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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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: Life Inside One of America's Largest Hospitals for the Criminally Insane Treating the Real Hannibal Lecters of This Wor
    BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: Life Inside One of America's Largest Hospitals for the Criminally Insane Treating the Real Hannibal Lecters of This Wor
    SEAGER STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781760632366
    Title: BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: Life Inside One of America's Largest Hospitals for the Criminally Insane Treating the Real Hannibal Lecters of This Wor
    Author: SEAGER STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JANUARY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A extraordinary, eye-opening look behind the razor wire into life inside the walls of one of the most notorious hospitals for the criminally insane, a hellish world inhabited by mass murderers, serial killers, and other figures from our nightmares.

    Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was no stranger to locked psych wards when he accepted a job at California's Gorman State hospital, known locally as 'Gomorrah', but nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered when he stepped through its gates, a triple sally port behind the twenty-foot walls topped with shining coils of razor wire. Gorman State is one of the nation's largest forensic mental hospitals, dedicated to treating the criminally insane. Unit C, where Seager was assigned, was reserved for the 'bad actors', the mass murderers, serial killers, and the real-life Hannibal Lecters of the world.Against a backdrop of surreal beauty - a campus-like setting where peacocks strolled the well-kept lawns - is a place of remarkable violence, a place where a small staff of clinicians are expected to manage a volatile population of prison-hardened ex-cons, where lone therapists lead sharing circles with psychopaths, where homemade weapons and contraband circulate freely, and where patients and physicians often measure their lives according to how fast they can run.

    Behind the Gates of Gomorrah affords an eye-opening look inside a facility to which few people have ever had access. Honest, reflective, and at times darkly funny, Seager's gripping account of his experiences at Gorman State hospital give us an extraordinary insight into a unique and terrifying world, inhabited by figures from our nightmares.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • BEHOLD AMERICA : A History of America First and the American Dream
    BEHOLD AMERICA : A History of America First and the American Dream
    CHURCHWELL SARAH
    ISBN: 9781526601131
    Title: BEHOLD AMERICA : A History of America First and the American Dream
    Author: CHURCHWELL SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE


    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History and Memory
    BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History and Memory
    DAVIES NORMAN
    ISBN: 9781846148316
    Title: BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History and Memory
    Author: DAVIES NORMAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beneath Another Sky is Norman Davies's account of a global circumnavigation, of the places he visited and the history he found there, from Abu Dhabi to Singapore, the settlement of Tasmania to the short-lived Republic of Texas. As in Vanished Kingdoms, Davies's historical gaze penetrates behind the present to see how things became as they are, and how peoples came to tell themselves the stories which make up their identities. Everywhere, it seems, human beings have been travelling - pushing out others or arriving in terra nullius - since the beginning of recorded time. To whom is a land truly native? As always, Norman Davies has his eye on the historical horizon as well as on what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $59.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • BETWEEN WORLDS
    BETWEEN WORLDS
    SALMOND ANNE
    ISBN: 9780143772170
    Title: BETWEEN WORLDS
    Author: SALMOND ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    'Vivid, convincing and utterly memorable.'
    -Michael King, North & South

    Anne Salmond's extraordinary Between Worlds begins with the arrival of Cook's second expedition in 1773 and takes the story through to 1815, with the establishment of the first British missionary settlement in the Bay of Islands. It describes Cook's second and third voyages, telling of a time when white settlers first lived on the shores of New Zealand, often joining Maori communities - the first so-called Pakeha-Maori. These Maori communities were working out their own strategies for dealing with the strangers in their midst. New ways of living began to emerge between Maori and European.

    Between Worlds redefines or understanding of the earliest days of Maori and European interaction and forces us to rethink New Zealand's shared history.

