By Eric Hobsbawm
Social agitation is as essential a part of public life today as it has ever been. In Eric Hobsbawm's masterful study, Primitive Rebels, he shines a light on the origins of contemporary rebellion: Robin Hood, secret societies, revolutionary peasants, Mafiosi, Spanish Civil War anarchy, pre-industrial mobs and riots - all of which have fed in to our notions of dissent in the modern world.Coining now familiar terms such as 'social banditry', Primitive Rebels shows how Hobsbawm was decades ahead of his time, and his insightful analysis of the history of social movements is critical to our understanding of movements such as UK Uncut, Black Lives Matter and the growing international resistance to Donald Trump's presidency.Reissued with a new introduction by Owen Jones, Primitive Rebels is the perfect guide to the revolutions that shaped western civilisation, and the bandits, reformers and anarchists who have fought to change the world.
The Power of Significance
By John C. Maxwell
We all have a longing to be significant, to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. But many people wrongly believe that they have to have an amazing idea, be a certain age, have a lot of money, or be powerful or famous to make a real difference. In HOW SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE LIVE, Maxwell will teach readers how to take the first steps towards living a life that matters. Drawing on his personal experience, John Maxwell will give you practical guidance and motivation to get started on your personal path to significance. Learn how to start small but believe big, find your why, and live every day as if it matters--because it does!
The Political Pope
By George Neumayr
Although Pope Francis is beloved by many, some conservative Catholics believe that the Pope, who was educated in socialist Argentina, embraces many of the policies and rhetoric of the hard left.George Neumayr argues that, for many decades, the left has worked to undermine the Catholic Church, perhaps the most powerful conservative institution in the world. In the twentieth century, communists and leftists spread liberation theology and modernism throughout the Church. Now the radical left has succeeded at the Church's highest level.This book is the untold story of the left's effort to enlist the Vatican in its global world order - and the battle to stop it. The stakes are enormous - because the Pope is not just a symbol for Catholics, but a symbol of morality and justice to billions across the world.In Pope Francis, the left has found a pope who emboldens the Church's enemies and undercuts its friends, a pope who propagandizes for the Western elite's most cherished causes while eroding the deposit of faith. He is, as they once said of Barack Obama, "the one they have been waiting for."
By Evan Davis
Low-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us 'your call is important to us'. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just rife but apparently so effective that it's become the communications strategy of our times? This brilliantly insightful book steps inside the panoply of deception employed in all walks of life and assesses how it has come to this. It sets out the surprising logic which explains why bullshit is both pervasive and persistent. Why are company annual reports often nonsense? Why should you not trust estate agents? And above all, why has political campaigning become the art of stretching the truth? Drawing on behavioural science, economics, psychology and of course his knowledge of the media, Evan ends by providing readers with a tool-kit to handle the kinds of deceptions we encounter every day, and charts a route through the muddy waters of the post-truth age.
Precious and Grace
By Alexander McCall Smith
One bright morning, Precious Ramotswe - head of Botswana's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - receives a visitor: a woman from Australia. This woman asks Precious to take on a case: to find the nursemaid who raised her during her childhood in Botswana. The woman wants to thank her for being such an important part of her life. Precious has a history of successfully solving cases, but this one proves difficult and throws up a number of surprises and challenges. Back in her office, next door to the Speedy Motors Garage on Twokleng Road, Precious also has a team to manage: Mr Polopetsi, a part-time science teacher and new assistant at the agency; she mentors Charlie, a former apprentice and young man too handsome and charming for his own good - a man who has gotten himself in deep water; and then there is Precious's tumultuous but heart-warming friendship with her co-director, the fiery Grace Makutsi. Precious and Grace is a story about being a detective, the complexities of human nature, as well as lessons about gratitude and obligation.
The President's Book of Secrets
By David Priess
"One of the most interesting, exhilarating, and informative aspects of the presidency was my time with the CIA analysts and my PDB briefers." -George W. Bush, correspondence with the author, November 2012.Every day, a member of the CIA presents to the president a report detailing the most sensitive activities and analysis of world events. These can range from the behavior of America's allies to the maneuvering of its adversaries, from imminent dangers to long-term strategic opportunities, and are often based on the words of highly placed sources or the interceptions of astonishingly nimble technologies.This report - for the president's eyes only-forms the basis of the president's assessment of US intelligence and strength. The story of the President's Daily Brief-the PDB, in the jargon-is a window into the character of each president and his administration, and the degree to which his worldview and policy was shaped by the information from the security services.It is a story that could only be told by a trusted insider. David Priess served during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations as an award-winning intelligence officer, manager and daily intelligence briefer at the CIA. The CIA, despite its mission of secrecy, has diligently declassified and posted millions of pages of raw intelligence reports, analytic assessments, and memos from the late 1940s through the 1980s. These agency papers have been awaiting examination in a nondescript corner of the CIA's public website. Many more sit on an antiquated database terminal at the National Archives annex in College Park, Maryland.Few people know such documents exist. Fewer still have made the effort to dig through them as Priess has, hauling in never-before-revealed insights about the PDB. The information base for this book includes largely untapped oral histories, memoirs from PDB recipients and intelligence leaders, publicly released CIA internal studies, and tidbits about key personalities and locations from previously published works.
