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  • BEATING NAPOLEON
    BEATING NAPOLEON
    ANDRESS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780349141664
    Title: BEATING NAPOLEON
    Author: ANDRESS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An extraordinarily gripping narrative of how Britain, seemingly on the ropes after losing control of America, built the military and naval might to defeat Napoleon -- and in doing so transformed her destiny.

    'If it had not been for you English, I should have been Emperor of the East; but wherever there is water to float a ship, we are sure to find you in our way.' Emperor Napoleon

    But just thirty-five years earlier, Britain lacked any major continental allies, and was wracked by crises and corruption. Many thought that she would follow France into revolution. The British elite had no such troubling illusions: defeat was not a possibility. Since not all shared that certainty, the resumption of the conflict and its pursuit through years of Napoleonic dominance is a remarkable story of aristocratic confidence and assertion of national superiority. Winning these wars meant ruthless imperialist expansion, spiteful political combat, working under a mad king and forging the most united national effort since the days of the Armada. And it meant setting the foundations for the greatest empire the world has ever known.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEAUTIFUL OBSCURE
    BEAUTIFUL OBSCURE
    STEGEMANN LUKE
    ISBN: 9780648037439
    Title: BEAUTIFUL OBSCURE
    Author: STEGEMANN LUKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Beautiful Obscure by Luke Stegemann is a powerful work that introduces the reader to an extraordinary array of characters and events. Drawing on his more than 30 years living between Australia and Spain, Stegemann combines documentary research with art history, political analysis, memoir, travelogue and family anecdote to essay a largely unconsidered cultural history.


    'This book spoke to my heart. An outsider's love letter to a people and their way of life... a rich palimpsest of ideas and episodes and tumbling phrases. A country, a culture, a life, all intertwined - who could ask for more?' - Nicolas Rothwell

    Imprint: TRANSMISSION PRESS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • BECOMING CHINA : The Story Behind the State
    BECOMING CHINA : The Story Behind the State
    GESCHER JEANNE-MARIE
    ISBN: 9781408887240
    Title: BECOMING CHINA : The Story Behind the State
    Author: GESCHER JEANNE-MARIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    Weaving together the inspirations, ideas, wars and dreams that have shaped the way China's people have thought about order from the ancient past to the recent present, Gescher reveals a story of China as an epic and continuing battle about order that strikes at the heart of what it means to be Chinese. With the past in perspective, the clashes between China's people and the Party come to life as never before-and the importance of China's question becomes clear for everything, including economics. In a thought provoking conclusion, Gescher invites readers to make their own, informed, views about how order might be found in China-and then to take one step further and apply China's question to the wider world. Jeanne-Marie Gescher founded of one of the earliest private advisory firms in China, she has also observed and advised policy institutions on the social, human and environmental changes that have taken place and on their implications, for China and the wider world.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • BEE QUEST
    BEE QUEST
    GOULSON DAVE
    ISBN: 9781911214137
    Title: BEE QUEST
    Author: GOULSON DAVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The much-loved, Sunday Times bestselling author continues in his quest to change the way we think about bees...

    A hunt for the world's most elusive bees leads Dave Goulson from Salisbury plain to Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking great yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the Ecuadorian jungle, Dave Goulson’s wit, humour and deep love of nature make him the ideal travelling companion.

    But perhaps Bee Quest is most fascinating when Dave Goulson explores closer to home, amongst the secret places hidden right under our noses: the abandoned industrial estates where great crested newts roam; or the rewilded estate at Knepp Castle, where, with the aid of some hairy, bluebell-eating Tamworth pigs, nightingale song has been heard for the first time in generations.

    This utterly charming book will inspire you to think about the ways in which we are all responsible for the future of our world. Through his scientific expertise and passion for conservation, Goulson shows us nature’s resilience against the odds, and that beauty hides in the most surprising places.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BEHIND THE STREETS OF ADELAIDE - 3 VOLUME SET
    BEHIND THE STREETS OF ADELAIDE - 3 VOLUME SET
    NICHOLAS JEFF
    ISBN: 9780994533005
    Title: BEHIND THE STREETS OF ADELAIDE - 3 VOLUME SET
    Author: NICHOLAS JEFF
    Format: BOXED SET
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Behind the Streets of Adelaide Dr Jeff Nicholas pays tribute to the 62 men and women named in Adelaide’s streets. He mines their ‘biographical archaeology’ with rigour and intellectual acuity, and illuminates each respective story with a lyrical turn of phrase.

    Contents

    Vol. 1. Born of reform: a pantheon of dissent
    Vol. 2. From Rundle to Morphett
    Vol. 3. From Wellington to Mann.



    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $324.50

    Price: $324.50
  • BELONGING : The Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    BELONGING : The Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    SCHAMA SIMON
    ISBN: 9781847922816
    Title: BELONGING : The Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The Jewish story is a history that is about, and for, all of us. And in our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews’ search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever.

    Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. It spans centuries and continents, from the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492 it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance; to the brink of the twentieth century and, it seems, a point of profound hope.

