government and the equally barbaric Tamil Tigers. Tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of ... read more
A groundbreaking book, this unprecedented study is the authoritative account of the best-known intelligence organisation in the world.
Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of espionage, the two world wars, modern British government and the conduct of international relations in the first half of the tw... read more
A group biography of the twelve caesars of our time: American Presidents from Roosevelt to George W. Bush.
The twentieth century has been called 'the American Century'. Not since the days of the Roman emperors has there been such a succession of rulers holding the fate of the world in their hands. Now, award-winning ... read more
Where China Meets India is a vivid, searching and timely book about a remote region that is suddenly becoming a geopolitical center of the world.
From their very beginnings, the civilizations of China and India have been walled off from each other, not only by the towering summits of the Himalayas, but also by the vas... read more
|Author:||Stuart Corbridge & John Harriss & Craig Jeffrey|
Twenty years ago India was still generally thought of as an archetypal developing country, home to the largest number of poor people of any country in the world, and beset by problems of low economic growth, casteism and violent religious conflict. Now India is being feted as an economic power-house which might well become th... read more
Sir Winston Churchill remains a British hero, lauded for his oratorical skill. He wrote histories, biographies, memoirs, and even a novel, while his journalism, speeches and broadcasts run to millions of words. From 1940 he inspired and united the British people and guided their war effort. Behind the public figure, howev... read more
A fearless, passionate veteran reporter of conflicts from around the world, Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin was killed in February 2012, covering the uprising in Syria from the besieged city of Homs. On the Front Line is a collection of her finest work, a portion of the proceeds from which will go to the Marie Colvin Mem... read more
Spinfluence will appeal to crooked politicians, media manipulators and corporate big-wigs alike, in fact anyone interested in how to exploit people for profit or power. Covering fun techniques and tactics such as emotional hijacking, brainwashing and hysteria harnessing - Spinfluence is a glorious and insightful read about... read more
I have been reading the wonderfully subversive Spinfluence: the Hardcore Propaganda Manual for Controlling the Masses by New Zealand author Nicholas McFarlane. It's a brilliant dissection of spin and propaganda, with witty cartoons, and just enough text to waylay our shortened attention spans. Find out if you ar... read more
|Author:||Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett|
Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than in Japan? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Greeks? The answer: inequality. This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show: how almost everything - from life expect... read more
|Author:||Alan Bollard, with Sarah Gaitanos|
Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard's bestselling Crisis was a first-hand account of the global financial meltdown. Two years on, this new edition of Crisis brings the story up to date. Crisis takes readers from the overheated markets of 2007, through the collapse of investment banks and stressful times for numerous economies ... read more