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  • CHASING THE SCREAM : THE FIRST AND LAST DAYS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS
    CHASING THE SCREAM : THE FIRST AND LAST DAYS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS
    HARI JOHANN
    ISBN: 9781408857823
    Title: CHASING THE SCREAM : THE FIRST AND LAST DAYS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS
    Author: HARI JOHANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This shocking account of the War on Drugs and the alternatives to it is 'superb journalism and thrilling story-telling' - Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

    It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three- year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs to uncover its secrets - and he found that there is a startling gap between what we have been told and what is really going on. As strange as it may seem at first, drugs are not what we have been told they are; addiction is not what we think it is; and the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens.

    In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his startling discoveries entirely through the true and shocking stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari's discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade - while it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results.

    Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war - in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This book will challenge and change how you think about the most controversial - and consequential - question of our time.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHAVS : THE DEMONIZATION OF THE WORKING CLASS
    CHAVS : THE DEMONIZATION OF THE WORKING CLASS
    JONES OWEN
    ISBN: 9781784783778
    Title: CHAVS : THE DEMONIZATION OF THE WORKING CLASS
    Author: JONES OWEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    New edition of the bestselling investigation into the myth and reality of working-class life in contemporary Britain.


    When this book was first published in 2011 it opened up the discussion on class in Britain. Then, in the public debate after the riots that happened in the summer of that year, Owen Jones' thesis was proved right - the working class were the scapegoats for everything that was wrong with Britain.

    This new edition includes a new chapter, reflecting on the overwhelming response to the book and the situation in Britain today.

    'A passionate and well-documented denunciation of the upper-class contempt for the proles that has recently become so visible in the British class system.' Eric Hobsbawm, Guardian

    'A bold attempt to rewind political orthodoxies; to reintroduce class as a political variable ... It moves in and out of postwar British history with great agility, weaving together complex questions of class, culture and identity with a lightness of touch. Jones torches the political class to great effect.' Jon Cruddas, Independent

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHINAS NEXT STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE : From Imitation to Innovation
    CHINAS NEXT STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE : From Imitation to Innovation
    YIP GEORGE S
    ISBN: 9780262534758
    Title: CHINAS NEXT STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE : From Imitation to Innovation
    Author: YIP GEORGE S
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    The history-making development of the Chinese economy has entered a new phase. China is moving aggressively from a strategy of imitation to one of innovation. Driven both by domestic needs and by global ambition, China is establishing itself at the forefront of technological innovation. Western businesses need to prepare for a tidal wave of innovation from China that is about to hit Western markets, and Chinese businesses need to understand the critical importance of innovation in their future.

    Experts George Yip and Bruce McKern explain this epic transformation and propose strategies for both Western and Chinese companies. This book is for everyone who does business with China or in China, or is interested in the development of the world's fastest-growing economy. Western CEOs can learn from Chinese companies and can create an effective innovation process in China, for China and the world. Chinese CEOs can benefit from understanding the strategies of their peers as they strive to enter foreign markets. And all Western businesses should prepare for disruption from their new competitors.

    Yip and McKern provide case studies of successful firms, outline ten ways in which the managerial and innovative capabilities of these firms differ from those of Western firms, and describe how multinationals doing business in China can become part of the Chinese ecosystem of new knowledge and technology. Yip and McKern argue that these innovation capabilities will be the basis for creating world-class products and services to meet the challenges of a new era of global competition.

    Imprint: MIT PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • CLASSIFIED : SECRECY AND THE STATE IN MODERN BRITAIN
    CLASSIFIED : SECRECY AND THE STATE IN MODERN BRITAIN
    MORAN CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781107000995
    Title: CLASSIFIED : SECRECY AND THE STATE IN MODERN BRITAIN
    Author: MORAN CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $64.95
    Price: $64.95
  • CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    MORAN ALAN
    ISBN: 9781925501407
    Title: CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    Author: MORAN ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alan Moran has been a prominent writer on regulatory matters for thirty years. He was the inaugural head of the Australian governments’ regulatory review office and researched the issues in “think tanks”.

    Working outside and within the Victorian Government, he was a major participant in the disaggregation of that state’s monopoly electricity business into a dozen independent parts and in the creation of what later became the National Electricity Market.

