BOOKS Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity. Francis Fukuyama (Hamish Hamilton) FRANCIS Fukuyama's wide-ranging book about new realities in world economics is a fascinating insight into what he refers to as 'the death of history'. This death he defines as the victory of the power of free-market economics over political systems such as communism, fascism and monarchy. In fact, this new philosophy is an admission that political philosophy cannot win over the irresistible force of the human desire to better one's own condition and that human beings will always struggle against an idealised model because people are not ideal beings. It is a refreshing idea because it admits people cannot be forced to act against their nature, but it's also quite daunting in that it suggests utopias are unobtainable, and that human society will always be imperfect and unequal. Fukuyama also examines the idea each society adds its own peccadillos to the free markets around the world and argues countries which naturally possess a high degree of trust fare better in today's world than family-based societies. He says the best examples of such high trust societies are Germany and Japan, where citizens are given greater responsibility by authority and therefore are allowed to think more freely and can adapt more readily to present market conditions. It's a gripping examination of society and economics, and Fukuyama, while prone to the odd generalisation, is obviously a man with great vision who possesses an authoritative knowledge of his subject. VIDEO The Shawshank Redemption Hollywood is at its very best in this movie which refuses to take anything but a frank and honest view of prison life. Vastly superior to Murder In The First , which is currently playing to rave reviews, The Shawshank Redemption stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins as convicted murderers living out life sentences in Shawshank prison. There is the usual cast of characters, the evil warder, the conniving governor, the homosexual inmates, but this film manages to avoid turning any of them into cliches. The film examines the durability of certain human beings, and the frailty of others. Robbins plays Andy Dufresne, a stoic, imaginative man sent down for a crime he never committed. But hope never leaves Andy and he spends his time bettering himself and those around him. One of those to benefit from Andy's positive approach to life is Red (Morgan Freeman), who has learned to deal with the prison experience by banishing all hope and simply accepting his fate. Through Andy, his faith in the future is re-kindled and the redemption of the title becomes a reality. MUSIC Duffy. Stephen Duffy(BMG) Stephen Duffy is probably most famous for being the man who fronted Duran Duran before Simon Le Bon took over. A great deal slimmer than the elephantine Le Bon, Duffy has used this lucky break (the fact that he separated from the dreadful Duran Duran) to carve his own niche in the pop world. And I do mean pop. There is nothing rocky or experimental or jazzy about the tunes Duffy puts together and this is certainly true of this self-titled effort. It's easy-listening singalong stuff all the way as Stephen does his best to define his own music despite borrowing widely from artists such as the Beatles, the Smiths and David Bowie. Will the real Stephen Duffy (if he exists) please stand up? Do You Like My Tight Sweater? Moloko (Echo). Now this is a real rarity. Something which definitely tests the water so far as melodic convention is concerned, while remaining eminently listenable. Moloko's charmingly entitled Do You Like My Tight Sweater? is a weird and wonderful experimental mix of rap, jazz, reggae, Goth and rock music. The lyrics are wild and mysterious as is the music which continually flirts with dissonance without ever becoming confusingly abstract. Vocal performances on this album are superb and the challenging approach to using big fat analogue synthesiser sounds, especially in the bass, gives Do You Like My Tight Sweater a unique sound. Strange, experimental, yet highly entertaining and accessible, Moloko have put together one of the albums of the year here. Buy it.