• @war
    @war
    The United States military now considers cyberspace as the 'fifth domain' of warfare (alongside land, air, sea and space). The Department of Defense, the NSA and CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, U.S. military hackers played a crucial role in the war in Iraq. Two successive presidents have called the Internet 'a strategic national asset', and as such are committed to defending it - even to the extent of trying to acquire the power to turn off the internet in the face of a major attack. The resulting global struggle to control cyberspace is defining Western security policy in the 21st Century, just as the nuclear arms race did in the 20th. Recent revelations from Edward Snowden, Wikileaks and others have shown the extent to which national governments are using the internet to collect vast amounts of information about their citizens, but, as @WAR will show, this is only the tip of the iceberg. The internet is now integral to controlling our banks, railways, airspace, hospitals and nuclear reactors. It is also the place where modern warfare, terrorism and espionage are being played out. As western governments, and the US in particular, seek to police the internet and fight their enemies online, where does that leave us? @WAR reveals a hidden war that is going on all around us - a war where our privacy, liberties and security risk being caught in the crossfire.

    ISBN: 9780755365197
    Publication date: 06/11/2014
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Harris, Shane
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • @War
    @War
    The spies had come without warning. They plied their craft silently, stealing secrets from the world's most powerful military. They were at work months before anyone noticed their presence. And when American officials finally detected the thieves, they saw it was too late. The damage was done ...It could have been the plot of a Tom Clancy thriller: Chinese hackers break into American defence contractors and steal the plans for a new multi-billion dollar fighter jet. In fact, it is just one dispatch from the frontline of a new form of warfare. Our wars are increasingly being fought online. GCHQ and the NSA gather vast amounts of information from the internet - and do so with the complicity of companies like Google and Facebook. The American military fields teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus attacks against enemy targets. And with the majority of civil infrastructure - things like nuclear power stations, hospitals, airports and banking systems - now run across the internet, the next 9/11 could be a cyber-attack. Welcome to the modern world of warfare.

    ISBN: 9780755365180
    Publication date: 19/11/2015
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Harris, Shane
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Accelerating Democracy Transforming Governance Through Technology
    Accelerating Democracy Transforming Governance Through Technology
    Successful democracies throughout history--from ancient Athens to Britain on the cusp of the industrial age--have used the technology of their time to gather information for better governance. Our challenge is no different today, but it is more urgent because the accelerating pace of technological change creates potentially enormous dangers as well as benefits. Accelerating Democracy shows how to adapt democracy to new information technologies that can enhance political decision making and enable us to navigate the social rapids ahead. John O. McGinnis demonstrates how these new technologies combine to address a problem as old as democracy itself--how to help citizens better evaluate the consequences of their political choices. As society became more complex in the nineteenth century, social planning became a top-down enterprise delegated to experts and bureaucrats. Today, technology increasingly permits information to bubble up from below and filter through more dispersed and competitive sources.
    McGinnis explains how to use fast-evolving information technologies to more effectively analyze past public policy, bring unprecedented intensity of scrutiny to current policy proposals, and more accurately predict the results of future policy. But he argues that we can do so only if government keeps pace with technological change. For instance, it must revive federalism to permit different jurisdictions to test different policies so that their results can be evaluated, and it must legalize information markets to permit people to bet on what the consequences of a policy will be even before that policy is implemented. Accelerating Democracy reveals how we can achieve a democracy that is informed by expertise and social-scientific knowledge while shedding the arrogance and insularity of a technocracy.

    ISBN: 9780691166643
    Publication date: 23/06/2015
    Price: $51.99
    Author: McGinnis, John O.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $51.99
  • Age of Anger A History of the Present
    Age of Anger A History of the Present
    'Urgent, profound and extraordinarily timely...throws light on our contemporary predicament, when the neglected and dispossessed of the world have suddenly risen up to transform the world we thought we knew' John Banville How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present. He shows that as the world became modern those who were unable to fulfil its promises - freedom, stability and prosperity - were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. The many who came late to this new world or were left, or pushed, behind, reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence.
    It was from among the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the 19th century arose - angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally. Today, just as then, the wider embrace of mass politics, technology, and the pursuit of wealth and individualism has cast many more millions adrift in a literally demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity - with the same terrible results Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Anger is a book of immense urgency and profound argument. It is a history of our present predicament unlike any other.

