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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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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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 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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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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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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Dear Life by Rachel Clarke

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It takes courage to love the things of this world when all of them, without fail, are fleeting, fading, no more than a spark against the darkness of deep time.  Yet when everything you have been and done and meant to the world is being prised from your grasp, human connections are the vital medicine.  It is other people who make the difference.

Rachel Clarke grew up spellbound by her father’s stories of practising medicine.  Then, when she became a doctor, one specialising in palliative medicine, she found herself contemplating all her training had taught her in the face of her own father’s mortality.

Dear Life is the inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking and yet deeply uplifting story f the doctor we would all want to have by our side in a crisis.  The hospice where Rachel works is, of course, a world haunted by loss and grief, but it is also teeming with life.

If there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world.  In a hospice, therefore, there is more of what matters in life – more love, more strength, more kindness, more smiles, more dignity, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion – than you could ever imagine.

Dear Life is a love letter – to a father, to a profession, to life itself.

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The End Of Aspiration by Duncan Exley

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Why is it getting harder to secure a job that matches our qualifications, buy a home of our own and achieve financial stability?

Underprivileged people have always faced barriers, but people from middle-income families are increasingly more likely to slide down the social scale than climb up.

Duncan Exley draws on expert research and real-life experiences – including from an actor, a politician, a billionaire entrepreneur and a surgeon – to issue a wake-up call to break through segregated opportunity.  He offers a manifesto to reboot our prospects and benefit all.

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Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, The US And The Struggle For Global Power by Richard McGregor

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The dramatic story of the relationship between the world’s three largest economies, by one of the foremost experts on East Asia. 

For more than half a century, American power in the Pacific has successfully kept the peace.  But it has also cemented the toxic rivalry between China and Japan, consumed with endless history wars and entrenched political dynasties.  Now, the combination of these forces with Donald Trump’s unpredictable impulses and disdain for America’s old alliances threatens to upend the region.  If the United States helped lay the post-war foundations for modern Asia, Asia’s Reckoning will reveal how that structure is now crumbling.

With unrivalled access to US and Asian archives, as well as many of the major players in all three countries, Richard McGregor shows how the confrontational course on which China and Japan have increasingly set themselves is no simple spat between neighbours.  And the fallout would be a political and economic tsunami for all of us.  

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Moneyland by Oliver Bullough

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These are the men who stole the world.

Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough reveals the obscene dark side of globalised finance, a shadow realm of oligarchs and gangsters, unimaginable power and zero accountability.  It’s a place you are unlikely to visit, but you can see its effects everywhere.  Just look around.

How did we get here?  In the 1950s, a small group of bankers in London had a clever idea: ‘offshore’, an imaginary zone where money could flow free.  Their breakthrough created a vast reservoir of secret wealth, one that bends the laws of every nation on Earth in order to protect its masters.

Thanks to offshore, for the first time thieves could dream big.  They could take everything – which is exactly what they will do, unless we stop them.  

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Why Cities Look The Way They Do by Richard J Williams

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We tend to think cities look the way they do because of the conscious work of architects, planners and builders.  But what if the look of cities had less to do with design, and more to do with social, cultural, financial and political processes, and the way ordinary citizens interact with them?  What if the city is a process as much as a design?  Richard J Williams takes the moment construction is finished as a beginning, tracing the myriad processes that produce the look of the contemporary global city.

This book is the story of dramatic but unforeseen urban sights: how financial capital spawns empty towering skyscrapers and hollowed-out ghettoes; how the zoning of once-illicit sexual practices in marginal areas of the city results in the reinvention of culturally vibrant gay villages; how abandoned factories have been repurposed as creative hubs in a precarious postindustrial economy.  It is also the story of how popular urban cliches and the fictional portrayal of cities powerfully shape the way we read and see the bricks, concrete and glass that surround us.

Thought-provoking and original, Why Cities Look The Way They Do will appeal to anyone who wants to understand the contemporary city, shedding new light on humanity’s greatest collective invention.

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The Future Of Design by Lorraine Justice

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There is no blurb on the back, instead you get these quotes:

”A hugely important book that appears at a critical time.”

