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The Age of Ecology The Age of Ecology
Jaochim Radkau

"It is a new Enlightenment, a lodestar for our intellectual and political life in the 21st century. Far from being romantic, anti-science and anti-progress, environmentalism is the future in a world of finite resources and global perils. So concludes The Age of Ecology, a pioneering and highly readable history."
New Scientist

"In this history of the global environmentalist movement, Radkau teases out the individual stories that together comprise what he calls an "age of ecology"."
The Guardian

"A comprehensive and compelling global history of environmental movements."
Die Zeit


Can War be Eliminated? Can War be Eliminated?
Christopher Coker

"This brilliant work cannot fail to stimulate debate and advance understanding. It is gloriously replete with arguments from and about philosophy, biology, sociology and the course of our all too human history. The reasons for the grim longevity of war have rarely been more cogently explained or better illustrated by telling anecdote."
Colin Gray, director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at the University of Reading

"A wide-ranging meditation on the embeddedness of war- in our cultures, our minds and our expectations - and its evolution by one of the subject's most erudite, informed and reflective scholars."
Philip Bobbitt, author of The Shield of Achilles

"With searingly elegant prose, Professor Coker brings a vast array of ideas and events to bear on one of the most pressing issues of this or any other time. A must-read book."
Steven Metz, Director of Research, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute


Will China Dominate the 21st Century? Will China Dominate the 21st Century?
Jonathan Fenby

“Jonathan Fenby offers a well-informed and balanced assessment of China's past and prospects, recognising its remarkable economic achievements but also noting the huge economic, social and political challenges it confronts. China will not, he concludes, dominate the world in the 21st century. He is almost certainly right.”
Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times

"An excellent, current guide to the challenges and dangers ahead for modern China. It describes, with verve and insight, why the 'China Dream' may lead to a chilly awakening."
Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank Group, U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

"China is a bubble in multiple ways - not least in the way its supposed never-ending rise is interpreted and understood in the west. Jonathan Fenby shows courage and insight in pricking the bubble in this important book."
Will Hutton


Diamonds Diamonds
Ian Smillie

"Fifteen years ago Ian Smillie looked at a diamond and saw blood, and he rallied civil society and the diamond industry to address the blood diamond challenge.
In Diamonds he cuts his way into the myriad facets of the diamond story — from geology, to mythology, to development and more. Diamonds is information-packed and inspirational, as is Smillie."
Stephen D'Esposito, president of RESOLVE, and former director of Greenpeace International and EARTHWORKS

"Ian Smillie has produced a remarkably concise yet insightful look into the diamond industry – science, commerce, conflict, activism, Kimberley Process regulation and the ongoing challenge of international development – based on his years of first-hand experience on the front lines."
Matt Runci, retired CEO of Jewelers of America, and founding board chair of Responsible Jewellery Council


Offshoring Offshoring
John Urry

"Exposing capitalism’s expanding economy of secrecy, John Urry reveals a terrifying picture of catastrophes waiting to happen, of global inequalities difficult to comprehend, and of human rights violations on an appalling scale. Sociology at its best, warning us of the worst. Offshoring should be required reading for all undergraduates."
Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley

"This is one point of John Urry’s thought provoking book: the outside suggested by the concept of 'offshoring' no longer exists. Therefore politics of offshoring today are simultaneously domestic and global. And like Urry so excitingly does we have to ask: how can the 'outsourced' citizen of the world be included in decisions which affect their survival?"
Ulrich Beck, University of Munich


Correspondence Correspondence
Sigmund Freud & Anna Freud

"This compendious volume, expertly translated and annotated, provides 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…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 of the Freud Museum London and author of Mad, Bad and Sad

"In this 500 page shrine everything is perfectly collated, ordered, logged; every bit of background that could be found has been meticulously researched and impartially presented... I enjoyed it more by opening at random, picking out a letter as though it was loose, in a drawer, rather than ordered in a book. Read this way ... a reader can both experience and appreciate the ordinary in the lives of these two extraordinary people."
The Independent


textbooks

Will the Middle Eat Implode? Will the Middle East Implode?
Mohammed Ayoob

"An indispensable book that surveys the region as a whole while providing penetrating accounts of what is unfolding in each country, and how the play of forces from within and without is generating a crisis of potentially global proportions."
Richard Falk, Princeton University, and UN Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine

"Mohammed Ayoob's short book is a brilliant analysis of Middle East politics. It makes for sobering, yet essential, reading."
Patrick Seale, author of The Struggle for Arab Independence: Riad el-Solh and The Makers of the Modern Middle East

"This book is a sure guide to the rival forces that are now contending in the region and a timely warning of the dangers ahead. It is more than a tour d'horizon; it is a tour de force."
Stephen Walt, Harvard Kennedy School


Can Science Fix Climate Change? Can Science Fix Climate Change?
Mike Hulme

"Mike Hulme eloquently and rationally outlines the arguments against proposals to use stratospheric aerosols to cool the planet and questions the ethics of even researching them. Regardless of whether one agrees with his conclusions, there is no doubt that he definitively makes the case that must be answered by proponents."
Steve Rayner, Oxford University


Are We All Scientific Experts Now? Are We All Scientific Experts Now?
Harry Collins

"I read this short book with admiration -- an analysis by a social scientist which (unlike much of that genre) should resonate with most actual researchers."
Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Former President of the Royal Society

"Packed into a slim polemic that succinctly yet movingly distills years of painstaking research into expertise, Harry Collins delivers an immensely rich book-- a thorough cultural and intellectual analysis of why attitudes towards towards scientific expertise have changed, and why a new view of them needs to be adopted, to preserve society."
Evan Selinger, Rochester Institute of Technology


Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously
Brad Evans & Julian Reid

"One of the most radical and illuminating critiques of the currently fashionable notion of resilience."
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University

"Anyone interested in political theory after biopolitics must read this book."
Cary Wolfe, Rice University

"A tour de force. Brad Evans and Julian Reid mount a powerful indictment of the prophetic image of thought and the oppressive worldview of endless insecurity and threat that such thinking produces. If there is any possibility of welcoming and celebrating a world yet to come, one that is radically different from what currently is, we must, they insist, begin by moving beyond the inertia and defeatism that a catastrophic imaginary generates."
Adrian Parr, University of Cincinnati


Protest Inc: The Corporatization of Activism Protest Inc: The Corporatization of Activism
Peter Dauvergne & Genevieve LeBaron

"A gripping book, full of disheartening statistics. The essential message of the book is pretty clear - 'the rich are winning'."
The Ecologist

"A tremendous book - hard-hitting, passionate, and beautifully written - that deserves to be read by everyone who is interested in social change."
Michael Edwards, Demos, New York, and editor of Transformation

"This original and compelling book provides a much needed wake-up call about the creeping de-radicalizing influence of big business on activism in the contemporary world."
Michael Maniates, Professor of Social Sciences, Yale-NUS, Singapore