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Age of Discovery

Age of Discovery explores a world on the brink of a new Renaissance and asks: How do we share more widely the benefits of unprecedented progress? How do we endure the inevitable tumult generated by accelerating change? How do we each thrive

Goldin, Ian, Kutarna, Chris

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The ALIENS invasion is coming ...It's the biggest question we've ever faced, one that has fascinated generations of humans: do aliens exist? If they did, what would they look like? How would they think? And what would

Al-Khalili, Jim

Art of Belonging
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The eternal question 'Who am I?' must be weighed against an even deeper question: 'Who are we?' We are writing each other's stories as much as we are writing our own. In his bestselling book, The Good Life, Hugh Macka

Mackay, Hugh

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
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Doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unfla

Goldacre, Ben

Bodies That Matter
black & white illustrations 256

In Bodies That Matter, renowned theorist and philosopher Judith Butler argues that theories of gender need to return to the most material dimension of sex and sexuality: the body. Butler offers a brilliant reworki

Butler, Judith

Book of Human Emotion
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Recent research suggests there are only six basic emotions. But if this makes you feel uneasy, suspicious and maybe even a little bereft, The Book of Human Emotion is for you. From anger to zeal, each entertaining and

Watt-Smith, Tiffany

Book of Human Emotions

Is your heart fluttering in anticipation? Is your stomach tight with nerves? Are you falling in love? Feeling a bit miffed? Are you curious (perhaps about this book)? Do you have the heebie-jeebies? Are you antsy with iktsuarpok? Or giddy wi

Watt-Smith, Tiffany

Boomerang : The Meltdown Tour

In "Boomerang" Michael Lewis, the international bestselling author of "The Big Short", "Liars' Poker", "The Blind Side" and "Moneyball", turns his trademark wit to the subject of how the financial meltdown hit us all in the face. Right now,

Lewis, Michael

Brief History of Nakedness
100illus(45col.) 256

The naked human body evokes powerful and often contradictory feelings and ideas: it can thrill or revolt us; it can signal innocence or sexual availability; honesty or madness; oneness with nature or separation from society;

Carr-Gomm, Philip

But What If We're Wrong?

'But What if We're Wrong?' is a book of original, reported, interconnected pieces that speculate on the likelihood that many of our universally accepted, deeply engrained cultural and scientific beliefs will someday seem absurd. Looking at o

Klosterman, Chuck

Buy Me the Sky

"Fast-paced and punchy ...accomplished". (Independent). With journalistic acumen and a novelist's flair, Xinran tells the remarkable stories of men and women born in China after 1979 - the recent generations raised under China's single-child


Chaos and Cyber Culture
B&W photos and illustrations throughout 272

America's most dangerous man -- according to Richard Nixon -- and the Pied Piper of Youth is BACK! This book is about designing Chaos and fashioning your personal disorder: On screens with cyber tools

Leary, Timothy


One of our most brilliant minds offers a sweeping intellectual history that argues for the reclamation of culture's value Culture is a defining aspect of what it means to be human. Defining culture and pinpointing its role in our lives is no

Eagleton, Terry

Cyber Effect

From the world's leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology - a discipline that combines psychology, forensics and technology - comes a groundbreaking exploration of the impact of technology on human behaviour. The average person now checks

Aiken, Mary

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)
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Reveals the myriad and mind-blowing possibilities of harnessing big data, and explores what our digital footprints can tell us about human relationships. A witty, provocative, visually fascinating look at how big data

Rudder, Christian

Decolonizing Anarchism
Illustrations 296

Decolonizing Anarchism looks at the history of South Asian struggles against colonialism and neocolonialism, highlighting lesser-known dissidents as well as iconic figures. This approach reveals an alternate narrative of decolo

Ramnath, Maia

Defining Decade
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Contemporary culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Clinical psychologist Dr Meg Jay argues that this could not be further from the truth. In fact, your twenties are the most defining decade of adulth

