Why do underdogs succeed so much more than they should? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey to uncover the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty. From the conflicts in N... read more

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
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 Sociology

Series:The School of Life
Reading Level:16

We all want to live in a better world, but sometimes it feels that we lack the ability or influence to make a difference. John-Paul Flintoff offers a powerful reminder that through the generations, society has been transformed by the actions of individuals who understood that if they didn't like somet... read more

How to Change the World: The School of Life
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Combining wit and journalistic detail, Emergency follows Strauss' search for an escape plan from the seemingly ever-more unstable United States, eventually obtaining a second citizenship in a small Caribbean island. Facing shady lawyers, cult leaders, crippling doubts, governmental corruption, and pla... read more

Emergency  - This Book Will Save Your Life
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 Sociology

How does Indigenous policy signed off in Canberra work-or not-when implemented in remote Aboriginal communities? Mark Moran, Alyson Wright and Paul Memmott have extensive on-the-ground experience in this area of ongoing challenge. What, they ask, is the right balance between respecting local tradition... read more

Serious Whitefella Stuff
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 Sociology

'I imagine we would all agree on the things education should not be. It should not, surely, make one quarter of all kids drop out and be lost to learning. It should not, surely, make children feel so bad about themselves that they hurt themselves, or shut down, or become lacking i... read more

Beautiful Failures
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 Sociology

The recent changes in our economic landscape have only exposed and intensified a phenomenon: an explosion in sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping. From enormous marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist to emerging sectors such as peer-to-peer lending (Zopa), "swap tradi... read more

What's Mine is Yours
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 Sociology

Series:Redback Ser.

A blueprint for the nation after the boom. Australians have just lived through a period of exceptional prosperity, but, says influential economist Ross Garnaut, the Dog Days are on their way. Are we ready for the challenges ahead? In Dog Days, Garnaut explains how we got here, what we can expect nex... read more

Dog Days: Australia After the Boom
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 Sociology

Kerry Tucker seemed to be a typical suburban mother of two, but she was harbouring a terrible secret- over the years she had stolen $2 million from her employers. When her crime was discovered she was sentenced to seven years at a maximum-security prison, alongside some of Victoria's m... read more

The Prisoner
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 Sociology

Why do Jews win so many Nobel Prizes and Pulitzer Prizes? Why are Mormons running the business and finance sectors? Why do the children of even impoverished and poorly educated Chinese immigrants excel so remarkably at school? It may be taboo to say it, but some cultural groups starkly outperform othe... read more

The Triple Package: What Really Determines Success
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 Sociology

It's snowing in Bali. Among Bali's drug dealers it's the code for a huge cocaine shipment having just landed. For the men who run the country's drug empires, it's time to get rich and party hard. Snowing in Bali is the story of the drug trafficking and dealing scene that's made Bali one of the world's... read more

Snowing in Bali
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This is the ultimate guide to the world of the Freak. Renegade thinkers and bestselling sensations Levitt and Dubner have carefully curated the very best of their blogs, conversations, wisecracks and advice from the last decade to reveal the outlandish truth about everything from lying to bankrobbing,... read more

When to Rob a Bank - A Rogue Economist's Guide to the World
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 Sociology

Series:Routledge Classics Ser.

One of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler¿s Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial. Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, 'essential' notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler st... read more

Gender Trouble
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