A Norwegian Tragedy
By Aage Borchgrevink
"A powerful book that once begun is impossible to set down. This is surely the definitive journalistic account of a national trauma."
Ron Eyerman, Yale University
"A Norwegian Tragedy will remain for a long time - a very long time - the best book about the tragedy of 22 July 2011."
"Aage Storm Borchgrevink has written the book that had to be written about Anders Behring Breivik: strong, harrowing and compassionate. One of the richest Bildungsroman-style stories ever written."
Bergens Tidende, Norwegian regional newspaper
Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?
By Anthony Giddens
"A significant intervention into the debate about Europe's future."
Gerhard Schröder, former Chancellor of Germany
"An indispensable book at a time when clear thinking about the EU is vital. Deserves to be actively debated across Europe at such a critical juncture in the continent's history."
Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Secretary-General of NATO
"A must-read from one of the leading thinkers of our time."
Kemal Dervis, Vice-President for Global Economics at the Brookings Institution and former Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs
Making Capitalism Fit for Society
By Colin Crouch
"A lively argument, sometimes sour, sometimes hopeful, but always backed up by telling facts on the future of capitalist society."
Richard Sennett, The London School of Economics
Faced by a dominant neo-liberal ideology and striped of an historic agent, social democracy needs to transform itself… Making Capitalism Fit For Society is the best book so far for anyone wanting to start the journey of renewal.
Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass
By Fred Inglis
"A thorough and comprehensive work on a great man in English life and letters. This is not only a biography of Richard Hoggart, but a celebration of him and a fine tribute."
Lord Melvyn Bragg
"A major biographical achievement."
Laurie Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of York and presenter of BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed
Has Marriage for Love Failed?
By Pascal Bruckner
"This small, wise book takes on a very large question: why has modern marriage failed so catastrophically, so dramatically? With his usual eloquence, irony, and taste for paradox, Pascal Bruckner carefully exposes the roots of the problem and argues that despite our modern "realism" about love and sexuality, we have idealized and overburdened the institution and practice of marriage to an impossible extent. To be married today, Bruckner tells us, is nothing short of a Promethean task."
Richard J. Golsan, Texas A&M University
Demanding the Impossible
By Slavoj Zizek
"Zizek is, in fact, the most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged from Europe in several decades."
"Zizek is to today what Jacques Derrida was to the '80s: the thinker of choice for Europe's young intellectual vanguard."
The Age of Ecology
By Joachim Radkau
The first major study of the history of environmentalism, from its origins in romanticism and the nature cults of the late 18th century to the global environmental movements of today. Essential reading for anyone concerned with the most pressing global issues of our time.
By Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud
"A riveting insight into the relations between the two psychoanalysts in the Freud household - the Professor, himself, and Anna, the daughter he named his Antigone. Here the everyday Freud, the paterfamilias, chides and encourages Anna through what was in her own description a ‘stupid, not reasonable’ adolescence marked by a ‘fervent overzealousness’. Later, they exchange views on congresses and psychoanalysts, as well as her lecture in Oxford, ‘no disgrace for family’. Still later, it is Anna who does the caring. This exchange of letters and postcards, with ever illuminating notes, has the heft of an intimate biography. I couldn’t put it down."
Lisa Appignanesi, Chair Freud Museum London
By Karine Nahon & Jeff Hemsley
"A major contribution to network theory and to the understanding of the network society."
Manuel Castells, University of Southern California
"Ever wonder why a video, meme, or idea spreads like wildfire online? In 'Virality', Nahon and Hemsley examine the technology, social practices, and cultural conditions that enable media to go viral. This illuminating book gets beyond marketing hype to provide critical insights for understanding the powerful phenomenon of virality. This is a must-read for anyone trying to make sense of how information flows in a networked world."
Danah Boyd, Microsoft Research
On the Names of the Father
By Jacques Lacan
"What astonishing success the Name-of-the-Father has had! Everyone finds something in it. Who one’s father is isn’t immediately obvious, hardly being visible to the naked eye. Paternity is determined first and foremost by one’s culture. As Lacan said, "the Name-of-the-Father creates the function of the father." But then where does the plural stem from?"
The Triumph of Religion
By Jacques Lacan
"Freud, an old-style Enlightenment optimist, believed religion was merely an illusion that the progress of the scientific spirit would dissipate in the future. Lacan did not share this belief in the slightest: he thought, on the contrary, that the true religion, Roman Catholicism, would take in everyone in the end, pouring bucketsful of meaning over the ever more insistent and unbearable real that we, in our times, owe to science."
By Jean-Francois Lyotard
"That Lyotard was a major voice in philosophy that we should read and reread is evidenced by this genuinely delightful, surprising and accessible series of introductory lectures."
Simon Critchley, New School for Social Research
In the World Interior of Capital
By Peter Sloterdijk
"In the last few years Sloterdijk has moved from a figure of relative obscurity in Anglophone debates to being one of the key thinkers of our time. This wide-ranging, engaging, thoughtful and provocative book illustrates why. An unashamedly grand narrative, it engages with both the philosophical and political complexities of the question of the world."
Stuart Elden, Durham University
"In this deeply original and hyper-ambitious book, Sloterdijk presents a history of globalization, no less…Wonderful stuff which restores our faith in the power of grand narratives."
Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick
By Ulrich Beck & Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim
"The intimate and personal dimensions of globalization have not received as much attention as finance, environment, and conflict... It is a pleasure to see full-length attention from Beck and Beck-Gernsheim who bring both sociological insight and personal sensitivity to this timely account of Love at a Distance."
Craig Calhoun, Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
"This path-breaking overview of ‘distant love’ traces the ways globalization is embodied and interiorized within the domains of personal affect and desire. Beck and Beck- Gernsheim demonstrate that contemporary marriage, family, kinship and reproduction are not contained by national systems of law, state borders, or inequalities of wealth, power, gender, and racialization."
Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester
By Daniel Miller
"Some of the most interesting uses of new technologies silently slip into our consciousness and become deeply integrated with our everyday lives. Miller and Sinanan help us to understand how our everyday existence is affected by online video conversations in ways that are unexpected and intriguing."
Alexander Halavais, Arizona State University
"This fascinating book shows how far-flung people use Skype to maintain and extend their networks. Friends become like kin; kin become like friends."
Barry Wellman, NetLab Director and co-author, Networked