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1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year 1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year
$45.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780593074879
The Sixties ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. The next day would see the dawning of a new era. 1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more. January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This book tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rock's golden year.
A HISTORY OF SAILING IN 100 OBJECTS A HISTORY OF SAILING IN 100 OBJECTS
$43.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781472918857
Taking one hundred objects that have been pivotal in the development of sailing and sailing boats, this book provides a fascinating insight into the history of sailing. From the earliest small boats, through magnificent Viking warships, to the technology that powers some of the most sophisticated modern yachts, the book also covers key developments and navigational aids such as the astrolabe, sextant and compass and includes other more apparently esoteric objects from all around the world, such as the importance of citrus fruit in the prevention of scurvy, scrimshaw made from whalebone and the meaning of sailor's tattoos. Beautifully illustrated with lively and insightful text, it's a perfect gift for the real or armchair sailor.

AGAINST ELECTIONS: The Case for Democracy AGAINST ELECTIONS: The Case for Democracy
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781847924223
David Van Reybrouck is considered 'one of the leading intellectuals in Europe' (Der Tagesspiegel) and is a pioneering advocate of participatory democracy. He founded the G1000 Citizens' Summit, and his work has led to trials in participatory democracy throughout The Netherlands. He is also one of the most highly regarded literary and political writers of his generation. Democracy is in bad health. Against Elections offers a new diagnosis - and an ancient remedy. Fear-mongering populists, distrust in the establishment, personality contests instead of reasoned debate: these are the results of the latest elections. In fact, as this ingenious book shows, the original purpose of elections was to exclude the people from power by appointing an elite to govern over them. Yet for most of its 3000-year history, democracy did not involve elections at all: members of the public were appointed to positions in government through a combination of volunteering and lottery. Based on studies and trials from around the globe, this hugely influential manifesto presents the practical case for a true democracy - one that actually works. Urgent, heretical and completely convincing, Against Elections leaves only one question to be answered: what are we waiting for?
EASTERNISATION: War and Peace in the Asian EASTERNISATION: War and Peace in the Asian
$40.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781847923349
The flow of wealth and power is turning from West to East and a new era of global instability has begun. Easternisation is the defining trend of our age - the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world, the fate of nations and the questions of war and peace. A troubled but rising China is now challenging America's supremacy, and the ambitions of other Asian powers - Japan, North Korea, India and Pakistan - have the potential to shake the whole world. Meanwhile the West is struggling with economic malaise and political populism, the Arab world is in turmoil and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power. We are at a turning point in history: but Easternisation has many decades to run. Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times and 2016 winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism offers a road map to the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the twenty-first century.

ETHICS IN THE REAL WORLD: Essays on Things That Matter ETHICS IN THE REAL WORLD: Essays on Things That Matter
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781925355857
In this book of brief essays, Peter Singer applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the ethics of high-priced art, and ways of increasing happiness. Singer asks whether chimpanzees are people, smoking should be outlawed, or consensual sex between adult siblings should be decriminalised, and he reiterates his case against the idea that all human life is sacred, applying his arguments to some recent cases. In addition, he explores, in an easily accessible form, some of the deepest philosophical questions, such as whether anything really matters and whether the pale blue dot that is our planet has any value. The collection also includes some more personal reflections, like his thoughts on one of his favourite activities, surfing, and an unusual suggestion for starting a family conversation over a holiday feast. Provocative and original, these essays will challenge, and possibly change, your beliefs about a wide range of real-world ethical questions.
FAR AND AWAY: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years FAR AND AWAY: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years
$40.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781784741129
In 1991 Andrew Solomon rode a tank into Red Square in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev's resignation. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban; in 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex-political prisoners as the country slowly, fitfully pushed towards freedom. We find him in Greenland in 2001 researching widespread suffering from depression and on the quest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998. Far and Away tells these and many other stories of profound upheaval. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter.He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences, yet shows us the common humanity uniting peoples and places all over the world.