    'There is perhaps no scholar working in Oceania better equipped in knowledge, skills and sentiment to write obetween worldso history . . . That, I think, is the supreme grace of Anne Salmond's work.'
    -Greg Dening, Australian Historical Studies

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • BIG WEEK
    BIG WEEK
    HOLLAND JAMES
    ISBN: 9780593077986
    Title: BIG WEEK
    Author: HOLLAND JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    It was to be the battle to end the air war, once and for all…

    In the early days of 1944, as the build-up to D-Day intensified, an audacious plan was taking shape in the form of Operation Argument – a brutal and systematic strategy to finally sledgehammer the Luftwaffe into submission and ensure the skies were clear for the Allied invasion of France later that summer. In one fatal stroke they planned to deplete not only the German air force, but also the aircraft and munitions industry which supported it.

    On Sunday 20th February, an airborne assault, the like of which had never before been seen, was unleashed. The Americans launched their first-ever thousand bomber raids by day while the RAF attacked by night.What followed over that week was one of the largest and most dramatic air battles ever witnessed.

    In the first ever narrative history of Big Week, best-selling historian James Holland recounts the story of that extraordinary and brutal battle, underpinned by painstaking research and analysis. In day-by-day and often hour-by-hour detail, he follows the fortunes of some of the men - and women - who took part on both sides; commanders, pilots, air crew, ground staff, and civilians, revealing in forensic and heart-stopping detail the conditions, fear and drama of war in the air.

    Big Week is the elemental story of bomber against flak gun, of fighter against fighter, in which tens of thousands of young men were pitted against each other in a punitive, bludgeoning clash of arms. It was one hell of a week.

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • BIRDS AT MY TABLE : Why we feed wild birds and why it matters
    BIRDS AT MY TABLE : Why we feed wild birds and why it matters
    JONES DARRYL
    ISBN: 9781742235974
    Title: BIRDS AT MY TABLE : Why we feed wild birds and why it matters
    Author: JONES DARRYL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A wild flight through the history of bird feeding, pondering this odd but seriously popular form of interaction between humans and wild animals.

    Darryl Jones is fascinated by bird feeders. Not the containers supplying food to our winged friends, but the people who fill the containers, scatter the crumbs or seeds, or leave the picnic scraps behind for the birds.

    Here, Jones takes us on a wild flight through the history of bird feeding as he ponders this odd but seriously popular form of interaction between humans and wild animals. Jones digs at the deeper issues and questions of the practice of bird feeding, as he raises our awareness of the things we don't yet know and why we really should.

    This beautifully written and engaging books reveals that what at first seems to be a niche topic — humans feeding wild birds — is in fact something a disproportionate number of us do. Half the citizens of Australia, the UK, and the US feed birds, whether its by planting trees that attract them, putting food out on apartment balconies, setting up birds baths and feeders, or by unwittingly leaving scraps behind in parks. The international bird seed industry is huge and most of the seed is gown in India or Africa. Another way of describing all this activity is as an unplanned ecological experiment on an unbelievably large scale.

    In The Birds at My Table, Jones draws on an impressive knowledge of the latest scientific findings as well as his own personal knowledge, to reflect and explain the modern practice of bird feeding.

    Imprint: NEW SOCIETY PUB
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BIRTH OF THE RAF 1918 : The World's First Air Force
    BIRTH OF THE RAF 1918 : The World's First Air Force
    OVERY RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780241274217
    Title: BIRTH OF THE RAF 1918 : The World's First Air Force
    Author: OVERY RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A short, brilliant account of the birth of the RAF for the centenary of its founding.


    The dizzying pace of technological change in the early 20th century meant that it took only a little over ten years from the first flight by the Wright Brothers to the clash of fighter planes in the Great War. A period of terrible, rapid experiment followed to gain a brief technological edge. By the end of the war the British had lost an extraordinary 36,000 aircraft and 16,600 airmen.

    The RAF was created in 1918 as a revolutionary response to this new form of warfare - a highly contentious decision (resisted fiercely by both the army and navy, who had until then controlled all aircraft) but one which had the most profound impact, for good and ill, on the future of warfare.

    Richard Overy's superb new book shows how this happened, against the backdrop of the first bombing raids against London and the constant emergency of the Western Front. The RAF's origins were as much political as military and throughout the 1920s still provoked bitter criticism.

    Published to mark the centenary of its founding this is an invaluable book, filled with new and surprising material on this unique organization.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
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