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            How the World Really Works: A Scientist's Guide to Our Past, Present and Future
             

            How the World Really Works: A Scientist's Guide to Our Past, Present and Future (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Smil, Vaclav

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            • Pub Date
              1 Feb 22

            We have never had so much information at our fingertips, and yet until recently we lived our hermetically-sealed lives at a distance from the complex realities of the physical world. But crises strip away the covers of obfuscation and misdirection to reveal truths. Any ideas of h...uman supremacy were dashed by Covid-19; it was a stark reminder of our limited grasp on reality. If we are to successfully navigate our uncertain future, understanding the inner workings of our modern world is vital. Professor Vaclav Smil is not a pessimist or an optimist, he is a scientist. Championing a rational fact-based approach - and on topics ranging from food production and nutrition, through energy and the environment, to globalization and the future - Smil shows, for example, how our food is inexorably linked to the massive combustion of fossil fuels, that globalization is much older than you think (but not inevitable), and why from horse riding to solar flares we consistently miscalculate risk. Tackling sources of misinformation head on - from Yuval Noah Harari to Gwyneth Paltrow - he addresses the most consequential of all contemporary questions: are we irrevocably doomed or is a brighter utopia ahead? He explains faults with both extremes. Compelling, data-rich and revisionist, How the World Really Works draws on half a century of Smil's own research and distils the ideas of his over forty books into one peerlessly authoritative yet accessible masterpiece.
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            ISBN 9780241454404
            Released NZ 1 Feb 2022
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The New Heretics: Understanding the Conspiracy Theories Polarizing the World
             

            The New Heretics: Understanding the Conspiracy Theories Polarizing the World (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 0th New edition)

            By Thomas, Andy

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              16 Mar 22

            This is the most balanced and well-reasoned investigation available into why people believe today's highly divisive conspiracy theories, from COVID and QAnon to 5G scares, fake news and more.

            ISBN 9781786785763
            Released NZ 16 Mar 2022
            Publisher Watkins Media
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            Speak Not: Empire, Identity and the Politics of Language
              

            Speak Not: Empire, Identity and the Politics of Language (Hardback)

            By Griffiths, James

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            As we stand at the brink of a terminal decline in the world's languages, and the rise of the hegemonic 'super-tongue', this is a personal and engaging account of how we can stop the race towards the extinction of linguistic diversity.

            ISBN 9781786999696
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            To Rule the Waves: How Control of the World's Oceans Shapes the Fate of the Superpowers
              

            To Rule the Waves: How Control of the World's Oceans Shapes the Fate of the Superpowers (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Export)

            By Jones, Bruce

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            From a brilliant Brookings Institution writer, a vivid, timely, and insightful examination of the critical role that oceans play in the daily struggle for global power, in the bestselling tradition of Robert Kaplan's The Revenge of Geography. For centuries, oceans were the chessb...oard on which empires battled for dominance. But in the nuclear age, air power and missile systems dominated our worries about security, and for the United States, the economy was largely driven by domestic production, with trucking and railways that crisscrossed the continent the primary modes of commercial transit. All that has changed, as nine-tenths of global commerce and the bulk of energy trade is today linked to sea-based flows. A brightly-painted 40-foot steel shipping container loaded in Asia with twenty tons of goods may arrive literally anywhere else in the world; how that really happens and who actually profits by it show that the struggle for power on the seas is a critical issue today. Now, in bright, closely observed prose, To Rule the Waves author Bruce Jones conducts us on a fascinating voyage through the great modern ports and naval bases of this era-from the vast container ports of Shanghai and Hong Kong to the vital naval base of the American 7th fleet in Hawaii to the sophisticated security arrangements in the port of New York. Along the way, the book illustrates how global commerce works, that we are amidst a global naval arms race, and why the oceans are so crucial to America's standing going forward. As Jones reveals, the three great geopolitical struggles of our time-for military power, for economic dominance, and over our changing climate-are playing out atop, within, and below the world's oceans. The essential question, he shows, is this: who will rule the waves and set the terms of the world to come?
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            ISBN 9781982173029
            Publisher Simon & Schuster
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            How the World Really Works: A Scientist's Guide to Our Past, Present and Future
             

            How the World Really Works: A Scientist's Guide to Our Past, Present and Future (Hardback)

            By Smil, Vaclav

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            • Pub Date
              27 Jan 22

