The Far Right Today by Cas Mudde

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The far right is back with a vengeance.  After several decades at the political margins, far-right politics has again taken center stage.  Three of the world’s largest democracies – Brazil, India, and the United States – now have a radical right leader, while far-right parties continue to increase their profile and support within Europe.

In this timely book, leading global expert on political extremism Cas Mudde provides a concise overview of the fourth wave of postwar far-right politics, exploring its history, ideology, organisation, causes, and consequences, as well as the responses available to civil society, party, and state actors to challenge its ideas and influence.  What defines this current far-right renaissance, Mudde argues, is its mainstreaming and normalisation within the contemporary political landscape.  Challenging orthodox thinking on the relationship between conventional and far-right politics, Mudde offers a complex and insightful picture of one of the key political challenges of our time.

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Way Of The Waves by Janina Ramirez

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Alva clings to her sleeping wolf as the Viking longship pitches and rolls over the North Sea’s crashing waves.  Soon she will reveal herself as a secret stowaway, but only when there’s no chance of turning back.  This is her opportunity to put her shield maiden spirit to the test – exploring strange new ands, solving mysteries, and most importantly finding her father … 

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That Will Never Work by Marc Randolph

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The incredible untold story of how Netflix went from concept to company – all revealed by co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph.

Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar video stores were king.  Late fees were ubiquitous, video-streaming unheard of, and widespread DVD adoption seemed about as imminent as flying cars.  Indeed, these were the widely accepted laws of the land in 1997, when Marc Randolph had an idea.  It was a simple thought – leveraging the internet to rent movies.  With Reed Hastings as the primary investor and Randolph as the CEO, together they founded Netflix.

Now with over 150 million subscribers, Netflix’s triumph feels inevitable, but the twenty-first century’s most disruptive startup began with few believers and calamity at every turn.  Marc Randolph’s transformational journey exemplifies how anyone with grit, gut instincts and determination can change the world – even with an idea that many think will never work.

Full of counterintuitive concepts and written in binge-worthy prose, Marc answers some of our most fundamental questions about taking that leap of faith in business or in life: how do you begin?  How do you weather disappointment and failure?  How do you deal with success?  What even is success?

From idea generation to team building to knowing when it’s time to let go, That Will Never Work is not only the ultimate follow-your-dreams parable, but also one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time. 

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Riddle Of The Runes by Janina Ramirez

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Alva rushes through the trees in the dead of night with her sniffer wolf, Fen.  Being out alone when there’s a kidnapper on the loose is reckless, but if she ever wants to be an investigator like her Uncle Magnus, she’ll need to be first to the crime scene.

But what Alva discovers raises more questions than it answers, drawing her into a dangerous search for truth, and for treasure … 

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The Sex Factor: How Women Made The West Rich by Victoria Bateman

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Why did the West become so rich?  Why is inequality rising?  How ‘free’ should markets be?  And what does sex have to do with it?

In this passionate and skilfully argued book, leading feminist Victoria Bateman shows how we can only understand the burning economic issues of our time if we put sex and gender – ‘the sex factor’ – at the heart of the picture.  Spanning the globe and drawing on thousands of years of history, Bateman tells a bold story about how the status and freedom of women are central to our prosperity.  Genuine female empowerment requires us not only to recognise the liberating potential of markets and smart government policies but also to challenge the double-standard of many modern feminists when they celebrate the brain while denigrating the body.

This iconoclastic book is a devastating expose of what we have lost by ignoring ‘the sex factor’ and of how reversing this neglect can drive the smart economic policies we need today.   

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Resisters: 52 Young Women Making Herstory Right Now by Lauren Sharkey and Manjit Thapp

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”We’re not the future.  We’re doing it right now.”

Across the world, young women are uniting to create change and stand up for what they believe in.

Resisters introduces you to 52 activists doing just that.  Some are campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights, to save the environment or to combat feminist issues like period poverty.  While others are active in STEM, politics and diversity.  Yet, whether it be Twitter campaigns or life-saving apps, their great ideas are changing the world as we know it!

Packed with inspiring true stories, tips and takeaways, this is a must-have for those who dare to make a difference. 

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Generation Left by Keir Milburn

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Increasingly age appears to be the key dividing line in contemporary politics.  Young people across the globe are embracing left-wing ideas and supporting figures such as Corbyn and Sanders.  Where has this ‘Generation Left’ come from?  How can it change the world?

This compelling book by Keir Milburn traces the story of Generation Left.  Emerging in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash, it has now entered the electoral arena and found itself vying for dominance with ageing right-leaning voters and a ‘Third Way’ political elite unable to accept the new realities.

