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  • AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    ISBN: 9781784704117
    Title: AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    Author: VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY THE AUTHOR

    A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of failed capitalism. In this startling account of Europe’s economic rise and catastrophic fall, Yanis Varoufakis pinpoints the flaws in the European Union’s design – a design that was thought up after the Second World War, and is responsible for Europe’s fragmentation and the resurgence of racist extremism across the Continent.

    When the financial crisis struck in 2008, the political elite’s response ensured that it would be the weakest citizens of the weakest nations that would pay the price for the bankers’ mistakes.

    Drawing on his personal experience of negotiations with the eurozone’s financiers, and offering concrete policies to reform Europe, Varoufakis shows how we concocted this mess, and points the way out of it. And The Weak Suffer What They Must? reminds us of our history, in order to save European capitalism and democracy from the abyss.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AND YET
    AND YET
    HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781760294953
    Title: AND YET
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Christopher Hitchens was an unparalleled, prolific writer, who raised the polemical essay to a new art form, over a lifetime of thinking and debating the defining issues of our times. As an essayist he contributed to the New Statesman, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, TLS and Vanity Fair. Any publication of a volume of Hitchens' essays was a major event on both sides of the Atlantic. Now comes the last of the last; a volume of Hitchens' previously unpublished essays, covering the themes that define Hitchens the thinker: literature, religion and politics. These essays remind us, once more, of the fierce, brilliant and trenchant voice of Christopher Hitchens.


    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    BRADSHAW JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141980164
    Title: ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    Author: BRADSHAW JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human. In this highly original and hugely enjoyable work, John Bradshaw examines modern humans' often contradictory relationship with the animal world. Why, despite the apparent irrationality of keeping pets, do half of today's American households, and almost that figure in the UK, have at least one pet (triple the rate of the 1970s)? Then again, why do we care for some animals in our homes, and designate others only as a source of food? Through these and many other questions, one of the world's foremost anthrozoology experts shows that our relationship with animals is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA
    ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA
    YOUNGE GARY
    ISBN: 9781783351350
    Title: ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA
    Author: YOUNGE GARY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the much-admired correspondent comes a powerful, moving and important book on the effect of gun crime on children in the US.

    On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily.

    Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    VAIDHYANATHAN SIVA
    ISBN: 9780190841164
    Title: ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    Author: VAIDHYANATHAN SIVA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If you wanted to build a machine that would distribute propaganda to millions of people, distract them from important issues, energise hatred and bigotry, erode social trust, undermine respectable journalism, foster doubts about science, and engage in massive surveillance all at once, you would make something a lot like Facebook. Of course, none of that was part of the plan.

    In Antisocial Media, Siva Vaidhyanathan explains how Facebook devolved from an innocent social site hacked together by Harvard students into a force that, while it may make personal life just a little more pleasurable, makes democracy a lot more challenging. It's an account of the hubris of good intentions, a missionary spirit, and an ideology that sees computer code as the universal solvent for all human problems. And it's an indictment of how "social media" has fostered the deterioration of democratic culture around the world, from facilitating Russian meddling in support of Trump's election to the exploitation of the platform by murderous authoritarians in Burma and the Philippines. Facebook grew out of an ideological commitment to data-driven decision making and logical thinking. Its culture is explicitly tolerant of difference and dissent. Both its market orientation and its labour force are global. It preaches the power of connectivity to change lives for the better. Indeed, no company better represents the dream of a fully connected planet "sharing" words, ideas, and images, and no company has better leveraged those ideas into wealth and influence. Yet no company has contributed more to the global collapse of basic tenets of deliberation and democracy. Both authoritative and trenchant,

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $38.99

    Price: $38.99
  • ANTIFA : The Anti-Fascist Handbook
    ANTIFA : The Anti-Fascist Handbook
    BRAY MARK
    ISBN: 9780522873061
    Title: ANTIFA : The Anti-Fascist Handbook
    Author: BRAY MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    So long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism-also known as oantifa.o Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler in Europe during the 1920s and '30s, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amid opposition to the Trump administration, the rise of the alt-right, and the resurgence of white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.


    Now, in a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a one-of-a-kind look inside the movement, including a detailed survey of antifa's history from its origins to the present day-the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English.


    Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against the alt-right.


