Literature: Collections

The Macat Library

Geography

  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities

    1st Edition

    By Martin Fuller, Ryan Moore

    Despite having no formal training in urban planning, Jane Jacobs deftly explores the strengths and weaknesses of policy arguments put forward by American urban planners in the era after World War II. They believed that the efficient movement of cars was of more value in the development of US cities…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Our Common Future

    1st Edition

    By Ksenia Gerasimova

    Our Common Future is a joint work produced in 1987 by a United Nations commission headed by former Norwegian Prime Minister, Gro Brundtland. Also known as The Brundtland Report, it offers a classic approach to problem solving by first asking a productive question. How do we protect the world we…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • The Anti-Politics Machine

    1st Edition

    By Julie Jenkins

    The Anti-Politics Machine (1990) examines how international development projects are conceived, researched, and put into practice. It also looks at what these projects actually achieve. Ferguson criticizes the idea of externally-directed ‘development’ and argues that the process doesn’t take proper…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Modernity at Large

    Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation, 1st Edition

    By Amy Young Evrard

    Arjun Appadurai’s 1996 collection of essays Modernity At Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization helped reshape how anthropologists, geographers and philosophers saw and understood the key topic of our times: globalization. Globalization has long been recognized as one of the crucial factors…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Development as Freedom

    1st Edition

    By Janna Miletzki, Nick Broten

    Amartya Sen uses his 1999 work Development as Freedom to evaluate the processes and outcomes of economic development. Having come to the conclusion that development is best summed up as the expansion of freedom, Sen examines traditional definitions and understandings of the term. He says people…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Our Ecological Footprint

    1st Edition

    By Luca Marazzi

    Our Ecological Footprint presents a powerful model for measuring humanity’s impact on the Earth to reduce the harm we are causing the planet before it’s too late. While some people believe we can find a middle ground between environmental conservation and economic development, or that future…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Silent Spring

    1st Edition

    By Nikki Springer

    Rachel Carson’s 1962 Silent Spring is one of the few books that can claim to be epoch-making. Its closely reasoned attack on the use of pesticides in American agriculture helped thrust environmental consciousness to the fore of modern politics and policy, creating the regulatory landscape we know…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • The Selfish Gene

    1st Edition

    By Nicola Davis

    Richard Dawkins provides excellent examples of his reasoning and interpretation skills in The Selfish Gene. His 1976 book is not a work of original research, but instead a careful explanation of evolution, combined with an argument for a particular interpretation of several aspects of evolution.…

    Paperback – 2017-07-05
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  • Guns, Germs & Steel

    The Fate of Human Societies, 1st Edition

    By Riley Quinn

    In his 1997 work Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond marshals evidence from five continents and across 13,000 years of human history in an attempt to answer the question of why that history unfolded so differently in various parts of the globe. His results offer new explanations for why the…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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  • Gaia

    A New Look at Life on Earth, 1st Edition

    By Mohammad Shamsudduha

    Gaia: A New Look At Life on Earth may continue to divide opinion, but nobody can deny that the book offers a powerful insight into the creative thinking of its author, James E. Lovelock. Published in 1979, Gaia offered a radically new hypothesis: the Earth, Lovelock argued, is a living entity.…

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

    1st Edition

    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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  • Collapse

    How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, 1st Edition

    By Rodolfo Maggio

    American scholar Jared Diamond deploys his powers of interpretation to great effect in Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, which seeks to understand the meaning behind the available evidence describing societies that have survived and those that have withered and died. Why, for…

    Paperback – 2017-07-04
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Introduction to Macat

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The Macat Video Library

To accompany each book in the series, Macat have put together short 3 minute videos, giving you an overview of the ideas you should know, explained in a way that helps you think smarter. 

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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.