By offering a new concept of political generations, Milburn unveils the ideas, attitudes and direction of Generation Left and explains how the age gap can be bridged by reinventing youth and adulthood.  This book is essential reading for anyone, young or old, who is interested in addressing the multiple crises of our time.  

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Primo Levi: The Last Interview – Conversations with Giovanni Tesio by Giovanni Tesio

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At the start of 1987, Primo Levi took part in a remarkable series of conversations about his early life with a friend and fellow writer, Giovanni Tesio.  This book is the result of those meetings, originally intended to be the basis for an authorised biography and published here in English for the first time.

In a densely packed dialogue, Levi responds to Tesio’s tactful and never too insistent questions with a watchful readiness and candour, breaking through the reserve of the public persona to allow a more intimate self to emerge.  Following the thread of memory, he lucidly discusses his family, his childhood, his education during the Fascist period, his adolescent friendships, his reading, his shyness and his passion for mountaineering, and recounts his wartime experience as a partisan and the terrible price it exacted from him and his comrades.  Though we glimpse his later life as a writer, the story breaks off just before his deportation to Auschwitz due to his sudden death.

In The Last Interview, Levi the man, the witness, the chemist and the writer all unite to offer us a story which is also a window onto history.  These conversations shed new light on Levi’s life and will appeal to the many readers of this most eloquent witness to the horrors of the Holocaust. 

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The Atlas Of Disease by Sandra Hempel

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The Atlas Of Disease gives a unique perspective on how epidemics have spread throughout history, from the fourteenth-century plague that devastated Europe and the lethal outbreaks of cholera in the nineteenth century, right up to the AIDs epidemic of the 1980s and the catastrophic spread of zika in Brazil.

Interweaving new maps based on the latest available data with historical charts alongside intriguing, often unsettling, contemporary illustrations, this extraordinary book plots the course of some of the most virulent and deadly pandemics around the world.  Discover how diseases have changed the course of history, stimulated advances in medicine and how mapping has played a key role in prevention and cure, shaping countless lives. 

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The Girl With Space In Her Heart by Lara Williamson

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Mabel Mynt knows a lot about space …

… like how we feel connected to the stars because we are all made of stardust.

And that Mum’s new boyfriend, Galactic Gavin, has eyes that twinkle like Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

And that sometimes the perfect place for her sister, Terrible Topaz, would be a black hole.

But Mabel doesn’t know how to fill the space in her heart that Dad left when he walked out.

And so she sets out on a mission of discovery …

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M&A Disputes: A Professional Guide To Accounting Arbitrations by A. Vincent Biemans and Gerald M. Hansen

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Handle M&A disputes with an insider’s skillset.

M&A Disputes provides a detailed look at the many components and nuances of M&A purchase price adjustment mechanisms and post-closing disputes.  Although common, the negotiation and resolution of M&A disputes requires specialised knowledge and can be opaque to non-practitioners.  This step-by-step guide takes you inside the world of M&A post-closing purchase price adjustments and disputes to provide an intimate look at how the process works.

This practitioner’s reference offers tools and guidance that can assist in preventing and resolving issues along the entire lifestyle of a transaction.  It enables you to: 

– gain a thorough understanding of the M&A dispute framework to guide you along the way

– Benefit fro situation-specific advice aimed at limiting the scope of disputes or preventing them altogether while fully preparing to win

– Understand the “dos” and “don’ts” of persuading an accounting arbitrator to achieve the best possible outcome.

Until the purchase price is final, you need M&A Disputes.

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The Haven Revolution by Simon Lelic

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When pupils start going missing from a prestigious boarding school, Ollie Turner knows it’s a job for the Haven.

Below the city streets, the Haven is a hideout for kids, run by kids.

Ollie and the Haven’s Investigations Team put their lives on the line, going undercover to find the missing children.  But little do they realise that a deadly enemy awaits them – one with plans to destroy everything they hold dear.

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Supercharg3d: How 3D Printing Will Drive Your Supply Chain by Len Pannett

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A strategic and operational guide to using 3D printing to drive value in the supply chain – featuring case studies and illustrated examples from across industries.

After many years as a tool for designers, 3D printing today promises to revolutionise supply chains.  Cut through the hype and hyperbole, and it becomes clear that it offers unprecedented potential to redesign supply chain models, simplifying and shrinking them, enabling previously unimaginable designs to be produced where they are most needed.  However, adopting it is a strategic endeavour, one that involves the consideration of several wider implications.

