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Great Works for Critical Thinking

Making the ideas of the world’s great thinkers accessible, affordable, and comprehensible to everybody, everywhere.

With a growing list of over 180 titles across a broad range of subject areas, Macat works with leading academics from the world’s top universities to produce new analyses that focus on the ideas and the impact of the most influential works ever written. By setting them in context – and looking at the influences that shaped their authors, as well as the responses they provoked – Macat encourages readers to look at these classics and game-changers with fresh eyes.

  • Donna Haraway's A Cyborg Manifesto

    By Rebecca Pohl

    Haraway’s ‘Cyborg Manifesto’ is a key postmodern text and is widely taught in many disciplines as one of the first texts to embrace technology from a leftist and feminist perspective using the metaphor of the cyborg to champion a socialist, postmodern, and anti-identitarian politics. Until Haraway’…

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  • David J.Teece's Dynamic Capabilites and Strategic Management

    Organizing for Innovation and Growth

    By Veselina Stoyanova

    Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management is a pioneering book in business studies, one of the most succinct and in-depth examinations of dynamic capabilities, explaining both their foundations and the strategic implications they hold for both academics and practitioners in the field of…

    Paperback – 2018-08-06
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  • Roland Barthes's The Death of the Author

    By Laura Seymour

    Roland Barthes’s 1967 essay, "The Death of the Author," argues against the traditional practice of incorporating the intentions and biographical context of an author into textual interpretation because of the resultant limitations imposed on a text. Hailing "the birth of the reader," Barthes posits…

    Paperback – 2018-06-04
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  • Seyla Benhabib's The Rights of Others

    Aliens, Residents, and Citizens

    By Burcu Ozcelik

    In The Rights of Others, Benhabib argues that the transnational movement of people across the globe has brought to the fore fundamental dilemmas facing liberal democracies: tension between a state’s commitment to universal human rights, and to its sovereign self-determination and its claims to…

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  • Pankaj Ghemawat's Distance Still Matters

    The Hard Reality of Global Expansion

    By Alessandro Giudici, Marianna Rolbina

    "Distance Still Matters" is an influential Harvard Business Review article. In this work, Ghemawat proposes the CAGE distance framework that allows firms to consider four dimensions of international distance (cultural, administrative, geographic, and economic) when planning global expansion. Then,…

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  • William H. Whyte's The Organization Man

    By Nikki Springer

    William Whyte’s core idea in The Organization Man is that the Protestant Ethic that characterized financial and personal success in American history had been replaced in modern times by the Social Ethic. This stressed the group as the source of creativity and emphasized that the greatest need of…

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  • James Surowiecki's The Wisdom of Crowds

    Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economics, Societies, and Nations

    By Nikki Springer

    In The Wisdom of Crowds, New Yorker columnist, Surowiecki, explores the question of whether the many are better than an elite few – no matter their qualifications – at solving problems, promoting innovation and making wise decisions. Surowiecki’s text uses multiple case studies and touches on the…

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  • Jacques Derrida's Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of Human Science

    By Tim Smith-Laing

    Jacques Derrida’s Structure, Sign, and Play is one of the most controversial and influential philosophical texts of the 20th century. Delivered at a conference on structuralism at Johns Hopkins, the lecture took aim at the critical and philosophical fashions of the time and radically proposing a…

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  • Michel Foucault's What is an Author?

    By Tim Smith-Laing

    Michel Foucault’s 1969 essay “What is an Author?” sidesteps the stormy arguments surrounding “intentional fallacy” and the “death of the author,” offering an entirely different way of looking at texts. Foucault points out that all texts are written but not all are discussed as having “authors”. So…

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  • Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic

    The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

    By Rebecca Pohl

    The 1979 publication of Susan Gubar and Sandra M. Gilbert’s ground-breaking study The Madwoman in the Attic marked a founding moment in feminist literary history as much as feminist literary theory. In their extensive study of nineteenth-century women’s writing, Gubar and Gilbert offer radical…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning

