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Hack With A Grenade - An Editor's Backstories Of SA News (Paperback): Gasant Abarder Hack With A Grenade - An Editor's Backstories Of SA News (Paperback)
Gasant Abarder
R399 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R104 (26%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

Hack With A Grenade: An Editor's Backstories of SA News is a newspaper editor's perspective on the characters that shape South Africa's psyche.

The author, Gasant Abarder, is a journalist who worked in print, radio and television newsrooms in both Cape Town and Johannesburg for 21 years. Along the way, he encountered homeless people, reformed prison gangsters, struggle heroes, artists and sports personalities. In Hack With A Grenade, Abarder uses the stories of these characters to provide social commentary on issues like religion, prejudice and injustice - all with a healthy dose of humour.

It is a book about journalism but also about South African life. It is also a social commentary that begins to strip away our prejudices as South Africans and to shine a light on our common humanity.

Southern African Muckraking - 300 Years Of Investigative Journalism Which Has Shaped The Region (Paperback): Anton Harber Southern African Muckraking - 300 Years Of Investigative Journalism Which Has Shaped The Region (Paperback)
Anton Harber
R280 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

This book celebrates the rich, varied and untold history of investigative journalism in southern Africa and the crucial role it has played in shaping the region over the last 300 years.

It tells of the escapades of those who exposed atrocities of the British colonial rulers, the seizure of land from black owners, apartheid death squads, prison conditions, farm labour, government and corporate corruption, environmental travesty and health issues. Young journalists who have previously studied the likes of the Watergate scandal will have access to African journalists who faced huge risks to expose the abuse of power, ranging from the undercover exploits of the legendary ‘Mr Drum’, through to the recent #Guptaleaks exposé, of which it was said, ‘Seldom have journalists played such a crucial role in bringing a country back from the brink.’ The book highlights the long record of accountability journalism in countries such as South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, and the recent surge of such work in others such as Botswana and Malawi.

It breaks new ground in stretching the history of this type of journalism decades further back than previously recorded, including largely ignored work such as John Dube’s coverage of the Zulu Bambatha Rebellion and Richard Msimang’s documentation of the impact of land confiscation in the early 20th century.

The book includes an introduction by Anton Harber, editor and professor, and each case study is written up by an expert in the area.

Melusi's Everyday Zulu - There Is Umzulu In All Of Us (Paperback): Melusi Tshabalala Melusi's Everyday Zulu - There Is Umzulu In All Of Us (Paperback)
Melusi Tshabalala
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Duduza. Bopha. Imbiza. Phapha. Asixoliseni. Amapopeye . . . What is the power of a single word?

Six days a week, advertising creative Melusi Tshabalala posts a Zulu word on his Everyday Zulu Facebook page and tells a story about it. His off-beat sense of humour, razor-sharp social observations and frank political commentary not only teaches his followers isiZulu but also offer insight into the world Melusi inhabits as a 21st century Zulu man.

Over the past few months he has built up a big and a loyal following that include radio host Jenny Crwys-Williams and Afrikaans author Marita van der Vyfer. He pokes fun at our differences and makes us laugh at ourselves and each other.

Melusi asks critical questions of everyone, from Aunty Helen, Dudu-Zille to Silili (Cyril Ramaphosa) and even Woolworths (why are their aircons always set on ‘jou moer’?). His fans love him for his honesty and commitment to pointing out subtle and overt forms of prejudice and racism.

Melusi’s Everyday Zulu holds up a mirror that shows South African society in all its flaws and its sheer humanity. Most importantly, he shows the power of words and that there’s umzulu in all of us!

The Soweto Uprisings - Counter-Memories Of June 1976 (Paperback, Updated Edition): Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu The Soweto Uprisings - Counter-Memories Of June 1976 (Paperback, Updated Edition)
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R220 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R38 (17%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

When the Soweto uprisings of June 1976 took place, Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, the author of this book, was a 14-year-old pupil at Phefeni Junior Secondary School. With his classmates, he was among the active participants in the protest action against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

Contrary to the generally accepted views, both that the uprisings were ‘spontaneous’ and that there were bigger political players and student organisations behind the uprisings, Sifiso’s book shows that this was not the case. Using newspaper articles, interviews with former fellow pupils and through his own personal account, Sifiso provides us with a ‘counter-memory’ of the momentous events of that time.

This is an updated version of the book first published by Ravan Press in 1998. New material has been added, including an introduction to the new edition, as well as two new chapters analysing the historiography of the uprisings as well as reflecting on memory and commemoration as social, cultural and historical projects.

