• Spy Among Friends Kim Philby & the Great Betrayal
    Spy Among Friends Kim Philby & the Great Betrayal
    ISBN: 9780804136655
    Title: Spy Among Friends Kim Philby & the Great Betrayal

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The true story of Kim Philby, the Cold War's most infamous spy, from the master espionage writer and author of The Spy and the Traitor.

    Who was Kim Philby? Those closest to him--like his fellow MI6 officer and best friend since childhood, Nicholas Elliot, and the CIA's head of counterintelligence, James Jesus Angleton--knew him as a loyal confidant and an unshakeable patriot. Philby was a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union. Together with Elliott and Angleton he stood on the front lines of the Cold War, holding Communism at bay. But he was secretly betraying them both: He was working for the Russians the entire time.

    Every word uttered in confidence to Philby by his colleagues in the West made its way to Moscow, leading countless missions to their doom and subverting American and British attempts to subdue the Soviet threat. So how was this cunning double-agent finally exposed? In A Spy Among Friends, Ben Macintyre expertly weaves the heart-pounding tale of how Philby almost got away with it all--and what happened when he was finally unmasked.

    Based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, this is Ben Macintyre's epic telling of one of the greatest spy stories ever, a Cold War history that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00

  • Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean
    Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean
    ISBN: 9781784703578
    Title: Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean

    Donald Maclean was a star diplomat, an establishment insider and a keeper of some of the West?s greatest secrets. He was also a Russian spy...Codenamed 'Orphan? by his Russian recruiter, Maclean was Britain?s most gifted traitor. But as he leaked huge amounts of top-secret intelligence, an international code-breaking operation was rapidly closing in on him. Moments before he was unmasked, Maclean escaped to Moscow.Drawing on a wealth of previously classified material, A Spy Named Orphannow tells this story for the first time in full, revealing the character and devastating impact of perhaps the most dangerous Soviet agent of the twentieth century.'Superb? William Boyd'Fascinating... An exceptional story of espionage and betrayal, thrillingly told? Philippe Sands'A cracking story... Impressively researched? Sunday Times

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Spymasters
    ISBN: 9781471183720
    Title: Spymasters

    From the& New York Times& bestselling author of& The Gatekeepers,& a remarkable, behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to run the world's most powerful intelligence agency, and how the CIA is often a crucial counterforce against presidents threatening to overstep the powers of their office.

    Only 11 men and one woman are alive today who have made the life-and-death decisions that come with running the world's most powerful and influential intelligence service. With unprecedented, deep access to nearly all these individuals, Chris Whipple tells the story of an agency that answers to the United States president, but whose activities -- spying, espionage, and covert action -- take place on every continent.& At pivotal moments, the CIA acts as a brake on rogue presidents, starting in the mid-seventies with DCI Richard Helms' refusal to conceal Richard Nixon's criminality and continuing recently as the actions of a CIA whistleblower ignited impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

    Since its inception in 1947, the Central Intelligence Agency has been a powerful player on the world stage, operating largely in the shadows to protect American interests. For& The& Spymasters, Whipple conducted extensive, exclusive interviews with nearly every living CIA director, pulling back the curtain on the world's elite spy agency and showing how the CIA partners -- or clashes -- with counterparts in Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Topics covered in the book include attempts by presidents to use the agency for their own ends; simmering problems in the Middle East and Asia; rogue nuclear threats; and cyberwarfare.&

    The Spymasters& recounts seven decades of CIA activity and elicits predictions about the issues -- and threats -- that will engage the attention of future operatives and analysts. Including eye-opening interviews with George Tenet, John Brennan, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus, as well as those who've just recently departed the agency, this is a timely, essential& and important contribution to current events.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Stasiland
    ISBN: 9780143792529
    Title: Stasiland
    Author: FUNDER ANNA

    Winner of the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize
    Truth can be stranger - and more heartbreaking and hilarious - than fiction.

    In this now classic work, Funder tells extraordinary stories from the most perfected surveillance state of all time, the former East Germany. She meets Miriam, condemned as an enemy of the state at sixteen, and Frau Paul, for whom the Berlin Wall 'went through my heart'. She drinks with the legendary 'Mik Jegger' of the East, once declared by the authorities to 'no longer exist'. And she meets ex-Stasi - men who spied on their families and friends - still loyal to the deposed regime as they await the next revolution.

    Stasilandis a brilliant, timeless portrait of a Kafkaesque world as gripping as any thriller. In a world of total surveillance, its celebration of human conscience and courage is as potent as ever.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Storm Before the Calm: America's Discord, The Coming Crisis of the 2020s, & The Triumph Beyond
    Storm Before the Calm: America's Discord, The Coming Crisis of the 2020s, & The Triumph Beyond
    ISBN: 9781760642525
    Title: Storm Before the Calm: America's Discord, The Coming Crisis of the 2020s, & The Triumph Beyond

    An illuminating, provocative new book by the master geopolitical forecaster and New York Times bestselling author of The Next 100 Years.

    George Friedman turns to the future of the United States, predicting that the 2020s will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of government, foreign policy, economics and culture. Examining the cycles through which the United States has developed, matured and solidified, Friedman breaks down the coming years in thrilling detail.

    American history is governed by cycles - an eighty-year 'institutional cycle' that has defined the nation politically, and a fifty-year 'socio-economic cycle' that has seen the formation of the industrial classes, baby boomers and the middle classes. These two cycles are converging on the late 2020s, when many of these foundations will change. The United States will have to endure upheaval and possible conflict, but also, ultimately, increased strength and stability.