    From More to Shakespeare

    By Liam Haydon

    What is a self? Greenblatt argues that the 16th century saw the awakening of modern self-consciousness, the ability to fashion an identity out of the culture and politics of one’s society. In a series of brilliant readings, Greenblatt shows how identity is constructed in the work of Shakespeare,…

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  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet

    By Christien Garcia

    In this book, Sedgwick examines texts from Europe and America such as Wilde, Nietzsche and Proust and considers the historical moment when sexual orientation came to be as important a signifier of personhood as gender had been for centuries. In doing this, Sedgwick provides a history of sexuality…

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  • Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy

    By Liam Haydon

    The Defence of Poesy is the first major piece of literary criticism in English. Taking aim at classical authors who disparaged poetry, and contemporary critics who saw literature as a corrupting influence, Sidney foregrounds the moral force of poetry. Sidney considers the real life affects of…

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  • William Wordsworth's Preface to The Lyrical Ballads

    By Alex Latter, Rachel Teubner

    Central to the creative process of the Romantic poets that followed him, Wordsworth’s Preface to the Lyrical Ballads has been both a gift and a thorn in the side of critics for over a century. Readers find themselves drawn back to the essay repeatedly as they seek to untangle the ideas and…

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  • Martin Buber's I and Thou

    By Simon Ravenscroft

    Martin Buber’s I and Thou argues that humans engage with the world in two ways. One is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards an ‘It’, where the self stands apart from objects as items of experience or use. The other is with the attitude of an ‘I’ towards a ‘Thou’, where the self enters into real…

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  • Friedrich Schleiermacher's On Religion

    Speeches to its Cultured Despisers

    By Ruth Jackson

    On Religion is a major text for the development of modern religious thought in the West and its author, German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, is remembered as the Father of Modern Protestant Theology, as well as for his contributions to philosophy, ethics and hermeneutics. Comprising five…

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  • Moses Maimonides's Guide of the Perplexed

    By Mark Scarlata

    Written by the great medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides, The Guide of the Perplexed attempts to explain the perplexities of biblical language—and apparent inconsistencies in the text—in the light of philosophy and scientific reason.  Composed as a letter to a student, The Guide aims to…

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  • Augustine of Hippo’s The City of God Against the Pagans

    By Jonathan D. Teubner

    The City of God against the Pagans is a central text in the Western intellectual tradition. Made up of twenty-two lengthy books, Augustine wrote his masterpiece over a thirteen-year period during which the Western Roman Empire began to unravel. The first ten books are a critique of pagan religion…

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  • N.T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God

    By Benjamin Laird

    Wright’s The New Testament and the People of God is the first volume of his acclaimed series ‘Christian Origins and the Question of God’ comprehensively addressing the historical and theological questions surrounding the origins of Christianity. The text outlines Wright's hermeneutical theory and…

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  • Erwin Panofsky's Meaning in the Visual Arts

    By Emmanouil Kalkanis

    Erwin Panofsky’s Meaning in the Visual Arts is considered a key work in art history. Its ideas have provoked widespread debate, and although it was first published more than sixty years ago, it continues to feature regularly on numerous university reading lists. Meaning in the Visual Arts…

    Paperback – 2018-05-15
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  • Ludwig von Mises's The Theory of Money and Credit

    By Padraig Belton

    Ludwig Von Mises’s 1912 contribution to the theory of monetary policy and the current prevailing consensus in modern economic liberalism, The Theory of Money and Credit, was a milestone achievement. The author’s familiarity with the historical literature on banking and credit allows him to present…

    Paperback – 2018-02-22
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  • Culture's Consequences

    Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutes and Organizations across Nations

    By Katherine Erdman

    The Dutch anthropologist Geert Hofstede is recognized as a pioneer in the fields of international management and social psychology – and his work is a perfect example of the ways in which interpretative skills can help solve problems and provide the foundation for strong thinking and understanding…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Situated Learning