A Passion for Pasta
By Carmela Sophia Sereno
In A Passion for Pasta, everyone can take a delicious trip down Italy, from top to toe, led by 'pasta queen' Carmela Sereno - your guide to making speciality pasta dishes from each Italian region. With stunning photographs throughout, these recipes include: · Mandilli di Seta, handkerchief pasta with creamy pesto, from Liguria and the Italian Riviera. Liguria's capital, Genoa, is birthplace of the well-known basil pesto. · Orecchiete con cime di rape, which combines the speciality pasta of Puglia, orecchiete (translated as 'little ears'), with the humble turnip to produce a dish full of flavour and yet typical of Puglia's unique style of cooking, cucina povera. · Ziti with sardines, chicory and breadcrumbs. Ziti pasta come in many sizes from the length of small maccheroni to that of spaghetti. Originating from Sicily, this dish has strong Middle Eastern and North African influences, acknowledging these two regions' involvement in Sicilian history. Serano shows us how to make even the most basic pasta dough into a variety of shapes and stunning designs using stripes, spots and delicate herbs. Even those who are already great pasta enthusiasts will be amazed at the range of pasta explored in this book, with dishes selected to delight not only with their exquisite taste but also by their beautiful and varied appearance. From the 'Polenta Gnocchi' of the Aosta Valley to Tuscany's 'Pancake Pasta', A Passion for Pasta has a dish for every occasion, and all tastes.
Peter Powers and the Itchy Insect Invasion!
By Kent Clark, Brandon T. Snider, Dave Bardin
Everyone in Peter Powers' family has super awesome superpowers - except Peter. All he can do is make ice cubes and flash freeze little stuff. At least his brother and sister have finally stopped picking on him - mostly. But at school, an even more menacing bully has it out for Peter and his friends. As if that wasn't enough, Boulder City is being raided by robots!When his parents are captured, will Peter and his siblings be able to work together and save the day? Or will the town--and possibly the world--be iced? Join Peter Powers and his fantastic family for their second action-packed and fun-filled adventure to find out!This is the second in a new chapter book series of exciting stories about a young boy who has the worst superpower ever. Each story is full of humor, action, and fun, but the charm can be found in the heartfelt message about the power of family, friends, and having confidence.
Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers
By Kent Clark
Everyone in Peter Powers' family has super awesome superpowers. His dad controls fire with his mind, and his mom can fly. His big brother makes copies of himself, and his little sister is super-strong. And his baby brother even turns invisible! But all Peter can do is - this is really embarrassing - make ice cubes with his fingertips. When Captain Tornado comes to town and begins robbing banks, will Peter Powers and his totally lame abilities step up to save the day - or will he get coldfeet? Join Peter Powers and his fantastic family for their first action-packed and fun-filled adventure to find out!
By Roseann Sdoia
As Roseann Sdoia waited to watch her friend cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, she had no idea her life was about to change-that in a matter of minutes she would look up from the sidewalk, burned and deaf, staring at her detached foot, screaming for help amid the smoke and blood.In the chaos of the minutes that followed, three people would enter Roseann's life and change it forever. The first was Shores Salter, a college student who, when the bomb went off, instinctively ran into the smoke while his friends ran away. He found Roseann lying on the sidewalk and, using a belt as a tourniquet, literally saved her life that day. Then, Boston police officer Shana Cottone arrived on the scene and began screaming desperately at passing ambulances, all full, before finally commandeering an empty paddy wagon. Just then a giant appeared, in the form of Boston firefighter Mike Materia, who carefully lifted her into the fetid paddy wagon. He climbed in and held her burned hand all the way to the hospital. Since that day, he hasn't left her side, and today they are planning their life together.Perfect Strangers is about recovery, about choosing joy and human connection over anger and resentment, and most of all, it's about an unlikely but enduring friendship that grew out of the tragedy of Boston's worst day.
