Non-Fiction Catalogue: December 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in December 2018.

Because they are new books, we are at the whim of the publishers and, to some extent, the shipping companies – books can sometimes arrive later (or earlier) than, or occasionally be a different retail price, than originally quoted. Because space is a luxury, we bring in limited quantities of books. Prices are subject to change without notice.

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  • 1–2 paperbacks (up to 500g), $8.30
  • 2–10 paperbacks or any trade paperbacks or hardcovers, within Brisbane, is $10.85
  • outside Brisbane metro area (over 500g up to 3kg), $13.40
  • anything above 3kg charged at Australia Post rates.

Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

New Osprey military history titles

Wings of the Rising Sun: Uncovering the Secrets of Japanese Fighters and Bombers of World War II (general aviation)
Chambers, Mark
In the Pacific War’s early years, Japanese air power was dominant. The only way for the Allies to defeat their enemy was to know it. This made the task of maintaining productive intelligence gathering efforts on Japan imperative. Establishing Technical Air Intelligence Units in the Pacific Theatre and the Technical Air Intelligence Centre in Washington DC, the Allies were able to begin to reveal the secrets of Japanese air power through extensive flight testing and evaluation of captured enemy aircraft and equipment. These provided an illuminating perspective on Japanese aircraft and aerial weapon design philosophy and manufacturing practice. Fully illustrated throughout, with a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, Mark Chambers explores Allied efforts to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese air power during the war years, and how this intelligence helped them achieve victory in the Pacific.
Aviation history | HC | $39.99

Pacific Thunder: the US Navy’s Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943–October 1944 (general military)
Cleaver, Thomas McKelvey
On 27 October 1942, four ‘Long Lance’ torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes later, the ship that had launched the Doolittle Raid six months earlier slipped beneath the waves of the Coral Sea. Of the prewar carrier fleet the Navy had struggled to build over 15 years, only three were left: Enterprise, that had been badly damaged in the battle of Santa Cruz; USS Saratoga (CV-3) which lay in dry dock, victim of a Japanese submarine torpedo; and the USS Ranger (CV-4), which was in mid-Atlantic on her way to support Operation Torch. For the American naval aviators licking their wounds in the aftermath of this defeat, it would be difficult to imagine that within 24 months of this event, Zuikaku, the last survivor of the carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbour, would lie at the bottom of the sea. Alongside it lay the other surviving Japanese carriers, sacrificed as lures in a failed attempt to block the American invasion of the Philippines, leaving the United States to reign supreme on the world’s largest ocean. This is the fascinating account of the Central Pacific campaign, one of the most stunning comebacks in naval history – as, in 14 months, the US Navy went from the jaws of defeat to the brink of victory in the Pacific.
Naval history | PBK | $18.99

Roman Heavy Cavalry (1): Cataphractarii and Clibanarii, 1st Century BC–5th Century AD (Elite 225)
D’Amato, Raffaele; Negin, Andrey Evgenevich & Negin, Andrey Evgenevich (illustrator)
From the army of Marc Antony in the first century BC, Roman generals hired Oriental heavy armoured cavalry to serve in their military alongside the legions. These troops, both from the northern steppes and the Persian frontiers, continued an ancient tradition of using heavy armour and long lances, and fought in a compact formation for maximum shock effect. They were quite distinct from conventional Roman light cavalry, and they served across the Empire, including in Britain. They became ever more important during the third century wars against Parthia, both to counter their cavalry and to form a mobile strategic reserve. Displaying these impressive and imposing cavalry units using vivid specially-commissioned artwork, this first book in a two-part series on Roman Heavy Cavalry examines their use over the Imperial period up to the fall of Western Empire in the fifth century AD.
Military history | PBK | $22.99

