By Niccolò Machiavelli
The original blueprint for realpolitik, The Prince shocked sixteenth-century Europe with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. For this treatise on statecraft, Machiavelli drew upon his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideals, but with a regime that would last, this seminal work of modern political thought retains its power to alarm and to instruct.
By Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx
One of the most important and influential political theories ever formulated, The Communist Manifesto is a revolutionary summons to the working class-an incisive account of a new theory of communism that would be brought about by a proletarian revolution. Arguing that increasing exploitation of industrial workers will eventually lead to a rebellion in which capitalism will be overthrown, Marx and Engels propose a vision of a society without classes, private property, or a state.
‘Once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.’ A potted history of the women who pioneered feminism and changed the world.
By James Baldwin
To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.
By Daud Sutton
An exploration of the construction and meaning of Islamic geometric patterns. Throughout their long history the craft traditions of the Islamic world evolved a multitude of styles applied to a great variety of media but always with unifying factors that make them instantly recognizable. Harmony is central. There are two key aspects to the visual structure of Islamic design–calligraphy using Arabic script (one of the world’s great calligraphic traditions) and abstract ornamentation using a varied but remarkably integrated visual language. Focusing on Islamic geometric patterns, simple and complex, man-made and in nature, this book offers unique insight into Islamic culture.
لـ حصة آل الشيخ, عائشة المانع
يُسلّط الكتاب الضوءَ على تجربة “السادس من نوفمبر” حينما أقدمت ٤٧ سيدة سعودية على قيادة السيارة في شوارع مدينة الرياض في عام ١٩٩٠م. ويُعد هذا الكتاب أوّلَ كتاب يتناول بالمعلومة والتحليل والوثيقة تلك التجربة ويوثق أحداثها. يكتسب الكتابُ أهميته بأن مؤلفتيْه كُنَّ من المشارِكات الفاعلات في تلك المسيرة، فجاء الكتاب ليوثق تفاصيل مهمة في تلك التجربة، قبل المسيرة وأثناءها وما تلاها من تداعيات وأحداث وصخب إعلامي، وهي تفاصيل ظلّت غائبة عن التناول لأكثر من عشرين عامًا.
By W.E.B. Du Bois
It is the aim of this essay to study the period of history from 1861 to 1872 so far as it relates to the American Negro In effect this tale of the dawn of Freedom is an account of that government of men called the Freedmen’s Bureau. – one of the most singular and interesting of the attempts made by a great nation to grapple with vast problems of race and social condition.
By Margot Lee Shetterly
Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these ‘colored computers’ used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
By Alexandre Dumas
Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas’s thrilling adventure story is one of the most widely read romantic novels of all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown into a secret dungeon…
By Anne Frank
One of the most famous accounts of living under the Nazi regime of World War II comes from the diary of a thirteen–year–old Jewish girl, Anne Frank. Anne Frank and her family fled the horrors of Nazi occupation by hiding in the back of a warehouse in Amsterdam for two years with another family and a German dentist. Aged thirteen when she went into the secret annexe…