    Friedman's analysis covers the size and scope of the federal government, the future of marriage and the social contract, shifts in corporate structures, and new cultural trends based on longer life expectancies. The result is a riveting account of current circumstances and the political upheavals that will pave the way for a new era of American prosperity and power.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam
    Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam
    ISBN: 9781472958006
    Title: Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam

    A controversial and devastatingly honest depiction of the demise of Europe.

    The Strange Death of Europe is the internationally bestselling account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Douglas Murray takes a step back and explores the deeper issues behind the continent's possible demise, from an atmosphere of mass terror attacks and a global refugee crisis to the steady erosion of our freedoms. He addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel's U-turn on migration, and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away.

    Declining birth rates, mass immigration, and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive alteration as a society and an eventual end. This sharp and incisive book ends up with two visions for a new Europe--one hopeful, one pessimistic--which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next. But perhaps Spengler was right: "civilizations like humans are born, briefly flourish, decay, and die."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Strategy: A History
    Strategy: A History
    ISBN: 9780190229238
    Title: Strategy: A History

    Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives. The range of Freedman's narrative is extraordinary, moving from the surprisingly advanced strategy practiced in primate groups, to the opposing strategies of Achilles and Odysseus in The Iliad, the strategic advice of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli, the great military innovations of Baron Henri de Jominiand Carl von Clausewitz, the grounding of revolutionary strategy in class struggles by Marx, the insights into corporate strategy found in Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan, and the contributions of the leading social scientists working on strategy today. The core issue at the heart of strategy, theauthor notes, is whether it is possible to manipulate and shape our environment rather than simply become the victim of forces beyond one's control. Time and again, Freedman demonstrates that the inherent unpredictability of this environment - subject to chance events, the efforts of opponents, themissteps of friends - provides strategy with its challenge and its drama. Armies or corporations or nations rarely move from one predictable state of affairs to another, but instead feel their way through a series of states, each one not quite what was anticipated, requiring a reappraisal of theoriginal strategy, including its ultimate objective. Thus the picture of strategy that emerges in this book is one that is fluid and flexible, governed by the starting point, not the end point. A brilliant overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history, from David's use of deception against Goliath, to the modern use of game theory in economics, this masterful volume sums up a lifetime of reflection on strategy.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $52.00
  • Surviving Autocracy
    Surviving Autocracy
    ISBN: 9781783786763
    Title: Surviving Autocracy
    Author: GESSEN MASHA

    "When Gessen speaks about autocracy, you listen."& --The New York Times

    "The Platonic ideal of the anti-Trump Trump book." --The Washington Post

    As seen on MSNBC& Morning Joe and heard on NPR All Things Considered: the bestselling, National Book Award-winning journalist offers an& essential guide to understanding, resisting, and recovering from the ravages of our tumultuous times.

    In the run-up to the 2016 election, Masha Gessen stood out from other journalists for the ability to convey the ominous significance of Donald Trump's speech and behavior, unprecedented in a national candidate. Within forty-eight hours of his victory, the essay "Autocracy: Rules for Survival" had gone viral, and Gessen's coverage of his norm-smashing presidency became essential reading for a citizenry struggling to wrap their heads around the unimaginable. Thanks to the special perspective that is the legacy of a Soviet childhood and two decades covering the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia, Gessen has a sixth sense for signs of autocracy--and the unique cross-cultural fluency to delineate its emergence to Americans. This incisive book provides an indispensable overview of the calamitous trajectory of the past few years. Gessen not only highlights the corrosion of the media, the judiciary, and the cultural norms we hoped would save us but also tells us the story of how a short few years have changed us, from a people who saw ourselves as a nation of immigrants to a populace haggling over a border wall, heirs to a degraded sense of truth, meaning, and possibility. Surviving Autocracy is an inventory of ravages but also a beacon to recovery--or to enduring, and resisting, an ongoing assault.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Syria's Secret Library
    Syria's Secret Library
    ISBN: 9781474605922
    Title: Syria's Secret Library
    Author: THOMSON MIKE

    Daraya lies on the fringe of Damascus, just south west of the Syrian Capital. Yet it lives in another world. Besieged by Syrian government forces since 2011, its people were deprived of food, bombarded by bombs and missiles, and shot at by snipers. Its buildings lay in ruins; office buildings, shops and family homes shattered by the constant shelling from government forces. But deep beneath this scene of frightening devastation lay a secret library.

    No signs marked its presence. While the streets above echoed with rifle fire and shelling, the secret world below was a haven of peace and tranquillity. Books, long rows of them, lined almost every wall. Bloated volumes with grand leather covers. Tattered old tomes with barely readable spines. Pocket sized guides to Syrian poetry. Religious works with gaudy gold-lettering and no-nonsense reference books, all arranged in well-ordered lines. But this precious hoard of books was not bought from publishers, book warehouses, or loaned by other libraries. Many people had risked their lives to save books from the devastation of war. Because to them, the secret library was a symbol of hope - of their determination to lead a meaningful existence and to rebuild their fractured society.