Heroes of Telemark: Sabotaging Hitler’s atomic bomb, Norway 1942–44 (Raid 50)
Greentree, David & Stacey, Mark; Dennis, Peter (illustrators)
In May 1941, the Norwegian Section of SOE received a dossier warning of the dangers of a hydroelectric fertiliser plant in Norway. Vemork produced heavy water, an essential part of making plutonium for nuclear weapons. When the Germans overran Norway, the entire stock had been smuggled out of the country, but the plant was intact and soon producing heavy water again, destined for the German nuclear programme. Despite the difficulties of getting to and operating in such a remote, hostile area, SOE decided it had to destroy the plant. Six ski-borne commandos had the task of slipping past 300 heavily-armed guards and passing through a ravine the Germans thought impassable. Fully illustrated, with stunning new commissioned artwork, this is the thrilling story of the daring Norwegian-led SOE raid that prevented Hitler from building an atomic bomb.
Military history | PBK | $29.99

South American Battleships 1908–59: Brazil, Argentina, and Chile’s great dreadnought race (New Vanguard)
Lardas, Mark & Baker, Julian; Shumate, Johnny (illustrators)
In 1908, the most incredible naval arms race in history began. Flush with cash from rubber and coffee, Brazil decided to order three of the latest, greatest category of warship, available – the dreadnought battleship. One Brazilian dreadnought, by itself, could defeat the combined gunnery of every other warship of all the other South American nations. Brazil’s decision triggered its neighbour Argentina to order its own brace of dreadnoughts; which, in turn, forced Chile (which had fought boundary disputes with Argentina) to order some. In the process, the South American dreadnought mania drove the three participants nearly into insolvency, led to the bankruptcy of a major shipyard, and triggered a chain of events which led Turkey to declare war on Great Britain. It also produced several ground-breaking dreadnought designs and one of the world’s first aircraft carriers.
Naval history | PBK | $22.99

Tsushima 1905: Death of a Russian Fleet (Campaign 330)
Lardas, Mark & Dennis, Peter (illustrator)
Japan was closed to the world until 1854 and its technology then was literally medieval. Great Britain, France and Russia divided the globe in the nineteenth century, but Japan was catching up. Its army and navy were retrained by Western powers and equipped with the latest weapons and ships. Japan wanted to further emulate its European mentors and establish a protectorate over Korea, yet Japanese efforts were blocked by Imperial Russia who had their own designs on the peninsula. The Russo-Japanese War started with a surprise Japanese naval attack against an anchored enemy fleet still believing itself at peace. It ended with the Battle of Tsushima, the most decisive surface naval battle of the 20th century. This gripping study describes this pivotal battle, and shows how the Japanese victory over Russia led to the development of the dreadnought battleship, and gave rise to an almost mythical belief in Japanese naval invincibility.
Naval history | PBK | $32.99

The Sterling Submachine Gun (Weapon 65)
Moss; Matthew & Hook, Adam; Gilliland, Alan (illustrators)
Designed by a motorcycle racer turned small-arms’ engineer, George Patchett, the submachine gun that eventually became known as the Sterling was developed during World War II. Some suggest it first saw action during Operation Infatuate, with No 4 Commando; before becoming fully adopted by the British Army in 1953 as the Sterling Machine Carbine (L2A1). It was centre stage for many of Britain’s post-colonial conflicts from Malaya to Kenya and from Yemen to Northern Ireland. The silenced L34A1 Sterling-Patchett entered service in 1966 and first saw action deep in the jungles of Vietnam in the hands of the elite special forces of Australia, New Zealand and the United States during prisoner snatches and reconnaissance patrols. Employing first-hand accounts and painstaking technical analysis, this engaging account features carefully selected archive photography and specially commissioned colour artwork depicting the submachine gun that armed British and other forces for nearly 60 years.
Weapons | PBK | $29.99

USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine: the Pacific 1941–42 (Duel 90)
Stille, Mark & Wright, Paul (illustrator)
Leading up to the Pacific War, Japanese naval strategists believed that a decisive fleet engagement would be fought against the United States Navy. Outnumbered by the USN, the Imperial Japanese Navy planned to use its large, ocean-going submarines to chip away at its opponent before the grand battle. In order to accomplish this, the IJN’s submarine force was tasked to perform extended reconnaissance of the USN’s battle fleet, even in port, and then shadow and attack it. For their part, the USN was fully aware of the potential threat posed by Japanese submarines, and destroyer crews were trained and equipped with modern anti-submarine weapons and tactics to screen the battle fleet. Challenging the assumption that Japanese submarines were ineffective during the Pacific War, this fully illustrated study examines their encounters with the US Navy, and the successes and failures of American destroyers in protecting their capital ships.
Naval history | PBK | $29.99

