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NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field
Billy-Ray Belcourt (Prairies & Wadham 2016)
In the follow-up to his Griffin Poetry Prize–winning collection, This Wound is a World, Billy-Ray Belcourt writes using the modes of accusation and interrogation. He aims an anthropological eye at the realities of everyday life to show how they house the violence that continues to reverberate from the long twentieth century. In a genre-bending constellation of poetry, photography, redaction, and poetics, Belcourt ultimately argues that if signifiers of Indigenous suffering are everywhere, so too is evidence of Indigenous peoples’ rogue possibility, their utopian drive.
In NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, the poet takes on the political demands of queerness, mainstream portrayals of Indigenous life, love and its discontents, and the limits and uses of poetry as a vehicle for Indigenous liberation. In the process, Belcourt once again demonstrates his extraordinary craft, guile, and audacity, and the sheer dexterity of his imagination.
Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949
Taylor Fravel (Vermont & New College 1993)
Since the 1949 Communist Revolution, China has devised nine different military strategies, which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) calls “strategic guidelines.” What accounts for these numerous changes? Active Defense offers the first systematic look at China’s military strategy from the mid-twentieth century to today. Exploring the range and intensity of threats that China has faced, M. Taylor Fravel illuminates the nation’s past and present military goals and how China sought to achieve them, and offers a rich set of cases for deepening the study of change in military organisations.
Drawing from diverse Chinese-language sources, including memoirs of leading generals, military histories, and document collections that have become available only in the last two decades, Fravel shows why transformations in military strategy were pursued at certain times and not others. He focuses on the military strategies adopted in 1956, 1980, and 1993—when the PLA was attempting to wage war in a new kind of way—to show that China has pursued major change in its strategic guidelines when there has been a significant shift in the conduct of warfare in the international system and when China’s Communist Party has been united.
Courts in Conflict: Interpreting the Layers of Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Dr. Nicola Palmer (St Andrew's College, Grahamstown & Queen's 2007)
Courts in Conflict discusses how the post-genocide courts have interacted through their case law, evidentiary overlap, and the transfer of suspects between the jurisdictions. Combining law, legal anthropology, and politics in an interpretive approach to transitional justice research, this book provides an empirically-grounded analysis of the practice of the international, national, and localised courts in post-genocide Rwanda.
Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant
Anne Gardiner Perkins (Maryland & Balliol 1982)
Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant by Anne Gardiner Perkins (Maryland & Balliol 1982). In 1969, Yale University admitted its first women undergraduates to a college that had been all male for the previous 268 years. Yale Needs Women tells their story. Reviews have called Perkins’ account “stunning,” “inspiring,” and “beautifully written.”
C++ Crash Course: A Fast-Paced Introduction
Joshua Lospinoso (New Jersey & Magdalen 2009)
C++ is one of the most widely used languages for real-world software. In the hands of a knowledgeable programmer, C++ can produce small, efficient, and readable code that any programmer would be proud of.
Designed for intermediate to advanced programmers, C++ Crash Course cuts through the weeds to get you straight to the core of C++17, the most modern revision of the ISO standard. Part 1 covers the core of the C++ language, where you’ll learn about everything from types and functions, to the object life cycle and expressions. Part 2 introduces you to the C++ Standard Library and Boost Libraries, where you'll learn about all of the high-quality, fully-featured facilities available to you. You’ll cover special utility classes, data structures, and algorithms, and learn how to manipulate file systems and build high-performance programs that communicate over networks.
Near To the Heart
Richard Crocker (Alabama & Queen's 1970)
This semi-autobiographical novel is the story of a young minister’s attempt to maintain his allegiance to his faith, his family, and his southern heritage. It is a searing, profound, funny and moving portrayal of his loss of innocence and his quest for authenticity as he navigates the challenges of his journey from the segregated schools of the South, to an Ivy League College, to Oxford, and back, during the difficult years of the Civil Rights struggle and the Vietnam war. It is an unforgettable story.
The Labyrinth of Sustainability: Green Business Lessons from Latin American Corporate Leaders
Daniel C. Esty (Massachusetts & Balliol 1981)
Companies can no longer afford to be ‘un’sustainable. While this observation has been widely accepted in the United States and Europe, only recently have Latin American companies and businesses across the developing world started to integrate sustainability principles into their corporate cultures. Recognising and responding to this emerging trend, ‘The Labyrinth of Sustainability’ offers a collection of carefully developed and tightly framed case studies generated through the Latin American Corporate Sustainability Analysis project, an initiative convened by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy in conjunction with the EGADE Business School in Mexico and INCAE Business school in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
The introduction by Daniel Esty, the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University and one of the world’s leading corporate sustainability experts, makes a compelling argument for what he calls the “sustainability imperative”—the notion that businesses must work toward sustainability to be successful in today’s marketplace. It distils from the 12 case studies that follow five important sustainability strategy lessons for executives and managers on leadership, vision and execution, partnerships, communications and inspiration.
The 12 case studies focus on the sustainability strategy and initiatives of a company with business operations in Latin America, drawing out key themes and highlighting both successes and challenges. The aim of ‘The Labyrinth of Sustainability’ is to present the problems and prospects for corporate sustainability in a Latin American context across a spectrum of companies that ranges from small businesses to multinational enterprises. With its Latin American focus and lessons for business in a range of industry settings, this volume complements previous analyses and case studies of corporate sustainability in different regional contexts.