    This is the story of an extraordinary place and the people who made it happen. It is also a book about human resilience and values. And through it all is threaded the very wonderful, universal love for books and the hope they can bring.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Thatcher's Spy: My Life As an MI5 Agent Inside Sinn Fein
    Thatcher's Spy: My Life As an MI5 Agent Inside Sinn Fein
    ISBN: 9781785372858
    Title: Thatcher's Spy: My Life As an MI5 Agent Inside Sinn Fein
    Author: CARLIN WILIE

    Early one morning in March 1985, as he climbed the six steps of Margaret Thatcher's prime-ministerial jet on the runway of RAF Aldergrove, little did Willie Carlin know the role Freddie Scappaticci played in saving his life. So began the dramatic extraction of Margaret Thatcher's key undercover agent in Sinn Fein - Willie Carlin, aka Agent 3007. For 11 years the former British soldier worked alongside former IRA commander Martin McGuinness in the republican movement's political wing in Derry. He was MI5's man at McGuinness' side and gave the British State unprecedented insight into the IRA leader's strategic thinking. Carlin worked with McGuinness to develop Sinn Fein's election strategy after the 1981 hunger strike, and the MI5 and later FRU agent's reports on McGuinness, Adams and other republicans were read by the British Cabinet, including Margaret Thatcher herself. When Carlin's cover was blown in mid-1985 thanks to one of his old MI5 handlers being jailed as a Soviet spy, Thatcher authorised the use of her jet to whisk him to safety. Incredibly, it was another British 'super spy' inside the IRA's secretive counter-intelligence unit, the 'nuttin' squad', who saved Carlin's life. The Derry man is perhaps the only person alive thanks to the information provided by the 'jewel in the crown' of British military intelligence - Freddie Scappaticci aka "Stakeknife . In Thatcher's Spy, the Cold War meets Northern Ireland's Dirty War in the remarkable real-life story of a deep under-cover British intelligence agent, a man now doomed forever to look over his shoulder. . .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
  • These Are Not Gentle People
    These Are Not Gentle People
    ISBN: 9781529405590
    Title: These Are Not Gentle People

    The true story of a case that broke a South African town - by BBC Africa Correspondent

    "Utterly gripping, timely and shocking" PHILIPPE SANDS

    "This is a book of profound importance . . . A masterpiece" ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH

    "A smartly paced true-crime thriller with a vivid cast of characters . . . as tense as it is disturbing" JOHN CARLIN, author of Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

    "Look what the fucking dogs did to them, someone muttered. No-one mentioned the rope, or the monkey-wrench, or the gun, or the knife, or the stick, or the whip, or the blood-stained boots. In fact, no-one said much at all. It seemed simpler that way. There was no sense in pointing fingers.'"

    At dusk, on a warm evening in 2016, a group of forty men gathered in the corner of a dusty field on a farm outside Parys in the Free State. Some were in fury. Others treated the whole thing as a joke - a game. The events of the next two hours would come to haunt them all. They would rip families apart, prompt suicide attempts, breakdowns, divorce, bankruptcy, threats of violent revenge and acts of unforgivable treachery.

    These Are Not Gentle People is the story of that night, and of what happened next. It's a courtroom drama, a profound exploration of collective guilt and individual justice, and a fast-paced literary thriller.

    Award-winning foreign correspondent and author Andrew Harding traces the impact of one moment of collective barbarism on a fragile community - exploding lies, cover-ups, political meddling and betrayals, and revealing the inner lives of those involved with extraordinary clarity.

    The book is also a mesmerising examination of a small town trying to cope with a trauma that threatens to tear it in two - as such, it is as much a journey into the heart of modern South Africa as it is a gripping tale of crime, punishment and redemption.

    When a whole community is on trial, who pays the price?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality
    This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality
    ISBN: 9780571338641
    Title: This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality

    Learn how the perception of truth has been weaponized in modern politics with this "insightful" account of propaganda in Russia and beyond during the age of disinformation (New York Times).
    When information is a weapon, every opinion is an act of war.

    We live in a world of influence operations run amok, where dark ads, psyops, hacks, bots, soft facts, ISIS, Putin, trolls, and Trump seek to shape our very reality. In this surreal atmosphere created to disorient us and undermine our sense of truth, we've lost not only our grip on peace and democracy -- but our very notion of what those words even mean.

    Peter Pomerantsev takes us to the front lines of the disinformation age, where he meets Twitter revolutionaries and pop-up populists, "behavioral change" salesmen, Jihadi fanboys, Identitarians, truth cops, and many others. Forty years after his dissident parents were pursued by the KGB, Pomerantsev finds the Kremlin re-emerging as a great propaganda power. His research takes him back to Russia -- but the answers he finds there are not what he expected.

    Blending reportage, family history, and intellectual adventure, This Is Not Propaganda explores how we can reimagine our politics and ourselves when reality seems to be coming apart.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

  • This Land: The Story of a Movement
    This Land: The Story of a Movement
    ISBN: 9780241470947
    Title: This Land: The Story of a Movement
    Author: JONES OWEN

    The No.1 bestselling author of The Establishment returns with an urgent analysis of where the Left - and Britain - goes next

    We live in an age of upheaval. The global crisis of Covid-19 has laid bare the deep social and economic inequalities which were the toxic legacy of austerity. These revolutionary times are an opportunity for a radical rethink of Britain as we know it, as the politically impossible suddenly becomes imaginable.

    And yet, the Left's last attempt to upend the established order and transform millions of lives came to a crashing halt on 12th December 2019, when Jeremy Corbyn led the Labour party to its worst electoral defeat since 1935. In This Land, Owen Jones provides an insider's honest and unflinching appraisal of a movement: how it promised to change everything, why it went so badly wrong, where this failure leaves its values and ideas, and where the Left goes next in the new world we find ourselves in.