B-25 Mitchell Units of the CBI (Combat Aircraft 126)
Young, Edward M & Laurier, Jim (illustrator)
Flying from and between bases in China and India, the B-25s bombed every type of Japanese target during World War 2 in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre, ultimately dropping more ordinance than their larger four-engined B-24 Liberator brethren. Mitchell bombers took on the task of disrupting the flow of Japanese supplies to the frontlines at medium ranges, bombing Japanese supply centres, railway depots and bridges. It was in this last capacity that the B-25 established a unique role as a ‘bridge-buster’. This provided significant support for the British Fourteenth Army as they advanced into Burma. Fully illustrated with detailed cutaway artwork, this book tells the important, yet forgotten story of B-25 operations in the CBI Theatre and the important role that this aircraft played on the road to victory.
Aviation history | PBK | $29.99

 

General non-fiction

The History of Space Travel Playing Cards

Contains two decks of cards and game rules booklet with space trivia. From the inaugural space race of Vostok versus Mercury, to the famed Apollo program, to the International Space Station, this set of real playing cards celebrates Earth’s history of intergalactic travel. Each suit of cards and face cards feature historical space suits, vessels, missions, and more, and a game booklet designed to look like a space shuttle flight manual rounds out the set. This interstellar box set celebrates crewed space missions from 1961 to the present. It includes two decks of playing cards printed on high-quality, flexible, and durable stock used in professional paper playing card decks. A booklet includes rules for ten family-friendly card games and cosmic trivia, making it the perfect gift for science lovers, students, game geeks, and more.
History of Space Travel | Cards | $27.99

30-Second Forensic Science: 50 key topics revealing criminal investigation from behind the scenes, each explained in half a minute
Black, Professor Sue & Daéid, Professor Niamh Nic
Humanity’s most appalling crimes are solved by experts presenting painstakingly gathered evidence to the court of law. Investigators rely on physical, chemical and digital clues gathered at the scene of an incident to reconstruct beyond all reasonable doubt the events that occurred in order to bring criminals to justice. Enter the forensic team, tasked with providing objective recognition and identification and evaluating physical evidence (the clues) to support known or suspected circumstances. Far from the super-sleuths of fiction, the real-life masters of deduction occupy a world of dogged detection, analysing fingerprints or gait, identifying traces of toxins, drugs or explosives, matching digital data, performing anatomical dissection, disease diagnosis, facial reconstruction and environmental profiling.
Science/forensic pathology | HC | $27.99

King of the Air: the Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith
Blainey, Ann
A revealing portrait of a brilliant and troubled figure – a daredevil of the skies. Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation. In three short years, he broke records with his astounding and daring voyages: the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia, the first flight across the Tasman, the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland. He did it all with such courage, modesty and charm that Australia and the world fell in love with him. A tickertape parade was held in his honour on New York’s Fifth Avenue. At home, he became a national hero, ‘Our Smithy’. Yet, his achievements belied a traumatic past. He had witnessed the horror of World War I – first as a soldier at Gallipoli, later as a combat pilot with the Royal Flying Corps – and, like so many of his generation, he bore physical and emotional scars. The public saw the derring do; only those close to him knew the anxious, troubled individual who pushed himself to the edge of health and sanity. In November 1935, Kingford Smith’s plane crashed; and he was lost at sea, near Burma, his body never to be recovered. This brilliant work from one of Australia’s foremost biographers reveals the complicated, tumultuous life of a fascinating figure, who pursued his obsession to the greatest heights of fame and catastrophe.
Biography/Aviation history | HC | $49.99

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: the Last Book On Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need
Brody, Jessica
Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 ‘beats’ (plot points) that comprise a successful story – from the opening image to the finale – this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem, etc) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate – and a novel that will sell.
Writing | TP | $24.99

