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  • BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781760640279
    Title: BIG PICTURE : Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1
    Author: PEARLMAN JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘We need to determine a foreign policy of our own – one that looks after Australia’s interest in the new order; an order which will have China as its centre of gravity.’ –Paul Keating

    Australia’s top thinkers on foreign affairs address the most significant foreign affairs dynamics affecting Australia today, including the rise of China and the election of Donald Trump. The world is changing, and so is Australia’s place in it. What do we need to know? What do we need to think about?

    Paul Keating discusses changes occurring in the United States, Europe and Asia and how Australia should respond.

    Allan Gyngell looks at the collapse of long-held beliefs underlying Australian foreign policy and the need to prepare for growing uncertainty.

    George Megalogenis analyses Australia’s changing demographics and the rapid increase in migrants from China and India – a development that comes with both challenges and benefits.

    Linda Jakobson examines China’s evolving reach and ambitions under Xi Jinping and what this could mean for Australia and the region.

    The Big Picture is an essential exploration of Australia’s position in the world today.

    ‘There has never been a more critical time for Australia to contemplate its place in the world. My intention is that Australian Foreign Affairs will serve as a forum for our most adventurous and deepest strategic thinkers to interrogate foreign policy’ —Morry Schwartz, Publisher, Australian Foreign Affairs

    ‘Australia is increasingly affected by events beyond its borders, especially as global power and wealth shifts towards Asia. The challenges facing Australia and the region are varied and complex, but they are also fascinating. There is a strong need and appetite for a publication that explores these challenges and debates the ways Australia should respond.’ —Jonathan Pearlman, Editor, Australian Foreign Affairs

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    LEWIS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780141043531
    Title: BIG SHORT : INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
    Author: LEWIS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In the hands of Michael Lewis, anything is possible . . . if you want to know how a nation lost it financial mind - and have a good laugh finding out - this is the book to read' SUNDAY TIMES

    From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, The Big Short tells the outrageous story of the misfits, renegades and visionaries who saw that the biggest credit bubble of all time was about to burst, bet against the banking system - and made a killing.

    'Magnificent . . . a perfect storm of brilliant writer meeting big subject' GUARDIAN

    'He is so good everyone else may as well pack-up' EVENING STANDARD

    'A triumph . . . riveting . . . The Big Short reads like a thriller' THE TIMES

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BLOOD AND SILK :  Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    BLOOD AND SILK : Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    VATIKIOTIS MICHAEL R J
    ISBN: 9781474602013
    Title: BLOOD AND SILK : Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    Author: VATIKIOTIS MICHAEL R J
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a first-hand account of what it's like to sit at the table with deadly Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between violent clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political violence in Indonesia - all in an effort to negotiate peace, and understand the reasons behind endemic violence.

    Peering beyond brand new shopping malls and shiny glass towers in Bangkok and Jakarta, Michael Vatikiotis probes the heart of modern Southeast Asia. Why are the region's richest countries such as Malaysia riddled with corruption? Why do Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines harbour unresolved violent insurgencies? How do deepening religious divisions in Indonesia and Malaysia and China's growing influence affect the region and the rest of the world?

    Vatikiotis tells the story of modern Southeast Asia using vivid portraits of the personalities who pull the strings, mixed with revealing analysis that is underpinned by decades of experience in the countries involved, from their silk-sheathed salons to blood-spattered streets. The result is a fascinating study of the dynamics of power and conflict in one of the world's fasting growing regions.