Enemy Of The People - How Jacob Zuma Stole South Africa And How The People Fought Back (Paperback): Adriaan Basson, Pieter du... Enemy Of The People - How Jacob Zuma Stole South Africa And How The People Fought Back (Paperback)
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R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Enemy Of The People is the first definitive account of Zuma’s catastrophic misrule, offering eyewitness descriptions and cogent analysis of how South Africa was brought to its knees – and how a nation fought back.

When Jacob Zuma took over the leadership of the ANC one muggy Polokwane evening in December 2007, he inherited a country where GDP was growing by more than 6% per annum, a party enjoying the support of two-thirds of the electorate, and a unified tripartite alliance. Today, South Africa is caught in the grip of a patronage network, the economy is floundering and the ANC is staring down the barrel of a defeat at the 2019 general elections. How did we get here?

Zuma first brought to heel his party, Africa’s oldest and most revered liberation movement, subduing and isolating dissidents associated with his predecessor Thabo Mbeki. Then saw the emergence of the tenderpreneur and those attempting to capture the state, as well as a network of family, friends and business associates that has become so deeply embedded that it has, in effect, replaced many parts of government. Zuma opened up the state to industrial-scale levels of corruption, causing irreparable damage to state enterprises, institutions of democracy, and the ANC itself.

But it hasn’t all gone Zuma’s way. Former allies have peeled away. A new era of activism has arisen and outspoken civil servants have stepped forward to join a cross-section of civil society and a robust media. As a divided ANC square off for the elective conference in December, where there is everything to gain or to lose, award-winning journalists Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit offer a brilliant and up-to-date account of the Zuma era.

The Way I See It - The Musings Of A Black Woman In The Rainbow Nation (Paperback): Lerato Tshabalala The Way I See It - The Musings Of A Black Woman In The Rainbow Nation (Paperback)
Lerato Tshabalala 3
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike.

Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny.

The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!

Feel Free - Essays (Paperback): Zadie Smith Feel Free - Essays (Paperback)
Zadie Smith 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays.

No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for Zadie Smith's insatiable curiosity. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has endless enthusiasmand the boundless wit, insight and wisdom to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion.

This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation.

The Sword And The Pen - Six Decades On The Political Frontier (Paperback): Allister Sparks The Sword And The Pen - Six Decades On The Political Frontier (Paperback)
Allister Sparks 1
R300 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R60 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Allister Sparks joined his first newspaper at age 17 and was pitched headlong into the vortex of South Africa’s stormy politics. The Sword And The Pen is the story of how as a journalist he observed, chronicled and participated in his country’s unfolding drama for more than 66 years, covering events from the premiership of DF Malan to the presidency of Jacob Zuma, witnessing at close range the rise and fall of apartheid and the rise and crisis of the new South Africa.

In trenchant prose, Sparks has written a remarkable account of both a life lived to its full as well as the surrounding narrative of South Africa from the birth of apartheid, the rise of political opposition, the dawn of democracy, right through to the crisis we are experiencing today.

Donker Stroom - Eugene Marais En Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, Paperback): Carel van der Merwe Donker Stroom - Eugene Marais En Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Carel van der Merwe
R460 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R66 (14%) Ships in 7 - 21 working days

Aan die einde van 1896, enkele jare voor die Anglo-Boereoorlog, het die 26-jarige wewenaar en Transvaalse koerantman Eugène Marais na Londen vertrek om in die regte te gaan studeer. Hier het hy oënskynlik tot in die doodsnikke van die oorlog gewoon.

Oor hierdie lewensjare van een van Afrikaans se beroemdste letterkundige figure is baie min bekend. Leon Rousseau sê in sy baanbreker-lewensverhaal oor Marais, Die Groot Verlange (1974): “Tensy ontdekkings gemaak word wat ’n mens jou op die oomblik kwalik kan voorstel, sal dit altyd onmoontlik bly om ’n samehangende relaas van Marais se vyf jaar in Europa te gee.”

Hierdie ontdekkings en nog baie meer is nou gemaak. In Donker Stroom word onthul presies waarmee Marais hom kort voor, tydens en ná die bitter stryd tussen Boer en Brit besig gehou het, ’n verstommende verhaal wat ’n mens jou skaars kan indink. Was Marais die onkreukbare patriot en joernalis wat sy biograwe van hom gemaak het, of is hierdie Afrikaner-ikoon ook deur die donker stroom van die tydsgees meegesleur?

