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  • BENDING ADVERSITY : Japan And The Art Of Survival- Second Edition
    BENDING ADVERSITY : Japan And The Art Of Survival- Second Edition
    PILLING DAVID
    ISBN: 9780141990538
    Title: BENDING ADVERSITY : Japan And The Art Of Survival- Second Edition
    Author: PILLING DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Updated with a new chapter.

    Despite years of stagnation, Japan remains one of the world's largest economies and a country which exerts a remarkable cultural fascination. David Pilling's new book is an entertaining, deeply knowledgeable and surprising analysis of a group of islands which have shown great resilience, both in the face of financial distress and when confronted with the overwhelming disaster of the 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami. Bending Adversity is a superb work of reportage and the essential book even for those who already feel they know the country well.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History
    BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History
    DAVIES NORMAN
    ISBN: 9780141976983
    Title: BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History
    Author: DAVIES NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After decades of writing about European history, Norman Davies embarked upon an extended journey that took him round the world. He aimed to test his powers of observation, but equally to encounter history in a new way. Beneath Another Sky is partly a historian's travelogue, partly a highly engaging exploration of events and personalities that have fashioned today's world.

    Davies's circumnavigation takes him to Baku, the Emirates, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tasmania, Tahiti, Texas, Madeira and many places in between. At every stop, he not only describes the current scene but also excavates the layers of accumulated experience that underpin the present. He tramps round ancient temples, delves into the fate of indigenous peoples, uncovers the Nazi origins of Frankfurt airport and lectures on imperialism in a desert oasis. 'Everything has its history', he writes, 'including the history of finding one's way or of getting lost.' As always, Norman Davies watches the historical horizon as well as what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • BERLIN WALL : 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989
    BERLIN WALL : 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989
    TAYLOR FREDERICK
    ISBN: 9781526614278
    Title: BERLIN WALL : 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989
    Author: TAYLOR FREDERICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The astonishing drama of Cold War nuclear poker that divided humanity - reissued with a new Postscript to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the wall.
    During the night of 12 13 August 1961, a barbed-wire entanglement was hastily constructed through the heart of Berlin. It metamorphosed into a structure that would come to symbolise the insanity of the Cold War- the Berlin Wall. Frederick Taylor tells the story of the post-war political conflict that led to a divided Berlin and unleashed an East West crisis, which lasted until the very people the Wall had been built to imprison breached it on 9 November 1989.
    Weaving together history, original archive research and personal stories, The Berlin Wall, now published in fifteen languages, is the definitive account of a divided city and its people in a time when humanity seemed to stand permanently on the edge of destruction.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • BERT EDWARDS : King of the West End
    BERT EDWARDS : King of the West End
    SUMERLING PATRICIA
    ISBN: 9781743056776
    Title: BERT EDWARDS : King of the West End
    Author: SUMERLING PATRICIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Albert Augustine Edwards, usually referred to as 'Bert', was one of Adelaide's most flamboyant characters. Reputedly the illegitimate son of Charles Cameron Kingston, premier of South Australia, he was born in obscurity in the slums of Adelaide's West End in 1888.

    A self-made man, Bert was a city councillor, parliamentarian, and philanthropist, a friend of the poor and scourge of the establishment. He had connections and influence everywhere - in the markets, pubs, sporting clubs, churches and prisons - and soon enough he became known as the 'King of the West End'. Flash in dress and loud in manner, he brooked no opposition.

    Bert's future looked rosy, until 1924, when the Labor Party took office and his enemies began to stack up quickly. It all came crashing down in 1931. In a sex scandal engineered against him, Bert was imprisoned for nearly two-and-a half years for gross indecency with an underage male.

    And they say Adelaide was dull!