    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • APPRENTICE : Trump Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
    APPRENTICE : Trump Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
    MILLER GREG
    ISBN: 9780008325756
    Title: APPRENTICE : Trump Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
    Author: MILLER GREG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    By Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Greg Miller comes an exclusive book uncovering the truth behind the Kremlin's attempt to destroy Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump win the presidency, Trump's steadfast allegiance to Vladimir Putin and Robert Mueller's ensuing investigation of the president and those close to him

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • ARGUABLY : LOVE AND WAR GOD AND MAMMON
    ARGUABLY : LOVE AND WAR GOD AND MAMMON
    HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781742377391
    Title: ARGUABLY : LOVE AND WAR GOD AND MAMMON
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    He raises hackles or receives resounding cheers, he's loved or hated but never ignored. Christopher Hitchens is possibly the most provocative writer of our time, fearless and forthright with no subject off limits. This volume of essays spans a remarkable four decades of writing. From early articles in the New Statesman where he worked alongside writers such as Ian McEwan and Martin Amis, through to his pieces for Salon, The Atlantic and Vanity Fair, these articles display his rare genius, indomitable wit and singular command of language. World figures from Clinton to Mother Teresa, Kissinger to Benazir Bhutto go under his unforgiving microscope. Issues from Vietnam to Iraq, Afghanistan to Iran and literary musings on the leading writers of the last fifty years form the richest tapestry a reader could ask. 'Don't mince words' is the title of one of these pieces. Nor does he, nor has he over the course of a dozen books of which the most recent are the best selling God is not Great and Hitch-22, and hundreds of articles of which the cream of the crop is here.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM : A Guide to Spending Less while Enjoying Everything More
    ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM : A Guide to Spending Less while Enjoying Everything More
    RASER-ROWLAND ANNIE
    ISBN: 9780994392817
    Title: ART OF FRUGAL HEDONISM : A Guide to Spending Less while Enjoying Everything More
    Author: RASER-ROWLAND ANNIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It sounds too good to be true. You can save money and the world, inoculate yourself against many of the ills of modern life, and enjoy everything more on both the sensual and profound levels? Preposterous!

    Yet here is a toolkit to help you do just that. A tweak here, a twiddle there; every strategy in The Art Of Frugal Hedonism has been designed to help you target the most important habits of mind and action needed for living frugally but hedonistically. Apply a couple, and you'll definitely have a few extra dollars in your pocket and enjoy more sunsets. Apply the lot, and you'll wake up one day and realise that you're happier, wealthier, fitter, and more in-lust with life than you'd ever thought possible.

    Imprint: MELLIODORA PUBLISHING
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ASCENT TO POWER 1996 : The Howard Government Volume 1
    ASCENT TO POWER 1996 : The Howard Government Volume 1
    FRAME TOM
    ISBN: 9781742235288
    Title: ASCENT TO POWER 1996 : The Howard Government Volume 1
    Author: FRAME TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    In the first of four volumes on the Howard Government’s nearly 12 years in office, The Ascent to Power covers the 1996 election and the practical challenges of the Coalition’s first year in power, including its handling of the Port Arthur massacre, relationships with the Australian Public Service, management of Senate crossbenchers, and reversing the budget ‘black hole’ and repaying government debt.

    With contributions from John Howard, Liberal and Labor politicians, media commentators, key public servants, and academics, The Ascent to Power takes a critical look at the Howard Government’s rise to power, its performance, successes, shortcomings, and failures, in what Paul Kelly calls the ‘foundational year’.

    Drawing on unpublished documents from John Howard’s papers held at UNSW Canberra, the book will shape future assessments of the Howard Government and help determine its enduring place in Australian history.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle over the Asia Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion
    ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle over the Asia Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion
    HAWKSLEY HUMPHREY
    ISBN: 9780715653456
    Title: ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle over the Asia Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion
    Author: HAWKSLEY HUMPHREY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Few territories are as hotly contested as the western Pacific Ocean. Across the 1.5 million square mile expanse of the East and South China Sea, six countries lay overlapping claims that date back centuries. China, Vietnam, Korea and Indonesia assert their right to trade routes, deploying military garrisons to defend disputed territories while Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines resist their expansion. But no single government can face a superpower such as China alone, and as the country extends its reach, less powerful states look to the US for diplomatic mediation creating an American security umbrella that stretches across the Asia-Pacific nicknamed the American Lake . These conditions produce an unstable cocktail of competing interests and international tensions poised for conflict. BBC foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley has been following this increasingly precarious situation in East Asia for decades. Reporting on years of political developments, he has witnessed China 's rise to become one of the world 's most powerful trade entities, elbowing smaller markets out in the process. In Asian Waters, Hawksley draws on his experience as a veteran journalist to portray the region in all its complexity and delivers a compelling account of where it is heading. Will China continue to rise to power peacefully or will its ambition prompt a new world war' Will Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan create a multi-lateral alliance similar to NATO to pre-empt further encroachment' Asian Waters delves into these topics and more as Hawksley presents the most comprehensive analysis of the region to date.