This book goes beyond touting the latest technological advances or listing the many wonderful things that 3D printing is being used to make.  It teaches readers what is important about 3D printing, why they need to prepare for its emergence today, and how they can go about adopting it.

Supercharg3d: How 3D Printing Will Drive Your Supply Chain shows readers how to drive value in their supply chain by supercharging it – giving it more power – with 3D printing.  Aimed at being a first reference for those in businesses who make strategic decisions on operations and supply chain matters, it takes a pragmatic position, balancing the opportunities that 3D printing presents with the reality of the limitations that it continues to have, so that readers can make the best decisions possible.

– Strategic guide that covers 3D printing and its implications in the supply chain

– Operational guidance and best practices for how and when 3D printing can be adopted

– Identification of 3D printing’s impacts on the individual SCOR supply chain elements

– Features new, transformative supply chain models that are enabled by 3D printing

– Includes case studies and illustrated examples from diverse industries including aerospace (Airbus), energy (Shell), consumer goods (Nike), medical (Align Technology), and transportation (Deutsche Bahn).

Supercharg3d: How 3D Printing Will Drive Your Supply Chain is the go-to book for operations and supply chain decision makers in manufacturing, engineering and technology companies looking to incorporate the technology into their business operations. 

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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

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This is Michael’s story.

Join him as he enters the world with tiny feather eyelashes.  Travel from school to college, where he discovers his flock, and comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen.  At university, take a seat in the audience and watch him find his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo.

A bold story about discovering that only YOU get the privilege of choosing who you are.  There is power in embracing your uniqueness.  What’s your story?  

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The Haven by Simon Lelic

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Underneath the city there exists a secret organisation.

It’s called The Haven – a sanctuary for kids run by kids, with an investigation team that fights for justice everywhere. 

Alone and on the run, 13-year-old Ollie Turner is taken in by The Haven – and finds himself in a world of danger and adventure he could never have imagined …

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Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

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Cordelia Russell lives on the Côte d’Azur.  For years she’s acted the part of the wealthy English divorcée.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Tonight, she will spend a final decadent night at a glittering party.  Surrounded by the young, beautiful and privileged she will forget her age and her poverty.

But when dawn breaks she will stumble home through the back streets to her door.  Where flies buzz over the decomposing corpse lying in her bedroom …

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The Econocracy: On The Perils Of Leaving Economics To The Experts by Joe Earle, Cahal Moran and Zach Ward-Perkins

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A century ago the idea of ‘the economy’ didn’t exist.  Now economics is the supreme ideology of our time, with its own rules and language.  The trouble is, most of us can’t speak it.  This galvanising book shows us why this is damaging democracy, and what we can do about it. 

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A Pocketful Of Stars by Aisha Bushby

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This place is magic … but it’s not the sort of magic that comes from wands and spells …

Safiya and her mum rarely see eye to eye.  But when her mum falls ill, something mysterious happens.  Saff finds herself transported back in tie to her mum’s childhood home in Kuwait.  And it becomes clear that this isn’t just a magical place: it’s a game.  As Saff figures out how to play the game, she realises that opening her heart to the past is the key to changing her future … 

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The Case For People’s Quantitative Easing by Frances Coppola

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In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, central banks created trillions of dollars of new money, and poured it into financial markets.  ‘Quantitative Easing’ (QE) was supposed to prevent deflation and restore economic growth.

But the money didn’t go to ordinary people: it went to the rich, who didn’t need it.  It went to big corporations and banks – the same banks whose reckless lending caused the crash.  This led to a decade of stagnation, not recovery.  QE failed.

In this book, Frances Coppola makes the case for a ‘people’s QE’, in which the money goes directly to ordinary people and small businesses.  She argues that it is the fairest and most effective way of restoring crisis-hit economies and helping to solve the long-term challenges of ageing populations, automation and climate change. 

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Build It: The Rebel Playbook For World-Class Employee Engagement by Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey

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The old way of treating employees at work has failed.  Only 30% of employees are engaged in their jobs and, in this fast-paced world, that’s just not enough.

The world’s most successful companies have been quietly doing things differently for nearly two decades.  Over that time, they’ve generated stock market returns of twice the norm and the’ve had half the employee turnover of their peers.  Their staff innovate more, deliver better customer service and beat the competition.  These companies outperform and disrupt their markets.

They break the rules of traditional HR.  They rebel against the status quo.  Build It has found the rebels and the rulebreakers, and shares their best secrets for engaging their people.

