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21 Lessons For The 21st Century

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2018)

How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change. Are we still capable of understanding the world we have created?

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A History Of Modern Britain

Author: Andrew Marr

Publisher: Macmillan (2008)

A History of Modern Britain confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders think they know what they are doing, but find themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted. Throughout, Britain is a country on the edge – first of invasion, then of bankruptcy, then on the vulnerable front line of the Cold War and later in the forefront of the great opening up of capital and migration now reshaping the world. This history follows all the political and economic stories, but deals too with comedy, cars, the war against homosexuals, Sixties anarchists, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s wonderful good luck, political lies and the true heroes of British theatre.

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A Scots Parliament

Author: James Robertson

Publisher: Itchy Coo (2002)

This book is a comprehensive introduction to the Scottish Parliament, both past and present, written in accessible, straightforward modern Scots. Part One describes the modern institution, re-established in 1999 after nearly a 300-year absence: its functions, powers, activities, buildings and personnel, and its relevance to the everyday lives of Scots. A brief history of the politics of post-Union Scotland, the establishment of the Scottish Office and the growing demand for devolved government in the 20th century, is also given. Part Two describes the historical Parliament, from its medieval origins to its fully-fledged development as an arm of government under the Stewarts, through to the Act of Union in 1707. The main events of this period, together with descriptions of incidents and individuals associated with the Parliament, and extracts from some of the many interesting pieces of legislation it passed, are given.

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Age Of Anger: A History Of The Present

Author: Pankaj Mishra

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2017)

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 Donald 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 enjoy its promises – of 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: with 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 nineteenth 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 wide embrace of mass politics and technology and the pursuit of wealth and individualism have cast many more billions adrift in a 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.

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As It Seemed To Me

Author: John Cole

Publisher: Phoenix (1996)

For more than thirty years John Cole reported the political goings on in Britain, first on the Guardian, later as deputy editor of the Observer and finally, for eleven years of Margaret Thatcher's and John Major's premierships, as the celebrated Political Editor of the BBC. In 'As It Seemed To Me' John Cole is able for the first time to tell the secrets of these years, drawing on his extensive notes made at the time of conversations with Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, trade union leaders, civil servants and the like. Through these political memoirs he also introduces us to his Belfast background and an early chance encounter with Clement Attlee, which convinced him that there might be more to journalism than reporting Northern Ireland agricultural estimates for eternity.

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Blood Oil

Author: Leif Wenar

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2016)

Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radicalization and ammunition. Resource-fueled authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West - and the source of their resource power is ultimately ordinary consumers, doing their everyday shopping at the gas station and the mall

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Broken Vows - Tony Blair The Tragedy Of Power

Author: Tom Bower

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2016)

When Tony Blair became prime minister in May 1997, he was, at forty-three, the youngest person to hold that office since 1812. With a landslide majority, his approval rating was 93 per cent and he went on to become Labour's longest-serving premier. On his first election campaign, Blair had promised that 'New Labour' would modernize Britain, freeing it from sleaze, special interests and government secrecy. He vowed to give priority to social justice and equal opportunity for all.

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Connections Book C - A Complete Course For Key Stage 3 Religious Studies

Authors: Libby Ahluwalia, Ann Lovelace, Jon Mayled

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton (2002)

Connections is an exciting and innovative two-tier three-book course designed to support the latest guidelines for Key Stage 3 Religious Studies and the teaching and assessing require-ments of the Key Stage 3 strategy. Working creatively around the context of the QCA scheme of work and the Locally Agreed Syllabuses this comprehensive new series will: enable and encourage a range of learning styles reflect contemporary approaches in Religious Education facilitate full use of the QCA attainment targets provide usable, stimulating mainstream and foundation editions to allow differentiation within and across class groups facilitate progression across Key Stage 3 in learning from and learning about Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism link with citizenship and ICT help facilitate transfer from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4

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Dictionary Of Politics

Author: David Robertson

Publisher: Penguin Books (1986)

Containing over 500 definitions of political theories, dogmas and phraseologies, this dictionary includes updated entries on the European Community and federalism alongside new definitions of the European Court of Justice and Central Banks, among others. Frequently-used terms in Middle-Eastern politics are explained, from Ayatollah and the Arab-Israeli wars, to fundamentalism and the Gulf War. It also includes sections on ideas that have become familiar terms over recent years, such as perestroika, glasnost, being politically correct, and Thatcherism, as well as issues that have taken on greater political significance - for example, abortion and environmentalism.

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Fire And Fury

Author: Michael Wolff

Publisher: Little, Brown (2018)

With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time. The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best-selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval office.

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