    It tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; an opera composer in nineteenth-century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California. It sails in caravels, rides the stage coaches and the railways; trudges the dawn streets of London, hobbles along with the remnant of Napoleon’s ruined army.

    Through Schama’s passionate telling of this second chronicle in an epic tale, a history emerges of the Jewish people that feels it is the story of everyone, of humanity.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BERLIN : THE DOWNFALL 1945
    BERLIN : THE DOWNFALL 1945
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780141032399
    Title: BERLIN : THE DOWNFALL 1945
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army. Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEST OF BOB BYRNES BOOMER COLUMNS
    BEST OF BOB BYRNES BOOMER COLUMNS
    BYRNE BOB
    ISBN: 9781742235271
    Title: BEST OF BOB BYRNES BOOMER COLUMNS
    Author: BYRNE BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beautifully nostalgic Adelaide stories – originally published in Bob Byrne’s hugely popular Boomer column in the Adelaide Advertiser – now available in one bumper book.

    Remember eating AMSCOL ice cream at the Royal Show? The Birdman Rally at the Bay? When Burger King was on Anzac Highway? Or ‘Futuro’ the ‘flying-saucer’ building in North Adelaide in the ’70s and ’80s? Take a gloriously sentimental trip down memory lane with Bob Byrne as he shows us – through his Boomer articles and images – the Adelaide of yesteryear that we still dearly love.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BETWEEN EAST AND WEST : ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
    BETWEEN EAST AND WEST : ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
    APPLEBAUM ANNE
    ISBN: 9780141979229
    Title: BETWEEN EAST AND WEST : ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
    Author: APPLEBAUM ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As Europe's borderlands emerged from Soviet rule, Anne Applebaum travelled from the Baltic to the Black Sea, through Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and the Carpathian mountains. Rich in vivid characters and stories of tragedy and survival, Between East and West illuminates the soul of a place, and the secret history of its people.

    'A beautifully written and thought-provoking account of a journey along Europe's forgotten edge.' Timothy Garton Ash

    'A vivid and penetrating assessment of the lands between the Baltic and the Black Sea in all their drama and desolation . . . a wise and useful book.' Robert Conquest

    'Combines the excitement of a well-written and adventurous travelogue with sophisticated reportage.' Norman Davies

    'You will be totally absorbed.' Norman Stone



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BETWEEN THE WARS 1919-1939
    BETWEEN THE WARS 1919-1939
    ZIEGLER PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780857055224
    Title: BETWEEN THE WARS 1919-1939
    Author: ZIEGLER PHILIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: R/PRINT UND CONSIDERATION

    At the end of 1918 one prescient American historian began to write a history of the Great War. "What will you call it?" he was asked. "The First World War" was his bleak response.

    In BETWEEN THE WARS, Philip Ziegler examines the major international turning points - cultural and social as well as political and military - that led the world from one war to another. His perspective is panoramic, touching on all parts of the world where history was being made, giving equal weight to Gandhi's March to the Sea and the Japanese invasion of China as to Hitler's rise to power.

    It is the tragic story of a world determined that the horrors of the First World War would never be repeated yet committed to a path which in hindsight was inevitably destined to end in a second, even more devastating conflict.

    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BIG BREAK : The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told
    BIG BREAK : The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told
    DANDO-COLLINS STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781250087560
    Title: BIG BREAK : The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told
    Author: DANDO-COLLINS STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story opens in the stinking latrines of the Schubin camp as an American and a Canadian lead the digging of a tunnel which enabled a break involving 36 prisoners of war (POWs). The Germans then converted the camp to Oflag 64, to exclusively hold US Army officers, with more than 1500 Americans ultimately housed there. Plucky Americans attempted a variety of escapes until January, 1945, only to be thwarted every time.

    Then, with the Red Army advancing closer every day, camp commandant Colonel Fritz Schneider received orders from Berlin to march his prisoners west. Game on! Over the next few days, 250 US Army officers would succeed in escaping east to link up with the Russians - although they would prove almost as dangerous as the Nazis - only to be ordered once they arrived back in the United States not to talk about their adventures. Within months, General Patton would launch a bloody bid to rescue the remaining Schubin Americans.

    In The Big Break, this previously untold story follows POWs including General Eisenhower's personal aide, General Patton's son-in-law, and Ernest Hemingway's eldest son as they struggled to be free. Military historian and Paul Brickhill biographer Stephen Dando-Collins expertly chronicles this gripping story of Americans determined to be free, brave Poles risking their lives to help them, and dogmatic Nazis determined to stop them.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $35.99

