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The Macat Library

Taylor & Francis are the exclusive distributor for the Macat Library, effective from 1st July 2017.

The Macat Library is a new series of short analyses of great academic works, offering concise, up-to-the-minute explorations of seminal books and papers that have had a significant and widely recognised impact on their disciplines and on the world.

Each analysis takes an in-depth look at one enduringly influential book or paper – unlocking its ideas, assessing its influences, its ideas and impact, and explaining the underlying critical thinking skills which make it so important.

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Featured Titles

  • John Berger's Ways of Seeing

    By Emmanouil Kalkannis

    Ways of Seeing is a key art-historical work that continues to provoke widespread debate. It is comprised of seven different essays, three of which are pictorial and the other containing texts and images.  Berger first examines the relationship between seeing and knowing, discussing how our…

    Paperback – 2018-01-31 
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  • Gender and the Politics of History

    By Pilar Zazueta, Etienne Stockland

    Joan Scott's work has influenced several generations of historians and helped make the topic of gender central to the way in which the discipline is taught and studied today. At root a new way of conceptualizing capitalist societies, Scott's theories suggest that gender is better understood as a…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Competitive Strategy

    Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance

    By Pádraig Belton

    Michael E. Porter’s 1980 book Competitive Strategy is a fine example of critical thinking skills in action. Porter used his strong evaluative skills to overturn much of the accepted wisdom in the world of business. By exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the accepted argument that the best…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Confessions

    By Jonathan Teubner

    St. Augustine’s Confessions is one of the most important works in the history of literature and Christian thought. Written around 397, when Augustine was the Christian bishop of Hippo (in modern-day Algeria), the Confessions were designed both to spiritually educate those who already shared…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Gender Trouble

    By Tim Smith-Laing

    Judith Butler's Gender Trouble is a perfect example of creative thinking. The book redefines feminism's struggle against patriarchy as part of a much broader issue: the damaging effects of all our assumptions about gender and identity. Looking at the factionalism of contemporary (1980s) feminism,…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Reflections on the Revolution in France

    By Riley Quinn

    Edmund Burke’s 1791 Reflections on the Revolution in France is a strong example of how the thinking skills of analysis and reasoning can support even the most rhetorical of arguments. Often cited as the foundational work of modern conservative political thought, Burke’s Reflections is a sustained…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    By Nick Broten

    Thomas Piketty is a fine example of an evaluative thinker. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, he not only provides detailed and sustained explanations of why he sees existing arguments relating to income and wealth distribution as flawed, but also gives us very detailed evaluations of the…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Black Skin, White Masks

    By Rachele Dini

    Frantz Fanon’s explosive Black Skin, White Masks is a merciless exposé of the psychological damage done by colonial rule across the world. Using Fanon’s incisive analytical abilities to expose the consequences of colonialism on the psyches of colonized peoples, it is both a crucial text in…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • The Interpretation of Dreams

    By William J Jenkins

    There is arguably no more famous book about the arts of interpretation and analysis than Sigmund Freud’s 1899 Interpretation of Dreams. Though the original edition of just 600 copies took eight years to sell out, it eventually became a classic text that helped cement Freud’s reputation as one of…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Nicomachean Ethics

    By Giovanni Gellera

    Aristotle, a student of Plato, wrote Nicomachean Ethics in 350 BCE, in a time of extraordinary intellectual development. Over two millennia later, his thorough exploration of virtue, reason, and the ultimate human good still forms the basis of the values at the heart of Western civilization.…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • On the Origin of Species

    By Kathleen Bryson, Nadezda Josephine Msindai

    Charles Darwin called on a broad and unusually powerful combination of critical thinking skills to create his wide-ranging explanation for biological change, On the Origin of Species. It’s one of those rare books that takes a huge problem – the enormous diversity of different species – and seeks…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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Reviews

"Macat is taking on some of the major challenges in university education… They have drawn together a strong team of active academics who are producing teaching materials that are novel in the breadth of their approach."
Professor Lord Broars, Formers Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. 

"The Macat vision is exceptionally exciting. It focuses upon new modes of learning which analyse and explain seminal texts which have profoundly influenced world thinking and so social and economic development. It promotes the kind of critical thinking which is essential for any society and economy. This is the learning of the future."
Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Former UK Secretary of State for Education. 

"The Macat analysis provide immediate access to the critical conversation surrounding the books that have shaped their respective discipline, which will make them an invaluable resource to al of those, students and teachers, working in the field."
Professor William Tronzo, University of California at San Diego.