Bruce Nussbaum, Mentor-in-Residence, New Museum, NYC, former Managing Editor, BusinessWeek

“A must-read for anyone who recognises the need to graduate past a world of objects made of wood and metal, to design experiences that will largely be made out out computer codes.”

John Maeda, Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion, Automattic, Inc

“An excellent overview of professional design.  It’s an invaluable resource for those interested in pursuing a career in the field or for entrepreneurs looking to harness the power of great design.”

Carole Bilson, President, Design Management Institute

“Lorraine Justice has created a guide that will help designers and those who want to learn what design is and can be.  Her experience as an educator, strategist, and researcher provides the base to describe the who, what, and why in design.”

Craig M. Vogel, FIDSA, FRSA, Associate Dean, College of DAAP, University of Cincinnati

“A timely book for designers, students in design disciplines, business, CEOs, product managers, and team players.”

Min Wang, Professor, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing China, founding partner, HYVC

“An authoritative and inspiring exploration into the role of design in production and society, technology and the market.” 

Lorenzo Imbesi, PhD, Full Professor of Design, Chair of Sapienza Design Research, Sapienza University of Rome 

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Feminism Is … by Alexandra Black, Laura Buller, Emily Hoyle and Dr Megan Todd

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Feminism is …

… the struggle for equality between women and men.

It didn’t just start with #MeToo.  The fight for women’s rights has been around for hundreds of years.  Today’s feminism is more diverse than ever before and asks all kinds of questions.  How does sexism affect women?  Is gender fixed or fluid?  What is intersectional feminism?

Get to grips with the big issues in this lively introduction, and meet some inspirational rebels who were not afraid to stand up for what they believed.

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Good Money: Understand Your Choices by Nathalie Spencer

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We all make choices with money – understand yours.

Using a unique, visual approach, Nathalie Spencer uncovers the science behind how w think about, use and manage money to guide you to a wiser and more enjoyable relationship with your finances.

From examining how cashless transactions affect our spending and decoding the principles of why a bargain draws you in, through to exposing what it really means to be an effective forecaster, Good Money reveals how you can be motivated to be better with money and provides you with essential tools to boost your financial wellbeing. 

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The Secret Barrister: Stories Of The Law And How It’s Broken

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How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty?

What do you say to someone sentenced to ten years who you believe to be innocent?

What is the law and why do we need it?

And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

From the lawyers to the criminals, the victims, witnesses and officers of the law, here is the best and worst of humanity, all working within a system which would never be off the front pages if the public knew what it was really like.

Both a searing first-hand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system, and a guide to how we got into this mess, the Secret Barrister wants to show you what it’s really like and why it really matters. 

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Communication: How To Connect With Anyone by Gill Hasson

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Discover the principles to effective communication.

Communication is the key to connecting with others.  All too often, however, poor communication leads to misunderstandings between people.  How can you better hone your communication skills?

Become an accomplished communicator.

Communication expert and bestselling author, Gill Hasson, reveals how to become a communication who delivers any message clearly and confidently.  As an adept communicator you will foster trust, respect, confidence and empathy between yourself and others.  Using the techniques and methods outlined in Communication will give you the information needed to:

– Identify the issues that lead to miscommunication

– Interact with people who have different opinions, beliefs and needs to you

– Make small talk and turn it into meaningful conversation

– Become a good listener and be able to ‘read between the lines’

– Persuade others and support them

Communication explores the fundamental principles of good communication and explains how to connect more easily and feel more confident about communicating with a diverse range of people.

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How To Own The Room by Viv Groskop

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Why are we completely blown away for the whole nine minutes and forty seconds of Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes?  What is it about the power of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 lecture, which grew into A Room Of One’s Own, that makes it resonate with us nearly a century later?  Why do people quote Michelle Obama’s ‘When they go low, we high?’ Rather than any speech from her husband’s eight-year presidency?  What is it that women do when they make us sit up and listen – really listen – to their every word?  And how can we all get a bit more of that in our own lives?

How To Own The Room explores the presence, performance and authenticity of recent history’s great women speakers, and reveals what they do when they deliver those game-changing moments, so that you can apply their qualities to your own life.  From political leaders and stand-up comedians to campaigners and feminists, this is a powerful book about what happens when women find their voice.

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