    Imprint: DUCKWORTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ASIAS RECKONING : The Struggle for Global Dominance
    ASIAS RECKONING : The Struggle for Global Dominance
    MCGREGOR RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780141982854
    Title: ASIAS RECKONING : The Struggle for Global Dominance
    Author: MCGREGOR RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For more than half a century, American power in the Pacific has successfully kept the peace. But it has also cemented the tensions in the toxic rivalry between China and Japan, consumed with endless history wars and entrenched political dynasties. Now, the combination of these forces with Donald Trump's unpredictable impulses and disdain for America's old alliances threatens to upend the region. If the United States helped lay the postwar foundations for modern Asia,Asia's Reckoning will reveal how that structure is now crumbling.

    With unrivalled access to archives in the US and Asia, as well as many of the major players in all three countries, Richard McGregor has written a tale which blends the tectonic shifts in diplomacy with the domestic political trends and personalities driving them. It is a story not only of an overstretched America, but also of the rise and fall and rise of the great powers of Asia. The confrontational course on which China and Japan have increasingly set themselves is no simple spat between neighbours. And the fallout would be a political and economic tsunami.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUSTRALIA AND INDONESIA : Can we be Friends?: Australian Foreign Affairs : Issue 3
    AUSTRALIA AND INDONESIA : Can we be Friends?: Australian Foreign Affairs : Issue 3
    PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760640675
    Title: AUSTRALIA AND INDONESIA : Can we be Friends?: Australian Foreign Affairs : Issue 3
    Author: PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australian Foreign Affairs is published three times a year and seeks to explore – and encourage – debate on Australia’s place in the world and global outlook.

    The third issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the turbulent relationship between Australia and Indonesia, and the missteps and missed opportunities that have prevented the forging of a friendship. It examines Indonesia’s rise, its sharp religious and political divisions, and the opportunities and challenges this presents for Australia.

    Australia and Indonesia is crucial reading for anyone wanting to understand the intricacies of one of Australia’s most important relationships. As Asia’s power balance changes, the two neighbours need to deepen ties now to avoid a wider gulf in the future.

    *Hugh White examines why Australia should embrace the rise of Indonesia, which could be a valuable ally but also a dangerous adversary.
    *Jennifer Rayner analyses Australia’s economic and political challenges as it struggles to keep pace with its northern neighbour.
    *Endy M. Bayuni reports on the Indonesian perspective on Australia and the misperceptions that hinder closer ties.
    *Tim Lindsey explores the growth of conservative Islam in Indonesia, reflecting on what this means for Australia and the world.
    *Julia Wallace discusses Myanmar and the Rohingya crisis.
    *Richard McGregor examines China’s authoritarian revival.

    PLUS Correspondence from Tim Costello, Jim Molan, Peter Jennings, Chengxin Pan and more.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    FAHEY JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760631208
    Title: AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    Author: FAHEY JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia was born with its eyes wide open. Although politicians spoke publicly of loyalty to Britain and the empire, in secret they immediately set about protecting Australia's interests from the Germans, the Japanese - and from Britain itself.

    As an experienced intelligence officer, John Fahey knows how the security services disguise their activities within government files. He has combed the archives to compile the first account of Australia's intelligence operations in the years from Federation to the end of World War II.

    He tells the stories of dedicated patriots who undertook dangerous operations to protect their new nation, despite a lack of training and support. He shows how the early adoption of advanced radio technology by Australia contributed to the war effort in Europe. He also exposes the bureaucratic mismanagement in World War II that cost many lives, and the leaks that compromised Australia's standing with its wartime allies so badly that Australia was nearly expelled from the Anglo-Saxon intelligence network.

    Australia's First Spies shows Australia always has been a far savvier operator in international affairs than much of the historical record suggests, and it offers a glimpse into the secret history of the nation.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BAD BLOOD : Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
    BAD BLOOD : Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
    CARREYROU JOHN
    ISBN: 9781509868070
    Title: BAD BLOOD : Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
    Author: CARREYROU JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The shocking true story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a gripping cautionary tale set amid the bold promises and gold-rush frenzy of Silicon Valley.

    In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup 'unicorn' promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: the technology didn't work. For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working at the Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both Carreyrou and the Journal were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the newspaper ran the first of dozens of Theranos' articles in late 2015. By early 2017, the company's value was zero and Holmes faced potential legal action from the government and her investors.

    In Bad Blood John Carreyrou tells the story of Theranos, and encourages us to consider the possible repercussions of our blind faith in a small group of brilliant individuals. Now to be adapted into a film, with Jennifer Lawrence to star.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BAD FEMINIST  -  ESSAYS
    BAD FEMINIST - ESSAYS
    GAY ROXANE
    ISBN: 9781472119735
    Title: BAD FEMINIST - ESSAYS
    Author: GAY ROXANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bad Feminist is collection of frank, funny, whip-smart and spot-on essays from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

    In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

    Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

    Imprint: CORSAIR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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