Jay, Meg

Approx 10 black and white illustrations 304

Tabloid headlines attack the binge drinking of young women. Debates about the classification of cannabis continue, while major public health campaigns seek to reduce and ultimately eliminate smoking th

Berridge, Virginia

Dollars and Sex
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A big book on the economics of sex and love in the style of Freakonomics. Like Freakonomics and the many other books that followed in the same vein, Marina Adshade's DOLLARS & SEX traffics in the mysteries of ev


black & white illustrations 192

Using the best scientific evidence, "Drugs: America's Holy War" explores the impact and cost of America's 'War on Drugs' - both in tax spending and in human terms. Is it possible that US drug policies are helping

Benavie, Arthur

Economy of Prestige
17 halftones 432

This is a book about one of the great untold stories of modern cultural life: the remarkable ascendancy of prizes in literature and the arts. Such prizes and the competitions they crown are almost as old as the arts themselv

English, James F.

End of War

War is a fact of human nature. As long as we exist, it exists. That's how the argument goes.
But longtime "Scientific American" writer John Horgan disagrees. Applying the scientific method to war leads Horgan to a radical conclusion: bio

Horgan, John, JR

End: The Human Experience Of Death

A fascinating exploration of the universal human experience of death. We sat around and on the bed, laughing and joking as if this was a typical family gathering. The shrunken form of our dying grandmother lay on the bed, breathing fast

Nogrady, Bianca

Fat Shame

To be fat hasn't always occasioned the level of hysteria that this condition receives today and indeed was once considered an admirable trait. Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture explores this arc, from veneration to shame

Farrell, Amy Erdman


Sir Ranulph Fiennes has climbed the Eiger and Mount Everest. He's crossed both Poles on foot. He's been a member of the SAS and fought a bloody guerrilla war in Oman. And yet he confesses that his fear of heights is so great that he'd rather

Fiennes, Sir Ranulph, Bt OBE

Fight for Beauty

We live in a world where the drive for economic growth is crowding out everything that can't be given a monetary value. We're stuck on a treadmill where only the material things in life gain traction and it's getting harder to find space for

Reynolds, Fiona

Final Solutions

Final Solutions offers a ground-breaking and genuinely unique analysis of modern genocide. Sabby Sagall draws on the insights of the Frankfurt school and Wilhelm Reich to create an innovative combination of Marxism and psychoanalysis. He arg

Sagall, Sabby


Over the past century, we have learned a staggering amount about human nature and how to deal with disaster - yet we keep having car crashes, floods and financial crises. Why is this so? The answer is partly that our desire to make life saf

Ip, Greg

Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World

It is short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. It is the winner of the Jerwood Prize. It is a constellation of everyday digital phenomena is rewiring our inner lives. We are increasingly coaxed from the three-dimensional co

Scott, Laurence

Fringe-Ology - How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn't

"Fringe-Ology brings a poet's eye to the frayed edges between the known and unknown, belief and skepticism. . . . A dive into the paranormal even a hardcore skeptic like myself can enjoy." --Mat Johnson, author of "Pym"

Take a strange

Volk, Steve

Home Truths: Myth Dusting by the Lady of the House
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In Home Truths, comedian and author Mandy Nolan explores the significance of place in relationship to self, specifically what it is about home that is so intrinsic to our sense of self and what is says about our place

Nolan, Mandy

Homeward Bound

Emily Matchar offers a smart, measured investigation into the cultural, social, and economic implications of a return to domesticity in this fascinating book "chock-full of historical context, strong research and compelling personal stories"

Matchar, Emily

How the World Was Won: The Americanisation of Everywhere

In this dazzling new book, cultural critic and historian Peter Conrad tells the story of the spectacular rise and subsequent waning of American influence across the world since 1945. Politics, war and commerce form the inevitable backdrop to

