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  • AT WARS SUMMIT : The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II
    AT WARS SUMMIT : The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II
    STATIEV ALEXANDER
    ISBN: 9781108424622
    Title: AT WARS SUMMIT : The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II
    Author: STATIEV ALEXANDER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the story of the highest battlefield of World War Two, which brings to life the extremes endured during this harsh mountain warfare. When the German war machine began faltering from a shortage of oil after the failed Blitzkrieg against the Soviet Union, the Wehrmacht launched Operation Edelweiss in the summer of 1942, a bold attempt to capture the Soviet oilfields of Grozny and Baku and open the way to securing the vast reserves of Middle Eastern oil. Hitler viewed this campaign as the key to victory in World War Two. Mountain warfare requires unique skills: climbing and survival techniques, unconventional logistical and medical arrangements and knowledge of ballistics at high altitudes. The Main Caucasus Ridge became the battleground that saw the elite German mountain divisions clash with the untrained soldiers of the Red Army, as they fought each other, the weather and the terrain.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ATLANTIC : A VAST OCEAN OF A MILLION STORIES
    ATLANTIC : A VAST OCEAN OF A MILLION STORIES
    WINCHESTER SIMON
    ISBN: 9780007341399
    Title: ATLANTIC : A VAST OCEAN OF A MILLION STORIES
    Author: WINCHESTER SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water - the Atlantic. One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world's tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense chasm. This giant gash in the flanks of the planet slowly opened up and eventually evolved into the most important and most travelled ocean in our world. In this utterly original biography, Simon Winchester explores the life of the Atlantic; it's birth, its relationship with mankind, and what lies in store for it once man has left the stage. He charts the development of the first settlements by the Oceanside - the communities of Celts and Vikings and whose lives depended on the sea - and delves into the age of exploration, venturing to forgotten worlds. The building of some of the world's most beautiful port cities - London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Casablanca - is also examined, along with the creation of settlements and colonies in and around the sea. Completely unique and highly readable, Atlantic takes its reader on a wonderful journey through time, along the waves of our planet's most significant ocean.


    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    DE TOCQUEVILLE AUDE
    ISBN: 9780316352024
    Title: ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    Author: DE TOCQUEVILLE AUDE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The uniquely designed Atlas of Lost Cities details the destinies of 44 once-thriving urban centers that are now vacant ruins and empty ghost towns.

    Like humans, cities are mortal. They are born, they thrive, and they eventually die. In ATLAS OF LOST CITIES, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as Pompeii, Teotihuac n, and Angkor. She also details the less well known, including Centralia, an abandoned Pennsylvania town consumed by unquenchable underground fire; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, where housing, schools, and stores were built for 500,000 people that never came; and Epecuen, a tourist town in Argentina now swallowed up by water. Original artwork shows the location of the lost cities, as well as a depiction of how they looked when they thrived.

    Imprint: BLACK DOG LEVENTHAL
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • AU REVOIR TO ALL THAT : FOOD WINE AND THE END OF FRANCE
    AU REVOIR TO ALL THAT : FOOD WINE AND THE END OF FRANCE
    STEINBERGER MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781596913530
    Title: AU REVOIR TO ALL THAT : FOOD WINE AND THE END OF FRANCE
    Author: STEINBERGER MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A rich, lively book about the upheaval in French gastronomy, set against the backdrop of France's diminishing fortunes as a nation. France is in a rut, and so is French cuisine. Twenty-five years ago it was hard to have a bad meal in France; now, in some cities and towns, it is a challenge to find a good one. For the first time in the annals of modern cooking, the most influential chefs and the most talked-about restaurants in the world are not French. Within France, large segments of the wine industry are in crisis, cherished artisanal cheeses are threatened with extinction, and bistros and brasseries are disappearing at an alarming rate. But business is brisk at some establishments: Astonishingly, France has become the second-most-profitable market in the world for McDonald's. How did this happen? To find out, Michael Steinberger takes an enviable trip through the traditional pleasures of France. He talks to top chefs--Alain Ducasse, Paul Gagnaire, Paul Bocuse--winemakers, farmers, bakers, and other artisans. He visits the Elysee Palace, interviews the head of McDonald's Europe, marches down a Paris boulevard with Jose Bove, and breaks bread with the editorial director of the powerful and secretive Michelin Guide. He spends hours with some of France's brightest young chefs and winemakers, who are battling to reinvigorate the country's rich culinary heritage. The result is a sharp and funny book that will give Francophiles everywhere an entirely new perspective--political, economic, personal, and cultural--on the crisis in the country and food they love.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUSCHWITZ : A History
    AUSCHWITZ : A History
    STEINBACHER SYBILLE
    ISBN: 9780141987484
    Title: AUSCHWITZ : A History
    Author: STEINBACHER SYBILLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A short, devastating study of history's most notorious killing ground.

