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The Arab Uprisings - What Everyone Needs To Know

Author: James L Gelvin

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2012)

Beginning in December 2010 popular revolt swept through the Middle East, shocking the world and ushering in a period of unprecedented unrest. Protestors took to the streets to demand greater freedom, democracy, human rights, social justice, and regime change. What caused these uprisings? What is their significance? And what are their likely consequences?

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The Art Of War

Author: Niccolò Machiavelli

Publisher: Penguin Classics (1995)

Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members of the old Florentine nobility. His life falls naturally into three periods, each of which singularly enough constitutes a distinct and important era in the history of Florence. His youth was concurrent with the greatness of Florence as an Italian power under the guidance of Lorenzo de' Medici, Il Magnifico. The downfall of the Medici in Florence occurred in 1494, in which year Machiavelli entered the public service. During his official career Florence was free under the government of a Republic, which lasted until 1512, when the Medici returned to power, and Machiavelli lost his office. The Medici again ruled Florence from 1512 until 1527, when they were once more driven out. This was the period of Machiavelli's literary activity and increasing influence; but he died, within a few weeks of the expulsion of the Medici, on 22nd June 1527, in his fifty-eighth year, without having regained office. The Art of War was the work Machiavelli considered his most important, one that lays out military strategy and objectives in order to secure victory. As Voltaire put it, "Machiavelli taught Europe the art of war; it had long been practiced, without being known."

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The Audacity Of Hope

Author: Barack Obama

Publisher: Canongate Books (2008)

In this bestselling book Barack Obama discusses the importance of empathy and inclusiveness in politics, his hopes for a different America with different policies, and how the ideals of its democracy can be renewed. A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a sceptic, Obama has written a book of transforming power that will inspire people the world over.

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The Family And The New Right

Author: Claire Wallace

Publisher: Pluto Perspectives (1992)

The family and family life have become a focal point of public debate. On both sides of the Atlantic, right-wing parties claim to represent traditional 'family' values at a time when - as they see it - the disintegration of the family, 'feminism', and the moral decay of society are the source of many of our social and economic problems. What exactly are the values that the new Moral Right represent? In this book authors PAMELA ABBOTT and CLAIRE WALLACE examine the rise of the New Right both in the US and in Britain and appraise the work of some of the leading and most influential New Right intellectuals. The Family and the New Right examines the different strands and the contradictions in New Right thinking, the influence of the anti-abortion lobby, the Christian movements and the pro-family campaigns, and how this translates into government policy and people's actual experience. DR PAMELA ABBOTT is Principal Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at Polytechnic South West, Plymouth. CLAIRE WALLACE is Lecturer in Applied Social Science, Lancaster University. They are co-authors of Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives (1990).

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The Prince

Author: Nicolo Machiavelli


The Prince shocked Europe on publication with its ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) came to be regarded as some by an agent of the Devil and his name taken for the intriguer 'Machevill' of Jacobean tragedy. For his treatise on statecraft Machiavelli drew upon his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideals, but with a regime that would last, The Prince has become the Bible of realpolitik, and still retains its power to alarm and to instruct.

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The Prince

Author: Niccolò Machiavelli

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2017)

Il Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. Originally called De Principatibus (About Principalities), it was written in 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. The treatise is not representative of the work published during his lifetime, but it is the most remembered, and the work responsible for bringing "Machiavellian" into wide usage as a pejorative term. It has also been suggested by some critics that the piece is, in fact, a satire.

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Who Runs Britain

Author: Robert Peston

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2008)

Since the hardback edition of Who Runs Britain? was published in February 2008, we've witnessed turmoil in the global financial system and damage to our economic prospects of a kind and on a scale, we haven't seen since the late 1920s. The causes of this turmoil are described in this book. They are essentially the greed of a generation of bankers and financial whizz-kids, and the jaw-dropping naivety of ministers and officials. As we struggle to understand when we'll be over the worst of the credit crunch and try to learn the lessons, it is as pertinent as ever to ask `who runs Britain?' to explore whether our elected representatives have the insight, the independence and, above all, the courage to stand up to the powerful financial interests that got us into this mess.

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