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Ben Goldacre MBE is a British physician, academic and science writer. As of March 2015, he is a senior clinical research fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, part of the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.
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Seeing Like a State
How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (Veritas Paperbacks)
by James C. Scott (Mar 16, 2020)
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One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades.John Gray, New York Times Book Review   Hailed as a magisterial critique of top-down social planning by the New York Times, this essential work analyzes disasters from Russia to Tanzania to uncover why states so often failsometimes catastrophi...
Security Engineering 2nd
by Ross J Anderson (Apr 07, 2008)
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The world has changed radically since the first edition of this book was published in 2001. Spammers, virus writers, phishermen, money launderers, and spies now trade busily with each other in a lively online criminal economy and as they specialize, they get better. In this indispensable, fully updated guide, Ross Anderson reveals how to build syst...
Brexit
What the Hell Happens Now?
by Ian Dunt (Feb 18, 2019)
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Britain's departure from the European Union is riddled with myth and misinformation -- yet the risks are very real.Brexit could diminish the UK's power, throw its legal system into turmoil, and lower the standard of living of 65m citizens.In this revised bestseller, Ian Dunt explains why leaving the world's largest trading bloc will leave Britain p...
Ways of Seeing
Based on the BBC Television Series (Penguin Books for Art)
by John Berger (Nov 30, 1990)
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John Bergers Classic Text on ArtJohn Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at...
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On Tyranny
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
by Timothy Snyder (Feb 27, 2017)
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A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting Americas turn towards authoritarianism.On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man wi...
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Islam & The Future Of Tolerance
by Sam Harris (Oct 28, 2015)
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In this deeply informed and absorbing exchange, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz present an antidote to the polarizing rhetoric and obscurantism that have become defining features of our time: honest dialogue. A renowned critic of religion, Harris finds the doctrines of Islam dangerous and irredeemable. No, the Muslim anti-extremist Nawaz argues, Islam ...