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  • BATTLE FOR LONE PINE : FOUR DAYS OF HELL AT THE HEART OF GALLIPOLI
    BATTLE FOR LONE PINE : FOUR DAYS OF HELL AT THE HEART OF GALLIPOLI
    CAMERON DAVID W
    ISBN: 9780143572114
    Title: BATTLE FOR LONE PINE : FOUR DAYS OF HELL AT THE HEART OF GALLIPOLI
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Surprisingly, as we near the 100th anniversary of the legendary Gallipoli campaign, this is the first book solely dedicated to one of its key battles -- that at Lone Pine, where Australian and Turkish soldiers fought an ultimately futile battle that claimed thousands of lives in incredibly close quarters. Seven Victoria Crosses were earned by Australia's Anzacs in the intense four days of fighting, in pursuit of a flawed strategy to distract Turkish forces from larger incursions, which themselves failed.

    David W. Cameron has pulled together first-hand accounts from the men and women involved (including from the Turkish army) to detail what transpired and to follow some of their personal stories throughout the ordeal. By including the stories of non-combatants, such as engineers, nurses, sappers, commanders and more, he not only gives due credit to those who laboured in support of the troops, but provides a wider understanding of the mammoth undertaking of such warfare.

    Many Australians travel to the Lone Pine Memorial and Cemetery each year to commemorate Anzac Day and remember the fallen -- this work of popular history highlights the fate of those who fought

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BATTLE FOR SPAIN
    BATTLE FOR SPAIN
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780753821657
    Title: BATTLE FOR SPAIN
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica. Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BATTLE OF LONG TAN
    BATTLE OF LONG TAN
    CAMERON DAVID W
    ISBN: 9780143786399
    Title: BATTLE OF LONG TAN
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, Australian troops fought one of their bloodiest, most significant battles of the Vietnam War. The Australians had arrived at Nui Dat four months earlier to open up the province. While out on patrol, Delta Company of 6RAR, originally numbering just 105 Australians and three New Zealanders, collided with Viet Cong forces numbering around 2500 troops, ahead of a planned Vietnamese ambush. Under heavy fire and short on ammunition, the Australians could only guess at the enemy's strength and number. Morning light revealed a shattered woodland, trees bleeding latex - and hundreds of dead enemy soldiers who had fallen in the numerous assaults against the small Anzac force. What was first thought by the Australians to be a significant defeat quickly turned out to be a major victory. Marking the battle's 50th anniversary, and drawing on unpublished first-hand accounts, David Cameron brings to life the events of this famous battle as it unfolded - minute by minute, hour by hour - and reveals the deeds of heroism and mateship now part of Australia's Vietnam War story. His compelling account commemorates the men who fought in the rubber plantation of Long Tan - and those who did not come home. Praise for David Cameron's The Battle for Lone Pine-

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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: 9780857055231
    Title: BETWEEN THE WARS : 1919-1939
    Author: ZIEGLER PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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 approach is panoramic, touching on all parts of the world where history was being made, examining Gandhi's March to the Sea and the Chaco War in South America alongside 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.

    Each chapter bears the unmistakable stamp of Ziegler's scholarship: a keen eye for the telling anecdote, elegant and fluid prose, and calm and fair judgments. In a world that grows ever more uncertain, its perspective on how hopes of peace can dissolve into the promise of war becomes more relevant with each passing day.

    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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 FRUIT
    BITTER FRUIT
    GRAHAM-STEWART MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780646936390
    Title: BITTER FRUIT
    Author: GRAHAM-STEWART MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this book may contain images of people who are deceased.

    Bitter Fruit is a brand new title from Michael Graham-Stewart, showcasing a collection of early photographs, many previously unpublished, focusing on Indigenous Australians. Presented in a beautiful hardcover, this is a breathtaking document of the Australian experience.

    The photographs reproduced in this book were collected over the past decade or so. During this time, online archives have grown in number and size, raising questions about what should be made available to the general public, and who should decide. At the same time, it has become easier to find information about the people who took the photographs, the places they were taken, and, most importantly, the individuals depicted.

    If this book has a purpose, it is to offer a sequence other than the familiar one, to broaden and to texture our sense of the histories of the place we know today as Australia. In these photographs, we can find evidence of wrongdoing and suffering, but also of resistance, adaptation, and continuity. Then, too, the images frequently reveal the agency of their 'subjects' - a force that can transcend the problems associated with the moment of making.


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $110.00

    Price: $110.00
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