    He takes us on a compelling, page-turning journey through a tumultuous decade in British politics, gaining unprecedented access to key figures across the political spectrum. It is a tale of high hopes and hubris, dysfunction and disillusionment. There is, Jones urges, no future for any progressive project that does not face up to and learn from its errors. We have the opportunity to build a fairer country and a more equal world, but if our time is to come, then we must learn from our past.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Thousand Small Sanities The Moral Adventure of Liberalism
    Thousand Small Sanities The Moral Adventure of Liberalism
    ISBN: 9781529401585
    Title: Thousand Small Sanities The Moral Adventure of Liberalism
    Author: GOPNIK ADAM


    The New York Times-bestselling author offers a stirring defence of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time

    Not since the early twentieth century has liberalism, and liberals, been under such relentless attack, from both right and left. The crisis of democracy in our era has produced a crisis of faith in liberal institutions and, even worse, in liberal thought.

    A Thousand Small Sanities is a manifesto rooted in the lives of people who invented and extended the liberal tradition. Taking us from Montaigne to Mill, and from Middlemarch to the civil rights movement, Adam Gopnik argues that liberalism is not a form of centrism, nor simply another word for free markets, nor merely a term denoting a set of rights. It is something far more ambitious: the search for radical change by humane measures. Gopnik shows us why liberalism is one of the great moral adventures in human history--and why, in an age of autocracy, our lives may depend on its continuation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Three Dimensions of Freedom
    Three Dimensions of Freedom
    ISBN: 9780571353217
    Title: Three Dimensions of Freedom
    Author: BRAGG BILLY

    Musician and activist Billy Bragg diagnoses the crisis of accountability in Western democracies in Faber Social's new series of political pamphlets.
    We live in a world where strongman politics are rising; neo-liberalism has hollowed out political parties; and corporations have undermined democracy. Ordinary voters feel helpless to effect change, resulting in outbreaks of populist anger, and traditional platforms for debate are losing their viability as readers source information online.

    In this short and vital polemic, progressive thinker and activist Billy Bragg argues that accountability is the antidote to authoritarianism, and that without it, we can never truly be free. He shows us that Freedom requires three dimensions to function: Liberty, Equality, and Accountability - and the result is a three dimensional space in which freedom can be exercised by all.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $17.00
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy #1
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy #1
    ISBN: 9780241323410
    Title: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy #1
    Author: LE CARRE JOHN

    The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Too Much & Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
    Too Much & Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
    ISBN: 9781471190148
    Title: Too Much & Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
    Author: TRUMP MARY L

    In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald's only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world's health, economic security and social fabric. Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents' large, imposing house in New York, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald. A first-hand witness, Mary brings an incisive wit and unexpected humour to sometimes grim, often confounding family events. She recounts in unsparing detail everything from her uncle Donald's place in the family spotlight and Ivana's penchant for regifting to her grandmother's frequent injuries and illnesses and the appalling way Donald, Fred Trump's favourite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer's. Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists and journalists have sought to explain Donald Trump's lethal flaws. Mary Trump has the education, insight and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider's perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world's most powerful and dysfunctional families.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy &Threatens International Peace
    Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy &Threatens International Peace
    ISBN: 9780300244175
    Title: Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy &Threatens International Peace

    A provocative look at how today's trade conflicts are caused by governments promoting the interests of elites at the expense of workers

    Trade disputes are usually understood as conflicts between countries with competing national interests, but as Matthew C. Klein and Michael Pettis show, they are often the unexpected result of domestic political choices to serve the interests of the rich at the expense of workers and ordinary retirees. Klein and Pettis trace the origins of today's trade wars to decisions made by politicians and business leaders in China, Europe, and the United States over the past thirty years. Across the world, the rich have prospered while workers can no longer afford to buy what they produce, have lost their jobs, or have been forced into higher levels of debt. In this thought-provoking challenge to mainstream views, the authors provide a cohesive narrative that shows how the class wars of rising inequality are a threat to the global economy and international peace--and what we can do about it.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00

  • Trust America's Last Chance
    Trust America's Last Chance
    ISBN: 9781529356311
    Title: Trust America's Last Chance

    'His campaign was historic for all America' Guardian

    Trust will be our essential tool as we face unique challenges of the decades ahead.

    In a century warped by terrorism, Trumpism, financial collapse, populism, systemic racism, Russian interference and a global pandemic, trust within and among nations has been squandered, sacrificed, abused, stolen, or never properly built in the first place.

    In a piercing exploration of the soul of the American nation involving history, philosophy and memoir, former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg explores the strong relationship between prosperity and social trust. Our success, or failure, in confronting the greatest challenges of the decade - racial and economic justice, pandemic resilience, and climate action - will rest on whether we can effectively cultivate, deepen and repair the networks of trust that are now endangered, or for so many, have never even existed. This means trust in institutions, in each other, and in the democratic project itself.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Truth Is Trouble: The Strange Case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated
    Truth Is Trouble: The Strange Case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated
    ISBN: 9781760856144
    Title: Truth Is Trouble: The Strange Case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated
    Author: KNOX MALCOLM

    From the marriage equality debate to the COVID-19 lockdown, 'free speech' has become the new battleground in Australian society. What does the furore over one footballer's social media postings reveal about how it got that way?

    For a period in 2019, a tweet from rugby player Israel Folau became the biggest story in the nation. His urging of homosexuals to 'repent' or face damnation cost him his job and divided the country. Churches and politicians, employers and labour lawyers, sponsors and shock jocks, even people who had never heard of Folau - everyone had an opinion about his right to express his view, and many shouted it from the digital rooftop.