Bombay Before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos
Prashant Kidambi (India & Wadham 1994)
‘City of Gold’, ‘Urbs Prima in Indis’, ‘Maximum City’: no Indian metropolis has captivated the public imagination quite like Mumbai. The past decade has seen an explosion of historical writing on the city that was once Bombay. This book, featuring new essays by its finest historians, presents a rich sample of Bombay’s palimpsestic pasts. It considers the making of urban communities and spaces, the workings of power and the nationalist makeover of the colonial city.
‘This volume of essays inspired by and dedicated to the Australian scholar James Masselos, the most important historian of colonial Bombay, represents an equally important contribution to scholarship in its own right. Bringing together many of the best historians and specialists in popular culture working on urban India, and Bombay in particular, it sets a new benchmark for studies of this financially, culturally and politically crucial city, and will almost certainly become a point of reference for new work on it.’ — Faisal Devji, Professor of South Asian History, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire
Prashant Kidambi (India & Wadham 1994)
Drawing on an unparalleled range of original archival sources, Cricket Country is the story of this first 'All India' national cricket tour of Great Britain and Ireland. The extraordinary tale of how the idea of India took shape on the cricket pitch long before the country gained its political independence. A tale with an improbable cast of characters, set against the backdrop of revolutionary protest in the high noon of Edwardian imperialism, with an Indian team that included the young, newly enthroned, ruler of the most powerful Sikh state in India as its captain and, remarkably for the day, two Dalit cricketers as well. Over the course of a historic tour in the blazing Coronation summer of 1911, these Indian cricketers participated in a collective enterprise that epitomizes the role played by sport in fashioning the imagined communities of both nation and empire.
Go! India's Sporting Transformation
Nandan Kamath (India & Balliol 2000)
Bright-eyed aspirants in sports, from badminton to gymnastics, are training across the country. Homegrown leagues are attracting the world's best athletes and professionals. The country boasts multiple World number one teams and athletes, and sporting achievements are handsomely rewarded. Much of this was simply unthinkable at the turn of the millennium. Today, there is no longer any doubt that India can excel at sports. The country is changing the way it looks at sport and, along the way, how it looks at itself. Go! features a never-before-seen collection of essays by leading athletes, sports writers and professionals, who together tell a compelling story of India's ongoing sporting transformation.
'Beautifully captures the evolution of Indian sports and the journeys that could inspire a billion people towards new possibilities.' - Sachin Tendulkar
Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System
Paul Blustein (Wisconsin & Merton 1973)
History was heralded when China joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, for good reason: the world’s most populous nation was entering the rules-based system that has governed international commerce since World War II. But the full ramifications of that event are only now becoming apparent, as the Chinese economic juggernaut evolved in unanticipated ways.
In this book, journalist Paul Blustein chronicles the contentious process resulting in China’s WTO membership and the transformative changes that followed, both good and bad — for China, for its trading partners, and for the global trading system as a whole.
Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
Varun Sivaram (California & St John's 2011)
Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What's more, its potential is nearly limitless—every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year. But in Taming the Sun, energy expert Varun Sivaram warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar's current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim.
Innovation can brighten those prospects, Sivaram explains, drawing on firsthand experience and original research spanning science, business, and government. Financial innovation is already enticing deep-pocketed investors to fund solar projects around the world, from the sunniest deserts to the poorest villages. Technological innovation could replace today's solar panels with coatings as cheap as paint and employ artificial photosynthesis to store intermittent sunshine as convenient fuels. And systemic innovation could add flexibility to the world's power grids and other energy systems so they can dependably channel the sun's unreliable energy.
Unleashing all this innovation will require visionary public policy: funding researchers developing next-generation solar technologies, refashioning energy systems and economic markets, and putting together a diverse clean energy portfolio. Although solar can't power the planet by itself, it can be the centerpiece of a global clean energy revolution.
'Varun Sivaram takes us inside the world of alternative energy innovation. He's an optimist, but a realistic one: he knows time is running short for the public and private sectors to join forces. Taming the Sun is a must-read look into the limitless potential of an energy source as timeless as the sun that may very well save the earth.' - John F. Kerry, 68th U.S. Secretary of State; former U.S. Senator (D-MA).
Hobbes and the Two Faces of Ethics
Arash Abizadeh (Prairies & Queen's 1992)
Reading Hobbes in light of both the history of ethics and the conceptual apparatus developed in recent work on normativity, this book challenges received interpretations of Hobbes and his historical significance. Arash Abizadeh uncovers the fundamental distinction underwriting Hobbes's ethics: between prudential reasons of the good, articulated via natural laws prescribing the means of self-preservation, and reasons of the right or justice, comprising contractual obligations for which we are accountable to others. He shows how Hobbes's distinction marks a watershed in the transition from the ancient Greek to the modern conception of ethics, and demonstrates the relevance of Hobbes's thought to current debates about normativity, reasons, and responsibility. His book will interest Hobbes scholars, historians of ethics, moral philosophers, and political theorists.
Johan Olsthoorn - University of Amsterdam
The Enlightened Capitalists
James O'Toole (California & Hertford 1966)
Today’s business leaders are increasingly pressured by citizens, consumers, and government officials to address urgent social and environmental issues. Although some corporate executives remain deaf to such calls, over the last two centuries, a handful of business leaders in America and Britain have attempted to create business organisations that were both profitable and socially responsible.