Playing with Fire
By Renee Graziano
A sexy thriller written by Renee Graziano, star of Mob Wives - this is your chance to read a mafia story by someone who lives the lifestyle, not just writes about it. She knows the truth: some men make the rules . . . others break themReign Grazi is no stranger to dangerous men. Her whole life, they've been there. Grandfathers, uncles, cousins . . But she has no idea why someone might want her dead.Nick Fattelli is handsome, sophisticated - and an assassin. He doesn't know who hired him to take out Reign, but after they meet and sparks fly, he vows to protect her. Unless it's really him they are after . . . Renee Graziano, star of VH1's hit show Mob Wives knows this lifestyle firsthand: She is the daughter of one of the most famous mobsters of our day, with an ex-husband now in witness protection, and a trail of "connected" boyfriends a mile long.'Take a mental vacation with this super fun book!' - OK Magazine'Kudos to Renee Graziano - if this is your life, I envy you. If it's in your mind, don't stop - we need another book STAT' - Elizabeth Bailey, Fresh Fiction
Pinot, Pasta, and Parties
By Dee Dee Sorvino, Paul Sorvino
Dee Dee and Paul Sorvino believe that the best way to solve the problems of the world is with a nice glass of wine and bountiful meal. Everything from the most glorious to the most prickly of subjects are palatable at the dinner table--especially if cocktails are served. In Pinot, Pasta, and Politics, the couple explores their "founding flavors." Paul brings the Pasta; a collection of traditional italian family recipes, while Dee Dee brings the Politics; anecdotes and stories sure to inspire debate. The Pinot comes in handy to balance the two. Filled with American history, personal author photos, and tales and quotes from Hollywood stars and American politicos, this light and fun cookbook offers 60 recipes that appeal to all political persuasions during the 2016 election year.
Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses
A GORGEOUS READ THAT'S 'GOOD FOR THE SOUL' Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is Top 5 Sunday Times bestselling Carole Matthews at her outstanding best. A heart-warming and poignant novel of romance, family and second chances.5-star reader reviews for Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses'Highly recommended''I loved this story. An adult fairytale''I was hooked from the first chapter''A must read''I loved it and can't wait to read more from this author'Christie Chapman is a single mum who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It's not an easy life but Christie finds comfort in her love of crafting, and spends her spare time working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed cards to personalised gifts, Christie's flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking.Christie can see a future full of hope and possibility for her and Finn - and if the handsome Max is to be believed, one full of love too. It's all there for the taking. And then, all of sudden, her world is turned upside down. Christie knows that something has to give, but can she really give up her dreams and the chance of real love? Will Christie find her happy ending in . . . Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses.'A gorgeous novel that will delight' KATIE FFORDE
By Carla Valentine
A day in the life of Carla Valentine - curator, pathology technician and 'death professional' - is not your average day. She spent ten years training and working as an Anatomical Pathology Technologist: where the mortuary slab was her desk, and that day's corpses her task list.Past Mortems tells Carla's stories of those years, as well as investigating the body alongside our attitudes towards death - shedding light on what the living can learn from dead and the toll the work can take on the living souls who carry it out. Fascinating and insightful, Past Mortems reveals the truth about what happens when the mortuary doors swing shut or the lid of the coffin closes . . .
By Nelson DeMille
After twenty years of legendary John Corey thrillers, discover the story that started it all with this exclusive special edition of the classic Plum Island.NYPD homicide detective John Corey has moved to Long Island, restlessly recuperating from wounds received in the line of duty, when he's hired as a consult on a murder. The victims are Tom and Judy Gordon, biologists who worked on Plum Island, the site of animal disease research for the Department of Agriculture. Were the Gordons murdered because they'd stolen some valuable new vaccine, or even a dreaded virus? Or had they been running drugs? Corey teams up with Beth Penrose, a detective working her first homicide, and their visit to Plum Island reveals only that the FBI & CIA have sanitised the place. Then they meet Emma Whitehouse, an expert on Captain Kidd's lost treasure which is thought to be buried nearby...With a new introduction by the author, this stunning edition of Plum Island is a must-have. This is Corey at his toughest, wittiest best.