    Now that the dust has settled, the real question emerges. When celebrities, and sportspeople in particular, are regularly 'rehabilitated' after incidents involving drink, drugs and domestic violence, why was it religious belief that got someone fired?

    In this powerful and insightful work, triple Walkley Award-winning journalist Malcolm Knox explores how freedom of expression has become our national faultline. Truth is Trouble explores the rise of the religious right and its political consequences; the 'right to be a bigot' versus 'cancel culture'; the changing nature of our rights at work and the separation between public and private lives; and above all, the incendiary power of social media. And by interrogating his own experience, Knox offers a convincing and heartfelt argument for the virtues of uncertainty and an open mind.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Twenty-First Century Socialism
    Twenty-First Century Socialism
    ISBN: 9781509536566
    Title: Twenty-First Century Socialism

    What causes climate change, social breakdown, rampant inequality and the creeping spread of ubiquitous surveillance? Capitalism. What is the only alternative to capitalism? Socialism.

    Socialism cannot, however, remain static if it is going to save civilisation from these catastrophes. In this urgent manifesto for a 21st century left, Jeremy Gilbert shows that we need a revitalised socialist politics that learns from the past to adapt to contemporary challenges. He argues that socialism must overcome its industrial origins and give priority to an environmental agenda. In an age of global networks, digital technology and instant communication, central government diktat and restrictions on free speech and movement must be jettisoned. We need to control the economy rather than let it control us - but we must do this by empowering workers, citizens and communities to run their world their way.

    It's time to take back the wealth, the services and the platforms that our own energy has built. In the digital age, it's time for a new socialism.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Twilight of Democracy: The Failing of Politics & the Parting of Friends
    Twilight of Democracy: The Failing of Politics & the Parting of Friends
    ISBN: 9780241419717
    Title: Twilight of Democracy: The Failing of Politics & the Parting of Friends

    Anne Applebaum is a leading historian of communism and a penetrating investigator of contemporary politics. Here she sets her sights on the big question, one with which she herself has been deeply engaged in both Europe and America: how did our democracy go wrong? This extraordinary document, written with urgency, intelligence and understanding, is her answer. Timothy Snyder

    Friendships torn. Ideals betrayed. Alliances broken. In this, her most personal book, a great historian explains why so many of those who won the battles for democracy or have spent their lives proclaiming its values are now succumbing to liars, thugs and crooks. Analysis, reportage and memoir, Twilight of Democracy fearlessly tells the shameful story of a political generation gone bad. David Frum

    In the years just before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, people from across the political spectrum in Europe and America celebrated a great achievement, felt a common purpose and, very often, forged personal friendships. Yet over the following decades the euphoria evaporated, the common purpose and centre ground gradually disappeared, extremism rose once more and eventually - as this book compellingly relates - the relationships soured too.

    Anne Applebaum traces this history in an unfamiliar way, looking at the trajectories of individuals caught up in the public events of the last three decades. When politics becomes polarized, which side do you back? If you are a journalist, an intellectual, a civic leader, how do you deal with the re-emergence of authoritarian or nationalist ideas in your country? When your leaders appropriate history, or pedal conspiracies, or eviscerate the media and the judiciary, do you go along with it?

    Twilight of Democracy is an essay that combines the personal and the political in an original way and brings a fresh understanding to the dynamics of public life in Europe and America, both now and in the recent past.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy & Why We Must Act, Now
    Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy & Why We Must Act, Now
    ISBN: 9780753554791
    Title: Unfree Speech: The Threat to Global Democracy & Why We Must Act, Now
    Author: WONG JOSHUA

    An urgent manifesto for global democracy from Joshua Wong, the 23-year-old phenomenon leading Hong Kong's protests - and Nobel Peace Prize nominee - with an introduction by Ai Weiwei

    With global democracy under threat, we must act together to defend out rights: now.

    When he was 14, Joshua Wong made history. While the adults stayed silent, Joshua staged the first-ever student protest in Hong Kong to oppose National Education -- and won.

    Since then, Joshua has led the Umbrella Movement, founded a political party, and rallied the international community around the anti-extradition bill protests, which have seen 2 million people -- more than a quarter of the population -- take to Hong Kong's streets. His actions have sparked worldwide attention, earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and landed him in jail twice.

    Composed in three parts, Unfree Speech chronicles Joshua's path to activism, collects the letters he wrote as a political prisoner under the Chinese state, and closes with a powerful and urgent call for all of us globally to defend our democratic values.

    When we stay silent, no one is safe. When we free our speech, our voice becomes one.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Unfreedom of the Press
    Unfreedom of the Press
    ISBN: 9781476773094
    Title: Unfreedom of the Press
    Author: LEVIN MARK R.

    From six-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, FOX News star, and radio host Mark R. Levin comes a groundbreaking and enlightening book that shows how the great tradition of the American free press has degenerated into a standardless profession that has squandered the faith and trust of the American public, not through actions of government officials, but through its own abandonment of reportorial integrity and objective journalism.

    Unfreedom of the Press is not just another book about the press. Levin shows how those entrusted with news reporting today are destroying freedom of the press from within: "not government oppression or suppression," he writes, but self-censorship, group-think, bias by omission, and passing off opinion, propaganda, pseudo-events, and outright lies as news.