In The Enlightened Capitalists, James O’Toole tells the largely forgotten stories of men and women who adopted forward-thinking business practices designed to serve the needs of their employees, customers, communities, and the natural environment. They wanted to prove that executives didn’t have to make trade-offs between profit and virtue.
Combining a wealth of research and vivid storytelling, O’Toole brings life to historical figures like William Lever, the inventor of bar soap who created the most profitable company in Britain and used his money to greatly improve the lives of his workers and their families. Eventually, he lost control of the company to creditors who promptly terminated the enlightened practices he had initiated—the fate of many idealistic capitalists.
As a new generation attempts to address social problems through enlightened organisational leadership, O’Toole explores a major question being posed today in Britain and America: Are virtuous corporate practices compatible with shareholder capitalism? Find out more.
Birth Rights and Wrongs: How Medicine and Technology are Remaking Reproduction and the Law
Dov Fox (Connecticut & St John's 2004)
Birth control, IVF, and genetic testing is the medicine of miracles. It fills empty cradles, frees families from terrible disease, and empowers them to fashion their lives on their own terms. But accidents happen: Pharmacists mix up pills. Lab techs misread tests. Obstetricians tell women their healthy fetuses would be stillborn. The book critically analyses the legal complexities when wrongdoing leaves patients with: (1) no baby, when they undertook reliable efforts to have one; (2) any baby, when they set out to avoid pregnancy and parenthood; and (3) a baby born with different health, sex, and other traits than the ones they’d selected. Find out more.
Zohar Atkins (New Jersey & Balliol 2010)
This book of poems produce jarring, contemporary Midrashim – interpretative retelling of canonical tales. These poems are for intellectuals disenchanted with intellectualism and for seekers and sensualists in search of a renewing approach to language. Find out more.
The Cosma Hypothesis: Implications of the Overview Effect
Frank White (Mississippi & New College 1966)
A look at how developing a philosophy of space exploration and settlement is more than an intellectual exercise. This book argues it will powerfully influence policy and practices that are unfolding now, as governments and corporations talk about space tourism, asteroid mining, and cities on Mars. Find out more.
The Levelling: What's Next After Globalization
Michael O'Sullivan (Ireland & Balliol 1995)
In this book, Michael O'Sullivan shows the many ways the levelling of the twenty-first century will unfold: The levelling out of wealth between rich and poor countries; of power between nations and regions; of political accountability and responsibility between political leaders and "the people"; of institutional power--away from central banks and defunct twentieth century institutions such as the WTO and IMF. Find out more.
Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom
Katherine Eban (Rhode Island & St John's 1989)
Katherine Eban’s Bottle of Lies exposes the deceit behind generic-drug manufacturing—and the attendant risks for global health. She draws on exclusive accounts with whistleblowers and regulators, and pages of confidential FDA documents to reveal where industry fraud is rampant and unsafe practises are conducted to keep costs down but maximise profit. Find out more.
Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything
Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983) & Robert McLean
Complex problem solving is at the very top of the list of essential skills for career progression in the modern world. But how problem solving is taught in our schools, universities, businesses and organizations comes up short. In Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything you’ll learn the seven-step systematic approach to creative problem solving developed in top consulting firms that will work in any field or industry, turning you into a highly sought-after bulletproof problem solver who can tackle challenges that others balk at. Find out more.
Red Saxony: Election Battles and the Spectre of Democracy in Germany, 1860-1918
James Retallack (Ontario & St. John's 1978)
Red Saxony throws new light on the reciprocal relationship between political modernisation and authoritarianism in Germany over the span of six decades.
Joshua Funder (Victoria & St Catherine's 1996)
Watson's Pier is beautifully told, a mix of fact, fiction and veterans' stories reaching back across generations to trace one man's personal journey, and with it the history of a nation. It also challenges the historical record of the final moments at Anzac Cove and offers a new perspective on the meaning of Gallipoli.
Music and Freedom
Zoe Morrison (South Australia & Linacre 1999)
This novel’s love story is that of a woman who must embrace life again if she is to survive. Inspiring and compelling, it explores the dark terrain of violence and the transformative powers of music and love.
A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford
Caylin Louis Moore (California & Jesus 2017)
By all rights, Caylin Louis Moore should be dead, in prison, or stalking the streets of Compton with his fellow gang-members. Instead, he’s a Rhodes Scholar, author, speaker, and role model for every kid deprived of hope in downtrodden communities. A Dream Too Big is the story of Moore’s exodus from one of the most impoverished, gang-infested communities in the United States to the golden, dreaming spires of Oxford, England.
Setting up Community Health and Development Programmes in Low and Middle Income Settings
Nathan Grills (Victoria & St John's 2002) & Ted Lankester
Edited by Ted Lankester and Nathan J. Grills, this title fully covers the theory and practice of community based health care in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) era. More information.
That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour
Sunita Puri (California & St Antony's 2002)
Dr. Puri's debut memoir, THAT GOOD NIGHT: LIFE AND MEDICINE IN THE ELEVENTH HOUR, has been hailed as "visceral and lyrical" by The Atlantic, and "a profound meditation on a problem many of us will face; worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal" by Kirkus Reviews. THAT GOOD NIGHT is a memoir of how the lives—and especially the spiritual practice—of Dr. Puri's immigrant parents shaped her views on death and dying, ultimately leading her to practice palliative medicine. Told in a series of intertwined stories about her family and her patients, Dr. Puri's book will inspire much-needed discussion about medicine's approach to mortality, and how a different language around death and dying might spare us all tremendous suffering. Dr. Puri read Modern History at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 2002-2004 (St Antony's College).
