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  • 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
  • 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: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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: $38.95

    Price: $38.95
  • 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
  • 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: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE


    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: AUGUST 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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 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
  • BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    PAPE SCOTT
    ISBN: 9780730324218
    Title: BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    Author: PAPE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If you’re like most of us, you spend your whole damn life working for everyone else: the bank, your spouse, or your kids – it’s rare that you carve out some time to stop and focus on the vitally important questions. You know, the one’s that are critical, but not urgent, like:Why am I still in this job? Wasn’t this supposed to be a stepping-stone? Why do some people seem to be doing better financially than me? Will I end up eating home-brand bangers and watching Family Feud in retirement?Am I on the right path?

    Together we’re going to answer these questions. I’ll give you a step-by-step plan that will clear away the cobwebs of doubt and give you clarity and confidence. But to get the most out of it, you need to do your part: sit uninterrupted in an easy chair, with a biro, a cuppa and a Tim Tam or two.To be truly happy you must be in control of your financial life – or lack of money will control you forever. So in this book, I’m going to step out my plan -- a plan that’s allowed me to tread my own path, and will allow you to do so too.

    Over the years I’ve successfully taught this plan to thousands of people, from elite athletes to single mums on Centrelink. I’m confident it will work the same for you as it did for for them.I understand how busy life is. The average visitor to my website stays for around 2.38 minutes (or so my web geek tells me)... and I’m asking you to spend an afternoon with me?!

    So at the start of this journey together, I want to honour your commitment, and that’s why I’ll make this promise to you:You will be able to buy everything you need, while achieving your number one goal: whether that be dumping your debts, radically paying off your dream home, or retiring with dignity. You’ll achieve it without using a strict budget, or living like your poor old Aunty Mavis. Above all, I’ll give you the freedom to tread your own path.Sounds like bulldust, right?

    All I ask is that you keep an open mind. Read this book in your comfy chair, enjoy the bikkies, and follow all the instructions.Trust me on this: as you begin to see the plan working, your confidence will soar.

    Imprint: WRIGHT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    ISBN: 9780522869712
    Title: BATTLEGROUND : WHY THE LIBERAL PARTY SHIRTFRONTED TONY ABBOTT
    Author: ERRINGTON WAYNE / VAN ONSELEN PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Tony Abbott came to the prime ministership lauded as the most effective leader of the opposition since Whitlam. Why then did he fail to succeed in the job to which he had aspired for decades??Frontbenchers leaked about cabinet processes to the media while backbenchers complained about the lack of access to their leader.?


    Abbott's long apprenticeship in religion, journalism and political life prepared him for neither the mundane business of managing people nor the commanding heights of national leadership. Public?goodwill evaporated after a tough first budget. Inside the Liberal Party individual ambitions and a succession of poor polls fuelled increasing concern that the next election was unwinnable.


    Battleground chronicles the paradox of the Abbott prime ministership: steadfast loyalty when pragmatism was required; social values at odds with community attitudes; stubbornness when tactics and strategy were essential. All would bring him undone.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEAN COUNTERS : The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism
    BEAN COUNTERS : The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism
    BROOKS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781786490292
    Title: BEAN COUNTERS : The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism
    Author: BROOKS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Behind the boring image, the world's accountants are running the world for their own benefit

    The world's 'Big 4' accountancy firms - PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG - have become a gilded elite. Up in the high six figures, an average partner salary rivals that of a premier league footballer. But how has the seemingly humdrum profession of accountancy got to this level? And what is the price we pay for their triumph? Leading investigative journalist and former senior tax inspector Richard Brooks offers a ground-breaking expose of the accountancy industry and its secret rise to vast global influence. Charting the profession's history from humble agrarian beginnings to its underappreciated role in the financial crash of 2008, Brooks explores how the industry hides behind its 'boring' image to ruthlessly exploit the financial system which depends on it. From underpinning global tax avoidance to corrupting world football, Beancounters reveals how the accountants use their central role in the economy to sell management consultancy services that send billions in other work its way - transforming the industry from one that ensures financial probity to one that reinvents the rules for its own benefit.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    MARTINEZ OSCAR
    ISBN: 9781781682975
    Title: BEAST : RIDING THE RAILS AND DODGING NARCOS ON THE MIGRANT TRAIL
    Author: MARTINEZ OSCAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One day a couple of years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote, dusty border towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. Over half of them were never heard from again.

    Oscar Martinez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar at the time of the abduction, and his story of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he tells after spending two years traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America to the US border.

    More than a quarter of a million Central Americans make this increasingly dangerous journey each year, and last year 18,000 of them were kidnapped. Martinez writes in beautiful, lyrical prose about clinging to the tops of freight trains; finding respite, work and hardship in shelters and brothels; and riding shotgun with the border patrol. Here is the first book to illuminate this harsh mass migration in the age of the narcotraficantes.

    'The Beast is extraordinary, first, for the courage that Martinez summoned to write it; and, second, for the hidden lives he reveals. No other writer has got this close to a migration that Amnesty International estimates left 70,000 unaccounted for between 2006 and 2012. Read together, the vivid personal stories told here have the force of a novel' Financial Times

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    WOLF NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780099595748
    Title: BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    Author: WOLF NAOMI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. This book exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 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
  • BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    AWAD AMAL
    ISBN: 9780143782612
    Title: BEYOND VEILED CLICHES : The Real Lives of Arab Women
    Author: AWAD AMAL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    As someone who has a foot in both the Western and Arabic worlds, Amal set out to explore the lives of Arab women, in Australia and the Middle East, travelling to the region and interviewing more than sixty women about feminism, intimacy, love, sex and shame, trauma, war, religion and culture.

    Beyond Veiled Cliches explores the similarities and differences experienced by these women in their daily lives - work, relationships, home and family life, friendships, the communities they live in, and more. Arab-Australian women are at the intersection - between Western ideals and Arab tradition. It can get messy, but there is also great beauty in the layers.

    In a time of racial tension and rising global fear around terrorism, there is a renewed fear of 'the other'. At its heart this fascinating book normalises people and their experiences. The breadth, variety and beauty of what Amal has discovered will enthral and surprise you.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    KELLS STUART
    ISBN: 9781863959964
    Title: BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    Author: KELLS STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Across the globe, the so-called Big Four accounting and audit firms – Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG – are massively influential. Together, they earn more than US$100 billion annually and employ almost one million people. In many profound ways, they have changed how we work, how we manage, how we invest and how we are governed.

    Stretching back centuries, their history is a fascinating story of wealth, power and luck. But today, the Big Four face an uncertain future – thanks to their push into China; their vulnerability to digital disruption and competition; and the hazards of providing traditional services in a new era of transparency.

    Both colourful and authoritative, this account of the past, present and likely future of the Big Four is essential reading for anyone perplexed or fascinated by professional services, working in the industry, or contemplating joining a professional services firm.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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