    With the depth of historical background for which his books are renowned, Levin takes the reader on a journey through the early American patriot press, which proudly promoted the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, followed by the early decades of the Republic during which newspapers around the young country were open and transparent about their fierce allegiance to one political party or the other.

    It was only at the start of the Progressive Era and the twentieth century that the supposed "objectivity of the press" first surfaced, leaving us where we are today: with a partisan party-press overwhelmingly aligned with a political ideology but hypocritically engaged in a massive untruth as to its real nature.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $57.00
  • United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America
    United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America
    ISBN: 9781250237224
    Title: United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America
    Author: O'REILLY BILL

    This program includes an introduction read by the author.

    A rare, insider's look at the life of Donald Trump from Bill O'Reilly, the bestselling author of the Killing series, based on exclusive interview material and deep research.

    Readers and listeners around the world have been enthralled by journalist and New York Times bestselling author Bill O'Reilly's Killing series--riveting works of nonfiction that explore the most famous events in history. Now, O'Reilly turns his razor-sharp observations to his most compelling subject thus far--President Donald J. Trump. In this thrilling narrative, O'Reilly blends primary, never-before-released interview material with a history that recounts Trump's childhood and family and the factors from his life and career that forged the worldview that the president of the United States has taken to the White House.

    Not a partisan pro-Trump or anti-Trump book, this is an up-to-the-minute, intimate view of the man and his sphere of influence--of "how Donald Trump's view of America was formed, and how it has changed since becoming the most powerful person in the world"-- from a writer who has known the president for thirty years. This is an unprecedented, gripping account of the life of a sitting president as he makes history.

    As the author will tell you, "If you want some insight into the most unlikely political phenomenon of our lifetimes, you'll get it here."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Verso Book of Dissent Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion & Resistance
    Verso Book of Dissent Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion & Resistance
    ISBN: 9781788739115
    Title: Verso Book of Dissent Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion & Resistance
    Author: VERSO

    Throughout the ages and across every continent, people have struggled against those in power and raised their voices in protest-rallying others around them or, sometimes, inspiring uprisings many years later. This anthology, global in scope, presents voices of dissent from every era of human history- speeches and pamphlets, poems and songs, plays and manifestos. Every age has its iconoclasts, and yet the greatest among them build on the words and actions of their forerunners. The Verso Book of Dissent should be in the arsenal of every rebel who understands that words and ideas are the ultimate weapons.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies & a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
    Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies & a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
    ISBN: 9780241973745
    Title: Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies & a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
    Author: PRESTON JOHN

    A thrilling true crime account of the scandalous private life of Jeremy Thorpe, the British MP whose covert homosexual affair led to blackmail, cover ups, a hired hitman, and ended with the "Trial of the Century."

    As a Member of Parliament and Leader of the Liberal Party in the 1960s and 70s, Jeremy Thorpe's bad behavior snuck under the radar for years. Police and politicians alike colluded to protect one of their own. In 1970, Thorpe was the most popular and charismatic politician in the country, poised to hold the balance of power in a coalition government.
    But Jeremy Thorpe was a man with a secret. His homosexual affairs and harassment of past partners, along with his propensity for lying and embezzlement, only escalated as he evaded punishment. Until a dark night on the moor with an ex-lover, a dog, and a hired gun led to consequences that even his charm and power couldn't help him escape.
    Dubbed the "Trial of the Century," Thorpe's climactic case at the Old Bailey in London was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial on a murder charge, and the first time that a murder plot had been hatched in the House of Commons. And it was the first time that a prominent public figure had been exposed as a philandering gay man, in an era when homosexuality had only just become legal.
    With the pace and drama of a thriller, A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL is an extraordinary story of hypocrisy, deceit, and betrayal at the heart of the British Establishment.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes
    Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes
    ISBN: 9781472966346
    Title: Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes

    In Vexed, James Mumford tackles the polarization of civil society across the democratic West, taking a fresh look at the existential questions and hot button issues that are an essential part of the politics of the Left and Right. In examining issues like the right-to-die movement and assisted suicide, family values and economic injustice, sexual liberation and consent, gun-control and abortion, the environment and technology, criminal justice and reform, Mumford questions the basic assumptions of our political groups. His challenge is simple: Why should believing strongly about one topic mean the automatic adoption of so many others?

    With this refreshing and eye-opening book, James Mumford, a public thinker and independent commentator, has written an essential and provocative account that will appeal to anyone of independent thought, and a welcome call for new reflection on the moral issues most relevant to our modern way of life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
    Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
    ISBN: 9781476718965
    Title: Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West

    Argues that the rationalist political and social experiments of the Enlightenment have degenerated into societies dominated by technology and a crude code of managerial efficiency. These are societies enslaved by manufactured fashions and artificial heroes, divorced from natural human instinct.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
  • Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic has Exposed the Weakness of the West & How to Fix it
    Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic has Exposed the Weakness of the West & How to Fix it
    ISBN: 9781780724829
    Title: Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic has Exposed the Weakness of the West & How to Fix it

    An urgent and informed look at the challenges Britain and world governments will face in a post-Covid-19 world.

    The Covid crisis has not just highlighted the failures of certain governments, it is accelerating a shift in the balance of power from West to East. After a decade where politics in the US and the UK has been consumed with inward-facing struggles, countries like South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, as well as China, have made extraordinary advances economically, technologically and politically.