Conrad, Peter

How to Play a Video Game

Every day around the world millions of people enter virtual worlds through video games. These games are now the fastest-growing form of entertainment - and being played by people of all ages. International communities are coming together to

Barr, Pippin

Identity and Capitalism

'Identity', particularly as it is elaborated in the associated categories of 'personal' and 'social' identity, is a relatively novel concept in western thought, politics and culture. The explosion of interest in the notion of identity across

Moran, Marie

In Theory
Nations, Classes, Literatures 368

In this historical context, the category of Third World literature emerged, a category that has itself spawned a whole industry of scholarly and critical studies, particularly in the metropolitan West, but incre

Ahmad, Aijaz

Long Time Coming: Essays on Ageing

This collection of thought-provoking essays explores what it means to grow old in our youth-obsessed world. Improved health care and increased standards of living mean that each generation is living longer than the last. Rather than heraldi

Joosten, Melanie

Make Way for the Superhumans
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Biomedical research is changing the both the format and the functions of human beings. Very soon the human race will be faced with a choice: do we join in with the enhancement or not? Make Way for the Superhumans looks

Bess, Michael

Metamorphoses of Fat
Illustrations 296

Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to the present, paying particular attention to the role of science, fashion, fitness crazes, and public health campaigns in sha

Vigarello, Georges, Delogu, C. Jon

More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First

Government, business, the lives we lead, the food we eat, the way our children are brought up, the way we relate to the natural world around us - it's all become too big and distant and industrialised. Inhuman. It's time to do something abou

Hilton, Steve, Bade, Jason, Bade, Scott

Mythomania Myths of the Day

Despite our culture's proclaimed respect for scientific reason, we live in a society that is no less bedazzled-and bedevilled-by myth than those of our remote ancestors. Roland Barthes first examined the mythical resonances of consumer produ

Conrad, Peter

On Hashish
Illustrations 144

Walter Benjamin's posthumously published collection of writings on hashish is a detailed blueprint for a book that was never written - a 'truly exceptional book about hashish', as Benjamin describes it in a letter to his friend

Benjamin, Walter, Boon, Marcus, Eiland, Howard

On Monsters
20 b/w halftones, 30 line illus. 368

Hailed as "a feast" (Washington Post) and "a modern-day bestiary" (The New Yorker), Stephen Asma's On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters--how they have evolved over time, w

Asma, Stephen T.

On Paradise Drive

Take a look at Americans in their natural habitat: men shopping for barbecue grills, doing that special walk men do when in the presence of hardware; super-efficient football mums who chair school auctions, organise the PTAs, and weigh less

Brooks, David

Penguin Modern Classics 432

Originally published 25 years ago 'Orientalism' is an influential book of ideas. Edward Said surveys the history and nature of Western attitudes towards the East. For generations now this book has defined our understa

Said, Edward W.

Original Wisdom

. Explores the lifestyle of indigenous peoples of the world who exist in complete harmony with the natural world and with each other. . Reveals a model of a society built on trust, patience, and joy rather than anxiety, hurry, and acquisiti

Wolff, Robert

Paradox of Love

The sexual revolution is justly celebrated for the freedoms it brought - birth control, the decriminalization of abortion, the liberalization of divorce, greater equality between the sexes, women's massive entry into the workforce, and more

Bruckner, Pascal, Randall, Steven, Golsan, Richard J.

Promise of Things

Some of our strongest, most lasting relationships are hidden in plain view:those we have with objects. What do our possessions do for us? And how do they do it? In The Promise of Things, Ruth Quibell explores what our possessions say about u

Quibell, Ruth

Pursuit of Happiness

"Essential reading. So funny, so relevant, so fascinating ...I loved it". (Marian Keyes). "A whip-sharp British Bill Bryson". (Sunday Times). When British journalist Ruth Whippman moved to America it seemed that everyone she met was obsessed

Whippman, Ruth

Queer: A Graphic History
176 black & white illustrations 176

Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel. From identity politics and gender ro

