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The Rift

The Rift

Taking the Great Rift Valley – the geological fault that will eventually tear Africa in two – as his central metaphor, Alex Perry explores the split between a resurgent Africa and a world at odds with its rise. Africa has long been misunderstood – and abused – by outsiders. Perry travelled the continent for most of a decade, meeting with entrepreneurs and warlords, professors and cocaine smugglers, presidents and jihadis, among many others.

Opening with a devastating investigation into a largely unreported war crime in Somalia in 2011, he finds Africa at a moment of furious self-assertion. This is a remade continent, defiantly rising from centuries of oppression to become an economic and political titan: where cash is becoming a thing of the past, where astronomers are unlocking the origin of life and where, twenty-five years after Live Aid, Ethiopia’s first yuppies are traders on an electronic food exchange. Yet, as Africa finally wins the substance of its freedom, it must confront the three last false prophets of Islamists, dictators and aid workers, who would keep it in its bonds.
The Perfect Kill

The Perfect Kill

What is the definition of assassination? Robert Baer’s boss at the CIA once told him, ‘It’s a bullet with a man’s name on it.’

Sometimes assassination is the senseless act of a psychotic, a bloodletting without social value. Other times, it can be the sanest and most humane way to change the course of conflict: one bullet, one death, case closed.

Assassination has been dramatised by literature and politicised by infamous murders throughout history, and for Robert Baer, one of the most accomplished agents ever to work for the CIA, it’s a source of endless fascination. Over several decades, Baer served as an operative, from Iraq to India and beyond. In THE PERFECT KILL, he takes us on a wildly entertaining narrative adventure through a history of political murder, interweaving his first-hand experience and his decades-long cat-and-mouse hunt for the greatest assassin of the modern age.

A true maverick with an undeniably captivating personal story, Baer pulls back the curtain to give a glimpse of the underbelly of world politics, and the quiet murderers who operate on the fringe of our society.
The Meaning Of Hitler

The Meaning Of Hitler

A remarkable historical and psychological study of the enigma of Adolf Hitler and his impact on the twentieth century – by the bestselling author of DEFYING HITLER.

‘Dazzlingly brilliant’ OBSERVER

‘Mr Haffner … has exposed better, and more briefly, than anyone else the clockwork of that infernal machine’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Sebastian Haffner examines Hitler’s lifespan, his performance, his successes, errors, intellectual misconceptions, crimes and, last but not least, his great betrayal of his nation, the Western world and human civilisation.

‘What makes Haffner’s book different is that it is not one more biography but an analysis – a most penetrating analysis – of what Hitler was up to in his astonishing career’ A.L. Rowse

‘Mr Haffner…has exposed better, and more briefly, than anyone else the clockwork of that infernal machine’ Gordon Brook-Shepherd, Sunday Telegraph
The Future Is Asian

The Future Is Asian

Five billion people, two-thirds of the world’s mega-cities, one-third of the global economy, two-thirds of global economic growth, thirty of the Fortune 100, six of the ten largest banks, eight of the ten largest armies, five nuclear powers, massive technological innovation, the newest crop of top-ranked universities. Asia is also the world’s most ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse region of the planet, eluding any remotely meaningful generalization beyond the geographic label itself. Even for Asians, Asia is dizzying to navigate.

Whether you gauge by demography, geography, economy or any other metric, Asia is already the present – and it is certainly the future. It is for this reason that we cannot afford to continue to get Asia so wrong. The Future Is Asian accurately shows Asia from the inside-out, telling the story of how this mega-region is coming together and reshaping the entire planet in the process.
The Estate We're In

The Estate We're In

An overview of car culture, addressing questions such as: what is Carhenge? Is the A13 Britain’s Route 66? And why are we addicted to fast cars?

Whether you are passionate about classic cars, suffer from road rage, know a boy racer or protested against the Newbury bypass, this book is for you. Focusing on the driving forces behind car culture – freedom, speed and the political clout of the motor lobby – it asks the million dollar question: if driving is so much fun, why do we hate every other driver on the road?
Stiff Upper Lip

Stiff Upper Lip

‘A brave and necessary book’ GUARDIAN
‘Shocking, gripping and sobering’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

No other society sends its young boys and girls away to school to prepare them for a role in the ruling class.

Beating, bullying, fagging, cold baths, vile food and paedophile teachers are just some of the features of this elite education, and, while some children loved boarding school, others now admit to suffering life-altering psychological damage. Stiff Upper Lip exposes the hypocrisy, cronyism and conspiracy that are key to understanding the scandals over abuse and neglect in institutions all over the world.

Award-winning investigative journalist Alex Renton went to three traditional boarding schools. Drawing on those experiences, and the vivid testimony of hundreds of former pupils, he has put together a compelling history, important to anyone wondering what shaped the people who run Britain in the twenty-first century.
Seven Elements That Have Changed The World

Seven Elements That Have Changed The World

‘Fascinating and enjoyable … enthused with insight’ – Brian Cox

Uranium, carbon, iron, titanium, gold, silver and silicon – former BP CEO John Browne explains how seven elements are shaping the 21st century, for good and for bad.