By CJ Duggan
The first standalone book in CJ Duggan's HEART OF THE CITY series - a very sassy, super sexy New Adult romance from the internationally bestselling author of the SUMMER and PARADISE series.'You're breaking up with me!'He was silent.'In Paris.'Eyes dropping.'Under the Eiffel-fucking-Tower!' I screamed.Twenty-five-year-old Claire Shorten had looked forward to spending a romantic weekend in Paris for as long as she could remember, and now it was here - three blissful days of strolling through cobbled streets arm-in-arm with her beloved, eating copious amounts of baked goods and soaking up the culture through each and every pore of her body. Well, at least, that was how she'd pictured it . . . Even after her boyfriend dumps her rather unceremoniously in the most romantic place on earth, Claire is determined not to give up on her dream altogether - with or without a boyfriend. She finds herself a job in the kitchen of a small hotel; Michelin-starred it most certainly is not, but somehow Claire makes a place for herself amidst the dirty dishes and the foreign misfits who run the place.When the restaurant attracts the attention of the enigmatic - if not slightly terrifying - tycoon Louis Delarue, and Claire manages to survive his high-powered business luncheon from hell, she knows that she can survive anything, surely. But all bets are off when Louis makes a game-changing decision: he's coming back for a second course . . .PRAISE FOR CJ DUGGAN'S HEART OF THE CITY SERIES:'C.J. Duggan's book are the perfect treat for me, combining beautiful locations with a fun, sexy read.' Sam Still Reading'CJ has written a fun quick romance that engages you from beginning to end. While this book is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. I recommend it to any reader looking for a hard fought romance that is tinged with some really unexpected secrets that will leave you rooting for this unique pair.' Julie Kitzmiller, Little Read Riding HoodPRAISE FOR CJ DUGGAN'S PREVIOUS BOOKS:'I loved this book - it's the perfect beach read.' Flying Through Pages'I loved every moment . . . C.J. is a born storyteller that breathes a realism into her characters and situations that we've all found ourselves in.' Diva Book Nerd'PARADISE CITY is the same brand of feel good, fun and sexy romance that I have come to love from this author' Book Briefs'I love Duggan's writing and PARADISE CITY was a hoot. I cannot wait for the next book! Is it August yet?'
Peter Powers and the Rowdy Robot Raiders
By Kent Clark, Brandon T. Snider, Dave Bardin
Everyone in Peter Powers' family has super awesome superpowers--except Peter. All he can do is make ice cubes and flash freeze little stuff. At least his brother and sister have finally stopped picking on him--mostly. But at school, an even more menacing bully has it out for Peter and his friends. As if that wasn't enough, Boulder City is being raided by robots!When his parents are captured, will Peter and his siblings be able to work together and save the day? Or will the town - and possibly the world - be iced? Join Peter Powers and his fantastic family for their second action-packed and fun-filled adventure to find out!
By Annie Jacobsen
For more than forty years, the U.S. government, through various military and intelligence agencies, has invested millions in classified programs that study the role of mental telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and other forms of extrasensory perception (ESP) as a means of intelligence collection for military and defense purposes. Now, for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen will tell the story of these programs, using interviews with the core group of individuals--including former Defense Department scientists, military officers, CIA analysts and researchers, an Apollo 14 astronaut, government psychics, and members of the Aviary--who ran these phenomena programs at the highest level of government. PHENOMENA will be a quest narrative - a story about how far man will journey in search of improbable and mysterious things - with documentation showing which of these improbable things might actually exist.
The Pastor and the Painter
By Cindy Wockner
At 12.35 a.m. on the 29th April 2015, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were led out in front of firing squad. Strapped to wooden crosses, they prayed and sang, staring straight ahead at their killers. On that day, the Indonesian government did not execute two drug smugglers, they executed a pastor and a painter.But who were Andrew and Myuran?In 2005, the selfish recklessness of youth and lure of drugs, money, fast cars and a better life led them and seven other Australians into a smuggling plot to import eight kilograms of heroin from Indonesia to Australia. Unbeknownst to them all, the Australian Federal Police knew their plan and tipped off the Indonesian police. Charged with drug trafficking, Myuran and Andrew were found guilty and sentenced to death. Andrew was 22 years old. Myuran was 24.Cindy Wockner was the Indonesian correspondent for News Limited when the Bali Nine were caught. For a decade she covered their story and she got to know Myuran, Andrew and their families very well. She watched them transform from angry, defiant young men into fully rehabilitated good people.This is the intimate, and untold, story of Andrew and Myuran; of their childhoods and what turned them to drugs, what happened in their ten years in Kerobokan Prison, the numerous legal appeals, the political fallout and the growing worldwide pleas for mercy that saw vigils held around Australia. It will show their rehabilitation and their focus on helping others - of Andrew's growing commitment to his faith and Myu's burgeoning artistic talent. It will show the boys they were and the men they became in a potent cautionary tale and a poignant reminder of what we all lose when we ignore the power of mercy.
Prison School, Vol. 6
By Akira Hiramoto
An unthinkable "nightmare scenario" is brought down on the Shadow Student Council, shaking the Prison to its core...!! Kiyoshi falls into the trap laid by Kate, the Regular Student Council President, and finds himself behind bars once again! Now Mari, Meiko, and Kiyoshi must share a co-ed Prison. Meanwhile, Kate's plan for revenge is quietly set into motion...!