Terugblik (Afrikaans, Paperback): Fransjohan Pretorius Terugblik (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Fransjohan Pretorius
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The racket - A rogue reporter vs the American elite (Paperback): Matt Kennard The racket - A rogue reporter vs the American elite (Paperback)
Matt Kennard
R295 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R51 (17%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

The rhetoric of `freedom and democracy for all' has become almost synonymous with the US. However, at home its business elites have enslaved the poor and underclasses and further afield, while masquerading as a force for good in the world, it has enslaved much of humanity in the name of progress. In this controversial book, investigative journalist Matt Kennard takes us deep into the dark heart of American power. From the corporate state, the prison state and the state of the environment, to humanitarian intervention, the free trade fetish and the divide-and-rule of the working class, The Racket reveals how, no matter which side of the border we are on, we are all being conditioned to condone this modern form of slavery.

True Crimes And Misdemeanors - The Investigation Of Donald Trump (Paperback): Jeffrey Toobin True Crimes And Misdemeanors - The Investigation Of Donald Trump (Paperback)
Jeffrey Toobin 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

What happens when the President of the United States engages in criminal activity? He runs for re-election.

Donald Trump's campaign chairman went to jail. So did his personal lawyer. His long-time political consigliere was convicted of serious federal crimes, and his National Security Advisor pleaded guilty to several more. Multiple Russian spies were indicted in absentia. Career intelligence agents and military officers were alarmed enough by his actions as President that they alerted senior government officials and ignited the impeachment process. Yet despite all this, a years-long inquiry led by Robert Mueller, and the third Presidential impeachment trial in American history, Donald Trump survived to run for presidency again. Why?

Jeffrey Toobin's highly entertaining, definitive account of the Mueller investigation and the impeachment of the President takes readers behind the scenes of the epic legal and political struggle to call Trump to account for his misdeeds. Toobin recounts the mind-boggling twists and turns in the case – Trump's son met with a Russian operative promising Kremlin support; Trump paid a porn star $130,000 to hush up an affair; Rudy Giuliani and a pair of shady Ukrainian-American businessmen got the Justice Department to look at Russian-created conspiracy theories. Toobin shows how Trump's canny lawyers used Mueller's famous integrity against him, and how Trump's bullying and bluster cowed Republican legislators into ignoring the clear evidence of the impeachment hearings.

Based on dozens of interviews with prosecutors in Mueller's office, Trump's legal team, Congressional investigators, White House staffers, and several of the key players, including some who are now in prison, True Crimes and Misdemeanours is a revelatory narrative that makes sense of the seemingly endless chaos of the Trump years. Filled with never-before-reported details of the high-stakes legal battles and political machinations, the book weaves a tale of a rogue President guilty of historic misconduct, and how he got away with it.

Bad Blood - Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (Paperback): John Carreyrou Bad Blood - Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (Paperback)
John Carreyrou 1
R294 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R133 (45%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A New York Times bestseller.

Winner of the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.

'Chilling . . . Reads like a West Coast version of All the President’s Men.' New York Times Book Review

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

In Bad Blood, John Carreyrou tells the riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

Now to be adapted into a film, with Jennifer Lawrence to star.

Oor bokdrolletjies en rosyntjies (Afrikaans, Paperback): Jonathan Jansen Oor bokdrolletjies en rosyntjies (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Jonathan Jansen
R210 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R36 (17%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

Toe Prof. Jonathan Jansen 'n kind was, het sy ma 'n spreekwoord gehad wat hom bygebly het: "My kind, bokdrolletjies is nou eenmaal nie rosyntjies, al lyk dit baie dieselfde. Moet nooit die twee deurmekaar kry nie." Dis dan ook wat hy voortdurend in sy rubrieke doen wat die afgelope jare so gewild geword het in die Afrikaanse koerante: hy skei die kaf en die korrels op 'n onderhoudende manier. Hy glo nie daaraan om te maak of iets reg is as dit verkeerd is nie. Hy glo nie in toesmeerdery nie. Hy glo daarin om goed reguit te sê, soos dit is. Prof. Jansen het al naam gemaak in die land, en nie alleen weens die Reitz-vier nie. Hy het die slag om die groot vraagstukke van ons land – menswees, ras, politiek, godsdiens, saamleef al is dit moeilik - uit 'n gewone persoon se oogpunt te bekyk, met 'n sin vir humor maar ook met deernis. Gevra oor die sukses van sy omstrede rubrieke, se hy: "Man, mens moet altyd minstens die helfte van jou lesers die duiwel in maak – dit moet net nooit dieselfde helfte wees nie." Dis ’n boek wat mens om die braaiplek, in die klaskamer of op die bus aan die dink en aan die praat sal si