Barker, Meg John, Scheele, Julia

Reality is Broken
Illustrations 400

More than 31 million people in the UK are gamers. The average young person in the UK will spend 10,000 hours gaming by the age of twenty-one. What's causing this mass exodus? According to world-renowned game designer Jane McGon

McGonigal, Jane

Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas

Rethink is the story of how old ideas that were mocked or ignored for centuries are now storming back to the cutting edge of science and technology, and informing the way we lead our lives. It's the story of Grace Hopper, the programming lan

Poole, Steven

Sex and Religion
30 black & white illustrations 352

Religion prohibits and regulates, condemns and blesses, punishes and rewards. No more so than in the realm of sex. Your sexual partner, marital status, the colour of your skin and your religion or caste are al

Endsjo, Dag Oistein

Sex at Dawn

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions

Ryan, Christopher, Jetha, Cacilda

Sex Lives of Australian Women

The sexual landscape has changed for women. A generation ago, it was rare to see an older woman with a younger man. It was rare to see a forty-five year old mother with a new baby. Lesbians were mostly firmly in the closet. Pornography was stri

Sauers, Joan

Short History of Stupid
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How did everything get so dumb? How did we become hostages to idiocy? What must we do to be freed from a captor whose ransom note simply reads, 'D'oh'? The deteriorating quality of our public debate and the dwindling o

Keane, Bernard, Razer, Helen


'Women are told, from birth, that it's our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world. We're supposed to spend our lives passive, quiet and hungry. I want to obliterate that expectation...'

West, Lindy

illustrations 240

What single person hasn't suffered? Everyone, it seems, must be (or must want to be) in a couple. To exist outside of the couple is to assume an antisocial position that is ruthlessly discouraged because being in a couple is th

Cobb, Michael

Smile or Die
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In this highly original and hugely entertaining account, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the cult of positive thinking in America. She examines the impact of positive thinking on religion, medicine, academia and the busin

Ehrenreich, Barbara

So You've Been Publicly Shamed
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From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terro

Ronson, Jon

Sociology Book

All the big ideas, simply explained - an innovative and accessible guide to sociology. Part of the popular Big Ideas series, The Sociology Book introduces you to the subject that tells you all about what society is and what makes it tick. Wi


Structural Anthropology
black & white illustrations 448

The "structural method," first set forth in this epoch-making book, changed the very face of social anthropology. This reissue of a classic will reintroduce readers to Levi-Strauss's understanding of man and socie

Levi-Strauss, Claude

Sustainability Through Soccer
37 b/w images 200

In the quest for sustainability, we strive to meet our present needs without sacrificing the same opportunity for future generations. Our success or failure depends on our ability to think in "systems," integrating environmenta

Klotz, Leidy

Synthetic Panics

America has a long history of drug panics in which countless social problems have been blamed on the devastating effects of some harmful substance. In the last forty years, such panics have often focused on synthetic or designer drugs, like

Jenkins, Philip

Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era

In the global era, controversies abound over temporary labour migration; however, it has not previously been subjected to a sustained socio-legal analysis on a comparative basis, critiquing the underpinning concepts conventionally accepted a

Howe, Joanna, Owens, Rosemary

Time Travel

From the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself. Gleick's story begins at

Gleick, James

To Save Everything, Click Here: Technology, Solutionism, and the Urge toFix Problems that Don't Exist

Our gadgets are getting smarter. Technology can log what we buy, customize what we consume and enable us to save and share every aspect of our existence. In the future, we're told, it will even make public life - from how we're governed to h

Morozov Evgeny

Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value
biography 337

This volume is the first comprehensive synthesis of economic, political, and cultural theories of value. David Graeber reexamines a century of anthropological thought about value and exchange, in large measure to find a way out of

Graeber, David

Truth About French Women, The

The Truth About French Women shows us that French women really are fascinating creatures, but not for the reasons you think. French women have a mystique about them. They have, throughout the ages, been considered by some as a species ap

Le Moel, Marie

Two Cultures

The notion that our society, its education system and its intellectual life, is characterised by a split between two cultures - the arts or humanities on one hand and the sciences on the other - has a long history. But it was C. P. Snow's Re

Snow, C.P., Collini, Stefan

Understanding Media
Routledge Classics S. 400

Understanding Media: the most important book ever written on communication. Ignore its message at your peril.

