Welcome to day 2 of our ISA 2020 virtual booth! Caelyn Cobb started the afternoon off with a tour of our books on current events and now we’re delving deeper with these book excerpts. So once again, grab a drink and settle down to read and better understand today’s ever changing world.
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We are starting off with Rogert McNally’s Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices. Caelyn recommends this work from our backlist as a great resource to understand the global oil markets. In this excerpt from the introduction, McNally explains why oil prices matter and why stability of these prices is essential.
A word that is often in the news nowadays is “whistleblower.” Disclosures by Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and others have stoked heated public debates about the ethics of exposing institutional secrets. In Whistleblowing Nation: The History of National Security Disclosures and the Cult of State Secrecy, Kaeten Mistry and Hannah Gurman shed new light on the tension between transparency and secrecy within our political systems.
Albena Azmanova offers a new critique of capitalism and argues that progressive change is still attainable in Capitalism on Edge. In this excerpt, she explains why she came to study this issue and introduces the idea of precarity capitalism.