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The Macat Library: Great Works for Critical Thinking


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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.

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Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutes and Organizations across Nations

Culture's Consequences: Comparing Values, Behaviors, Institutes and Organizations across Nations

Forthcoming

Katherine Erdman
January 31, 2018

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...

Situated Learning

Situated Learning

Forthcoming

Charmi Patel
January 31, 2018

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...

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

Forthcoming

Nicholas Pierpan
January 31, 2018

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...

Centuries of Childhood

Centuries of Childhood

Forthcoming

Eva-Marie Prag, Joseph Tendler
January 31, 2018

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...

The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

The Old Social Classes And The Revolutionary Movements Of Iraq

Forthcoming

Dale J. Stahl
January 31, 2018

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...

The Problem of Unbelief in the 16th Century

The Problem of Unbelief in the 16th Century

Forthcoming

Joseph Tendler
January 31, 2018

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...

Ethics

Ethics

Forthcoming

Gary Slater, Andreas Vrahimis
January 31, 2018

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....

An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness

An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Clare Clarke, Lindsay Scorgie-Porter
July 15, 2017

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...

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Helen Roche
July 15, 2017

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...

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

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

Victor Petrov, Riley Quinn
July 15, 2017

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....

Gender and the Politics of History

Gender and the Politics of History

Pilar Zazueta, Etienne Stockland
July 15, 2017

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...

Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era

Jarrod Homer
July 15, 2017

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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