McLuhan, Marshall

Undivided Past: History Beyond Our Differences The

We feel we are part of a particular nation, race or civilization. We define ourselves by our religion, gender or class. These are forms of solidarity that lie at the heart of our understanding and in many ways make us human.

Cannadine David

Virtually Human
5 charts and graphs,6 black and white illustrations 368

Rothblatt conveys a profound understanding of how close we are to achieving a full simulation of the human brain via software and computer technology in clear, positive language, and raises

Rothblatt, Martine

Virtually You

Whether sharing photos or following financial markets, we spend a shocking amount of time online. Virtually You offers a penetrating examination of the insidious effects of the Internet on our personalities-online and off. The Internet can e

Aboujaoude, Elias

Watchman's Rattle
Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction 352

Why does it feel as if our most challenging problems today- the worldwide recession, global warming, fast-spreading viruses, terrorism and poverty - aren't getting solved? What if our brain has limits that

Costa, Rebecca D.

Way We Die Now

We have lost the ability to deal with death. Most of our friends and beloved relations will die in a busy hospital in the care of strangers, doctors and nurses they have known at best for a couple of weeks. They may not even know they are dy

O'Mahony, Seamus

We are All Cannibals

On Christmas Eve 1951, Santa Claus was hanged and then publicly burned outside of the Cathedral of Dijon in France. That same decade, ethnologists began to study the indigenous cultures of central New Guinea, and found men and women affectio

Olender, Maurice, Todd, Jane Marie

We're All Going to Die
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A joyful book about the necessity of celebrating life in the face of death. The one certainty about life is that everybody is going to die. Yet somehow as a society we have come to deny this central fact - we ignore it

Kaminsky, Leah

What About Me?

According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lone

Verhaeghe, Paul

Who are We - and Should it Matter in the 21st Century?

What does it mean to call yourself British in the 21st Century? If Obama was raised by his white mother, why is he the first black president? Why do Muslims feel more at home in America, which invaded Iraq, than in France, which opposed the

Younge, Gary

Why are Animals Funny?

Why are Animals Funny? comprises 46 articles in which nigh on everything is analysed, from the smartphone to the 2010 general election, from toasties to Margaret Thatcher, from anxiety in children's literature to David Cameron's music tastes

Collective, EDA

Why the Pain, What's the Gain?
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Running, jumping, lifting, pushing, stretching - our bodies are naturally built to move and work, strengthen and adapt. Yet the gym is a 20th century phenomenon and 'working out' a concept that has produced one of the

Kunitz, Daniel

World at Risk

Twenty years ago Ulrich Beck published Risk Society , a book that called our attention to the dangers of environmental catastrophes and changed the way we think about contemporary societies. During the last two decades, the dangers highligh

Beck, Ulrich

World Until Yesterday
Illustrations 512

Over the past 500 years, the West achieved global dominance, but do Westerners necessarily have better ideas about how to raise children, care for the elderly, or simply live well?

Jared Diamond reveals that

Diamond, Jared

You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements

So you think you're special? Well, think again: you're not. David McCullough Jr, a US high-school English teacher, found himself suddenly famous in 2012 when his commencement address to graduating high-school seniors went viral on YouTube. T

Mccullough Jr, David

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We all have tastes. For instance, Tom Vanderbilt doesn't particularly care for white cars or fennel - even if he doesn't quite know why. Taste is an incredible fuzzy construct: Everyone has likes and preferences, but what do actually know a

Vanderbilt, Tom