    In this beautifully crafted essay, Micklethwait and Wooldridge explain how we ended up in this mess and explore the possible routes out. If Western governments respond creatively to the crisis, they will have a chance of reversing decades of decline; if they dither and delay while Asia continues to improve, the prospect of a new Eastern-dominated world order will increase. The big question facing the world is whether the West can rise to the challenge as it has before.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • War for Eternity The Rise of the Far Right & the Return of Traditionalism
    War for Eternity The Rise of the Far Right & the Return of Traditionalism
    ISBN: 9780241431078
    Title: War for Eternity The Rise of the Far Right & the Return of Traditionalism

    Steve Bannon in the United States. Olavo de Carvalho in Brazil. Aleksandr Dugin in Russia. Gabor Vona in Hungary. All rising to power in the past decade. All affiliated with an obscure philosophical movement called Traditionalism.

    Since the early 20th century, Traditionalism has defined itself against modernity and Enlightenment values. Traditionalist thinkers such as Rene Guenon and Julius Evola celebrated hierarchy, denounced the idea of progress, and regarded liberal secularism, capitalism, and communism as aligned forces working to replace social, cultural and political norms. Ethnographer Benjamin Teitelbaum had been studying Traditionalism for years as a sort of novelty, associated with a restless subsection of the right - too antisocial for activism and largely without influence. And yet when Steve Bannon entered the White House in 2017, reports suggested he was an avid reader of Traditionalist teachings.

    Through exclusive interviews and deep historical context, Teitelbaum reveals the radical worldview infusing the thinking of powerful actors and inspiring a renegade reinterpretation of humanity, geopolitics and history. Fast-paced and gripping, War for Eternity is a must-read for anyone trying to understand the Far Right's vision to change the world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
  • War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate
    War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate
    ISBN: 9781510745810
    Title: War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate

    An Alternative Narrative of Donald Trump's US and Putin's Russia, from America's Most Prominent Russian Scholar

    America is in a new Cold War with Russia even more dangerous than the one the world barely survived in the twentieth century. The Soviet Union is gone, but the two nuclear superpowers are again locked in political and military confrontations, now from Ukraine to Syria. All of this is exacerbated by Washington's war-like demonizing of the Kremlin leadership and by Russiagate's unprecedented allegations. US mainstream media accounts are highly selective and seriously misleading. American "disinformation," not only Russian, is a growing peril.

    In War With Russia?, Stephen F. Cohen--the widely acclaimed historian of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia--gives readers a very different, dissenting narrative of this more dangerous new Cold War from its origins in the 1990s, the actual role of Vladimir Putin, and the 2014 Ukrainian crisis to Donald Trump's election and today's unprecedented Russiagate allegations.

    Cohen's views have made him, it is said, "America's most controversial Russia expert." Some say this to denounce him, others to laud him as a bold, highly informed critic of US policies and the dangers they have helped to create.

    War With Russia? gives readers a chance to decide for themselves who is right: are we living, as Cohen argues, in a time of unprecedented perils at home and abroad?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00

  • Warning
    ISBN: 9781408713266
    Title: Warning

    An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation's capital.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • We Need to Talk about Africa The Harm We Have Done, & How We Should Help
    We Need to Talk about Africa The Harm We Have Done, & How We Should Help
    ISBN: 9781786074966
    Title: We Need to Talk about Africa The Harm We Have Done, & How We Should Help
    Author: YOUNG TOM

    If you boil a kettle twice today, you will have used five times more electricity than a person in Mali uses in a whole year. How can that be possible?
    Decades after the colonial powers withdrew Africa is still struggling to catch up with the rest of the world. When the same colonists withdrew from Asia there followed several decades of sustained and unprecedented growth throughout the continent. So what went wrong in Africa? And are we helping to fix it, or simply making matters worse?
    In this provocative analysis, Tom Young argues that so much has been misplaced- our guilt, our policies, and our aid. Human rights have become a cover for imposing our values on others, our shiniest infrastructure projects have fuelled corruption and our interference in domestic politics has further entrenched conflict. Only by radically changing how we think about Africa can we escape this vicious cycle.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • We Need to Talk about Putin: Why the West Gets Him Wrong & How to Get Him Right
    We Need to Talk about Putin: Why the West Gets Him Wrong & How to Get Him Right
    ISBN: 9781529103595
    Title: We Need to Talk about Putin: Why the West Gets Him Wrong & How to Get Him Right

    Meet the world's most dangerous man.Who is the real Vladimir Putin? What does he want? And what will he do next? Despite the millions of words written on Putin's Russia, the West still fails to truly understand one of the world's most powerful politicians, whose influence spans the globe and whose networks of power reach into the very heart of our daily lives.In this essential primer, Professor Mark Galeotti uncovers the man behind the myth, addressing the key misperceptions of Putin and explaining how we can decipher his motivations and next moves. From Putin?s early life in the KGB and his real relationship with the USA to his vision for the future of Russia - and the world - Galeotti draws on new Russian sources and explosive unpublished accounts to give unparalleled insight into the man at the heart of global politics.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • What Do We Owe to Refugees?
    What Do We Owe to Refugees?
    ISBN: 9781509539741
    Title: What Do We Owe to Refugees?
    Author: OWEN DAVID

    Who are refugees? Who, if anyone, is responsible for protecting them? What forms should this protection take? In a world of people fleeing from civil wars, state failure, and environmental disasters, these are ethically and politically pressing questions.

    In this book, David Owen reveals how the contemporary politics of refuge is structured by two rival historical pictures of refugees. In reconstructing this history, he advocates an understanding of refugeehood that moves us beyond our current impasse by distinguishing between what is owed to refugees in general and what is owed to different types of refugee. He provides an account of refugee protection and the forms of international cooperation required to implement it that is responsive to the claims of both refugees and states.