HOMO DEUS: A Brief History of Tomorrow HOMO DEUS: A Brief History of Tomorrow
$40.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781910701881
From the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind. During the 20th century, humankind has managed to do the impossible: we have brought famine, plague and war under control. Today, more people die from obesity than from starvation; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed in war. We are the only species in earth’s long history that has single-handedly changed the entire planet, and we no longer expect any higher being to shape our destinies for us. As Homo sapiens becomes Homo deus, what new destinies will we set for ourselves? As the self-made gods of planet earth, which projects should we undertake, and how will we protect this fragile planet and humankind itself from our own destructive powers? In this vivid, challenging book, Yuval Noah Harari examines the implications of our newly acquired divine capabilities, from our desperate pursuit of happiness to our dogged quest for immortality, and asks the fundamental question: What do we want to become?
HOW DID WE GET INTO THIS MESS?: Politics, Equality, Nature HOW DID WE GET INTO THIS MESS?: Politics, Equality, Nature
$39.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781784783624
Leading political and environmental commentator on where we have gone wrong, and what to do about it : George Monbiot is one of the most vocal, and eloquent, critics of the current consensus. How Did We Get into this Mess?, based on his powerful journalism, assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do.While his diagnosis of the problems in front of us is clear-sighted and reasonable, he also develops solutions to challenge the politics of fear. How do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? What can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future? Controversial, clear but always rigorously argued, How Did We Get into this Mess? makes a persuasive case for change in our everyday lives, our politics and economics, the ways we treat each other and the natural world.

IN LOVE WITH THESE TIMES: My Life With Flying Nun Records IN LOVE WITH THESE TIMES: My Life With Flying Nun Records
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781775540892
The inside story of New Zealand’s iconic independent record label by the man who made it happen. Roger Shepherd was working in a Christchurch record shop when he realised the local bands he loved needed someone to make their records. Flying Nun was born. Those records and the bands that created them – The Chills, The Clean, Chris Knox and the Tall Dwarfs, The Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings, The Bats, Straitjacket Fits and many more – went on to define an era and create what became known as ‘the Dunedin Sound’. In truth it was less a unified sound than a spirit of adventure and independence that characterised the Flying Nun ethos. In this long-awaited memoir, Shepherd describes the idealism and passion that drove the project in the first place, the hard realities of the music industry, and the constant tension between art and commerce. Filled with revealing anecdotes and insights, it is the definitive insider history of the one of the most innovative and original record labels of the modern era.
LES PARISIENNES: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s LES PARISIENNES: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
$40.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781474601733
Bestselling author Anne Sebba explores a devastating period in Paris’s history and tells the stories of how women survived or didn’t during the Nazi occupation. Paris in the 1940s was a place of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets. During the occupation, the swastika flew from the Eiffel Tower and danger lurked on every corner. While Parisian men were either fighting at the front or captured and forced to work in German factories, the women of Paris were left behind where they would come face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis – as waitresses, shop assistants, or wives and mothers, increasingly desperate to find food to feed their families as hunger became part of everyday life. In enthralling detail, Sebba explores the aftershock of the Second World War and the choices demanded. How did the women who survived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions and those of others? This is the first in-depth account of the everyday lives of women and young girls in this most feminine of cities.

PINPOINT: How GPS is Changing Our World PINPOINT: How GPS is Changing Our World
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781847087089
Over the last fifty years, humanity has developed an extraordinary shared utility: the Global Positioning System. Omnipresent, free, and available to all, GPS powers everything from your phone to the Internet to the Mars Rover. Greg Milner tells the sweeping story of GPS from its conceptual origins as a bomb guidance system to its present ubiquity. While GPS has revolutionized methods of timekeeping, navigation, and seismological prediction, it has also altered human behaviour, introducing phenomena such as "Death by GPS," in which drivers blindly follow their devices into deserts, lakes, and impassable mountains. Milner also shows the desperate vulnerabilities in the system we now use to predict the weather, track prisoners, and land airplanes. Delving into the neuroscience of cognitive maps and spatial recognition, Milner's inventive and timely book is at once a grand history of the scientific urge toward precision and perfection and a revelatory philosophy of how humans understand themselves in the world, a far-reaching book about contemporary culture, , in the tradition of James Gleick and Nicholas Carr.
QUEEN BEES QUEEN BEES
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781473618039
Queen Bees looks at the lives of six remarkable women who made careers out of being society hostesses, including Lady Astor, who went on to become the first female MP, and Mrs Greville, who cultivated relationships with Edward VII, as well as Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan and Lady Colefax. Written with wit, verve and heart, Queen Bees is the story of a form of societal revolution, and the extraordinary women who helped it happen. In the aftermath of the First World War, the previously strict hierarchies of the British class system were weakened. For a number of ambitious, spirited women, this was the chance they needed to slip through the cracks and take their place at the top of society as the great hostesses of the time. In an age when the place of women was uncertain, becoming a hostess was not a chore, but a career choice, and though some of the hostesses' backgrounds were surprisingly humble, their aspirations were anything but. During the inter-war years these extraordinary women ruled over London society from their dining tables and salons - entertaining everyone from the Mosleys to the Mitfords, from millionaires to maharajahs, from film stars to royalty - and their influence can still be felt today.