    Imprint: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BLOOD RANSOM : STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINE IN THE WAR AGAINST SOMALI PIRACY
    BLOOD RANSOM : STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINE IN THE WAR AGAINST SOMALI PIRACY
    BOYLE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781472920041
    Title: BLOOD RANSOM : STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINE IN THE WAR AGAINST SOMALI PIRACY
    Author: BOYLE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2015 NEW RELEASE

    The first book to look at the issue of modern-day piracy from every angle, and to hear the voices from every side of the war - from pirate to president, from hostage to those fighting the battle.
    For the first time in history, the navies of every superpower on the planet have united against a common enemy - a couple of thousand rag tag underfed men and boys. Crammed together in tiny open boats, they range up to a thousand miles from their home shores. Armed with ancient AK47s and rocket propelled grenades, they scour the western Indian Ocean. No-one knows how many simply die at sea. But occasionally these modern-day pirates hit the jackpot, seizing vessels and crews that will be ransomed for millions of dollars. This is a war that's estimated to cost the world economy $18 billion every year, and has so far seemed impossible to win.

    John Boyle is a lawyer turned filmmaker. Whilst filming for National Geographic on the war against the Somali pirates, he found himself meeting victims on every side, and being drawn into the incredibly complex situation. The phenomenon of modern-day piracy has horrified the world; the Somalis being demonised and released hostages gaining near celebrity status. But few people have any understanding of the overall picture, and in this book John takes us with him on his investigation, giving us a unique insight into the ongoing war.

    John builds up the story using his experiences on the ground and interviews with key figures, including prosecution and defence lawyers, a prison governor, pirates serving life sentences, freed hostages, and a skipper of a Maersk containership identical to that captured in the Captain Philips film. Each chapter strips back the well-known issues to the gritty realities underneath them: Somalia's recent history; why young men and boys are choosing to risk their lives and freedom at sea; the reality of being a modern-day pirate; the tactics and technologies being used by the international navies and shipping vessels; capture and trial; and what happens next.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BOB ELLIS : IN HIS OWN WORDS
    BOB ELLIS : IN HIS OWN WORDS
    ELLIS BOB
    ISBN: 9781863958912
    Title: BOB ELLIS : IN HIS OWN WORDS
    Author: ELLIS BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bob Ellis: In His Own Words is a selection of the best of Ellis's much-loved and celebrated essays, speeches, diaries and reviews, in addition to previously unpublished work, archival photos, and reflections from close friends and family. Compiled in collaboration with Ellis's widow, Anne Brooksbank, this collection contains all the wit, acuity and outspokenness that we came to expect from this inimitable wordsmith.

    Bob Ellis: In His Own Words - a keepsake for long-time Ellis fans that will also win him new admirers - honours Ellis's illustrious and prodigious writing legacy.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    HARDY DAVID
    ISBN: 9780992584504
    Title: BOLD : STORIES FROM OLDER LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER AND INTERSEX PEOPLE
    Author: HARDY DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    More than 50 older LGBTI people share their stories and images - of first love and family, of struggle and defiance and resistance and pride.

    They include prominent Australian activists including Bob Brown, Sally Goldner and the Hon. Michael Kirby. Many of the stories are by ordinary and extraordinary people who may be Indigenous, born overseas, or live in cities or small towns across Australia, New Zealand, UK, US and Ireland. David Hardy presents diverse stories to unsilence lives and put them in print. They add to the history of the LGBTI movement by adding in the power of the personal; life stories that make their mark.

    'I hope this book helps people understand who LGBTI people are and who we are not, ' says David. 'We are not invisible. This collection of stories celebrates the myriad ways we identify as LGBTI people. I hope these stories will stir and agitate, comfort and caress, and make you mad and cry and laugh out loud.'

    Imprint: CONSIGNMENT STOCK
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • BOOMERANG : THE BIGGEST BUST
    BOOMERANG : THE BIGGEST BUST
    LEWIS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780241955024
    Title: BOOMERANG : THE BIGGEST BUST
    Author: LEWIS MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • BORN TO RULE  -  Updated Edition
    BORN TO RULE - Updated Edition
    MANNING PADDY
    ISBN: 9780522870787
    Title: BORN TO RULE - Updated Edition
    Author: MANNING PADDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS



    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUILDING THE SKYLINE : THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTANS SKYLINE
    BUILDING THE SKYLINE : THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTANS SKYLINE
    BARR JASON
    ISBN: 9780199344369
    Title: BUILDING THE SKYLINE : THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTANS SKYLINE
    Author: BARR JASON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jason Barr chronicles the economic history of the Manhattan skyline. Part I lays out the historical background that established Manhattan's real estate trajectory. Part II focuses specifically on the economic history of skyscrapers and the skyline, investigating the reasons for their heights, frequencies, locations, and shapes.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $62.99

    Price: $62.99
  • BURN OUT : The Endgame for Fossil Fuels
    BURN OUT : The Endgame for Fossil Fuels
    HELM DIETER
    ISBN: 9780300225624
    Title: BURN OUT : The Endgame for Fossil Fuels
    Author: HELM DIETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Low oil prices are sending shockwaves through the global economy, and longtime industry observer Dieter Helm explains how this and other shifts are the harbingers of a coming energy revolution and how the fossil fuel age will come to an end.

    Surveying recent surges in technological innovations, Helm's provocative new book documents how the global move toward the internet-of-things will inexorably reduce the demand for oil, gas, and renewables-and prove more effective than current efforts to avert climate change. Oil companies and energy utilities must begin to adapt their existing business models or face future irrelevancy. Oil-exporting nations, particularly in the Middle East, will be negatively impacted, whereas the United States and European countries that are investing in new technologies may find themselves leaders in the geopolitical game.

    Timely and controversial, this book concludes by offering advice on what governments and businesses can and should do now to prepare for a radically different energy future.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    PIKETTY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780674979857
    Title: CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
    Author: PIKETTY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
    Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again.
    A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.


    Imprint: BELKNAP PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    ROY ARUNDHATI
    ISBN: 9781784780944
    Title: CAPITALISM : A GHOST STORY
    Author: ROY ARUNDHATI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An impassioned manifesto from the author of Booker-winner God of Small Things, one of the most vocal campaigners in the world.

    In Capitalism: A Ghost Story, best-selling writer Arundhati Roy examines the dark side of Indian democracy-a nation of 1.2 billion, where the country's 100 richest people own assets worth one quarter of India's gross domestic product. Ferocious and clear-sighted, this is a searing portrait of a nation haunted by ghosts: the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt; the hundreds of millions who live on less than two dollars a day. It is the story of how the largest democracy in the world, with over 800 million voting in the last election, answers to the demands of globalized capitalism, subjecting millions of people to inequality and exploitation. Roy shows how the mega-corporations, modern robber barons plundering India's natural resources, use brute force, as well as a wide range of NGOs and foundations, to sway government and policy making in India.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    MILLIGAN LOUISE
    ISBN: 9780522871340
    Title: CARDINAL : The Rise and Fall of George Pell
    Author: MILLIGAN LOUISE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    George Pell is the most recognisable face of the Australian Catholic Church. He was the Ballarat boy with the film-star looks who studied at Oxford and rose through the ranks to become the Vatican's indispensable 'Treasurer'. As an outspoken defender of church orthodoxy, 'Big George's' ascendancy within the clergy was remarkable and seemingly unstoppable.

    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has brought to light horrific stories about sexual abuse of the most vulnerable and provoked public anger at the extent of the cover-up. George Pell has always portrayed himself as the first man in the Church to tackle the problem. But questions about what the Cardinal knew, and when, have persisted.

    The nation's most prominent Catholic is now the subject of a police investigation into allegations spanning decades that he too abused children. Louise Milligan is the only Australian journalist who has been privy to the most intimate stories of complainants.

    She pieces together a series of disturbing pictures of the Cardinal's knowledge and his actions, many of which are being told here for the first time.