The Penguin Book of Hell
Bruce, Scott G
From the Hebrew Bible’s shadowy realm of Sheol, to twenty-first-century visions of Hell on earth, The Penguin Book of Hell takes us through three thousand years of eternal damnation. Along the way, you’ll take a ferry ride with Aeneas to Hades, across the river Acheron; meet the Devil as imagined by a twelfth-century Irish monk – a monster with a thousand giant hands; wander the nine circles of Hell in Dante’s Inferno, in which gluttons, liars, heretics, murderers, and hypocrites are made to endure crime-appropriate torture; and witness the debates that raged in Victorian England when new scientific advances cast doubt on the idea of an eternal hereafter. Drawing upon religious poetry, epics, theological treatises, stories of miracles, and accounts of saints’ lives, this fascinating volume of hellscapes illuminates how Hell has long haunted us, in both life and death.
Religion/Philosophy | PBK | $27.99

The Battle of Long Tan: Australia’s Four Hours of Hell in Vietnam
Cameron, David W
On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, Australian troops fought one of their bloodiest, most significant battles of the Vietnam War. The Australians had arrived at Nui Dat, four months earlier, to open up the province. While out on patrol, Delta Company of 6RAR, originally numbering just 105 Australians and three New Zealanders, collided with Viet Cong forces numbering around 2500 troops, ahead of a planned Vietnamese ambush. Under heavy fire and short on ammunition, the Australians could only guess at the enemy’s strength and number. Morning light revealed a shattered woodland, trees bleeding latex – and hundreds of dead enemy soldiers who had fallen in the numerous assaults against the small Anzac force. What was first thought, by the Australians, to be a significant defeat quickly turned out to be a major victory. Marking the battle’s 50th anniversary, and drawing on unpublished first-hand accounts, David Cameron brings to life the events of this famous battle as it unfolded – minute by minute, hour by hour – and reveals the deeds of heroism and mateship, now part of Australia’s Vietnam War story. His compelling account commemorates the men who fought in the rubber plantation of Long Tan – and those who did not come home.
Military history | PBK | $22.99

Enigma: Crack the Ultimate Cipher Challenge!
Clegg, Brian
How good are you at code breaking? Can you solve this fiendish cumulative puzzle? The ultimate trial of knowledge and cunning, Enigma features 200 cryptic puzzles and ciphers. The solutions link throughout the book – so, you need to solve them all to get to the final round. With a focus on ciphers and code breaking, Enigma contains twenty sections, each built around a specific subject from music to literature, physics to politics. To take on Enigma you need good general knowledge and the ability to think laterally. But if you need help, there are plenty of hints to point you in the right direction. Whether you attempt to crack it alone or work in a team, Enigma will challenge you to the extreme. Can you take on Enigma, and win? There’s only one way to find out…
Puzzles/Cryptography | PBK | $19.99

Seize the Fire: Three Speeches
Flanagan, Richard
Australia is not a fixed entity, a collection of outdated bigotries and reactionary credos, but rather an invitation to dream, and this country – our country – belongs to its dreamers… if we are finally to once more go forward as a people it’s time our dreamers were brought in from the cold. Richard Flanagan’s speeches have become unique literary events attended by sell-out crowds, reported in national and international media, and a spur to widespread debate and discussion. Gathered here are three of his recent speeches in which he interweaves topics as diverse as troubadour poetry, love stories and the murder of the refugee Reza Barati; his top ten Tasmanian novels and the Australian Pacific solution; and his much-celebrated National Press Club address where he questioned the militarisation of Australian memory and argued for the need for formal Indigenous recognition. Comic, illuminating and deeply moving, this is writing speaking to the great questions of our time and our country.
Society and culture/Philosophy | PBK | $12.99

The Atlas of Disease: Mapping deadly epidemics and contagion from the plague to the Zika virus
Hempel, Sandra
The Atlas of Disease gives a unique perspective on how epidemics have spread throughout history, from the fourteenth-century plague that devastated Europe and the lethal outbreaks of cholera in the nineteenth century, right up to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and the catastrophic spread of Zika in Brazil. Interweaving new maps based on the latest available data with historical charts alongside intriguing, often unsettling, contemporary illustrations, this extraordinary book plots the course of some of the most virulent and deadly pandemics around the world. Discover how diseases have changed the course of history, stimulated advances in medicine, and how mapping has played a key role in prevention and cure, shaping countless lives.
Science/medicine | HC | $39.99