The Best American Sports Writing 2017 (Paperback): Glenn Stout, Howard Bryant The Best American Sports Writing 2017 (Paperback)
Glenn Stout, Howard Bryant
R329 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R20 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Scribbler in Soho - A Celebration of Auberon Waugh (Hardcover): Naim Attallah A Scribbler in Soho - A Celebration of Auberon Waugh (Hardcover)
Naim Attallah 1
R624 Discovery Miles 6 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Probably the greatest journalist since George Orwell, Auberon Waugh produced an astonishing amount of biting satire, spoof diaries and consistently riveting observation during three of the most traumatic decades in our recent history. This celebration of his work considers his time at Private Eye, and in particular, his Diaries (which he considered his masterwork); his editorship of the Literary Review and ends with an account of his co-founding the Academy Club. As is befitting in a tribute Festschrift, extensive examples of Waugh's writings have been reproduced, including liberal amounts from his autobiographical texts previously published elsewhere. Of particular interest will be his monthly editorials written for the Literary Review, From the Pulpit, reprinted here in their entirety, providing a vivid commentary on the book trade, publishing and the personalities who hovered around Grub Street in the 70s and 80s. Above all else, however, readers can rediscover a unique writer whose tone, style and outlook are still sorely missed, especially in today's political climate where his genius would have enthralled the nation in an unimaginable way.

Sielskos - Stories oor Verlange en Hoop (Afrikaans, Paperback): Koos van der Merwe Sielskos - Stories oor Verlange en Hoop (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Koos van der Merwe
R210 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R29 (14%) Ships in 7 - 21 working days

Hierdie bundel is saamgestel uit hoogtepunte van die laaste 15 jaar se "Laaste sê"-rubrieke deur Koos van der Merwe in Sarie. Koos weef meesterlik met woorde en het die vermoë om diep betekenis uit alledaagse situasies te haal. Koos vertel van mense, en hulle soeke na hoop, maar ook ons almal se verlange na die Een wat ons nooit sal laat gaan nie.

On Fire - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (Paperback): Naomi Klein On Fire - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (Paperback)
Naomi Klein 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

'Naomi Klein's work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations' - Greta Thunberg For more than twenty years Naomi Klein's books have defined our era, chronicling the exploitation of people and the planet and demanding justice. On Fire gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing from the frontline of climate breakdown, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but also as a spiritual and imaginative one. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of 'perpetual now,' to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of 'climate barbarism,' this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. With dispatches from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, the smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, post-hurricane Puerto Rico and a Vatican attempting an unprecedented 'ecological conversion,' Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis. This is the fight for our lives. On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the energy of a rising political movement demanding change now.

The Doctor Who Fooled the World - Science, Deception, and the War on Vaccines (Hardcover): Brian Deer The Doctor Who Fooled the World - Science, Deception, and the War on Vaccines (Hardcover)
Brian Deer
R586 R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Save R114 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From San Francisco to Shanghai, from Vancouver to Venice, controversy over vaccines is erupting around the globe. Fear is spreading. Banished diseases have returned. And a militant "anti-vax" movement has surfaced to campaign against children's shots. But why? In The Doctor Who Fooled the World, award-winning investigative reporter Brian Deer exposes the truth behind the crisis. Writing with the page-turning tension of a detective story, he unmasks the players and unearths the facts. Where it began. Who was responsible. How they pulled it off. Who paid. At the heart of this dark narrative is the rise of the so-called "father of the anti-vaccine movement": a British-born doctor, Andrew Wakefield. Banned from medicine, thanks to Deer's discoveries, he fled to the United States to pursue his ambitions, and now claims to be winning a "war." In an epic investigation spread across fifteen years, Deer battles medical secrecy and insider cover-ups, smear campaigns and gagging lawsuits, to uncover rigged research and moneymaking schemes, the heartbreaking plight of families struggling with disability, and the scientific scandal of our time.

Laatoes (Afrikaans, Paperback): Hennie van Deventer Laatoes (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Hennie van Deventer
R50 R42 Discovery Miles 420 Save R8 (16%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

Laatoes is die 17de publikasie van hierdie bekende koerantman en vorige redakteur van Die Volksblad.

