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  • AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 3 : FLAPPERS TO VIETNAM
    AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 3 : FLAPPERS TO VIETNAM
    KENEALLY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781925267280
    Title: AUSTRALIANS VOLUME 3 : FLAPPERS TO VIETNAM
    Author: KENEALLY THOMAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the third volume of Thomas Keneally's unique history of Australia - where he shines a light on the lives and deeds of our countrymen and women, both known and unknown - he takes up the story at the end of the Great War and explores our development as a nation during the tumultuous 20th century.


    As in the two previous volumes of Australians, Thomas Keneally brings history to vivid and pulsating life. He traces the lives and the deeds of Australians known and unknown as the nation emerged from World War I into a decade of profound change through the Great Crash, the rise of Fascism and growth of the Communist Party. He explains how Australia was inexorably drawn into a war that led her forces into combat throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific. At home an atmosphere of fear grew with the fall of Singapore and the bombing of Darwin, the Japanese advance and then the arrival of General MacArthur.

    The 1950s-depicted by some as an age of full employment, by others as the age of suburban spread and boredom under the serene prime ministership of Robert Menzies-were as complicated as Menzies himself. Most Australians believed there would be nuclear war before the end of the decade. The Korean War and British testing of the atomic bomb in South Australia were seen as preludes. With the defection of the Soviet spy Ivan Petrov, Australians were convinced they were living in the last of days. On the street, the face of Australia was undergoing an Italian, Greek and Slavic-led change. And in even greater upheaval, Asian trade and immigration were coming our way as we advanced towards a war in Vietnam and the firming of the American alliance.

    The result of masterly writing and exhaustive research, this volume of Australians brings our more recent history to vibrant and robust life.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • AUSTRALIAS FEW AND THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
    AUSTRALIAS FEW AND THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
    ALEXANDER KRISTEN
    ISBN: 9781742234151
    Title: AUSTRALIAS FEW AND THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
    Author: ALEXANDER KRISTEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jack Kennedy (Sydney), Stuart Walch (Hobart), Dick Glyde (Perth), Ken Holland (Sydney), Pat Hughes (Cooma and Sydney), Bill Millington (Adelaide), John Crossman (Newcastle) and Des Sheen (Canberra): eight Australian Spitfire and Hurricane pilots of the Battle of Britain. Only one survived.During the summer and autumn of 1940, the Luftwaffe launched their campaign to gain superiority over the RAF, especially Fighter Command. The result was the first major battle of World War II (or any war) fought entirely in the air. The Luftwaffe's defeat by 'The Few' marked a turning point in the Allies' favour. The Battle of Britain is one of the most significant battles of the war, and until now, the role of the Australian 'Few' has received little attention. Kristen Alexander gives a personal account of eight Australian participants, drawing heavily on primary source material and original research. She follows these young men from childhood, through their education, training, personal relationships and flying careers, to death in combat (in the case of seven of the eight men), and beyond that to commemoration.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BABYLON : Legend History and the Ancient City
    BABYLON : Legend History and the Ancient City
    SEYMOUR MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781784536916
    Title: BABYLON : Legend History and the Ancient City
    Author: SEYMOUR MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For two thousand years the real, physical metropolis lay buried while another, ghostly city lived on through ideas as varied as the legendary Hanging Gardens, the career of the biblical Daniel, and even the Apocalypse. More recently, the site of Babylon has been the centre of major excavation, yet the spectacular results of this work have done little to displace the many other fascinating ways in which the city has endured and reinvented itself in culture. Saddam Hussein, for one, notoriously exploited the Babylonian myth to associate himself and his regime with its glorious past. Why has Babylon so creatively fired the human imagination, with results both good and ill? Why has it been enthralling to so many, and for so long?In exploring answers, Michael Seymour ranges extensively over space and time and embraces art, archaeology, history and literature.


    From Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar, via Strabo and Diodorus, to the Book of Revelation, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Voltaire, William Blake and modern interpreters like Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and Gore Vidal, the author brings to light a carnival of disparate sources dominated by powerful and intoxicating ideas such as the Tower of Babel and the city of sin. Babylon: Legend, History and the Ancient City weighs idea against reality, fiction against fact, conjuring the fascinating story of this ancient metropolis and its legacy to brilliant life as never before.

    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • BARBARIANS : Lost Civilizations
    BARBARIANS : Lost Civilizations
    BOGUCKI PETER
    ISBN: 9781780237183
    Title: BARBARIANS : Lost Civilizations
    Author: BOGUCKI PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Beginning in the Stone Age and continuing through the collapse of the Roman empire, Peter Bogucki describes the increasing complexity, technological accomplishments, and distinctive practices of the non-literate peoples known as Barbarians.

    Imprint: REAKTION BOOKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • BASTARD OF A PLACE : THE AUSTRALIANS IN PAPUA
    BASTARD OF A PLACE : THE AUSTRALIANS IN PAPUA
    BRUNE PETER
    ISBN: 9781741144031
    Title: BASTARD OF A PLACE : THE AUSTRALIANS IN PAPUA
    Author: BRUNE PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    '. . . Brune's book is a timely reminder that despite the warmest alliances, nations sometimes have to stand up and save themselves.' - The Weekend Australian Financial Review'


    In 1942 and early 1943 Papua New Guinea was 'a bastard of a place' to fight a war. Peter Brune gives us the final, all-encompassing story of the five battles that changed Australia forever. Peter's compelling narrative resonates with the voices of both the well-trained AIF volunteer, and the young Militia conscript who triumphed together. He interviewed hundreds of these soldiers and himself travelled the treacherous terrain and bloody battlegrounds where so many of their mates perished. Peter reveals the inside story of how Generals MacArthur and Blamey sacrificed many of the senior Australian field commanders as scapegoats to protect their own positions.

    A Bastard of a Place restores Milne Bay, Gona, Buna and Sanananda to their rightful place beside Kokoda to what they should collectively be for all Australians sacred ground.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $42.99
    Price: $42.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BATTLE OF LONG TAN
    BATTLE OF LONG TAN
    CAMERON DAVID W
    ISBN: 9780670078271
    Title: BATTLE OF LONG TAN
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, a rubber plantation near Long Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, became the stage for one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War involving Australian troops - and one of the most significant battles during the Vietnam War for the Australian Task Force.

    The Australians had arrived at Nui Dat four months earlier to open up the province. While patrolling five kilometres east of Nui Dat, Delta Company of 6RAR, originally numbering just 105 Australians and three New Zealanders, collided with Viet Cong forces numbering around 2500 troops in the plantation, ahead of a planned Vietnamese ambush.

    The enemy were surprised by their sudden appearances and attacked in force, using mortar, machine gun and small arms fire. Completely surrounded, and short on ammunition, the Australians could only guess at the overwhelming strength of the enemy that was attacking them. Morning light revealed a shattered woodland, trees bleeding latex - and hundreds of dead enemy soldiers who had fallen as part of numerous human-wave 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 from servicemen at all levels of command, critically-acclaimed military historian David Cameron brings to life blow-by-blow 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:

    'A fine work of military and social history.' Weekend Australian

    'We now have a powerfully written and well-illustrated book that focuses on this tragic action.' Sydney Morning Herald

    'A riveting read.' Daily Telegraph



    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • BEE QUEST
    BEE QUEST
    GOULSON DAVE
    ISBN: 9781911214137
    Title: BEE QUEST
    Author: GOULSON DAVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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
  • 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: 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: 9780857055224
    Title: BETWEEN THE WARS 1919-1939
    Author: ZIEGLER PHILIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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