A Political History of the World: Three Thousand Years of War and Peace
Holslag, Jonathan
In three thousand years of history, China has spent at least eleven centuries at war. The Roman Empire was in conflict during at least 50 per cent of its lifetime. Since 1776, the United States has spent over one hundred years at war. The dream of peace has been universal in the history of humanity. So, why have we so rarely been able to achieve it? In A Political History of the World, Jonathan Holslag has produced a sweeping history of the world, from the Iron Age to the present, that investigates the causes of conflict between empires, nations and peoples and the attempts at diplomacy and cosmopolitanism. A bird’s eye view of three thousand years of history, the book illuminates the forces shaping world politics from Ancient Egypt to the Han Dynasty, the Pax Romana to the rise of Islam, the Peace of Westphalia to the creation of the United Nations. This truly global approach enables Holslag to search for patterns across different eras and regions, and explore larger questions about war, diplomacy, and power. Has trade fostered peace? What are the limits of diplomacy? How does environmental change affect stability? Is war a universal sin of power? At a time when the threat of nuclear war looms again, this is a much-needed history intended for students of international politics, and anyone looking for a background on current events.
History/Politics | HC | $45.00

Memento Mori: What the Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age and Death
Jones, Peter
A thoughtful and revealing guide to how the Romans confronted their own mortality, with particular emphasis on how the old dealt with the certainty of death. Romans inhabited a world where man – knowing nothing about hygiene, let alone disease – had no defences against nature. Death was everywhere. Half of all Roman children were dead by the age of five. Only eight per cent of the population made it over sixty. One bizarre result was that half the population consisted of teenagers. From the elites’ philosophical take on the brevity of life to the epitaphs left by butchers, bakers and buffoons, Memento Mori (‘Remember you are mortal’) shows how the Romans faced up to this world and attempted to take the sting out of death.
History | HC | $29.99

The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration: NASA and the Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight
Logsdon, John
Among all the technological accomplishments of the last century, none has captured our imagination more deeply than the movement of humans into outer space. From Sputnik to SpaceX, the story of that journey is told, as never before, in The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration. Renowned space historian John Logsdon has uncovered the most fascinating items in the NASA archive and woven them together with expert narrative guidance to create a history of how Americans got to space and what we’ve done there. Beginning with rocket genius Wernher von Braun’s vision for voyaging to Mars, and closing with Elon Musk’s contemporary plan to get there, this volume traces major events like the founding of NASA, the first American astronauts in space, the moon landings, the Challenger disaster, the daring Hubble Telescope repairs, and more. In these pages, we find such gems as Eisenhower’s reactions to Sputnik, the original NASA astronaut application, John Glenn’s reflections on zero gravity, Kennedy’s directives to go to the moon, discussions on what Neil Armstrong’s first famous first words should be, customs forms filled out by astronauts bringing back moon rocks, transcribed conversations with Nixon on ending Project Apollo, and beginning the space shuttle program, and so much more.
History/Science/Outer space | TP | $27.99

Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil
McKenzie, Hamish
A former Tesla insider tells the astounding story of the most revolutionary car company since Ford and shows how it is bringing an end to the era of petrol-powered transportation. ‘You’ll tell me if it ever starts getting genuinely insane, right?’ – Elon Musk, TED interview. Hamish McKenzie, a former Tesla insider, tells how a Silicon Valley startup’s wild dream came true. Tesla is a car company that stood up against not only the might of the government-backed Detroit car manufacturers, but also the massive power of Big Oil and its benefactors, the infamous Koch brothers The award-winning Tesla Model 3, a premium mass-market electric car that went on sale in 2018, has reconfigured the popular perception of Tesla and continues to transform the public’s relationship with motor vehicles – much like Ford’s Model T did, nearly a century ago. At the same time, company CEO Elon Musk courts controversy and spars with critics through his Twitter account; just as Tesla’s ever-increasing debt teeters on junk bond status… As McKenzie shows, Tesla has triggered frenzied competition from newcomers and traditional automakers alike, but it retains an edge because of its expansive infrastructure and its stupendous battery factory in the Nevada desert. The popularity of electric cars is growing around the world, especially in China, and McKenzie interviews little-known titans who have the money and the market access to power a global electric car revolution quickly and decisively. ‘Insane Mode’ started off as a feature on the dual-motor Tesla Model S which gave the car Ferrari-like acceleration, but it’s also the perfect description of the operating scale of a company that has sworn it won’t rest until every car on the road is electric. Here is a story about the very best kind of American ingenuity and its history-making potential. Buckle up!
Technology/Business/Biography | TP | $29.99

