What We Are Reading Today: Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven by Ming-sho Ho

What We Are Reading Today: Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven by Ming-sho Ho
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Updated 25 October 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven by Ming-sho Ho

What We Are Reading Today: Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven by Ming-sho Ho

‘Challenging Beijing’s Mandate of Heaven aims to make sense of the origins, processes, and outcomes of the mass protests in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Ming-sho Ho compares the dynamics of the political movements, from the existing networks of activists that preceded protest, to the perceived threats that ignited the movements, to the government strategies with which they contended, and to the nature of their coordination, according to a review on goodreads.com.  Moreover, he contextualizes these protests in a period of global prominence for student, occupy, and anti-globalization protests and situates them within social movement studies.


What We Are Reading Today: A Brief History of Time

What We Are Reading Today: A Brief History of Time
Updated 30 November 2021

What We Are Reading Today: A Brief History of Time

What We Are Reading Today: A Brief History of Time

Author: Stephen Hawking

Cosmology is the scientific study involving the origin and expansion of the universe, a branch of astronomy that delves into the stages of life and the structures that bind us into the physical realm.
In “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes,” English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking provides an enlightening mixture of philosophy and factual narrative on cosmology in simple language, appealing to the existential nature of the everyday reader.
Published in 1988, the book discusses the physics of the universe, from black holes to string theory, addressing concepts embedded in today’s popular culture.
Hawking’s brilliance in relaying the secrets of the universe shows as he takes the reader on a journey through time and space.
To date, the book has sold over 10 million copies around the world, has been translated into numerous languages, and was a Times of London bestseller for a staggering 237 weeks.


What We Are Reading Today: Nature’s Palette by Patrick Baty

What We Are Reading Today: Nature’s Palette by Patrick Baty
Updated 30 November 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Nature’s Palette by Patrick Baty

What We Are Reading Today: Nature’s Palette by Patrick Baty

First published in 1814, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours is a taxonomically organized guide to color in the natural world. Compiled by German geologist Abraham Gottlob Werner, the book was expanded and enhanced in 1821 by Patrick Syme, who added color swatches and further color descriptions, bringing the total number of classified hues to 110. The resulting resource has been invaluable not only to artists and designers but also to zoologists, botanists, mineralogists, anatomists, and explorers, including Charles Darwin on the famous voyage of the Beagle.
Nature’s Palette makes this remarkable volume available to today’s readers, and is now fully enhanced with new illustrations of all the animals, plants, and minerals Werner referenced alongside each color swatch.


What We Are Reading Today: Alarums and Excursions by Luuk van Middelaar

What We Are Reading Today: Alarums and Excursions by Luuk van Middelaar
Updated 29 November 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Alarums and Excursions by Luuk van Middelaar

What We Are Reading Today: Alarums and Excursions by Luuk van Middelaar

Crisis after crisis has beset the EU in recent years – Greek sovereign debt, Russian annexation of Crimea, unprecedented levels of migration, and the turmoil created by Brexit.

In this candid and revealing portrayal of a Europe improvising its way through a politics of events and not rules, Luuk van Middelaar makes sense of the EU’s political metamorphosis over its past 10 years of crisis management, according to the review on goodreads.com. Forced into action by a tidal wave of emergencies, Van Middelaar shows how Europe has had to reinvent itself by casting off its legal straitjacket and confronting hard issues of power, territorial borders and public authority.


What We Are Reading Today: Atomic Habits

What We Are Reading Today: Atomic Habits
Updated 28 November 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Atomic Habits

What We Are Reading Today: Atomic Habits
  • Readers are offered tools and strategies to transform daily habits, and can learn how to make time for new habits, improve motivation and design the environment to make success easier

No matter whether your goals are small or big, “Atomic Habits” offers a proven framework for improvement every day.
James Clear, an expert on habit formation, reveals practical strategies to establish good habits and break bad ones by taking daily small steps.
He combines ideas from biology, psychology and neuroscience to create an easy guide for developing producive habits.
Readers will enjoy stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders and comedians
who have used the science of small habits to master their craft.
The book will help readers understand the difference between systems and goals, progress and success — and why, sometimes, one is more important than the other.
Readers are offered tools and strategies to transform daily habits, and can learn how to make time for new habits, improve motivation and design the environment to make success easier.
Clear explains his strategy to develop good habits through a four-step pattern — cue, craving, response and reward — and encourages readers to use a habit tracker as an enjoyable way to measure their progress.


What We Are Reading Today: The Lessons of Tragedy

What We Are Reading Today: The Lessons of Tragedy
Updated 28 November 2021

What We Are Reading Today: The Lessons of Tragedy

What We Are Reading Today: The Lessons of Tragedy

Authors: Hal Brands and Charles Edel

Today, after more than seventy years of great‑power peace and a quarter‑century of unrivaled global leadership, Americans have lost their sense of tragedy. They have forgotten that the descent into violence and war has been all too common throughout human history. This amnesia has become most pronounced just as Americans and the global order they created are coming under graver threat than at any time in decades.
In this book, Hal Brands and Charles Edel argue that a tragic sensibility is necessary if America and its allies are to address the dangers that menace the international order today, according to a review on goodreads.com.