    At the terrible heart of the modern age lies Auschwitz. In a total inversion of earlier hopes about the use of science and technology to improve, extend and protect human life, Auschwitz manipulated the same systems to quite different ends. In Sybille Steinbacher's terse, powerful new book, the reader is led through the process by which something unthinkable to any European in the 1930s had become a sprawling, industrial reality during the course of the world war. How Auschwitz grew and mutated into an entire dreadful city, how both those who managed it and those who were killed by it came to be in Poland in the 1940s, and how it was allowed to happen, is something everyone needs to understand.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUSTRALIA IN ARMS : The Eyewitness Story of Gallipoli   -   Text Classics
    AUSTRALIA IN ARMS : The Eyewitness Story of Gallipoli - Text Classics
    SCHULER PHILLIP
    ISBN: 9781925603453
    Title: AUSTRALIA IN ARMS : The Eyewitness Story of Gallipoli - Text Classics
    Author: SCHULER PHILLIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A crucial on-the-ground account of the Australian Imperial Forces’ Gallipoli campaign by one of Australia’s key World War I correspondents.

    Published soon after the evacuation from Gallipoli, Australia in Arms is a vital early account of the Dardanelles campaign. The young journalist Philip Schuler, later killed in battle, witnessed ‘the whole of the August offensive from…trenches at Lone Pine’. He saw the valour of the Anzacs, and recognised too the strength of their Turkish opponents. Vivid and incisive, his book is one of the great achievements of Australian military writing.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • AUSTRALIA OF THE FRENCH EXPLORERS
    AUSTRALIA OF THE FRENCH EXPLORERS
    MOUCHET FREDERIC / BLOOMFIELD NOELENE
    ISBN: 9782757209943
    Title: AUSTRALIA OF THE FRENCH EXPLORERS
    Author: MOUCHET FREDERIC / BLOOMFIELD NOELENE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Six major French expeditions to the Australian coast took place over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. Through contemporary photographs, expedition drawings and historical commentary, this book plunges us into the impressive and bewildering universe of an Australia still intact, loyal to the environment these seafaring explorers came upon over 200 years ago.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780143782377
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They were the Australians who made American history. In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang known as the Sydney Coves.

    The Coves – San Francisco's first organised-crime gang – were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California.

    The gang’s base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police – many of whom were in Stuart’s pocket anyway – so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down.

    The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco – who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces – and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group.

    The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia.

    The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    SAYER MANDY
    ISBN: 9781742234670
    Title: AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    Author: SAYER MANDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today, roughly 100,000 Gypsies call Australia home, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories of the country. In this volume, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a wide-ranging history of Gypsies in Australia. Given their blessing to tell their stories, Sayer also demolishes some longstanding but baseless myths along the way.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN HEIST
    AUSTRALIAN HEIST
    PHELPS JAMES
    ISBN: 9781460756232
    Title: AUSTRALIAN HEIST
    Author: PHELPS JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On June 15, 1862 a gang of bushrangers pulled off the largest gold robbery in Australia's history at

    Eugowra Rocks. The gang escaped with bank notes and 77kg of gold, worth about $10 million today. It remains Australia's largest gold robbery.

    The story of how Ben Hall, Frank Gardiner, John O'Mealley, John Gilbert, Harry Manns, Alex Fordyce, John Bow and Dan Charters - planned and executed the robbery and what happened to all that gold is the stuff of a brilliant, modern, exciting crime book. This is Australian history on the very best crime-writing steroids from Australia's number one true crime writer.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE : THE CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1916-1918
    AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE : THE CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1916-1918
    BRADLEY PHILLIP
    ISBN: 9781760111892
    Title: AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE : THE CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1916-1918
    Author: BRADLEY PHILLIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Throughout history, mounted troops have been known as elite men of arms and the Australian Light Horse is a part of that legendary tradition. Part cavalry and part infantry and often recognised by the emu feathers in their slouch hats, the light horsemen were described by the official historian, H.S. Gullett, as 'in body and spirit the true product of the Australian countryside'. They remain, today, the embodiment of the digger ethos.

    After the Gallipoli campaign most of the Australian Light Horse, commanded by Major General Harry Chauvel, remained in Egypt to defend the Suez Canal. After thwarting the Turkish advance at Romani in August 1916 the Light Horse led the advance into Palestine with sparkling victories at Magdhaba and Rafa. Twice checked at Gaza despite their bold courage, the light horsemen then broke that stalemate following the legendary charge at Beersheba on 31 October 1917. The fall of Jerusalem, the perilous raids on Amman, the trials of the Jordan Valley and the final breakthrough to Damascus followed before Turkey surrendered on 30 October 1918.