    Here, dark and bright, is Bert Edwards in the full biography that his colourful life deserves.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • BETRAYL IN BERLIN
    BETRAYL IN BERLIN
    VOGEL STEVE
    ISBN: 9781473647510
    Title: BETRAYL IN BERLIN
    Author: VOGEL STEVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2020 New Release

    'Riveting and vivid ... At the heart of the book is Blake's own remarkable story, which Vogel tells with some sympathy, if not approval. It reads like a Hollywood screenplay' Foreign Affairs

    'A fascinating account of Blake's career as a spy ... Blake's story has been told before, as has the tunnel's, but Steve Vogel pulls them together accessibly and comprehensibly, along with the wider political context and entertaining detail about personalities of the period' Spectator

    'Excellent... although there are other books on Blake, Mr. Vogel's handling of his tale is original and rewarding... meticulously researched and full of vivid detail' Wall Street Journal

    'A spy thriller that kept me up all night. Magnificent story-telling' Peter Snow

    A true Cold War espionage thriller set around the ultra-secret Berlin Tunnel - where British officer George Blake must run a high-stakes double cross to maintain his cover.

    The ultra-secret "Berlin Tunnel" was dug in the mid-1950s from the American sector in southwest Berlin and ran nearly a quarter-mile into the Soviet sector, allowing the CIA and the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) to tap into critical KGB and Soviet military underground telecommunication lines.

    George Blake, a trusted officer working in a highly sensitive job with SIS, was privy to every aspect of the plan. Over the course of eleven months from May 1955 to April 1956, when the Soviets discovered the tunnel, "Operation Gold" provided seemingly invaluable intelligence about Soviet capabilities and intentions. The tunnel was celebrated as an astonishing CIA coup upon its disclosure, and the agency basked in its new reputation as a bold and capable intelligence agency that had, for once, outwitted the KGB. But in 1961, a Polish defector shocked the CIA and SIS by revealing that Blake was a double agent who had disclosed plans for the tunnel to the KGB before it was even built. Blake was arrested and sentenced in 1961 to 42 years in prison, the longest term ever imposed under modern English law. In the years since, the tunnel has been labelled a failure, based on the assumption that the Soviets would never have allowed any information of importance to be transmitted through the tapped lines. Not so.

    In a work of remarkable investigative reporting, Steve Vogel now reveals that the information picked up by the CIA and SIS was more valuable than even they believed. But why would the Soviets, knowing full well that the tunnel existed, have let slip many of their most valuable secrets? Or did they actually know?

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    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
  • BEYOND THE KNOWN: HOW EXPLORATION CREATED THE MODERN WORLD AND WILL TAKE US TO THE STARS
    BEYOND THE KNOWN: HOW EXPLORATION CREATED THE MODERN WORLD AND WILL TAKE US TO THE STARS
    RADER ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781471186486
    Title: BEYOND THE KNOWN: HOW EXPLORATION CREATED THE MODERN WORLD AND WILL TAKE US TO THE STARS
    Author: RADER ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2019 New Release

    Brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader provides a stunning history of human exploration and assesses where our desire to explore could take us next.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BIG WEEK : The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
    BIG WEEK : The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
    HOLLAND JAMES
    ISBN: 9780552173506
    Title: BIG WEEK : The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
    Author: HOLLAND JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'James Holland is a master' BBC HistoryIt was to be the battle to end the air war once and for all.During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces launched their first-ever round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. The aim was to smash the main factories and production centres of the Luftwaffe and at the same time draw the German fighter force up into the air and into battle. Big Week is the knife-edge story of bomber against flak gun and fighter, but also, crucially, fighter against fighter. Following the fortunes of pilots and aircrew from both sides, this is a blistering narrative of one of the most critical periods of the entire war. Big Week was the largest air battle ever witnessed, but it has been largely forgotten - until now.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BIRD MIGRATION
    BIRD MIGRATION
    NEWTON IAN
    ISBN: 9780008398545
    Title: BIRD MIGRATION
    Author: NEWTON IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    The phenomenon of bird migration has fascinated people from time immemorial. The arrivals and departures of different species marked the seasons, heralding spring and autumn, and providing a reliable calendar long before anything better became available.

