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              Hitler's First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich
               

              Hitler's First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich (Hardback)

              By Fritzsche, Peter

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              The breathtaking rise of Hitler in 1933-and the making of the Nazis Amid the ravages of economic depression, Germans in the early 1930s were pulled to political extremes both left and right. Then, in the spring of 1933, Germany turned itself inside out, from a deeply divided repu...blic into a one-party dictatorship. In Hitler's First Hundred Days, award-winning historian Peter Fritzsche offers a probing account of the pivotal moments when the majority of Germans seemed, all at once, to join the Nazis to construct the Third Reich. Fritzsche examines the events of the period-the elections and mass arrests, the bonfires and gunfire, the patriotic rallies and anti-Jewish boycotts-to understand both the terrifying power the National Socialists exerted over ordinary Germans and the powerful appeal of the new era they promised. Hitler's First Hundred Days is the chilling story of the beginning of the end, when one hundred days inaugurated a new thousand-year Reich.
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              ISBN 9781541697430
              Released NZ 17 Mar 2020
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              The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality
                

              The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Sunkara, Bhaskar

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                14 Apr 20

              From one of the most prominent voices on the American Left, a galvanizing argument for why we need socialism in the United States today In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism's history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision for its future. Wit...h the stunning popularity of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Americans are embracing the class politics of socialism. But what, exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system in America look like? The editor of Jacobin magazine, Sunkara shows that socialism, though often seen primarily as an economic system, in fact offers the means to fight all forms of oppression, including racism and sexism. The ultimate goal is not Soviet-style planning, but to win rights to healthcare, education, and housing, and to create new democratic institutions in workplaces and communities. A primer on socialism for the 21st century, this is a book for anyone seeking an end to the vast inequities of our age.
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              ISBN 9781541647107
              Released NZ 14 Apr 2020
              Publisher Basic Books
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              Hadrian's Wall
               

              Hadrian's Wall (Hardback)

              By Goldsworthy, Adrian

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              From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a definitive history of Hadrian's Wall Stretching eighty miles from coast to coast across northern England, Hadrian's Wall is the largest Roman artifact known today. It is commonly viewed as a defiant barrier, the end of the empire..., a place where civilization stopped and barbarism began. In fact, the massive structure remains shrouded in mystery. Was the wall intended to keep out the Picts, who inhabited the North? Or was it merely a symbol of Roman power and wealth? What was life like for soldiers stationed along its expanse? How was the extraordinary structure built--with what technology, skills, and materials? In Hadrian's Wall, Adrian Goldsworthy embarks on a historical and archaeological investigation, sifting fact from legend while simultaneously situating the wall in the wider scene of Roman Britain. The result is a concise and enthralling history of a great architectural marvel of the ancient world.
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              ISBN 9781541644427
              Released NZ 10 Apr 2018
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              Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
               

              Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time (Hardback)

              By Vince, Gaia

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              What enabled humans to go from simple stone tools to smartphones? How did bands of hunter-gatherers evolve into multinational empires? In Transcendence, Vince argues that modern humans are the product of a nuanced coevolution of their genes, environment, and culture that goes bac...k into deep time.
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              ISBN 9780465094905
              Released NZ 21 Jan 2020
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              How to Be an Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Well
               

              How to Be an Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Well (Hardback)

              By Wilson, Catherine

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              Epicureanism has a reputation problem, bringing to mind gluttons with gout or an admonition to eat, drink, and be merry. Philosopher Wilson shows that epicureanism isn't an excuse for having a good time: it's a means to live a good life.

              ISBN 9781541672635
              Released NZ 24 Sep 2019
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              Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty
               

              Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty (Hardback)

              By Stewart, Ian; Read by Vance, Simon

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              A celebrated mathematician explores how math helps make sense of the unpredictable and provides some of the tools people need to better manage the uncertainty that pervades lives.

              ISBN 9781541699472
              Released NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades
               

              The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades (Hardback)

              By Crowley, Roger

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              From a New York Times-bestselling author comes a stirring account of the siege of Acre in 1291, when the last Christian stronghold fell to the Muslim army.

              ISBN 9781541697348
              Released NZ 5 Nov 2019
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              What Was Liberalism?: The Past, Present, and Promise of a Noble Idea
               

              What Was Liberalism?: The Past, Present, and Promise of a Noble Idea (Hardback)

              By Traub, James

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              A sweeping history of liberalism, from its earliest origins to its imperiled present and uncertain future Donald Trump is the first American president to regard liberal values with open contempt. He has company: the leaders of Italy, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey, among others, are... also avowed illiberals. What happened? Why did liberalism lose the support it once enjoyed? In Title TK, James Traub returns to the origins of liberalism, in the aftermath of the American and French revolutions and in the works of such great thinkers as John Stuart Mill and Isaiah Berlin. Although the first liberals were deeply skeptical of majority rule, the liberal faith adapted, coming to encompass belief in not only individual rights and free markets, but also state action to provide basic goods. By the second half of the twentieth century, liberalism had become the national creed of the most powerful country in the world. But this consensus did not last. Liberalism is now widely regarded as an antiquated doctrine. Title TK reviews the evolution of the liberal idea over more than two centuries for lessons on how it can rebuild its majoritarian foundations.
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              ISBN 9781541616851
              Released NZ 24 Sep 2019
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              The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World
               

              The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World (Hardback)

              By Wilson, Bee

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              An award-winning food writer takes us on a global tour of what the world eats--and shows us how we can change it for the better Food is one of life's great joys. So why has eating become such a source of anxiety and confusion? Bee Wilson shows that in two generations the world ha...s undergone a massive shift from traditional, limited diets to more globalized ways of eating, from bubble tea to quinoa, from Soylent to meal kits. Paradoxically, our diets are getting healthier and less healthy at the same time. For some, there has never been a happier food era than today: a time of unusual herbs, farmers' markets, and internet recipe swaps. Yet modern food also kills--diabetes and heart disease are on the rise everywhere on earth. This is a book about the good, the terrible, and the avocado toast. A riveting exploration of the hidden forces behind what we eat, The Way We Eat Now explains how this food revolution has transformed our bodies, our social lives, and the world we live in.
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              ISBN 9780465093977
              Released NZ 7 May 2019
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              Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
               

              Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Plokhy, Serhii

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              From a preeminent historian of Eastern Europe, the definitive history of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Doz...ens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of the Communist party rule, the regime's control over scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world. A moving and definitive account, Chernobyl is also an urgent call to action.
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              ISBN 9781541617070
              Released NZ 10 Mar 2020
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