RAIN: A Natural and Cultural History RAIN: A Natural and Cultural History
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780804137119
A natural history of rain, told through a lyrical blend of science, cultural history, and human drama. Rain is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of all the world's water. Barnett's "Rain" begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of coloured rains with the human story of our attempts to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. Now, after thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it; burning witches at the stake to stop rain; mocking rain with irrigated agriculture and cities built in floodplains; even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war, humanity has finally managed to change the rain. Only not in ways we intended. As climate change upends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world.
SOUTH : The Illustrated Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917 SOUTH : The Illustrated Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917
$55.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780760350256
South is the remarkable tale of that ill-fated 1914-1917 expedition – the first trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the South Pole - as told in Shackleton's own words, and illustrated here for its 100-year anniversary, with the photography of expedition photographer Frank Hurley, as well as modern colour imagery of the fauna and stunning vistas the men encountered. Today considered an adventure survival classic, South is the true story of a thrilling polar expedition - a series of travails for the men of the Endurance, including ice-covered mountainous islands, harrowing days in a life raft surrounded by hurricane-force winds, braving untested overland routes into the vast unknown, and much more. Never before has Shackleton's lively prose been so extensively illustrated with such stunning images.

THE GENE: An Intimate History THE GENE: An Intimate History
$40.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781847922649
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of "The Emperor of All Maladies" a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to read and write our own genetic information? The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. . In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome.
THE NEW ODYSSEY: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis THE NEW ODYSSEY: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781783351053
The definitive book on the refugee crisis, from the Guardian's award-winning migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley. Europe is facing a wave of migration unmatched since the end of World War II - and no one has reported on this crisis in more depth or breadth than the Guardian's migration correspondent, Patrick Kingsley. Throughout 2015, Kingsley travelled to 17 countries along the migrant trail, meeting hundreds of refugees making epic odysseys across deserts, seas and mountains to reach the holy grail of Europe.This is Kingsley's unparalleled account of who these voyagers are. It's about why they keep coming, and how they do it. It's about the smugglers who help them on their way, and the coastguards who rescue them at the other end. The volunteers that feed them, the hoteliers that house them, and the border guards trying to keep them out. And the politicians looking the other way.The New Odyssey is a work of original, bold reporting written with a perfect mix of compassion and authority by the journalist who knows the subject better than any other.

TIDE: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth TIDE: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth
$40.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780241003374
Half of the world's population today lives in coastal regions lapped by tidal waters. But the tide rises and falls according to rules that are a mystery to almost all of us. In The Tide, celebrated science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams weaves together centuries of scientific thinking with the literature and folklore the tide has inspired to explain the power and workings of this most remarkable force. Here is the epic story of the long search to understand the tide: from Aristotle, who is said to have drowned himself in his efforts to figure out the Greek tides, to the pioneering investigations into the role of the moon by Galileo and Newton, to the quest to understand and even control the tide in our own time. Throughout, Aldersey-Williams whisks the reader along on his travels in search of the most remarkable tidal phenomena. He visits the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, where the tides are the strongest in the world; arctic Norway, home of the raging tidal whirlpool known as the maelstrom; and Venice, to investigate efforts to defend the city against flooding caused by the famed acqua alta. Along the way, Aldersey-Williams delves into classic literary portrayals of the tide from Shakespeare to Dickens, Melville to Jules Verne. And he reveals the tidal truths behind the Homeric tale of Scylla and Charybdis, the biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea, the conquests of Julius Caesar, the Boston Tea Party, and the D-Day landings in Normandy.
WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780007576586
Britain's most famous mathematician takes us to the edge of knowledge to show us what we cannot know. Is the universe infinite? Do we know what happened before the Big Bang? Where is human consciousness located in the brain? And are there more undiscovered particles out there, beyond the Higgs boson. In this very personal journey to the edges of knowledge, Marcus du Sautoy investigates how leading experts in fields from quantum physics and cosmology, to sensory perception and neuroscience, have articulated the current lie of the land. In doing so, he travels to the very boundaries of understanding, questioning contradictory stories and consulting cutting edge data. Is it possible that we will one day know everything? Or are there fields of research that will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension. Prepare to be taken to the edge of knowledge to find out if there's anything we truly cannot know.


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