    Price: $35.99
  • BIGGEST PRISON ON EARTH : A History of the Occupied Territories
    BIGGEST PRISON ON EARTH : A History of the Occupied Territories
    PAPPE ILAN
    ISBN: 9781851685875
    Title: BIGGEST PRISON ON EARTH : A History of the Occupied Territories
    Author: PAPPE ILAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    In this comprehensive survey of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe exposes the history of one of the world's most prolonged and tragic conflicts. Locating the occupation within a wider historical context that stretches back to 1948, Pappe dismisses the conventional view that the 1967 war emerged out of the blue, forcing' Israel to occupy the contentious territories.
    Using recently declassified archival material, Pappe analyzes the establishment of legal and security infrastructures that were put in place to control the population, revealing harsh oppression that was never advertised in international headlines, and which passed without any substantial Palestinian resistance for the first twenty years of its existence. Then turning to the years that have passed since the resistance began in 1987, Pappe offers hopeful visions of a future of reconciliation and peace.
    From daily life under occupation to analyzing political positions and abortive peace attempts in the present day, this book seeks to redress the harm done by the occupation, reversing the trend of Israel's silencing any attempt to oppose it from within.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BILLION DOLLAR SPY
    BILLION DOLLAR SPY
    HOFFMAN DAVID E
    ISBN: 9781785781971
    Title: BILLION DOLLAR SPY
    Author: HOFFMAN DAVID E
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    January, 1977. While the chief of the CIA's Moscow station fills his gas tank, a stranger drops a note into the car. In the years that followed, that stranger, Adolf Tolkachev, became one of the West's most valuable spies. At enormous risk Tolkachev and his handlers conducted clandestine meetings across Moscow, using spy cameras, props, and private codes to elude the KGB in its own backyard; until a shocking betrayal put them all at risk. Drawing on previously classified CIA documents and interviews with first-hand participants, The Billion Dollar Spy is a brilliant feat of reporting and a riveting true story from the final years of the Cold War.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY : IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH
    BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY : IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH
    FEIGEL LARA
    ISBN: 9781408845332
    Title: BITTER TASTE OF VICTORY : IN THE RUINS OF THE REICH
    Author: FEIGEL LARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2016 NEW RELEASE

    As the Second World War neared its conclusion, Germany was a nation reduced to rubble: 3.6 million German homes had been destroyed leaving 7.5 million people homeless; an apocalyptic landscape of flattened cities and desolate wastelands.

    In May 1945 Germany surrendered, and Britain, America, Soviet Russia and France set about rebuilding their zones of occupation. Most urgent for the Allies in this divided, defeated country were food, water and sanitation, but from the start they were anxious to provide for the minds as well as the physical needs of the German people. Reconstruction was to be cultural as well as practical: denazification and re-education would be key to future peace and the arts crucial in modelling alternative, less militaristic, ways of life. Germany was to be reborn; its citizens as well as its cities were to be reconstructed; the mindset of the Third Reich was to be obliterated.

    When, later that year, twenty-two senior Nazis were put in the dock at Nuremberg, writers and artists including Rebecca West, Evelyn Waugh, John Dos Passos and Laura Knight were there to tell the world about a trial intended to ensure that tyrannous dictators could never again enslave the people of Europe. And over the next four years, many of the foremost writers and filmmakers of their generation were dispatched by Britain and America to help rebuild the country their governments had spent years bombing. Among them, Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Marlene Dietrich, George Orwell, Lee Miller, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Billy Wilder and Humphrey Jennings.

    The Bitter Taste of Victory traces the experiences of these figures and through their individual stories offers an entirely fresh view of post-war Europe. Never before told, this is a brilliant, important and utterly mesmerising history of cultural transformation.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLACK EARTH : THE HOLOCAUST AS HISTORY AND WARNING
    BLACK EARTH : THE HOLOCAUST AS HISTORY AND WARNING
    SNYDER TIMOTHY
    ISBN: 9781784701482
    Title: BLACK EARTH : THE HOLOCAUST AS HISTORY AND WARNING
    Author: SNYDER TIMOTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organised by bureaucrats. Yet by the time the gas chambers became operation more than a million European Jews were already dead: shot at close range over pits and ravines. They had been murdered in the lawless killing zones created by the German colonial war in the East, many on the fertile black earth that the Nazis believed would feed the German people.

    It comforts us to believe that the Holocaust was a unique event. But as Timothy Snyder shows, we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust, and some of our beliefs are frighteningly close to the ecological panic that Hitler expressed in the 1920s. As ideological and environmental challenges to the world order mount, our societies might be more vulnerable than we would like to think.

    Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands was an acclaimed exploration of what happened in eastern Europe between 1933 and 1945, when Nazi and Soviet policy brought death to some 14 million people. Black Earth is a deep exploration of the ideas and politics that enabled the worst of these policies, the Nazi extermination of the Jews. Its pioneering treatment of this unprecedented crime makes the Holocaust intelligible, and thus all the more terrifying.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLACK HAND
    BLACK HAND
    TALTY STEPHAN
    ISBN: 9781785037122
    Title: BLACK HAND
    Author: TALTY STEPHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card- the symbol of a black hand. The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point.

    Standing between the American public and the Black Hand's lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed the oItalian Sherlock Holmes,o he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective, and a master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre and the Black Hand's activities spread far beyond New York's borders, Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country's anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe. Petrosino's quest to root out the source of the Black Hand's power would take him all the way to Sicily-but at a terrible cost.

    Unfolding a story rich with resonance in our own era, The Black Hand is fast-paced narrative history at its very best.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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