More information about the book, including reviews and book tour dates, can be found here.
An Ethical and Theological Appropriation of Heidegger’s Critique of Modernity
Dr Zohar Atkins (New Jersey & Balliol 2010)
This book is at once a deeply learned and original reading of Heidegger and a primary text in its own right. It demonstrates the relevance of Heidegger’s thought in responding to the moral and religious challenges of 21st century existence. It shows that Heidegger’s project can be defended against many criticisms once its existential character is taken seriously. What emerges is a powerful exercise in thinking, not about Heidegger, but with and against him. As such, Atkins engages Heidegger as a means of advancing a defence of spirituality in the modern world that holds spirituality itself accountable for its lapses into the mundane. Addressing the most influential figures in recent Continental philosophy, such as Emmanuel Levinas and Theodor W. Adorno, this is a work that will be of timely use to philosophers, theologians, artists, and seekers. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
Path to Power: An Autobiography of Thought Leadership
Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara (Zimbabwe & Merton 1991)
'Path to Power: An Autobiography of Thought Leadership (In Search of the Elusive Zimbabwean Dream)' is the second of three volumes in a series that traces the leadership thoughts and philosophical disposition of Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara over a period of 35 years. FIND OUT MORE.
Bu Al Sallasel
Dubai Abulhoul (United Arab Emirates & Trinity 2017)
This is the fourth book in a series of Arabic children’s books on Emirati folklore. It aims to introduce stories of Emirati folklore, particularly of Djin, which have historically been passed down through oral storytelling as opposed to documented in writing, to younger generations.
Christian Martyrs under Islam: Religious Violence and the Making of the Muslim World
Dr Christian Sahner (New Jersey & St John's 2007)
'Christian Martyrs under Islam' explains how Christians across the early Islamic caliphate slowly converted to the faith of the Arab conquerors and how small groups of individuals rejected this faith through dramatic acts of resistance, including apostasy and blasphemy. FIND OUT MORE.
Suture & Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film
George Butte (Arizona & New College 1968)
This book offers a new phenomenological understanding of how fiction and film narratives use particular techniques to create and represent the experience of community. Butte turns to the concept of suture from Lacanian film theory and to the work of Merleau-Ponty to contribute a deeper and broader approach to intersubjectivity for the field of narrative theory. READ MORE.
Departure Points: Essays from Youth on Oxford, Stock Cars and other Mysteries
Michael Waters (Alabama & Merton 1973)
This is a collection of Michael's remembrances. The title of the principal Oxford story, “You Won’t Learn Nothing Over There,” is a quote from former Alabama Governor (1947-51, 1955-59) James “Big Jim” Folsom on learning that Mike had been selected as a Rhodes Scholar. Mike was childhood friends with Big Jim’s son and namesake (also subsequently a Governor of Alabama, with whom Mike played in a Rock & Roll band in High School.).
Navy News Service
Jacquelyn Bengfort (North Dakota & Wolfson 2006)
'Navy News Service' is a sequence of erasure poems. READ MORE.
The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition
Jonathan Tepper (North Carolina & Christ Church 1998)
The Myth of Capitalism tells the story of how America has gone from an open, competitive marketplace to an economy where a few very powerful companies dominate key industries that affect our daily lives. Digital monopolies like Google, Facebook and Amazon act as gatekeepers to the digital world. Amazon is capturing almost all online shopping dollars. We have the illusion of choice, but for most critical decisions, we have only one or two companies, when it comes to high speed Internet, health insurance, medical care, mortgage title insurance, social networks, Internet searches, or even consumer goods like toothpaste. Every day, the average American transfers a little of their pay check to monopolists and oligopolists. The solution is vigorous anti-trust enforcement to return America to a period where competition created higher economic growth, more jobs, higher wages and a level playing field for all. The Myth of Capitalism is the story of industrial concentration, but it matters to everyone, because the stakes could not be higher. It tackles the big questions of: why is the US becoming a more unequal society, why is economic growth anemic despite trillions of dollars of federal debt and money printing, why the number of start-ups has declined, and why are workers losing out. READ MORE.
Imagination, Music, and the Emotions: A Philosophical Study
Dr Saam Trivedi (India & Balliol 1991)
This book articulates an imaginationist solution to the question of how purely instrumental music can be perceived by a listener as having emotional content. Find out more.
Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities
Professor David Simon (South African College School, Newlands & Linacre 1979) and other Scholar editors
This book aims to go beyond the state of the art to set the scene for a forward-looking dialogue on the current and emerging patterns and pathways that will shape our urban planet and resulting responses within the urban system. Important questions addressed in the book include: What are the dimensions of the urban planet? What are agencies of change in the urban planet? What are the limits of scientific enquiry?
Subnational Hydropolitics: Conflict, Cooperation, and Institution-Building in Shared River Basins
Dr Scott Moore (Kentucky & Merton 2009)
Offers the first book-length treatment of the distinctive problem of subnational hydropolitics: why states and provinces, as well as countries, fight over shared water resources. Read more.
Journeys: An American Story
Features Rhodes Scholars. Compiled by Andrew Tisch and Mary Skafidas
Every family has a story of how they arrived in America, whether it was a few months, years, decades, or centuries ago. Journeys: An American Story celebrates the vastness and variety of immigration tales in America, featuring seventy-two essays about the different ways we got here. This is a collection of family lore, some that has been passed down through generations, and some that is being created right now.