    In Australian Light Horse their story is brought to vivid life through the diaries, letters and photographs of the light horsemen who took part in the bloody battles of the desert campaigns of the Sinai and Palestine from April 1916 to October 1918.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume I : Resisting the Great German Offensive
    AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume I : Resisting the Great German Offensive
    CAMERON DAVID W
    ISBN: 9780143788614
    Title: AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume I : Resisting the Great German Offensive
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Holding the Line, David Cameron tells the extraordinary story of Australian troops at Villers-Bretonneux in World War I. The Anzacs had one of their greatest victories at Villers-Bretonneux, defeating the Germans there in an attack later described by a British general as 'perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war'.

    As part of the German Spring Offensive on the Western Front, German forces captured the town of Villers-Bretonneux, near Amiens, from exhausted British defenders on 24 April 1918. The Australian 13th and 15th Brigades were brought forward and, in a model of a well-planned and co-ordinated night attack, successfully recaptured the town.

    It was a bloody victory - 1200 Australians lost their lives - but this battle marked the end of the German offensive on the Somme and contributed to the Allies' eventual victory. As with his previous books, Cameron places the reader right in the action by weaving vivid minute-by-minute descriptions drawn from the diaries and letters of soldiers who were there.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume II : Spearheading the Great British Offensive
    AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume II : Spearheading the Great British Offensive
    CAMERON DAVID W
    ISBN: 9780670078288
    Title: AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume II : Spearheading the Great British Offensive
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Following on from volume 1 of Australians on the Western Front 1918: The Great German Offensive, volume 2, Spearheading the Great British Offensive, concludes with a detailed account of the final battles of World War I and the defeat of German armed forces on the Western Front.

    In compelling detail, David W. Cameron recounts the military successes and challenges of the Australian Army Corps, led by Lieutenant General John Monash, during a number of key battles, including the Battle of Hamel on 4 July; the Battle of Amiens on 8 August, and the Battle for Mont St Quentin and Peronne in September; culminating in the week-long battles for the Hindenburg Outpost Line and the Hindenburg Line itself, during which many Australian and American troops tragically lost their lives just as the war was finally drawing to a close. Ultimately, however, the breaking of the Hindenburg Line by Australian, Canadian, British and American troops delivered a crucial blow to the German army, who surrendered unconditionally to the Allies one month later.

    This book once again draws on the diaries and letters of the Australian soldiers on the battlefields to piece together the story of their heroic actions against enemy forces, placing them within the broader context of the ‘war to end all wars’.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BAD ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU : And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
    BAD ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU : And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
    HAMMER JOSHUA
    ISBN: 9781760632458
    Title: BAD ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU : And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
    Author: HAMMER JOSHUA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean's Eleven.

    In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world's greatest and most brazen smugglers.

    In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned unmarried couples to death and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.

    Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer has visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara's heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali's-and the world's-literary heritage. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring and entertaining account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BALKANS 1804-2012 : Nationalism War and the Great Powers
    BALKANS 1804-2012 : Nationalism War and the Great Powers
    GLENNY MISHA
    ISBN: 9781783784523
    Title: BALKANS 1804-2012 : Nationalism War and the Great Powers
    Author: GLENNY MISHA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A refreshed edition of the landmark history of the Balkans.

    In this celebrated, landmark history of the Balkans, Misha Glenny investigates the roots of the bloodshed, invasions and nationalist fervour that have come to define our understanding of the south-eastern edge of Europe. In doing so, he reveals that groups we think of as implacable enemies have, over the centuries, formed unlikely alliances, thereby disputing the idea that conflict in the Balkans is the ineluctable product of ancient grudges. And he exposes the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the rest of Europe, raising profound questions about recent Western intervention.

    Updated to cover the last decade's brutal conflicts in Kosovo and Macedonia, the surge of organised crime in the region, the rise of Turkey and the rocky road to EU membership, The Balkans remains the essential and peerless study of Europe's most complex and least understood region.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM : THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
    BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM : THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
    MCPHERSON JAMES M
    ISBN: 9780140125184
    Title: BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM : THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
    Author: MCPHERSON JAMES M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A remarkably wide-ranging synthesis of the history of the 1850s and the Civil War...that effectively integrates in one volume social, political, and military events from the immediate aftermath of the Mexican War through the sectional strife of the 1850s, the secession movement, and the Civil War..It is a masterful work' New York Review of Books 'McPherson is wonderfully lucid...Above all, everything is in a living relationship with everything else...Omitting nothing important, whether military, political or economic, he yet manages to make everything he touches drive the narrative forward...historical writing of the highest order' The New York Times Book Review


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
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