            We have never had so much information at our fingertips and yet most of us simply don't understand how our world really works. Professor Vaclav Smil is not a pessimist or an optimist, he is a scientist, and this book is a much-needed reality check on topics ranging from food prod...uction and nutrition, through energy and the environment, to globalization and the future. For example, the carbon footprint of meat is well-known, but did you know that the equivalent of five tablespoons of diesel fuel goes into the production of each greenhouse-grown medium-size supermarket-bought tomato? The gap between belief and reality is vast. Drawing on the latest science, tackling sources of misinformation head on and championing a rational fact-based approach, in How the World Really Works Smil shows, for example, why the planet isn't 'suffocating' (even burning all the planet's fossil fuels would reduce oxygen levels by just 0.25 per cent) and that globalization isn't 'inevitable' and nor should it be (the stupidity of allowing 70 per cent of the world's rubber gloves to be made in just one factory became glaringly obvious in 2020). Ultimately Smil answers the most profound question of our age: are we irrevocably doomed or is a brighter utopia ahead? Compelling, data-rich and revisionist, this wonderfully broad interdisciplinary masterpiece finds faults with both extremes. Looking at the world through this quantitative lens reveals hidden truths that change the way we see our past, present and uncertain future.
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            ISBN 9780241454398
            Released NZ 27 Jan 2022
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Horizons: A Global History of Science
             

            Horizons: A Global History of Science (Hardback)

            By Poskett, James

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            • Pub Date
              24 Mar 22

            A radical retelling of the history of science that challenges the Eurocentric narrative. We are told that modern science was invented in Europe, the product of great minds like Nicolaus Copernicus, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. But this is wrong. The history o...f science is not, and has never been, a uniquely European endeavour. Copernicus relied on mathematical techniques borrowed from Arabic and Persian texts. When Newton set out the laws of motion, he relied on astronomical observations made in Asia and Africa. When Darwin was writing On the Origin of Species, he consulted a sixteenth-century Chinese encyclopaedia. And when Einstein was studying quantum mechanics, he was inspired by the Bengali physicist, Satyendra Nath Bose. Horizons pushes beyond Europe, exploring the ways in which scientists from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific fit into the history of science, and arguing that it is best understood as a story of global cultural exchange. Challenging both the existing narrative and our perceptions of revered individuals, above all this is a celebration of the work of scientists neglected by history. Among many others, we meet Graman Kwasi, the seventeenth-century African botanist who discovered a new cure for malaria, Hantaro Nagaoka, the nineteenth-century Japanese scientist who first described the structure of the atom, and Zhao Zhongyao, the twentieth-century Chinese physicist who discovered antimatter (but whose American colleague received the Nobel prize). Scientists today are quick to recognise the international nature of their work. In this ambitious and revisionist history, James Poskett reveals that this tradition goes back much further than we think. Perfect reading for fans of Peter Frankopan's The Silk Roads and Bettany Hughes's Istanbul.
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            ISBN 9780241394090
            Released NZ 24 Mar 2022
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Revolt: The Worldwide Uprising Against Globalization

            Revolt: The Worldwide Uprising Against Globalization (Hardback)

            By Eyal, Nadav; Translated by Watzman, Haim

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            For readers of Yuval Noah Harari, Rutger Bregman and Hans Rosling, the international bestseller is an eye-opening examination of nationalism's spread around the world as the promise of globalism wanes.

            ISBN 9781529031850
            Released NZ 29 Jun 2021
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 18+ years
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            Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire
             

            Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Koram, Kojo

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              22 Feb 22

            Tracing as never before the legacy of empire, Uncommon Wealth is the story of how Britain's treatment of former colonies has returned to haunt it.

            ISBN 9781529338638
            Released NZ 22 Feb 2022
            Publisher John Murray Press
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            Welcome to the Urban Revolution. How Cities Are Changing the World
              

            Welcome to the Urban Revolution. How Cities Are Changing the World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Brugmann, Jeb

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            Essential reading for the 21st century Are we transforming the planet into one massive global city? Urban migration and the rapid growth of cities are creating global change at a revolutionary scale. From Mumbai to Melbourne, we are facing global crises like climate change, epide...mics, widening poverty and terrorism.
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            ISBN 9780702236969
            Published NZ 3 Aug 2009
            Publisher University of Queensland Press
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
             

            Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

            By Dallaire, Romeo

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            I know there is a God because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists, and therefore I know there is a God. -Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire

            ISBN 9780786715107
            Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
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