Ahmed Mukhtar Ahmed (Minnesota & Lady Margaret Hall 2017)
Cory Booker (New Jersey & Queen's 1992)
Wes Moore (Maryland & DC & Wolfson 2001)
Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island & new College 1993)
From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia
Michael McFaul (Montana & St John's 1986)
From one of America’s leading scholars of Russia who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, a revelatory, inside account of U.S.-Russia relations from 1989 to the present. Read more.
War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
Ronan Farrow (Maryland/DC & Magdalen 2012)
A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. Find out more.
Richard Flanagan (Tasmania & Worcester 1984)
From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the hypnotic tale of a ghost writer writing the memoir of a notorious con man, and the chilling events that unfold as their lives become increasingly intertwined. Read more.
Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya (African Arguments)
Nanjala Nyabola (Kenya & Harris Manchester 2009)
From the upheavals of recent national elections to the success of the #MyDressMyChoice feminist movement, digital platforms have already had a dramatic impact on political life in Kenya – one of the most electronically advanced countries in sub-Saharan Africa. While the impact of the Digital Age on Western politics has been extensively debated, there is still little appreciation of how it has been felt in developing countries such as Kenya, where Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and other online platforms are increasingly a part of everyday life.
Written by a respected Kenyan activist and researcher at the forefront of political online struggles, this book presents a unique contribution to the debate on digital democracy. For traditionally marginalised groups, particularly women and the disabled, digital spaces have allowed Kenyans to build new communities which transcend old ethnic and gender divisions. But the picture is far from wholly positive. Find out more!
The Shadow in the Garden: A biographer’s Tale
James Atlas (Illinois & New College 1971)
James Atlas, the celebrated chronicler of Saul Bellow and Delmore Schwartz, takes us back to his own childhood in suburban Chicago, where he fell in love with literature and, early on, found in himself the impulse to study writers' lives.
Lands of Lost Borders
Kate Harris (Ontario & Hertford 2006)
Like Rebecca Solnit and Pico Iyer before her, Kate Harris offers a travel narrative at once exuberant and meditative, wry and rapturous. Weaving adventure and deep reflection with the history of science and exploration, Lands of Lost Borders explores the nature of limits and the wildness of a world that, like the self and like the stars, can never be fully mapped. FIND OUT MORE.
Maria Sibylla Merian - Artist, Scientist, Adventurer
Dr Jeyaraney Kathirithamby (Rhodes Visiting Fellow & St Hugh's 1975)
This book explores the life of Maria Sibylla Merian who was one of the first naturalists to make careful observations on plants, insects, spiders, butterflies, moths and amphibians, and was one of the first female scientific explorers. Maria Sibylla’s work will be featured in an exhibition to be held in the Weston Library which will be opening on 8th March 2018 called “Sappho to Suffer”. Find out more about the book.
Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy
Bonnie St. John (California & Trinity 1986)
As leadership consultants and executive trainers, Bonnie St. John and Allen P. Haines have heard the same complaints from clients for years; periodic burnout, lack of focus and low energy. So they dug into the latest research on neuroscience, psychology and physiology looking for big answers. Instead they found small answers; proof that small adjustments in daily routines, including thought patterns, food and drink, rest and movement can fight the forces that sap our energy and store focus and drive. They call these amazing efficient restorative techniques "micro-resilience." Thousands of men and women from all walks of life have already found effortless ways to incorporate these little changes into the busiest of schedules. Dozens of entertaining anecdotes from real people using micro-resilience demonstrate that when our brains fire faster, our energy increases and we can cope with almost any surprise, pressure or crisis. READ MORE.
The Gene: An Intimate History
Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee (India & Magdalen 1993)
New York Times Number One Bestseller and shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. But woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. These concerns reverberate even more urgently today as we learn to “read” and “write” the human genome – unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children.
The End of the Psalter: Psalms 146-150 in the Masoretic Text, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Septuagint
Dr Alma Brodersen (Germany & St John's 2012)
The End of the Psalter presents a study of biblical texts using modern scholarly methods. The book focusses on Psalms 146-150 which today are found at the end of the Book of Psalms (= the Psalter) in the Jewish Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. These Psalms are interpreted based on the oldest extant evidence in Hebrew and Greek, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, with new translations into English and extensive historical commentaries.
Snuffing out the Moon
Osama Siddique (Pakistan & Corpus Christi 1992)
"2084 BCE: In the great city of Mohenjodaro, along the banks of the Indus, a young man named Prkaa grows increasingly mistrustful of the growing authority of a cult of priests. 455 CE: In the fabled university city of Takshasilla, Buddhamitra, a monk, is distressed by how his colleagues seem to have lost sight of the essence of the Buddha's message of compassion. 1620 CE: During the reign of the Mughal emperor Jahangir, a pair of itinerant fortune-seekers endeavour to swindle the patrician elite, only to find themselves utterly disillusioned. 1857 CE: Mirza Sahib, a wandering minstrel, traverses the realms of human deception even as a rebellion against the British Raj is advancing across India. 2009 CE: In contemporary Lahore, the widow Rafiya Begum navigates legal complexities in order to secure her rights and fend off predatory charlatans. 2084 CE: A scholar revisits the known history of the cataclysmic events that led to world-domination by ruthless international water conglomerates. Across epochs and civilisations, these are intensely personal journeys that investigate the legitimacy of religion and authority, and chronicle the ascent of dissent. "
The Coaching Habit
Michael Bungay Stanier (Australia-at-Large & Hertford 1992)
In Michael Bungay Stanier's The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can wok less hard and have more impact. Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks sevenessential coaching questions to demonstrate how--by saying less and asking more--you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.