    Migration is shown by many kinds of animals, including butterflies and other insects, mammals, marine turtles and fish, but in none is it as extensively developed as in birds. The collective travel routes of birds span almost the entire globe, with some extreme return journeys covering more than 30,000 km. As a result of migration, bird distributions are continually changing – in regular seasonal patterns, and on local, regional or global scales.

    Migration has repeatedly prompted familiar questions, such as where birds go or come from, why do they do it, how do they know when and where to travel, and how do they find their way? In this seminal new book, Ian Newton sets out to answer these – and other – questions.

    The book is divided into four main sections: the first is introductory, describing the different types of bird movements, methods of study, and the main migration patterns seen around the British Isles; the second part is concerned mainly with the process of migration – with timing, energy needs, weather effects and navigation; the third with evolution and change in migratory behaviour; and the fourth with the geographical and ecological aspects of bird movements.

    Imprint: William Collins
    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: TRADE 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: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BIRDS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
    BIRDS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
    MYNOTT JEREMY
    ISBN: 9780198713654
    Title: BIRDS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
    Author: MYNOTT JEREMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Birds pervaded the ancient world, impressing their physical presence on the daily experience and imaginations of ordinary people and figuring prominently in literature and art. They provided a fertile source of symbols and stories in myths and folklore and were central to the ancient rituals of augury and divination. Jeremy Mynott's Birds in the Ancient World illustrates the many different roles birds played in culture: as indicators of time, weather and the seasons; as a resource for hunting, eating, medicine and farming; as domestic pets and entertainments; and as omens and intermediaries between the gods and humankind.We learn how birds were perceived - through quotations from well over a hundred classical Greek and Roman authors, all of them translated freshly into English, through nearly 100 illustrations from ancient wall-paintings, pottery and mosaics, and through selections from early scientific writings, and many anecdotes and descriptions from works of history, geography and travel.Jeremy Mynott acts as a stimulating guide to this rich and fascinating material, using birds as a prism through which to explore both the similarities and the often surprising differences between ancient conceptions of the natural world and our own. His book is an original contribution to the flourishing interest in the cultural history of birds and to our understanding of the ancient cultures in which birds played such a prominent part.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $61.95

    Price: $61.95
  • BITE SIZED HISTORY OF FRANCE : Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment
    BITE SIZED HISTORY OF FRANCE : Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment
    HENAUT / MITCHELL
    ISBN: 9781620975473
    Title: BITE SIZED HISTORY OF FRANCE : Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment
    Author: HENAUT / MITCHELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A Bite-Sized History of France is a thoroughly original book that explores the facts and legends of the most popular French foods and wines. Traversing the cuisines of France’s most famous cities as well as its under-explored regions, the book is enriched by the 'authors’ friendly accessibility that makes these stories so memorable” (The New York Times Book Review). This innovative social history also explores the impact of war and imperialism, the age-old tension between tradition and innovation, and the enduring use of food to prop up social and political identities.

    The origins of the most legendary French foods and wines — from Roquefort and cognac to croissants and Calvados, from absinthe and oysters to Camembert and champagne — also reveal the social and political trends that propelled France’s rise upon the world stage.

    Imprint: The New Press
    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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 FLAGS BLUE WATERS : The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
    BLACK FLAGS BLUE WATERS : The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
    DOLIN ERIC JAY
    ISBN: 9781631496226
    Title: BLACK FLAGS BLUE WATERS : The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
    Author: DOLIN ERIC JAY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters is “rumbustious enough for the adventure-hungry” (Peter Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle).

    Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age” - spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s - when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. “Deftly blending scholarship and drama” (Richard Zacks), best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them the towering Blackbeard, the ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Black Flags, Blue Waters is a “tour de force history” (Michael Pierce, Midwestern Rewind) of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life. 100 illustrations; 8 pages of color illustrations

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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