    Conspiracy or cover-up? Cardinal uncovers uncomfortable truths about a culture of sexual entitlement, abuse of trust and how ambition can silence evil.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT
    CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT
    LICHTMAN ALLAN J
    ISBN: 9780008257408
    Title: CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT
    Author: LICHTMAN ALLAN J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Professor Allan J. Lichtman, who has correctly forecasted thirty years of presidential elections, makes the case for impeaching the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump

    Impeachment will “proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust,” and “they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”- Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, 1788

    Professor Allan J. Lichtman, who has correctly forecasted thirty years of presidential elections, makes the case for impeaching the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. TrumpIn the fall of 2016, Distinguished Professor of History at American University Allan Lichtman made headlines when he predicted that Donald J. Trump would defeat Democrat, Hillary Clinton, to win the presidential election.

    Now, in clear, nonpartisan terms, Lichtman lays out the reasons Congress could remove Trump from the Oval Office: his ties to Russia before and after the election, the complicated financial conflicts of interest at home and abroad, and his abuse of executive authority.

    The Case for Impeachment also offers a fascinating look at presidential impeachments throughout American history, including the often-overlooked story of Andrew Johnson's impeachment, details about Richard Nixon's resignation, and Bill Clinton's hearings. Lichtman shows how Trump exhibits many of the flaws (and more) that have doomed past presidents. As the Nixon Administration dismissed the reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as ‘character assassination' and ‘a vicious abuse of the journalistic process,' Trump has attacked the ‘dishonest media,' claiming, ‘the press should be ashamed of themselves.'Historians, legal scholars, and politicians alike agree: we are in politically uncharted waters. The durability of institutions is being undermined and the public's confidence in them is eroding, threatening American democracy itself.The world wants to know where the United States is headed. Lichtman argues, with clarity and power, that for Donald Trump's presidency, smoke has become fire.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CATCH AND KILL : THE POLITICS OF POWER
    CATCH AND KILL : THE POLITICS OF POWER
    DEANE JOEL
    ISBN: 9780702249808
    Title: CATCH AND KILL : THE POLITICS OF POWER
    Author: DEANE JOEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Power is the only measure of a politician that matters. How they win power. How they wield power. How they lose power.

    Catch and Kill is an inside account of the beguiling and nomadic nature of the unholy trinity of politics - the winning, the wielding, the losing. Taking us into the inner sanctum of state and national politics, Joel Deane investigates how four friends - Steve Bracks, John Brumby, John Thwaites and Rob Hulls - beat the factions, won office in Victoria, achieved progressive reforms, then tried to hijack Canberra. 'We were,' Bracks says, 'a government that could catch and kill its own.'

    Drawing on dozens of interviews with key figures, Deane provides a candid insight into the triumphs and failures of the Bracks - Brumby government, as well as those of its federal and state counterparts. He also shines a light on the personalities behind these decisions - their ambitions, their passions and their disappointments.

    A gripping work of narrative non-fiction, Catch and Kill delivers a slice of political gothic, taking readers inside the heart of the contemporary Labor Party in search of the nature of power.



    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $32.95
    Price: $32.95
  • CHANGING JOBS : The Fair Go in the New Machine Age
    CHANGING JOBS : The Fair Go in the New Machine Age
    CHALMERS JIM / QUIGLEY MIKE
    ISBN: 9781863959445
    Title: CHANGING JOBS : The Fair Go in the New Machine Age
    Author: CHALMERS JIM / QUIGLEY MIKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For many Australians, rapid progress in artificial intelligence, robotics and automation is a growing anxiety. What will it mean for jobs? What will it mean for their kids’ futures? More broadly, what will it mean for equality in this country?

    Jim Chalmers and Mike Quigley believe that bursts in technology need not result in bursts of inequality, that we can combine technological change with the fair go. But first we need to understand what’s happening to work, and what’s likely to happen.

    This is a timely, informative and authoritative book about the changing face of work, and how best to approach it – at both a personal and a political level.

    Publisher’s note: ‘Jim and Mike have written an essential guide to the future of work in Australia as the wave of automation rolls in. Their crisp book combines expertise with a sense of social justice, a rare and useful mix.’

    Imprint: REDBACK
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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