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2014

World History for Dummies (Chinese translation)

Translated by Lik Hang Tsui (Hong Kong & Pembroke 2009)

Chinese translation of World History for Dummies by Peter Haugen, translated by Lik Hang Tsui (Hong Kong & Pembroke 2009), Yu Tao, Jian Yuan. This is a one-stop guide to significant events in world history written for students and lifelong learners. It is a detailed overview of human history takes readers from the discovery of fire to the birth of the Internet. It features new coverage of significant events that have reshaped our world view: the events of September 11, 2001; the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; recent responses climate change; the rise of China, India, and Brazil as world economic powers; and the natural disasters of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It also explores the current trends in historical research and how researchers are re-examining everything from the writings of Marco Polo to the arrival of humans in the Americas. (PT Press, 2014).

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2014

Frameworks of World History: Networks, Hierarchies, Culture

Stephen Morillo (Louisiana & Jesus 1980)

Frameworks of World History: Networks, Hierarchies, Culture by Stephen Morillo (Louisiana & Jesus 1980) uses a clear and consistent analytical approach to studying world history, framed around a model that shows students how to do world history and not just learn about it. While this globally organized text contains all of the essential information, it does not just tell what happened, but also shows how and why it happened.(Oxford University Press, 2014).

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2014

Democracy More or Less: America's Political Reform Quandary

Bruce Cain (Maine & Trinity 1970)

Democracy More or Less: America's Political Reform Quandary by Bruce Cain (Maine & Trinity 1970) asks why American political reform efforts so often fail to solve the problems they intend to fix, and argues that the reasons are an unrealistic civic ideal of a fully informed and engaged citizenry and a neglect of basic pluralist principles about political intermediaries. (Cambridge University Press, December 2014).

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2014

Twisted Reasons

Geza Tatrallyay (Ontario & St Catherine's 1972)

Twisted Reasons by Geza Tatrallyay (Ontario & St Catherine's 1972) is the first in a trilogy of international thrillers based on arms and human trafficking from a modern ‘rogue’ Russian state, is the tale of two college friends who get drawn into the heist of nuclear material from a former Soviet site. Arriving in Vienna to find his friend Adam Kallay, an official at the International Atomic Energy Agency, presumed dead, crime novelist Greg Martens teams up with Interpol Agent Anne Rossiter and Julia, Kallay’s Russian girlfriend, to solve the case and track the disappearance from a former Soviet nuclear site of enough uranium to make a bomb. (Deux Voiliers Press, December 2014).

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2014

Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide

Ryan Thoreson (North Dakota & Hertford 2007)

Transnational LGBT Activism: Working for Sexual Rights Worldwide by Ryan Thoreson (North Dakota & Hertford 2007) argues that the idea of LGBT human rights is not predetermined but instead is defined by international activists who establish what and who qualifies for protection. The result is a uniquely balanced, empirical response to previous critiques of Western human rights activists—and a clarifying perspective on the nature and practice of global human rights advocacy. (University of Minnesota Press, November 2014).

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2014

Public interest litigation and social change in South Africa: Strategies, tactics and lessons

Nick Ferreira (South Africa-at-Large & Wolfson 2003)

Public interest litigation and social change in South Africa: Strategies, tactics and lessons by Nick Ferreira (South Africa-at-Large & Wolfson 2003), together with Gilbert Marcus SC and Steven Budlender is an evaluation of public interest litigation in South Africa, following The Atlantic Philanthropies’ substantial investment in the field. The book will be relevant to anyone interested in how to best use rights, law and litigation to advance social change, and it can be downloaded free online. (The Atlantic Philanthropies, October 2014).

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2014

Climate Justice: Vulnerability and Protection

Henry Shue (North Carolina & Merton 1961)

Climate Justice: Vulnerability and Protection by Henry Shue (North Carolina & Merton 1961) is a collection of far-sighted essays on the tangled questions of justice between nations and justice across generations confronting all attempts at international cooperation in controlling climate change. (Oxford University Press, June 2014).

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2014

Australia and the Vietnam War

Peter Edwards (Western Australia & Wadham 1967)

Australia and the Vietnam War  by Peter Edwards (Western Australia & Wadham 1967) sets Australia's involvement in its longest and most controversial war of the twentieth century in the context of a generation of political and military engagement in Southeast Asia. (NewSouth Publishing, 2014).

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2014

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Dr Atul Gawande (Ohio & Balliol 1987)

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the Endby Dr Atul Gawande (Ohio & Balliol 1987) tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. (Metropolitan Books, October 2014).

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2014

Don't Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership

Gen. Wesley Clark (Arkansas & Magdalen 1966)

Don't Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership by Gen. Wesley Clark (Arkansas & Magdalen 1966) presents a compelling argument for continued American global leadership and the basis on which it can succeed - a new American strategy. The author is a retired four-star general of the US army and former Democratic candidate for president and Gen. Clark argues America needs both new power and deeper perspective. The platform for American leadership is to use America’s energy resources to spark sustainable economic growth, building new strength to deal with pressing domestic issues like the deficit as well as the longer term challenges to US security - terrorism, cyber threats, the next financial crisis, China’s rising power, and climate change. (Public Affairs, October 2014).

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