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Recent Reviews

While we are primarily an academic publisher, many of our books are also of interest to a general readership. This is reflected in the outstanding reviews our books receive in the general media as a well as in specialist journals.

Many of these are open access – wherever they’re available you can read the full reviews by clicking the publications’ names below!


Who is Charlie? Xenophobia and the New Middle Class

Who is Charlie? Xenophobia and the New Middle Class
by Emmanuel Todd, translated by Andrew Brown

"Todd can be perceptive and chilling ... He already has form as a forecaster: in the 1970s he explained why the Soviet bloc was about to crumble, and went on to argue at the turn of the century that Europeís future lay beyond Nato expansionism in a rapprochement with Russia. In Who is Charlie? he gives us glimpses of a benighted France, caught between anti-Arab sentiment and anti-Semitism, with large parts of the population inclined to both."
London Review of Books

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power
Alex de Waal

‘Essential reading for those who wish to understand why insurgencies seem to drag on interminably in much of Africa ... Itís a sobering read, but the most convincing framework Iíve seen for understanding regional dynamics.’
Foreign Policy
"Alex de Waal reaches back into his years of personal involvement in the Horn of Africa ... a sobering counterpart to the Africa rising discourse."
Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

The End of Representative Politics

The End of Representative Politics

"The questions Simon Tormey poses in The End of Representative Politics are crucial, and we need more political scientists willing to grapple with them. His is a well informed, well written discussion of the apparent crisis of ‘traditional’ politics, and it deserves readers beyond the academy ... I would recommend The End of Representative Politics as an important stimulus to thinking through the current state of our political institutions, and the possibilities for transcending them"
Dennis Altman, The Australian Book Review

The Cunning of Uncertainty

The Cunning of Uncertainty

"I cannot think of a discipline in which it would not be relevant, drawing as it does on fields as diverse as corporate finance, bioethics and archaeology, sending me into places that I never usually go and challenging all my preconceptions .... The Cunning of Uncertainty also offers an extremely useful grounding in the global context and history of research and development as we now know it in universities, encouraging reflection on the research contracts held between researchers and their funding bodies. Informed, eloquent and compelling, it will certainly go on my reading lists."
Flora Samuel, Times Higher Education Supplement

TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

"A model of what popular explanation of complex economic and political issues should be: Clear, concise, cogent, even handed and a call to action"
Irish Examiner


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Stranger in My Own Country

Stranger in My Own Country
By Hans Fallada

"This is certainly a revelatory book. As its author intended, it reveals much about the pernicious nature of Nazi rule during the Third Reich; the compromises demanded, the tribulations endured, the lives ruined. At one point Fallada laments: "Oh, how they bled us dry! How they robbed us of every joy and happiness, every smile, every friendship! Yet it also reveals something that its author did not intend, and that is Falladaís own deeply flawed character."
The Financial Times
"An outspoken memoir of life under the Nazis written from a prison cell... a fascinating document."
The Independent
"Exquisite and troubling... one of the most powerful accounts of life in the Third Reich."
The Economist
"This is a remarkable book."
The Scotsman

Inside the Brotherhood

Inside the Brotherhood
By Hazem Kandil

"The overall thrust of the book presents an interesting and plausible account of recent historical events in Egypt. But the real value of the work lies not in its ideological drive but in the richness of its empirical data and the rare glimpse of this well-known but little-understood religio-political movement 'from the inside'."
Middle East Monitor
"A deeply intimate portrait of an organisation rightly known as "the mother of all Islamist movements"."
Morning Star

Europe Entrapped

Europe Entrapped
By Claus Offe

"The title of his book says it all: Europe finds itself in a trap of its own making. Offe has no easy answers as to how the continent might escape. But his 130–page essay is a model of analytical clarity and should be required reading for anyone who wants to grasp the core issues of the crisis—and eschew simple slogans and facile apportionment of blame to single nations (whether Germany or Greece)."
Current History

The Sociologist and the Historian

The Sociologist and the Historian
By Pierre Bourdieu and Roger Chartier

"These dialogues have been compiled for the first time in English and are a welcome return to Bourdieuís groundbreaking thinking… Bourdieu comes across as a lively and multidisciplinary scientist who, in questioning the architecture beneath actions, has genuinely introduced the possibility for freedom."
Morning Star

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