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Warrior Brothers: My Life in the Australian SAS

By Keith Fennell

A red-hot memoir from an Australian ex-SAS soldier, packed with the motion, worry and camaraderie of strive against. For the 1st time, an ex-SAS soldier tells all: what it ability to be a member of an elite team, the demanding situations, the highs and the lows - and the feel of accountability, honour and brotherhood that by no means dies. In 1995, elderly simply 21, Keith Fennell was once accredited into the Australian specific Air provider Regiment, the SAS. Over the following eleven years, operations took him from the jungles of East Timor to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, from the southern Indian Ocean to Iraq. What he discovered approximately friendship, and approximately himself, replaced him without end. Fennell's missions pressured him to stare dying within the face repeatedly. From dodging mines and bullets in Iraq's Anbar province to supporting the restoration attempt after the Asian tsunami, his stories are surprising and confronting - but additionally inspiring. An unflinching glance contained in the motion and the phobia, the tragedy and the bravery of 1 soldier's carrier within the Australian SAS, Warrior Brothers is additionally an edge-of-your-seat adrenaline trip with a bunch of fellows you are going to always remember.

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The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World

By Alison Wolf

Noted British educational and journalist Alison Wolf bargains a shocking and considerate examine of the pro elite, and  examines the causes—and limits—of women’s upward thrust and the results in their tough choices.

The gender hole is remaining. this day, for the 1st time in historical past, hundreds of thousands of girls are spending extra time on the boardroom desk than the kitchen desk. those specialist girls are hugely bold and hugely knowledgeable, having fun with an analogous way of life prerogatives as their male opposite numbers. they're operating longer and marrying later—if they marry in any respect. they're heading Fortune 500 businesses and showing at the covers of Forbes and Businessweek. They signify a distinct kind of operating woman—the sort who doesn’t simply punch a clock for a paycheck, yet derives self worth and enjoyment from wielding expert power.

At an identical time that the gender hole is narrowing, the gulf is widening between girls themselves. whereas blockbuster books resembling Lean In concentration basically on girls in excessive strain jobs, in fact there are 4 ladies in usually woman roles for each Sheryl Sandberg. during this revealing and deeply clever e-book, Alison Wolf examines why extra expert ladies paintings longer hours, why having little ones early is an effective suggestion, and the way feminism created a much less equivalent global. Her rules are guaranteed to galvanize and shock, as she demanding situations a lot of what the liberal and conservative media deliberate to be women’s top pursuits.

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The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

By Karl Jacoby

A prize-winning historian tells a brand new tale of the black event in the USA during the lifetime of a mysterious entrepreneur.

To his contemporaries in Gilded Age long island, Guillermo Eliseo was once a superbly prosperous Mexican, the proud proprietor of a luxurious house overlooking crucial Park, a hectic Wall road workplace, and ratings of mines and haciendas in Mexico. yet for all his visible riches and his dependent visual appeal, Eliseo was once additionally the possessor of a devastating mystery: he used to be now not, actually, from Mexico in any respect. really, he had all started lifestyles as a slave named William Ellis, born on a cotton plantation in southern Texas throughout the waning years of King Cotton.

After emancipation, Ellis, capitalizing at the Spanish he discovered in the course of his early life alongside the Mexican border and his ambivalent visual appeal, engaged in a virtuoso act of reinvention. He crafted an modify ego, the Mexican Guillermo Eliseo, who used to be capable of entry the various privileges denied to African american citizens on the time: touring in first class educate berths, staying in upscale motels, and consuming within the best restaurants.

Eliseo’s luck in crossing the colour line, although, introduced heightened scrutiny in its wake as he grew to become the intimate of political and company leaders on either side of the US-Mexico border. Ellis, not like many passers, maintained a connection to his kin and to black politics that still raised awkward questions about his racial prestige. but such used to be Ellis’s ability in manipulating his era’s racial codes, many of the whites he encountered persisted to insist that he needs to be Hispanic whilst Ellis grew to become embroiled in scandals that hinted the fellow referred to as Guillermo Eliseo used to be now not particularly who he claimed to be.

The unusual occupation of William Ellis reads like a singular yet deals clean insights at the background of the Reconstruction period, the US-Mexico border, and the abiding riddle of race. At a second whilst the U.S. is deepening its connections with Latin the United States and spotting that race is greater than easily black or white, Ellis’s tale couldn't be extra well timed or important.

1 map; eight pages of illustrations

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Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Appetite for Free Content Starves Creativity

By Chris Ruen

INTERNET PIRACY: a conflict that pits indies opposed to organizations, loose spirits opposed to the money-grubbing Scrooge McDucks of the area. Right?