A decade in the making, the Engagement Bridge is approved model for building an engaged company culture.

Developed from working with almost 2,000 organisations worldwide – big to small, public to private – the model is a lens that will help you examine the places in your business where engagement is made, or broken. 

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Stay The Course: The Story Of Vanguard And The Index Revolution by John C. Bogle

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Stay The Course is the gripping story of the creation of what would become the largest mutual fund organisation in the world, as told by its founder, John C. Boyle.  Readers will come to appreciate Bogle as a unique innovator in the world of mutual funds – an investor who used his market wisdom and business savvy to bring mutual fund investors their fair share of stock and bond market returns.  This book will delight anyone who enjoys a good story with a happy ending.

In 1974, when the story of The Vanguard Group began, the idea of a mutual fund that was truly mutual – owned by the fund shareholders themselves and operating on an “at cost” basis with no profits to outside shareholders – was viewed as anathema by many seasoned investors.  Not deterred by his colleagues’ caution and, sometimes, outright hostility, John Bogle persevered, building what would become a $5 trillion mutual fund complex.

Vanguard’s remarkable success is inextricably intertwined with the index revolution that has changed the way we think about professional money management.  Buying and holding the market portfolio turns out to be the simplest and soundest path to investment success.  Bogle’s creation – the S&P 500 Index fund – is the spark that ignited the flame of the index revolution.

Bogle concludes his book with some personal insights.  His memoir-like final chapter gives readers some valuable insights into the thinking of Vanguard’s legendary creator.  Bogle’s engaging tale overflows with business insights and inspiration that you won’t want to miss. 

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Russia by Dmitri Trenin

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Over the past century alone, Russia has lived through great achievements and deepest misery; mass heroism and mass crime; over-blown ambition and near-hopeless despair – always emerging with its sovereignty and its fiercely independent spirit intact.

In this book, leading Russia scholar Dmitri Trenin accompanies readers on Russia’s rollercoaster journey from revolution to post-war devastation, perestroika to Putin’s stabilisation of post-Communist Russia.  Explaining the causes and the meaning of the numerous twists and turns in contemporary Russian history, he offers a vivid insider’s view of a country through one of its most trying and often tragic periods.  Today, he cautions, Russia stands at a turning point – politically, economically, and socially – its situation strikingly reminiscent of the Russian Empire in its final years.  For the Russian Federation to avoid a similar demise, it must learn the lessons of its own history.

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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay And A Mother’s Will To Survive by Stephanie Land

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”My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.”

As a struggling single mum, determined to keep a roof over her daughter’s head, Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, working long hours in order to provide for her small family.

As she worked hard to climb her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labour jobs as a cleaner whilst also juggling higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote.  She wrote the true stories that weren’t being told.  The stories of the overworked and underpaid. 

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Money In The Morgue by Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy

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It’s business as usual for Mr Glossop as he does his regular rounds delivering wages to the government buildings scattered across New Zealand’s desolate Canterbury plains.  But when his car breaks down he is stranded for the night at the lonely Mount Seaver Hospital, with the telephone lines down, a storm on its way and the nearby river about to burst its banks.

Trapped with him at Mount Seager are a group of quarantined soldiers with a serious case of cabin fever; three young employees embroiled in a tense love triangle, a dying elderly man, an elusive patient whose origins remain a mystery … and a potential killer.

When the payroll disappears from a locked safe and the hospital’s death toll starts to rise faster than normal, can the appearance of an English detective working in counterespionage be just a lucky coincidence – or is something more sinister afoot? 

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Pride: The Story Of The LGBTQ Equality Movement by Matthew Todd

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In June 1969, police raided New York gay bar The Stonewall Inn, and the LGBTQ equality movement was born.  Pride charts the events of that night in New York, the days and nights of rioting that followed, the ensuing organisation of the LGBTQ community – and the 50 years that followed in which activists and ordinary people have dedicated their lives to reversing the global position.

Pride documents the milestones in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality, from the victories of early activists to the passing of legislation barring discrimination, and the gradual acceptance of the LTBTQ community in politics, spot, culture and the media.  Rare images and documents cover the seminal moments, events and breakthroughs of the movement, while personal testimonies share the voices of key figures on a broad range of topics, including Maureen Duffy on the early days of the movement, Asifa Lahore on religion, Jake Shears on music, Will Young on mental health and Paris Lees on trans representation.  Pride is a unique celebration of LGBTQ cultures, an account of the ongoing challenges facing the community, and a testament to the equal rights that have been won for many as a result of the passion and determination of this mass movement.

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