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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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2014

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

Walter Isaacson (Louisiana & Pembroke 1974)

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson (Louisiana & Pembroke 1974) is the story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. (Simon & Schuster, October 2014)

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2014

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

Nick Kristof (Oregon & Magdalen 1981)

 A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity ​by Nick Kristof (Oregon & Magdalen 1981) and Sheryl WuDunn offers practical, results-driven advice on how to make an impact on a local or international level. The authors know better than most how many urgent challenges communities around the world face to­day and here they offer a timely beacon of hope for a collective future. The book forms a sweeping tap­estry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that the reader can do the same - whether with a donation, with our time, by capitalising on skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses. (Random House, September 2014).

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2014

Angels by the River

Gus Speth (South Carolina & Balliol 1964)

Angels by the River  by James Gustave “Gus” Speth (South Carolina & Balliol 1964) recounts his unlikely path from a southern boyhood through his years as one of the nation’s most influential mainstream environmentalists and eventually to the system-changing activism that shapes his current work. Born and raised in an idyllic but racially divided town Mr Speth explores how the civil rights movement and the South’s agrarian roots shaped his later work in the heyday of the environmental movement. (Chelsea Green Publishing, October 2014).

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2014

Criminal Fair Trial Rights: Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights

Ryan Goss (Queensland & Lincoln 2007)

Criminal Fair Trial Rights: Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights by Ryan Goss (Queensland & Lincoln 2007) provides an innovative and critical analysis of the European Court's Article 6 case law. The category of 'fair trial rights' includes many component rights. The existing literature tends to chart the law with respect to each of these component rights, one by one. This traditional approach is useful, but it risks artificially isolating the case law in a series of watertight compartments. This book takes a complementary but different approach as instead of analysing the component rights one by one, it takes a critical look at the case law through a number of 'cross-cutting' problems and themes common to all or many of the component rights. (Hart Publishing, September 2014).

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2014

Stewart Parker: A Life

Marilynn Richtarik (Kansas & Jesus 1988)

Stewart Parker: A Life​ by Marilynn Richtarik (Kansas & Jesus 1988) is the first biography of the important Irish playwright. Born in Belfast during World War II, raised in a working-class Protestant family, and educated on scholarship at Queen's University, writer Stewart Parker's story is in many ways the story of his generation. Other aspects of his personal history, though, such as the amputation of his left leg at age 19, helped to create an extraordinarily perceptive observer and commentator. (Oxford University Press, October 2014 - paperback).

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