Sort of. occasionally. possibly not.

Internet piracy is going through many names — copyright infringement, dossier sharing, peer-to-peer lending — yet during this vigorous narrative nonfiction account, writer Chris Ruen argues that the perform of utilizing unlicensed electronic content material might be known as what it truly is: freeloading.

In this complete research, Ruen examines the close to pervasive challenge of net piracy, and the ethical and fiscal dilemmas to which it offers upward thrust. The phenomenon, which this day impacts nearly every body who faucets a keyboard, is developing not likely alliances — among artists and companies, and among shoppers and know-how geeks within the hacker culture — and it truly is altering how society perspectives and values inventive production.

Ruen, himself a former freeloader, got here to appreciate how unlawful downloads can threaten the inventive neighborhood after he frolicked with winning Brooklyn bands who had but to make a true make the most of their track. via unique study and vast interviews with musicians and artists, Freeloading dissects this conflict. This provocative account is usually a reminder of the truism that for each motion there are effects — a decision to include sensible, brilliant strategies that guard artists and shoppers alike.

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Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk

By Melinda Chateauvert

A provocative background that unearths how intercourse employees were on the leading edge of social justice hobbies for the prior fifty years whereas development a move in their personal that demanding situations our rules approximately exertions, sexuality, feminism, and freedom
Documenting 5 a long time of sex-worker activism, Sex staff Unite is a clean background that locations prostitutes, hustlers, escorts, name women, strippers, and porn stars within the heart of America’s significant civil rights struggles. even supposing their presence has mostly been neglected and obscured, during this provocative heritage Melinda Chateauvert recasts intercourse employees as savvy political organizers—not as helpless sufferers wanting rescue.
Even prior to transgender intercourse employee Sylvia Rivera threw a brick and sparked the Stonewall insurrection in 1969, those trailblazing activists and allies challenged legal intercourse legislation and “whorephobia,” and have been energetic in struggles for homosexual liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, union organizing, and legal abolition.
even supposing the multibillion-dollar overseas intercourse flourishes, the U.S. continues to be one of many few industrialized international locations that maintains to criminalize prostitution, and those discriminatory legislation placed employees in danger. In reaction, intercourse staff have prepared to enhance their operating stipulations and to problem police and structural violence. via person confrontations and collective campaigns, they have driven the limits of traditional organizing, known as for decriminalization, and feature reframed intercourse employees’ rights as human rights.
Telling tales of intercourse staff, from the frontlines of the Nineteen Seventies intercourse wars to the modern day streets of SlutWalk, Chateauvert illuminates an underrepresented stream, introducing expert activists who've prepared an international crusade for self-determination and sexual freedom that's as multifaceted because the intercourse and as varied as human sexuality. 

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Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

By Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Mark Twain as soon as saw, “A lie can get midway world wide earlier than the reality may also get its boots on.” His statement jewelry real: city legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares move without problems. in the meantime, individuals with very important ideas–business humans, lecturers, politicians, reporters, and others–struggle to make their rules “stick.”

Why do a little principles thrive whereas others die? and the way can we enhance the probabilities of necessary rules? In Made to Stick, entire educators and concept creditors Chip and Dan Heath take on head-on those vexing questions. within, the brothers Heath exhibit the anatomy of principles that stick and clarify how one can make principles stickier, corresponding to making use of the “human scale principle,” utilizing the “Velcro conception of Memory,” and growing “curiosity gaps.”

In this vital advisor, we find that sticky messages of all kinds–from the notorious “kidney robbery ring” hoax to a coach’s classes on sportsmanship to a imaginative and prescient for a brand new product at Sony–draw their energy from an identical six traits.

Made to stay is a e-book that might rework how you speak principles. It’s a fast paced travel of luck tales (and failures)–the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a tumbler of micro organism to end up some degree approximately belly ulcers; the charities who utilize “the mom Teresa Effect”; the elementary-school instructor whose simulation truly avoided racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and infrequently unusually humorous, Made to Stick exhibits us the important ideas of successful ideas–and tells us how we will practice those principles to creating our personal messages stick.

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Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism

By Mike Davis

Evil Paradises, edited through Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, is an international guidebook to phantasmagoric yet actual places—alternate realities being developed as "utopias" in a capitalist period unfettered through unions and kingdom rules. those developments—in towns, deserts, and in the midst of the sea—are worlds the place intake and inequality surpass our worst nightmares.