Humans have put the Earth’s resources to extraordinary use, but not always for the benefit of humankind. SEVEN ELEMENTS vividly describes how iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium and silicon have shaped the world around us – for good and for bad.

This book takes you on an adventure of human passion, ingenuity and discovery, but it is a journey that is far from over: we continue to find surprising new uses for each of these seven key elements. Discover how titanium pervades modern consumer society, how natural gas is transforming the global energy sector and how an innovative new form of carbon could be starting a technological revolution.

SEVEN ELEMENTS is a unique mix of science, history and politics, interwoven with the author’s extensive personal and professional experience.
Saving Iraq

Saving Iraq

Nemir Kirdar has lived Iraq’s history. From the country of his youth – a stable and vibrant land of great promise, to the 1958 coup that plunged Iraq into a period of terror and destruction, foreign occupation, and the fall of Saddam Hussein, he’s been uniquely placed to comment on events and propose solutions.

Now Kirdar shares his vision for tomorrow’s Iraq, providing a blueprint for political, economic and social renewal. Calling for Iraqis to rise up and unlock their nation’s potential, Kirdar affirms that Iraq can again be unified. SAVING IRAQ is a personal account but also a book of global significance, offering steps towards resolution in a shattered country.
Putin And The Rise Of Russia

Putin And The Rise Of Russia

‘An excellent and important work’ Literary Review

‘Anyone concerned about how the bear will respond will find this historically informative account an accessible and stimulating guide’ Sunday Express

Putin and the Rise of Russia is a privileged insider’s account of the Russian enigma at first hand. It’s the best kind of political journalism’ Observer

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the world was left wondering about its destiny. Russia is still an enormous power with a population exceeding 140 million, immense military resources and giant energy reserves – in short, a vast land full of promise and opportunity.

Russia has the potential to be a force of stability or a force of turmoil, but when it comes to global affairs, can she be persuaded to join the world order?

Professor Stuermer’s authoritative and timely account considers a Russia going through a defining phase after the departure of Vladimir Putin. History is on the move: we face an open and challenging future in which Russia, for better or for worse, will play a key role.
Price Wars

Price Wars

For Rupert Russell, the shock of the Trump-Brexit victories was only the latest in a decade full of them: the unstoppable war in Syria, huge migrant flows into Europe, beheadings in Iraq, children caged at the US border. In Price Wars he sets out on an improbable journey to investigate what caused the wave of chaos that consumed the world in the 2010s.

Armed with a notebook, flak jacket and pink socks, Russell travels to modern apocalypses across five continents, embedding with separatist soldiers in the trenches of Eastern Ukraine, gangs of street kids battling over garbage in Caracas, the UN bomb disposal squad in Iraq and cattle raiders in Northern Kenya. He traces the origins of these conflicts back to dramatic and mysterious swings in the prices of essential commodities. He meets with commodity speculators who describe the inner workings of these volatile markets, explaining how food prices can spike even in years of abundant harvests, causing bread riots and revolutions. Oil prices can surge on rumours, enriching and emboldening dictators and terrorists alike. These price shocks, and many others across the decade, triggered local disasters that became global catastrophes. It is chaotic prices, Russell learned, fuelled by banks and hedge funds in New York and London, that have toppled regimes and fractured the West.

Price Wars is a page-turning chronicle of discovery and a ground-breaking expose of the power of price to devastate the world.
Political Risk

Political Risk

Political risk – the probability that a political action could significantly affect an organisation – is changing fast, and it’s more widespread than ever before.

In the past, the chief concern used to be whether a foreign dictator would nationalise the country’s oil industry. Today, political risk stems from a widening array of agents, from Twitter users and terrorists to hackers and insurgents. What’s more, the very institutions and laws that are supposed to reduce uncertainty and risk often increase it instead. This means that in today’s globalised world there are no ‘safe’ bets. Political risk affects companies and organisations of all sizes, operating everywhere from London to Lahore, even if they don’t know it.

Political Risk investigates and analyses this shifting landscape, suggests what businesses can do to navigate it, and explains how all of us can better understand these rapidly changing geopolitical dynamics.
Move

Move

Where will you live in 2030? Where will your children settle in 2040? What will the map of humanity look like in 2050?

In the 60,000 years since people began colonising the continents, a recurring feature of human civilisation has been mobility the constant search for resources and stability. Seismic global events – wars and genocides, revolutions and pandemics – have only accelerated the process. The map of humanity isn’t settled, not now, not ever.

As climate change tips toward full-blown crisis, economies collapse, governments destabilise and technology disrupts, we’re entering a new age of mass migrations – one that will scatter both the dispossessed and the well-off. Which areas will people abandon and where will they resettle? Which countries will accept or reject them? As today’s world population, which includes four billion restless youth, votes with their feet, what map of human geography will emerge?

Here global strategy advisor Parag Khanna provides an illuminating and authoritative vision of the next phase of human civilisation – one that is both mobile and sustainable. As the book explores, in the years ahead people will move to where the resources are and technologies will flow to the people who need them, returning us to our nomadic roots while building more secure habitats. Move is a fascinating look at the deep trends that are shaping the most likely scenarios for the future. Most importantly, it guides each of us as we determine our optimal location on humanity’s ever-changing map.
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