A Rabble of Dead Money: the Great Crash and the Global Depression: 1929–39
Morris, Charles
Deeply researched and vividly told, A Rabble of Dead Money anatomises history’s greatest economic catastrophe – while noting the uncanny echoes for the present. The Great Crash of 1929 violently disrupted the United States’ confident march toward becoming the world’s superpower. The suddenness of the cataclysm and the long duration of the collapse scarred generations of Americans. A Rabble of Dead Money is a lucid and fast-paced account that pulls together the intricate threads of policy, ideology, international hatreds, and sheer cantankerousness that finally pushed the world economy over the brink. Award-winning writer Charles R Morris anchors his narrative in America; while fully sketching the poisonous political atmosphere of postwar Europe. 1920s America was the embodiment of the modern age – cars, electricity, credit, radio, movies. Breakneck growth presaged a serious recession by the decade’s end, but not a depression. It took heroic financial mismanagement, a glut-induced global collapse in agricultural prices, and a self-inflicted crash in world trade to produce the Great Depression.
History/Economics | TP | $26.99

The Mathematics of Everyday Life
Posamentier, Alfred S & Spreitzer, Christian
If you think of mathematics as a series of pointless classroom exercises without much relevance to real life, this book will change your mind. As the authors show, math is deeply embedded in almost every aspect of daily life – from managing your personal finances, making consumer purchases, and sharpening your computational skills, to learning to apply mathematical concepts that will give you a better grasp of both ordinary and extraordinary events and help you better appreciate the world we live in. With some basic geometry under your belt, you’ll discover that there is an optimal point on a soccer field from which to shoot a goal. And you’ll be cleverer, with the gears of a bike. If you like to play cards or go to the casino, knowing something about probability will give you an edge. You’ll also have an enhanced understanding of the ‘whispering effect’ inside the Capitol rotunda, why a car’s headlights are so bright, and even why sewer covers are round. After reading this entertaining and instructive book, you’ll come away with a whole new awareness of how elegantly mathematics explains everyday experiences and observations – from present day items to classical art and architecture.
Mathematics and Science | HC | $44.99

Gene Machine: the Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome
Ramakrishnan, Venki
Everyone knows the term DNA. It is the essence of our being. It determines who we are and what we pass on to our children. Mention the ribosome, on the other hand, and you will usually be met with blank faces, even from scientists. And yet without the ribosome, nothing lives. For if DNA is data, then it can’t go anywhere, or do anything, without a machine to process it. Unlocking the secrets of this gene-reading molecule was once among the most fundamental problems in molecular biology… Nobel Prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan tells the story of the race to determine the structure of the ribosome and so resolve an ancient mystery at the heart of life itself. Illuminating, persuasive and compelling, Gene Machine not only reveals a great discovery but offers a fascinating insight into what it is like to work at the cutting edge of modern science amid the attending competition, politics, and larger-than-life personalities.
Molecular biology/Genetics | HC | $39.99

America vs the West: Can the liberal world order be preserved?
Schake, Kori
‘The rules-based international order is being challenged… not by the usual suspects, but by its main architect and guarantor, the US.’ European Council President Donald Tusk, 8 June 2018. Under President Donald Trump, the United States has burned like a wildfire through the goodwill it accrued in seventy years of propagating its liberal political values. Can Western nations preserve the liberal world order against rising authoritarian powers without the United States, or with Washington working against them? In America vs the West, Kori Schake argues that the success of the liberal order is not preordained. It will have to be fought for, compromised for, and rejuvenated. Can it be done without American leadership? That will depend on the strengths of the major challengers – Russia and China – but, above all, on whether the West’s middle powers are prepared to band together.
Politics/Society and culture | PBK | $12.99