    ISBN: 9780241299395
    Publication date: 26/01/2017
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Mishra, Pankaj
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Age of Inequality Corporate America's War on Working People
    Age of Inequality Corporate America's War on Working People
    Forty years ago, the richest 1 percent controlled 25 per cent of America's wealth. Today it's 40 percent, and the richest one-tenth of one percent have as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. Launched in Chicago in 1976, the muckraking, progressive magazine In These Times has been tracking this disastrous history through groundbreaking and heart-wrenching reportage, as well as incisive analysis. This book tells the story of a shockingly successful corporate crackdown, from Reaganomics to the precarious sharing economy, as well as intermittent movements to stem the tide, from the Seattle global justice protests to the Fight for 15. Featuring contributions from Barbara Ehrenreich, Tom Frank, Tom Geoghegan, Juan Gonzalez, Chris Hayes, Naomi Klein, Salim Muwakkil, Ralph Nader, Frances Fox Piven, Bernie Sanders, Slavoj Zizek, and many others, The Age of Inequality will be the definitive account of one of the defining issues of our time.

    ISBN: 9781786631145
    Publication date: 21/03/2017
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Gantz, Jeremy
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • All Your Friends Like This How Social Networks Took Over News
    All Your Friends Like This How Social Networks Took Over News
    ALL YOUR FRIENDS LIKE THIS is all about the great media power shift from traditional media to readers: what we 'share' drives and creates the news. How do you get your news? Chances are, if you're anything like the rest the us, you don't get it from a newspaper or the television - that's so old school. Instead, you get your media fix, breaking news and indepth features from Facebook or Twitter. The great power shift from traditional media to readers is happening right now. What we 'share' among ourselves drives and creates the news, and that reality is changing the whole media landscape. Sharing on social networks has become the way in which news stories are disseminated, and the boom in social networks means that for millions of people their first exposure to information about the world comes from their friends, not from the news media. Our social networks influence the content that we distribute - we like to share stories that make us look 'cool' or 'intelligent' or 'ahead of the game'. The stories change and with them the tone and flavour of the news-making process is irrevocably altered. But what does this mean for journalism? For the news?
    Are we better off or worse off because of it? Highly topical, provocative and totally absorbing, ALL YOUR FRIENDS LIKE THIS does for the media what FREAKONOMICS did for economics. If you're interested in the news, in what we read and why we read it, and the future of the media, then this is the game-changing book that you'll have to read.

    ISBN: 9781460750681
    Publication date: 01/09/2015
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Crawford, H
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Angela Merkel Europe's Most Influential Leader
    Angela Merkel Europe's Most Influential Leader
    This is the fascinating tale of Angela Merkel's political ascent, in which she outmaneuvered her male colleagues and made Germany the strongest economy in Europe.

    With the storytelling gifts of a novelist, as well as nuanced political expertise garnered from over a decade of experience as an academic and journalist, Matt Qvortrup gives readers unprecedented, personal insight into Frau Merkel's upbringing under communism, describing how the Secret Police tried to recruit her as a spy, how she lived as a squatter in Berlin, and how she went from distributing leaflets to sitting at the Cabinet table in Helmut Kohl's government in less than a year. This is the story--told for the first time in English--of how Merkel and her staff of mostly female advisors repeatedly outsmarted the old boys network of conservative male politicians in Germany, turning her country into a more liberal and more prosperous place. Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader combines the narrative of Merkel's life with a vivid account of German history from 1945 to the present day, featuring cameo appearances by Willy Brandt, Konrad Adenauer, and Helmut Kohl.