Cobra In the Boat: Michael Sata’s Zambia
Chisanga Puta-Chekwe (Zambia & Exeter 1976)
Cobra in the Boat is a riveting account of how one of Zambia's most controversial presidents got to power and how he governed while in office. Michael Chilufya Sata was a populist with huge ambitions for his country. Few of these ambitions were actually realised because of Sata's poor health and his premature death. The political chaos that followed the president's demise was a direct consequence of Sata's failure to pay attention to constitutional detail. The book shows how this crisis could have been averted.
The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt
Associate Professor Jens Meierhenrich (Germany & St Antony's 1995)
This book collects thirty original chapters on the diverse oeuvre of one of the most controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) was a German theorist whose anti-liberalism continues to inspire scholars and practitioners on both the Left and the Right. Despite Schmitt's rabid antisemitism and partisan legal practice in Nazi Germany, the appeal of his trenchant critiques of, among other things, aestheticism, representative democracy, and international law as well as of his theoretical justifications of dictatorship and rule by exception is undiminished. Uniquely located at the intersection of law, the social sciences, and the humanities, this volume brings together sophisticated yet accessible interpretations of Schmitt's sprawling thought and complicated biography.
Political Trials in Theory and History
Associate Professor Jens Meierhenrich (Germany & St Antony's 1995)
From the trial of Socrates to the post-9/11 military commissions, trials have always been useful instruments of politics. Yet there is still much that we do not understand about them. Why do governments use trials to pursue political objectives, and when? What differentiates political trials from ordinary ones? Contrary to conventional wisdom, not all political trials are show trials or contrive to set up scapegoats. This volume offers a novel account of political trials that is empirically rigorous and theoretically sophisticated, linking state-of-the-art research on telling cases to a broad argument about political trials as a socio-legal phenomenon.
International Climate Change Law
Lavanya Rajamani (India & Hertford 1996)
Co-written with Daniel Bodansky and Jutta Brunnée. This textbook, by three experts in the field, provides a comprehensive overview of international climate change law. The book begins by locating international climate change law within the broader context of international law and international environmental law. It considers the evolution of the international climate change regime, and the process of law-making that has led to it. It examines the key provisions of the Framework Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. It analyses the principles and obligations that underpin the climate regime, as well as the elaborate institutional and governance architecture that has been created at successive international conferences to develop commitments and promote transparency and compliance.
The New Zealand Project
Max Harris (New Zealand & Balliol 2012)
By any measure, New Zealand must confront monumental issues in the years ahead. From the future of work to climate change, wealth inequality to new populism – these challenges are complex and even unprecedented. Yet why does New Zealand’s political discussion seem so diminished, and our political imagination unequal to the enormity of these issues? And why is this gulf particularly apparent to young New Zealanders? These questions sit at the centre of Max Harris’s ‘New Zealand project’.
Quintember, Attu, begat
Richard Major (New Zealand & Magdalen 1985)
Three books will be released in June 2017.
Quintember - When there are high crimes to be covered up, mysteries to be wrapped in enigmas, or a murderer to be liquidated - literally - there is only one man in England who can be trusted with the task: Felix Culpepper, tutor in Classics at St Wygefortis' College, Cambridge, and assassin-at-large for the British Establishment. From the eerie deserts of New Mexico to the high-rolling hotels of the Adriatic, Culpepper moves with consummate ease and an unexpected penchant for guns, drugs and esoteric methods of murder - all to save himself from the drudgery of cramming Latin into the privileged yet empty skulls of the dregs of Britain's aristocracy. With an intellectual vanity that rivals Holmes, more self-esteem than Bond and a blood-steeped amorality that out-Ripleys Hannibal Lecter, Culpepper is the ideal hero for our debased days. And only in his student, sidekick (and pending Nemesis) Margot ffontaines-Laigh, does he meet his match.
Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism - From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond
E. J. Dionne (Massachusetts & Balliol 1973)
Why the Right Went Wrong offers a historical view of the right since the 1960s. Its core contention is that American conservatism and the Republican Party took a wrong turn when they adopted Barry Goldwater’s worldview during and after the 1964 campaign. The radicalism of today’s conservatism is not the product of the Tea Party, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne writes. The Tea Partiers are the true heirs to Goldwater ideology. The purity movement did more than drive moderates out of the Republican Party—it beat back alternative definitions of conservatism.
With a little help from my Friends: A Schoolmaster's Memoirs
Dev Lahiri (India & St Catherine's 1975)
With a little help from my Friends: A Schoolmaster's Memoirs by Dev Lahiri (India & St Catherine's 1975) records the remarkable events from his illustrious career that was also riddled with controversies. Mr Lahiri evokes his childhood and university days as a backdrop to the unusual choices he made in his life. He then describes how, along with the huge fulfilment that came with engaging with young minds in his profession, he also had to face the vicissitudes of having to deal with vested interests, status-quo upholders and entitled parents. (Rupa Publications, December 2015).
