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Robert D. Putnam's Bowling Alone

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £6.50
In Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam argues that Americans have become disconnected from one another and from the institutions of their common life, and investigates the consequences of this change.

Karl Marx's Capital

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £6.50
Capitalism, thought Karl Marx, works by exploiting the working class. Their wages do not reflect the value of their labor. Marx concluded that capitalism would fail because of this contradiction at the heart of the capitalist system. He wrote Capital to give activists the theories and language they needed to criticise the system.

Judith Butler's Gender Trouble

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Butler's 1990 work shook the foundations of feminist theory and changed the conversation about gender. While many thinkers already accepted that "gender" was a category constructed by society defined by one's genitalia, Butler went further and argued that gender is performative-it exists only in the acts that express it.

Alasdair Macintyre's After Virtue

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
One of the most vital and controversial works in twentieth-century world moral philosophy, After Virtue (1981) examines how we think about, talk about, and act out our moral views in the modern world.

John Rawls' Theory of Justice

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Rawls' 1971 text links the idea of social justice to a basic sense of fairness that recognizes human rights and freedoms. Controversially, though, it also accepts differences in the distribution of goods and services-as long as they benefit the worst-off in society.

Plato's The Republic

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £6.50
What is justice? How should an individual and a society behave justly? And how do they learn how to do so? These are just some of the core questions explored in The Republic, considered by many to be Plato's most important work.

Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Published in 1992, The End of History and the Last Man argues that capitalist democracy is the final destination for all societies. Fukuyama believed democracy triumphed during the Cold War because it lacks the "fundamental contradictions" inherent in communism and satisfies our yearning for freedom and equality.

Samuel P. Hungtington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
"In his highly influential 1996 book, Huntington offers a vision of a post-Cold War world in which conflict takes place not between competing ideologies but between cultures.

Edward Said's Orientalism

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
Advertisements for soap. The image of a lm star. We accept these common objects as a normal part of our life. But each also carries hidden messages that none of us even suspect - as Barthes demonstrated in his unique analysis of the signs that generate meanings and assumptions we all take for granted.

Robert A. Dahl's Who Governs?

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £6.50
A game-changer when it was first published in 1961, Who Governs? remains one of the most influential political science books ever written. Dahl argues that American liberal democracy is a pluralist system in which policy is not, as is so often thought, shaped by a small group of powerful individuals.

Marthin Luther King Jr's Why We Can't Wait

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Why We Can't Wait (1964) is arguably the most vital book by one of the most important men in US history. Martin Luther King Jr. sets out the ideas that fuelled a large part of the 1960s civil rights movement.

David Brion Davis' The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
Slavery had been accepted in Western culture for centuries. So why did a movement suddenly rise up in the industrial era calling for its abolition? Could it be that people had suddenly become more enlightened and humanitarian? Or were there other, more compelling and perhaps self-serving reasons for this sudden about-turn?

Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
Stephen Pinker's optimistic 2011 book argues that, despite humanity's biological tendency toward violence, we are, in fact, less violent today than ever before citing extensive statistical evidence.

Carole Hillenbrand's The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
The story of the crusades has been told and retold in Western histories-but invariable from Western perspectives. Carole Hillenbrand's fresh interpretation drew on Islamic sources that describe the crusades from a Muslim point of view.

Jonathan Riley-Smith's The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Riley-Smith's 1986 book gives convincing case for a 'revisionist' view of the crusades, challenging the common belief that the crusades were motivated by fanaticism and were designed to plunder the Holy Lands.

W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne's Blue Ocean Strategy

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Competitors have always existed in business, but what if it were possible to render your competition irrelevant? This is the critical question posed in Blue Ocean Strategy, which argues that the path to success of any company lies not in taking on potential competitors, but in the creation of "blue oceans" in uncontested market space.

Christopher Hill's The World Turned Upside Down

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Christopher Hill turned thinking about the English Civil Wars (1642-51) on its head with The World Turned Upside Down.

Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
An instant bestseller, Sacks's 1985 book argues that, by connecting with their patients and pay attention to their stories, doctors can provide significantly more effective care.

Bernard Bailyn's The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £6.50
Before Bailyn's 1967 work, it was generally accepted that the American Revolution was driven by social conflict between settlers and the British government and class conflict in American society.

Odd Arne Westad's The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions And The Making Of Our Times

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
Westad's seminal 2005 work shifts the focus of Cold War studies from Europe to the post-World War II interventions by both the Soviet Union and the United States in the affairs of developing nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
American author, journalist, and activist Jane Jacobs was born in 1916 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She moved to New York City in 1934, where she became a journalist, writing for magazines including Architectural Forum and Fortune.

James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
The Anti-Politics Machine (1990) examines how international development projects are conceived, researched, and put into practice. It also looks at what these projects actually achieve.

C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
Lewis's 1952 Mere Christianity-originally printed in pamphlet form during World War II-documents a complex journey from atheism to faith. Lewis's fresh, lively, and often humorous presentation of Christian doctrine helped to make him arguably the greatest defender of Christianity of the 20th century.

Betty Friedam's The Feminine Mystique

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £6.50
In 1963's The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan challenged the vision 1950s America had of itself as a nation of happy housewives and contented families. After World War II, society had fostered the idea that women wanted to run a home and live through the achievements of a husband and children.
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