    At a time when Merkel is the chief representative of the west in the negotiations with Putin over the Ukraine, she is also the woman who holds the keys to British membership of the EU. Anyone interested in our time, in the politics of today, should read this lively account of the woman with a doctorate in quantum physics who has become the undisputed queen of Europe.

    ISBN: 9780715650622
    Publication date: 11/08/2016
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Qvortrup, Matt
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Another Day in the Death of America
    Another Day in the Death of America
    On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily. Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America.

    ISBN: 9781783351350
    Publication date: 29/09/2016
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Younge, Gary
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Audacity How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America
    Audacity How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America
    An unassailable case that, in the eyes of history, Barack Obama will be viewed as one of America's best and most accomplished presidents.

    Over the course of eight years, Barack Obama has amassed an array of outstanding achievements. His administration saved the American economy from collapse, expanded health insurance to millions who previously could not afford it, negotiated an historic nuclear deal with Iran, helped craft a groundbreaking international climate accord, reined in Wall Street and crafted a new vision of racial progress. He has done all of this despite a left that frequently disdained him as a sellout, and a hysterical right that did everything possible to destroy his agenda even when they agreed with what he was doing.

    Now, as the page turns to our next Commander in Chief, Jonathan Chait, acclaimed as one of the most incisive and meticulous political commentators in America, digs deep into Obama's record on major policy fronts economics, the environment, domestic reform, health care, race, foreign policy, and civil rights to demonstrate why history will judge our forty-fourth president as among the greatest in history.

    Audacity does not shy away from Obama's failures, most notably in foreign policy. Yet Chait convincingly shows that President Obama has accomplished what candidate Obama said he would, despite overwhelming opposition and that the hopes of those who voted for him have not been dashed despite the smokescreen of extremist propaganda and the limits of short-term perspective.

    ISBN: 9780062674425
    Publication date: 01/02/2017
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Chait, Jonathan
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Bad Feminist
    Bad Feminist
    'Pink is my favourite colour. I used to say my favourite colour was black to be cool, but it is pink - all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I'm not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.' In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

    ISBN: 9781472119735
    Publication date: 21/08/2014
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Gay, Roxane
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Bits and Atoms Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood
    Bits and Atoms Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood
    Bits and Atoms explores the governance potential found in the explosive growth of digital information and communication technology in areas of limited statehood. Today, places with weak or altogether missing state institutions are tied internally and to the larger world by widely available digital technology. The chapters in the book explore questions of when and if the growth in digital technology can fill some of the governance vacuum created by the absence of an effective state. For example, mobile money could fill a gap in traditional banking or mobile phones could allow rural populations to pay for basic services and receive much needed advice and market pricing information. Yet, as potentially revolutionary as this technology can be to areas of limited statehood, it still faces limitations. Bits and Atoms is a thought-provoking look at the prospects for and limitations of digital technology to function in place of traditional state apparatuses.

    ISBN: 9780199941612
    Publication date: 23/01/2014
    Price: $33.99
    Author: Livingston, Steven
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.99
  • Booze Territory Short Black 6
    Booze Territory Short Black 6
    'On a Tuesday morning, I make my way to the Gap View Hotel for a drinking session starting at 10 a.m. I'm told this is one of Alice Springs' three notorious 'animal bars' ...As I wander around, a Sudanese security guard approaches me, his face concerned. Am I lost? he wants to know. In a way, I am. I don't want a beer. It's 10 a.m., for Chrissake.' In Booze Territory, Anna Krien takes a clear-eyed look at Indigenous binge-drinking - who does it, why, and what it means. She visits bars brimming with morning drinkers and investigates alcoholic after-effects ranging from extreme violence to extraordinarily high rates of cirrhosis of the liver. This is an essay which never fails to see the human dimension of an intractable problem and shine a light on its deep causes.

    ISBN: 9781863957687
    Publication date: 23/09/2015
    Price: $11.99
    Author: Krien, Anna
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $11.99
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