The Laws of Medicine: field notes from an uncertain science
Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Laws of Medicine: field notes from an uncertain science by Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee (India & Magdalen 1993) explores what we do not know about medicine and how we can manage those uncertainties through his three laws of medicine. (Simon & Schuster/ TED, October 2015).
Displacement, Development, and Climate Change: International organizations moving beyond their mandates
Nina Hall (New Zealand & St Antony's 2009)
Displacement, Development, and Climate Change: International organizations moving beyond their mandates by Nina Hall (New Zealand & St Antony's 2009) focuses on one critical challenge: climate change. Climate change is predicted to lead to an increased intensity and frequency of natural disasters. An increase in extreme weather events, global temperatures and higher sea levels may lead to displacement and migration, and will affect many dimensions of the economy and society. Although scholars are examining the complexity and fragmentation of the climate change regime, they have not examined how our existing international development, migration and humanitarian organizations are dealing with climate change. This book looks at three institutions: the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Development Programme, and asks: how have these inter-governmental organizations responded to climate change? (Routledge, May 2016).
United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good
Cory Booker (New Jersey & Queen's 1992)
United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good by Cory Booker (New Jersey & Queen's 1992) draws on personal experience to issue a stirring call to the US nation and US politics around the principles of compassion and solidarity. It is his account of his own political education, the moments—some entertaining, some heartbreaking, all of them enlightening—that have shaped his civic vision. Here are the lessons Senator Booker learned from the remarkable people who inspired him to serve, men and women whose example fueled his desire to create opportunities for others. Also included are his observations on the issues he cares about most deeply, from race and crime and the crisis of mass incarceration to economic and environmental justice. (Ballantine Books, February 2016).
Bypass Wall Street: A Biologist’s Guide to the Rat Race
Dr Joanna Masel (Australia-at-Large & Merton 1997)
Pundits urge you to save more money for retirement. But you can’t eat piles of saved money; unless this money is used to increase our ability to produce food, medicine and nursing, the money might as well be destroyed today and reprinted later. How is money saved today converted into something that will be useful decades from now? In the meantime, who benefits from these pools of saved money? In a radical rethink, evolutionary biologist Joanna Masel (Australia-at-Large & Merton 1997) uses insights about competition and demography to deconstruct the false economic premises behind our bloated financial system. By returning to the basics of what investment means, Masel delivers accessible advice not only for policy makers, but also for individuals, suggesting alternatives that work for your benefit rather than the benefit of financiers. Ordinary individuals can bypass the middleman, and take direct control over how their saved money is converted into enduring wealth. This book challenges you to think differently, and gives new meaning to the old advice to invest only in things you understand. (Perforce Publishing, January 2016).
Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much
Faith Salie (Georgia & Magdalen 1993)
Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much by Faith Salie (Georgia & Magdalen 1993) is a look at all that the author has done in the name of validation. "Whether it’s trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, undergoing an exorsism in the hopes of saving her toxic marriage, or maintaining the BMI of “a flapper with a touch of dysentery,” Salie is the ultimate approval seeker—an “approval junkie,” if you will." The book is a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling her adventures during her lifelong quest for approval. (Crown Archetype, April 2016).
How Can I Help?: A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist
David Goldbloom (Nova Scotia & Exeter 1975)
In How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist, he presents himself as a model of a hospital-based psychiatrist, though not to advance a theory or treatment, but to “make our profession better understood … [by bringing] you to the front lines of modern psychiatry – the inside of the psychiatric hospital.” His goal, shared by his co-author and fellow psychiatrist Pier Bryden, is to reduce public fear of psychiatrists by showing what it is they really do, the conditions they treat, the resources they deploy and the setting in which they work.
Ethical Issues Raised by the SARS Outbreak in Toronto
Leo Paquin (British Columbia & Merton 1992)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was first recognized in Guangdong Province, China in November 2002. Subsequent to its introduction to Hong Kong in mid-February 2003, the virus spread to more than 30 countries infecting over 8,000 individuals across five continents. Toronto was particularly affected and SARS's outbreak there resulted in the emergence of five ethical issues in the following areas: isolation and quarantine, privacy and personal information, professional duty of care, collateral damage and the WHO's SARS-related Travel Advisory for Toronto. In this book each of those topics will be explored and the philosophy of the World's response to SARS will be discussed.
Senator Pressler: An Independent Mission to Save Our Democracy
Larry Pressler (South Dakota & St Edmund Hall 1964)
An Independent Mission to Save our Democracy outlines a plan to reform U.S. presidential and national politics. It also conveys the journey of Pressler's unexpected candidacy as an Independent and instils hope that with some much-needed effort, America can achieve a political renaissance.
Old Age: A Beginner's Guide
Michael Kinsley (Michigan & Magdalen 1972)
In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson’s disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront. “Sometimes,” he writes, “I feel like a scout from my generation, sent out ahead to experience in my fifties what even the healthiest Boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties.”
Advising Chiang's Army: An American Soldier's World War II Experience in China
Stephen Wilson (South Dakota & Exeter 1970)
This book describes Phil Saunders's two years spent in China as an adviser to Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist army and recounts how the troops he worked with gradually became an effective fighting force and ultimately defeated the Japanese.
Answering the Call: With the 91st Infantry Division in the Italian Campaign During World War II (Third Edition)
Stephen Wilson (South Dakota & Exeter 1970)
Answering the Call describes Allen Wilson's war service as a platoon leader and forward observer in the 362nd Regiment's Cannon Company, and, after the war ended, as a member of the American occupation forces in Austria.