    At a time when refugee protection is once again prominent on the international agenda, this book offers a guide to understanding the challenges this topic raises and shows why addressing it matters for all of us.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • What Is at Stake Now: My Appeal for Peace & Freedom
    What Is at Stake Now: My Appeal for Peace & Freedom
    ISBN: 9781509543212
    Title: What Is at Stake Now: My Appeal for Peace & Freedom

    Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, world peace is at risk again. The President of the United States has withdrawn from the disarmament treaty with Russia, Europe is disintegrating, China is surging forward and a wave of nationalism and populism is destabilizing established political institutions and endangering hard-won liberties.

    In view of this dangerous and unpredictable state of affairs, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last great statesman of the 1989 revolution, has written this short book to warn us of the grave risks we now face and to urge us all, political leaders and citizens alike, to take action to address them. He focusses on the big challenges of our time, such as the renewal of the arms race and the growing risks of nuclear war, the new tension between Russia and the West, the global environmental crisis, the rise of populism and the decline of democracy. He argues that self-serving policies and narrow-minded politics aimed at the pursuit of national interests are taking the place of political principles and overshadowing the vision of a free and just world for all peoples. He offers his view of where Russia is heading and he urges political leaders in the West to recognize that re-establishing trust between Russia and the West requires the courage of true leadership and a commitment to genuine dialogue and understanding on both sides.

    This succinct account of the immense challenges we now face by one of the world's greatest statesmen will be of interest to everyone concerned about the current state of the world and its future.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $31.00
  • What You Need to Know about Voting & Why
    What You Need to Know about Voting & Why
    ISBN: 9780062974785
    Title: What You Need to Know about Voting & Why

    Want to change the world? The first step is to exercise your right to vote In this step by step guide, you can learn everything you need to know.

    In What You Need to Know About Voting--and Why, law professor and constitutional scholar Kimberly Wehle offers practical, useful advice on the mechanics of voting and an enlightening survey of its history and future.

    • What is a primary?
    • How does the electoral college work?
    • Who gets to cast a ballot and why?
    • How do mail-in ballots work?
    • How do I register?

    For new voters, would-be voters, young people and all of us looking ahead to the next election, What You Need to Know About Voting--and Why is a timely and informative guide, providing the background you need in order to make informed choices that will shape our shared destiny for decades to come.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • When America Stopped Being Great
    When America Stopped Being Great
    ISBN: 9781760896232
    Title: When America Stopped Being Great
    Author: BRYANT NICK

    The presidency of Donald Trump is commonly seen as an historical accident. In When America Stopped Being Great, Nick Bryant argues that by 2016 it had become almost historically inescapable. In this highly personal account, drawing on decades of covering Washington for the BBC, Bryant shows how the billionaire capitalised on the mistakes of his five predecessors - Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama - and how also he became a beneficiary of a broken politics, an iniquitous economy, an ailing media, a facile culture, disruptive new technology and the creation of a modern-day presidency that elevated showmanship over statesmanship. Not only are we starting to see the emergence of a post-American world, Bryant fears we are seeing the emergence of a post-American America.

    The history of Trump's rise is also a history of America's fall.

    'An elegant and insightful dissection of how a great nation lost its footing and the world's respect. The tragedy is made all the more stark by the genuine love of America in Nick Bryant's writing' - Leigh Sales

    'Nick Bryant writes like a dream, and is one of those very rare things on TV - a man who makes you want to turn up the sound. His eye for description is sublime, and he has a way of showing you what you've been missing from the whole story, whilst never leaving you feeling stupid' - Emily Maitlis

    'Bryant is a genuine rarity - a Brit who understands America' - The Washington Post

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • When the Facts Change: Essays 1995-2010
    When the Facts Change: Essays 1995-2010
    ISBN: 9780099593430
    Title: When the Facts Change: Essays 1995-2010
    Author: JUDT TONY

    A great thinker's final testament: a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays from the author of Postwar and Thinking the Twentieth Century, spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement. Edited and introduced by Jennifer Homans.

    Tony Judtâe(tm)s first collection of essays, Reappraisals, was centred on twentieth-century Europe in history and memory. Some of Judtâe(tm)s most prominent and indeed controversial essays felt outside of the scope of Reappraisals, most notably his writings on the state of Israel and its relationship to Palestine. There would be time, it was thought, to fit these essays into a larger frame. Sadly, this would not be the case, at least during the authorâe(tm)s own life.

    Now, in When the Facts Change, Tony Judtâe(tm)s widow and fellow historian, Jennifer Homans, has found the frame, gathering together important essays from the span of Judtâe(tm)s career that chronicle both the evolution of his thought and the remarkable consistency of his passionate engagement and intellectual élan. Whether the subject is the scholarly poverty of the new social history, the willful blindness of French collective memory about what happened to the countryâe(tm)s Jews during World War II, or the moral challenge to Israel of the so-called Palestinian problem, the majesty of Tony Judtâe(tm)s work lies in his combination of unsparing honesty, intellectual brilliance, and ethical clarity. When the Facts Change exemplifies the utility, indeed the necessity, of minding our history and not letting cheerful fictions suffice in its place. An emphatic demonstration of the power of a great historian to connect us more deeply to the world as it was, as it is, and as it should be, it is a fitting capstone to an extraordinary body of work.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
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