    By Charmi Patel

    Social anthropologist Jean Lave and computer scientist Etienne Wenger’s seminal Situated Learning helped change the fields of cognitive science and pedagogy by approaching learning from a novel angle. Traditionally, theories of learning and education had focused on processes of cognition – the…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Burton Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street

    By Nicholas Burton

    Burton Malkiel’s 1973 A Random Walk Down Wall Street was an explosive contribution to debates about how to reap a good return on investing in stocks and shares. Reissued and updated many times since, Malkiel’s text remains an indispensable contribution to the world of investment strategy – one that…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Centuries of Childhood

    By Eva-Marie Prag, Joseph Tendler

    In Centuries of Childhood, the French historian Philippe Aries offers a fundamentally fresh interpretation of what childhood is and what the institution means for society at large. Aries's core idea is that ‘childhood,’ as we understand it today – a special time that requires special efforts and…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

    By Dale J. Stahl

    How do you solve a problem like understanding Iraq? For Hanna Batatu, the solution to this conundrum lay in generating alternative possibilities that effectively side-stepped the conventional wisdom of the time. Historians had long held that Iraq – like other artificial creations of ex-colonial…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • The Problem of Unbelief in the 16th Century

    By Joseph Tendler

    Febvre asked this core question in The Problem of Unbelief: “Could sixteenth-century people hold religious views that were not those of official, Church-sanctioned Christianity, or could they simply not believe at all?” The answer informed a wider debate on modern history, particularly modern…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Baruch Spinoza's Ethics

    By Gary Slater, Andreas Vrahimis

    Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics is a dense masterpiece of sustained argumentative reasoning. It earned its place as one of the most important and influential books in Western philosophy by virtue of its uncompromisingly direct arguments about the nature of God, the universe, free will, and human morals.…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Susan Sontag's On Photography

    By Nico Epstein

    Susan Sontag’s 1997 text, On Photography, brought photographic theory into the university classroom with its staunch defence of the medium as art and inspired a new wave of Marxist Criticism in the field.  Sontag explains the way in which we are addicted to images and depend on them for…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Pierre Bourdieu's Outline of a Theory of Practice

    By Rodolfo Maggio

    In Outline of a Theory of Practice, Bourdieu questions the preeminent ideas of social anthropologists such as Levi-Strauss who stressed the structural principles governing human action rather than the actions themselves and, Bourdieu asserts, doesn’t account for all observable nuances of behaviour.…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Yasser Tabbaa's The Transformation of Islamic Art During the Sunni Revival

    By Bilal Badat

    Tabbaa’s Transformation offers an innovative approach to understanding the profound changes undergone by Islamic art and architecture during the often neglected Medieval Islamic period.  Examining devices such as calligraphy, arabesque, muqarnas, and stonework, Tabbaa argues we propagated in a…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • John Berger's Ways of Seeing

    By Emmanouil Kalkanis

    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 – 2018-02-21
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  • Griselda Pollock's Vision and Difference

    Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art

    By Karina Jakubowicz

    Vision and Difference, published in 1988, is one of the most significant works in feminist visual culture arguing that feminist art history of is a political as well as academic endeavour.  Pollock expresses how images are key to the construction of sexual difference, both in visual culture…

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  • James March's Exploration and Exploitation in Organisational Learning

    By Padraig Belton

    Exploration and Exploitation is a key text for scholars and business practitioners interested in promoting economic well-being and sustainable growth. March’s work promotes the preservation of companies’ competitiveness and sustainability in the fluctuating market environment by maintaining a…

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  • Chris Argyris's Integrating The Individual and the Organization

    By Stoyan Stoyanov

    Argyris’s Integrating The Individual and the Organization is part of a series of essays and books considering how organisations should be run. This essay explores the lack of congruence between the needs and expectations of individual employees and the organisations that employ them. Grounding his…

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  • Ikujiro Nonaka's A Dynamic Theory of Organisational Knowledge Creation

    By Stoyan Stoyanov

    Ikujiro Nonaka’s A Dynamic Theory of Organisational Knowledge Creation outlines the creation of organisational knowledge through the constant conversion of the two types of knowledge, tacit and explicit, which Nonaka believes has the potential to guide managers’ knowledge creation strategies. This…