Constitutional Conventions and the Headship of State: Australian Experience
Dr Donald Markwell (Queensland & Trinity 1981)
Constitutional Conventions and the Headship of State: Australian Experience by Dr Donald Markwell (Queensland & Trinity 1981) discusses conventions and other practice relating to the Crown in Australia’s Westminster-style system of government responsible to Parliament. Papers consider the “Australianisation” of the Crown since federation in 1901, the evolution of a modern Australian office of Governor-General (exemplified by Sir Zelman Cowen, Dame Quentin Bryce, and others), and the continuing debate on an Australian republic. Controversies analysed include the exercise of the “reserve powers” by Governor-General Sir John Kerr to resolve the 1975 constitutional crisis, the long but now controversial practice of Governors-General consulting High Court judges on the exercise of their constitutional discretions, and the conventions that relate to “hung parliaments” and to ministerial resignations. These studies highlight the need for careful consideration of constitutional principles and precedents to an understanding of conventions and the office of Governor-General of Australia. Several Rhodes Scholars feature prominently, including Sir Zelman Cowen, Sir Kenneth Wheare, Dr Eugene Forsey, and others. (Connor Court, 2016).
Living Longer, Living Better: Lifestyle, Exercise, Diet, an Yoga for Heart and Mind
Professor Lionel Opie (Cape Province & Lincoln 1956)
Living Longer, Living Better: Lifestyle, Exercise, Diet and Yoga for Heart and Mind is written for all those who strive for optimal long-term health and the maximal functioning of their hearts and minds. Dr. Opie has examined the hard science behind the purported health benefits of practices such as diet, meditation, yoga, and prayer.
Competing Against Luck
Clayton Christensen (Utah & Queen's 1975), Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon, David S. Duncan
How do companies know how to grow? How can they create products that they are sure customers want to buy? Can innovation be more than a game of hit and miss? Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen has the answer. A generation ago, Christensen revolutionised business with his groundbreaking theory of disruptive innovation. Now, he goes further, offering powerful new insights.
A Boy on the Last Boat: A Journey Around the World
Dr Ben Lochtenberg (Western Australia & Brasenose 1954)
Lochtenberg's memoir: A Singapore-born young colonial Dutch boy, whose father suffered and died as a Japanese prisoner of war building a railway in Sumatra, escaped from Java with his mother and arrived as a refugee in Australia in 1942. Educated by Jesuits and then at the University of Western Australia and at Oxford, he had a career with ICI initially as an engineer, ending in 1993 following senior executive and Board roles in Australia, England, Canada and finally in the United States. His life from childhood in European colonies in Asia, spanned major changes in technology and the chemical industry. With his wife and seven children, he experienced and adjusted to a wide range of cultures and societies. During the twenty years of retirement in Melbourne, he has been active in mental health research at the University of Melbourne, Newman College, in support of palliative care, homelessness and refugees - the latter being where his story began.
Fighting Hurt: Rule and Exception in Torture and War
Henry Shue (North Carolina & Merton 1961)
Fighting Hurt brings together key essays by Henry Shue on the issue of torture, and relatedly, the moral challenges surrounding the initiation and conduct of war, and features a new introduction outlining the argument of the essays, putting them into context, and describing how and in what ways his position has modified over time.
Democracy Against Domination
K. Sabeel Rahman (New York & Pembroke 2005)
This book is a new response to economic and social inequality as well as democratic theory and democratic institutional design.
Julian Gewirtz (Connecticut & St Edmund Hall 2013)
Unlikely Partners recounts the story of how Chinese politicians and intellectuals looked beyond their country’s borders for economic guidance at a key crossroads in the nation’s tumultuous twentieth century. Julian Gewirtz offers a dramatic tale of competition for influence between reformers and hardline conservatives during the Deng Xiaoping era, bringing to light China’s productive exchanges with the West. Read reviews in the The Economist and Financial Times.
Forests Are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam
Pam McElwee (Kansas & Wadham 1993)
Forests Are Gold examines the management of Vietnam's forests in the tumultuous twentieth century--from French colonialism to the recent transition to market-oriented economics - as the country united, prospered, and transformed people and landscapes. Forest policy has rarely been about ecology or conservation for nature's sake, but about managing citizens and society, a process Pamela McElwee terms "environmental rule." Untangling and understanding these practices and networks of rule illuminates not just thorny issues of environmental change, but also the birth of Vietnam itself.
Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms
Tracy Johnston Zager (New York & University 1995)
While mathematicians describe mathematics as playful, beautiful, creative, and captivating, many students describe math class as boring, stressful, useless, and humiliating. In Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had, Tracy Zager helps teachers close this gap by making math class more like mathematics.
A World In Disarray: American Foreign Policy And The Crisis Of The Old Order
Dr Richard Haass (Florida & Wadham 1973)
In A World in Disarray, Haass argues for an updated global operating system—call it world order 2.0—that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. One critical element of this adjustment will be adopting a new approach to sovereignty, one that embraces its obligations and responsibilities as well as its rights and protections.
The Career Catapult: Shake-Up The Status Quo And Boost Your Professional Trajectory
Roopa Unnikrishnan (India & Balliol 1995)
In The Career Catapult, innovative career consultant Roopa Unnikrishnan shows you how to gaze into this uncertain future and shape it to your advantage―regardless of your current position in the job hierarchy.