Sciences humaines & sociales

  • Barack Obama's success in becoming President of the United States meant that he dramatically changed the face that his country presented to the world. In this bestselling book, Barack Obama discusses the importance of empathy in politics, his hopes for a different America with different policies, and how the ideals of its democracy can be renewed. With intimacy and self-deprecating humour, Obama describes his experiences as a politician and balancing his family life with his public vocation. His search for consensus and his respect for the democratic process inform every sentence. A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a sceptic, Barack Obama has written a book of transforming power that will inspire people the world over.

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  • @00000400@@00000327@'A vital book for our times' ROBERT MACFARLANE@00000341@'Unflinching, complex, provocative' NIKESH SHUKLA@00000341@'A work of astonishing, insistent importance' @00000373@Observer@00000155@@00000133@@00000341@@00000341@Aged eight, Dina Nayeri fled Iran along with her mother and brother, and lived in the crumbling shell of an Italian hotel-turned-refugee camp. Eventually she was granted asylum in America. Now, Nayeri weaves together her own vivid story with those of other asylum seekers in recent years. In these pages, women gather to prepare the noodles that remind them of home, a closeted queer man tries to make his case truthfully as he seeks asylum and a translator attempts to help new arrivals present their stories to officials.@00000341@@00000341@ Surprising and provocative, @00000373@The Ungrateful Refugee@00000155@ recalibrates the conversation around the refugee experience. Here are the real human stories of what it is like to be forced to flee your home, and to journey across borders in the hope of starting afresh.@00000163@

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  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 GORDON BURN PRIZE CHOSEN AS 'BOOK OF THE YEAR' BY Observer Guardian Telegraph Irish Times New Statesman Times Literary Supplement Herald When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between the works and lives of some of the city's most compelling artists, Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.

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  • As Ben Fountain sees it, the United States is facing its third existential crisis. The first was the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War. The second was the Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialised world, which brought about the New Deal. The third, is Donald Trump. But how will it end? Taking in America's love affair with firearms, celebrity culture, Russia, Obamacare, Hillary Clinton and, of course, Trump himself, Beautiful Country Burn Again explores how the United States reached a new crisis point and asks how America really can be great again.

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  • Many of the great ruins that grace the deserts and jungles of the earth are monuments to progress traps, the headstones of civilisations which fell victim to their own success. The twentieth-century's runaway growth has placed a murderous burden on the planet. This work argues that this modern predicament is as old as civilisation.

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  • Tells the story of Britain through the voices of the visionaries, dissenters, rebels and everyday folk who took on the Establishment and stood up for what they believed in. This book includes their stories, speeches and songs, from John Ball to Daniel Defoe; from the peasants' revolts to the suffragists to the anti-war demonstrators of today.

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  • An investigation into the history of myth, this book takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the mythology of the hunters to the 'Great Western Transformation'. It shows us that the history of myth is the history of humanity, and our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other.

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  • United Fruit and the Invention of Twentieth-Century Greed. The true story of how one company created the template of aggressive globalization.

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  • Was the twentieth century the most violent in history? Are religions or tyrants, capitalism or communism the cause of most human suffering? Has violence increased or decreased over the course of history?

    In this wholly original and remarkably ambitious work, 'Atrocitologist' Matthew White considers man's inhumanity to man across several thousand years of history. From the First Punic War and the collapse of Mayan rule, to the reign of Peter the Great and the cataclysmic events of the Second World War, White's epic book spans centuries and civilisations as it measures the hundred most violent events in human history. While sceptical of any grand theory for the causes of human violence, White does share three big lessons gleaned from his careful statistical analysis: one, chaos is more deadly than tyranny; two, the world is even more disorganised than we realise; and three, wars kill more civilians than soldiers (in fact, the army is usually the safest place to be).

    If we study history to avoid the mistakes of the past, then there can be no more important place to start than this eye-opening and entertaining book.

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  • At a time when political, environmental and social gloom can seem overpowering, this remarkable work offers a lucid, affirmative and well-argued case for hope.

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  • 'Gripping - A highly intense and enjoyable read.' Rolling Stone

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  • On 17th September 2006, Neil Boorman burnt all his branded items. The ones that wouldn't burn, he destroyed with a sledgehammer. Here, he examines the social, historical, economic and psychological ways in which brands have gripped our society, as well as documenting his personal trials and tribulations as he tries to live a life without brands.

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  • The hilarious story of one man's search for optimism - the perfect antidote to the January Blues.

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  • Examines the social, historical, economic and psychological ways in which brands have gripped our society.

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  • 'When the shit hits the fan, you're going to want to find me. And you'll want to be doing whatever I'm doing. Because I've learnt from the best.'

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  • This comprehensive work provides an account of caffeine's impact on humankind. Beginning in Ethiopia, the author sails along the same route that carried the first beans to Yemen 1500 years ago, and literally travels the world in his mission to prove that coffee is the driving force in history.

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  • The first and best compendium of facts weirder than fiction, of intriguing information and must-talk-about trivia has spawned many imitators - but none as addictive or successful.

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  • Anglais Dolce Vita

    Stephen Gundle

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  • How do you measure the imagination? How do you quantify an epiphany? This title shows how research is deepening our understanding of the human imagination. It reveals the deep inventiveness of the human mind and its essential role in our increasingly complex world.

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  • Relying on science, the author shows that sales isn't what it used to be. He provides a set of tools, tips, and exercises for succeeding on this new terrain - including six new ways to pitch your idea, three ways to understand another's perspective, five frames that can make your message clearer, and more.

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