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  • Walter Benjamin's The Work Of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

    By Rachele Dini

    The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction combats traditional art criticism’s treatment of artworks as fixed, unchanging mystical objects. For Walter Benjamin, the consequences of addressing a work of art in this manner have a wider resonance: closed off from any active visual or…

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  • Mary Douglas's Purity and Danger

    An analysis of the concepts of pollution and taboo

    By Padraig Belton

    Mary Douglas is an outstanding example of an evaluative thinker at work. In Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, she delves in great detail into existing arguments that portray traditional societies as “evolving” from “savage” beliefs in magic, to religion, to modern…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Amartya Sen's Inequality Re-Examined

    By Elise Klein

    Amartya Sen’s Inequality Re-examined is a seminal text setting out a theory to evaluate social arrangements and inequality. By asking the question, ‘equality of what’?, Sen shows that (in)equality should be assessed as human freedom; for people to have the ability to pursue and achieve goals they…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow

    By Jacqueline Allan

    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman offers a general audience access to over six decades of insight and expertise from a Nobel Laureate in an accessible and interesting way. Kahneman’s work focuses largely on the problem of how we think, and warns of the dangers of trusting to intuition –…

    Paperback – 2018-02-21
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  • An Image of Africa

    Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness

    By Clare Clarke, Lindsay Scorgie-Porter

    Few works of scholarship have so comprehensively recast an existing debate as Chinua Achebe’s essay on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Achebe – a highly distinguished Nigerian novelist and university teacher – looked with fresh eyes at a novel that was set in Africa, but in which Africans appear…

    Paperback – 2017-07-15
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  • Bloodlands

    Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

    By Helen Roche

    A flagbearer for the increasingly fashionable genre of "transnational history," Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands is, first and foremost, a stunning example of the critical thinking skill of evaluation. Snyder's linguistic precocity allows him to cite evidence in 10 languages, putting fresh twists on the…

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  • Everyday Stalinism

    Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s

    By Victor Petrov, Riley Quinn

    How was the Soviet Union like a soup kitchen? In this important and highly revisionist work, historian Sheila Fitzpatrick explains that a reimagining of the Communist state as a provider of goods for the ‘deserving poor’ can be seen as a powerful metaphor for understanding Soviet life as a whole.…

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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…

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  • Homeward Bound

    American Families in the Cold War Era

    By Jarrod Homer

    Elaine Tyler May’s 1988 Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era is a ground-breaking piece of historical and cultural analysis that uses its findings to build a strong argument for its author’s view of the course of modern US history. The aim of May’s study is to trace the links…

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  • In Defence of History

    By Nicholas Piercey, Tom Stammers

    Richard Evans wrote In Defence of History at a time when the historian's profession was coming under heavy attack as a result of the ‘cultural turn’ taken by the discipline during the late 1980s and the 1990s. Historians were being forced to face up to postmodern thinking, which argued that,…

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  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities

    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…

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  • The Crusades

    Islamic Perspectives

    By Robert Houghton, Damien Peters

    For many centuries, the history of the crusades, as written by Western historians, was based solidly on Western sources. Evidence from the Islamic societies that the crusaders attacked was used only sparingly – in part because it was hard for most westerners to read, and in part because much of it…

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  • The Coming of the French Revolution

    By Tom Stammers

    Georges Lefebvre was one of the most highly-regarded historians of the 20th century – and a key reason for the high reputation he enjoys can be found in The Coming of the French Revolution. Lefebvre's key contribution to the debate over what remains arguably one of history's most contentious and…

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  • The "Hitler Myth"

    Image and Reality in the Third Reich

    By Helen Roche

    Few historical problems are more baffling in retrospect than the conundrum of how Hitler was able to rise to power in Germany and then command the German people – many of whom had only marginal interest in or affiliation to Nazism – and the Nazi state. It took Ian Kershaw – author of the standard…

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