Although they learn like technological know-how fiction, the case experiences are shockingly genuine. In Dubai, the place baby slavery existed until eventually very lately, a gilded archipelago of personal islands often called "The global" is actually being additional to the sea. In Medellín and Kabul, drug lords—in many ways textbook capitalists—are redefining conspicuous intake in fortified palaces. In Hong Kong, Cairo, or even the Iranian wasteland, burgeoning groups of nouveaux riches have taken preserve in myth Californias, entire with Mickey Mouse statues, whereas their maids sleep in rooftop fowl coops. in the meantime, Ted Turner rides herd over his bison in 2 million acres of non-public parkland.

Davis and Monk have assembled a rare team of urbanists, architects, historians, and visionary thinkers to mirror upon the trajectory of a civilization whose inner most ethos looks to devour all of the assets of the earth inside a unmarried lifetime.

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Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy

Ny is a urban of highs and lows, the place prosperous elites percentage the streets with determined immigrants and destitute locals. Bridging this fiscal divide is New York’s underground economic climate, the invisible community of illicit transactions among wealthy and terrible that secretly weaves jointly the full city.

Sudhir Venkatesh, acclaimed sociologist at Columbia college and writer of Gang chief for a Day, returns to the streets to attach the dots of latest York’s divergent financial worlds and crack the code of the city’s underground economic system. in accordance with Venkatesh’s interviews with prostitutes and socialites, immigrants and teachers, excessive finish drug bosses and street-level buyers, Floating City exposes the underground because the city’s actual engine of social transformation and monetary prosperity—revealing a totally unparalleled imaginative and prescient of latest York.

A memoir of sociological research, Floating City attracts from Venkatesh’s decade of study in the prosperous groups of higher East facet socialites and Midtown businessmen, the drug gangs of Harlem and the intercourse staff of Brooklyn, the artists of Tribeca and the escort providers of Hell’s Kitchen. Venkatesh arrived within the urban after his groundbreaking examine in Chicago, the place crime remained stubbornly neighborhood: gangs caught to their housing tasks and criminals stayed on their corners. yet in Floating City, Venkatesh discovers that New York’s underground economic climate unites rather than divides population: an unlimited community of “off the books” transactions linking the low and high worlds of the town. Venkatesh indicates how dealing in medicines and intercourse and undocumented exertions bridges the normal divides among wealthy and bad, unmasking a urban knit jointly through the invisible threads of the underground economy.

Venkatesh heavily follows a dozen New Yorkers locked within the underground economic system. His maximum consultant is Shine, an African American drug boss dependent in Harlem who hopes to damage into the elusive, upscale cocaine marketplace. with out connections between prosperous whites, Shine undertakes an audacious crusade of self-reinvention, forsaking the certainties of race and sophistication with the entire force of the best marketers. As Shine explains to Venkatesh, “This is ny! We’re like hummingbirds, guy. We pass flower to flower. . . . right here, you want to float.”

Floating urban: A Rogue Sociologist misplaced and located in New York’s Underground Economy chronicles Venkatesh’s decade of discovery and loss within the transferring terrain of latest York, the place examine topics may perhaps disappear without warning and new allies emerge unintentionally, the place shut buddies may possibly show themselves to be criminals of the bottom order. Propelled through Venkatesh’s a number of interviews and firsthand study, Floating City at its middle is a narrative of 1 guy suffering to appreciate a fancy international urban always within the throes of changing into.

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Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies

In Marx on the Margins, Kevin Anderson uncovers quite a few large yet ignored texts through Marx that forged what we proposal we knew approximately his paintings in a startlingly diverse mild. examining numerous Marx’s writings, together with journalistic paintings written for the New York Tribune, Anderson offers us with a Marx really at odds with traditional interpretations. instead of offering us with an account of Marx as an solely class-based philosopher, Anderson right here deals a portrait of Marx for the twenty-first century: a world theorist whose social critique was once delicate to the types of human social and ancient improvement, together with not only category, yet nationalism, race, and ethnicity, in addition. via hugely expert readings of labor starting from Marx’s unpublished 1879–82 notebooks to his passionate writings concerning the antislavery reason within the usa, this quantity promises a groundbreaking and canon-changing imaginative and prescient of Karl Marx that's absolute to impress vigorous debate in Marxist scholarship and past. For this accelerated variation, Anderson has written a brand new preface that discusses the extra 1879–82 laptop fabric, in addition to the impression of the Russian-American thinker Raya Dunayevskaya on his thinking.

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Transforming Classes: Socialist Register 2015

For greater than part a century, the Socialist Register has introduced jointly the various sharpest thinkers from all over the world to handle the urgent problems with our time. based via Ralph Miliband and John Saville in London in 1964, SR keeps their dedication to self sustaining and thought-provoking research, freed from dogma or sectarian positions. Transforming Classes is a compendium of socialist proposal this present day and a clarifying account of sophistication fight within the early twenty-first-century, from China to the United States. 

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