Rubrieke van die alledaagse lewe.

Met Laatoes word ons nie net gekonfronteer met die totale omvang van menswees nie, maar die leser besef ook hoe indrukwekkend dit is om die lewe met deernis en waardigheid te leef.

Dishonesty Is The Second-Best Policy - And Other Rules to Live By (Paperback): David Mitchell Dishonesty Is The Second-Best Policy - And Other Rules to Live By (Paperback)
David Mitchell 1
R262 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R49 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

David Mitchell’s 2014 bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse must really have made people think – because everything’s got worse. We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to try to cheer up.

But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell’s attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell’s unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween. Read this book and slightly change your life!

Genre Theory and Historical Change - Theoretical Essays of Ralph Cohen (Hardcover): Ralph Cohen Genre Theory and Historical Change - Theoretical Essays of Ralph Cohen (Hardcover)
Ralph Cohen; Edited by John L Rowlett
R1,571 Discovery Miles 15 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ralph Cohen was highly regarded as the visionary founding editor of New Literary History, but his own theoretical essays appeared in such a scattering of publications that their conceptual originality, underlying coherence, and range of application have not been readily apparent. This new selection of twenty essays, many published here for the first time, offers a synthesis of Cohen's vital work. In these pages Cohen introduces change and continuity as essential modes of discourse in the study of literary behavior, an approach that can produce reliable narratives of literary, artistic, and cultural change. Here Cohen conceptualizes and develops a compelling, innovative theory of genre that promotes a systematic study of historical change, offering rewarding insights for twenty-first-century scholars.

On Fire - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (Paperback): Naomi Klein On Fire - The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (Paperback)
Naomi Klein
R255 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R51 (20%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

'Naomi Klein's work has always moved and guided me. She is the great chronicler of our age of climate emergency, an inspirer of generations' - Greta Thunberg For more than twenty years Naomi Klein's books have defined our era, chronicling the exploitation of people and the planet and demanding justice. On Fire gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing from the frontline of climate breakdown, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. Here is Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but also as a spiritual and imaginative one. Delving into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of 'perpetual now,' to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of 'climate barbarism,' this is a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink. With dispatches from the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, the smoke-choked skies of the Pacific Northwest, post-hurricane Puerto Rico and a Vatican attempting an unprecedented 'ecological conversion,' Klein makes the case that we will rise to the existential challenge of climate change only if we are willing to transform the systems that produced this crisis. This is the fight for our lives. On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the energy of a rising political movement demanding change now.

The Camaro in the Pasture - Speculations on the Cultural Landscape of America (Hardcover): Robert B. Riley The Camaro in the Pasture - Speculations on the Cultural Landscape of America (Hardcover)
Robert B. Riley
R964 Discovery Miles 9 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Robert Riley has been a renowned figure in landscape studies for over fifty years, valued for his perceptive, learned, and highly entertaining articles, reviews, and essays. Much of Riley's work originally ran in Landscape, the pioneering magazine at which Riley succeeded the great geographer J. B. Jackson as editor. The Camaro in the Pasture is the first book to collect this compelling author's writing. With diverse topics ranging from science-fiction fantasies to problems of academic design research, the essays in this volume cover an entire half-century of Riley's observations on the American landscape. The essays-several of which are new or previously unpublished-interpret changing rationales for urban beautification, the evolution and transformation of the strip, the development of a global landscape of golf and resorts replacing an older tourist search for exoticism, and the vernacular landscape as wallpaper not quilt. Ultimately, Riley envisions our future landscape as a rapidly fluctuating electronic net draped over the more slowly changing and familiar land- and building-based system. Throughout, Riley emphasizes the vernacular landscape of contemporary America-how we have shaped and use it, what it is becoming, and, above all, how we experience it.

Final Draft - Reflections on Life (Hardcover): Rosemary Friedman Final Draft - Reflections on Life (Hardcover)
Rosemary Friedman
R396 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R29 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In her perceptive, moving and frequently witty collection of essays on what it is to be human, the acclaimed novelist and playwright Rosemary Friedman signs off an illustrious writing career by looking inward and outward at the world. Commenting Montaigne-like on subjects as vast and complex as truth, beauty, love, war, sex and death, as well as on life's small pleasures - of walks in the park, leisurely baths and memories of her grandmother's cooking - Friedman helps us to know the world and ourselves that little bit better.

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