    Dr Moran has written many books and articles on the interface between climate change, energy and economic well-being. These include editing and contributing to the 2015 best seller, Climate Change: the facts.

    Climate Change: treaties and policies in the Trump era, is an examination of:
    • The setting of the climate change agenda
    • Its position in the international arena where nations have agreed to treaties and agreements that have increasingly placed pressures on governments to take actions in conformance with their provisions
    • The developments leading to the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which incorporated governments’ “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs) on abatement of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
    • The costs nations are actually and prospectively incurring in meeting their INDCs and in other measures designed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
    • President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement and other nations’ responses.

    The book foreshadows the collapse of the Paris agreement and gradual, if not abrupt, dismantling of the costly measures it entails – primarily involving forcing consumers to subsidise wind and solar energy.

    Imprint: CONNECTIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CLIMATE WARS
    CLIMATE WARS
    BUTLER MARK
    ISBN: 9780522871685
    Title: CLIMATE WARS
    Author: BUTLER MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the consequences of climate change become perilously close to the point of no-return, time-wasting wars over what to do distract us from taking real action.

    Mark Butler, the opposition minister for climate change and energy, makes a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy as part of global action to save the planet. Doing so will also make Australia attractive for the massive global market of investors and create new jobs in clean energy.

    Climate Wars argues that only Labor, the party with a proven track record for national reform, has the plan and the will to ensure bold action before it is too late.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CLIMB : CONVERSATIONS WITH AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN POWER
    CLIMB : CONVERSATIONS WITH AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN POWER
    DOOGUE GERALDINE (ED)
    ISBN: 9781925240672
    Title: CLIMB : CONVERSATIONS WITH AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN POWER
    Author: DOOGUE GERALDINE (ED)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Iconic journalist and television presenter Geraldine Doogue turns her attention to an issue central to our times. How are we, as women, represented at the top levels of power in Australia?

    In candid and personal conversations with fourteen women leading the way in fields as wide-ranging as business, politics, religion, education and the armed forces, Doogue gets to the heart of what it means to be a woman in power in Australia.

    Inspiring and insightful, The Climb reveals a varied and at times quite unexpected picture of contemporary Australia.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION : A VIEW FROM THE FUTURE
    COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION : A VIEW FROM THE FUTURE
    ORESKES NAOMI / CONWAY ERIK
    ISBN: 9780231169547
    Title: COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION : A VIEW FROM THE FUTURE
    Author: ORESKES NAOMI / CONWAY ERIK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe went ignored for decades, leading to soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, widespread drought and -- finally -- the disaster now known as the Great Collapse of 2093, when the disintegration of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet led to mass migration and a complete reshuffling of the global order. Writing from the Second People's Republic of China on the 300th anniversary of the Great Collapse, a senior scholar presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment -- the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies -- failed to act, and so brought about the collapse of Western civilization. In this haunting, provocative work of science-based fiction, Naomi Oreskes and Eric M. Conway imagine a world devastated by climate change. Dramatizing the science in ways traditional nonfiction cannot, the book reasserts the importance of scientists and the work they do and reveals the self-serving interests of the so called "carbon combustion complex" that have turned the practice of science into political fodder. Based on sound scholarship and yet unafraid to speak boldly, this book provides a welcome moment of clarity amid the cacophony of climate change literature.

    Imprint: COLUMBA PRESS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CONSEQUENCES OF CHAOS : SYRIAS HUMANITAIAN CRISIS AND THE FAILURE TO PROTECT
    CONSEQUENCES OF CHAOS : SYRIAS HUMANITAIAN CRISIS AND THE FAILURE TO PROTECT
    FERRIS ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780815729518
    Title: CONSEQUENCES OF CHAOS : SYRIAS HUMANITAIAN CRISIS AND THE FAILURE TO PROTECT
    Author: FERRIS ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    The massive dimensions of Syria's refugee crisis—and the search for solutions The civil war in Syria has forced some 10 million people—more than half the country's population—from their homes and communities, creating one of the largest human displacements since the end of World War II. Daily headlines testify to their plight, both within Syria and in the countries to which they have fled.

    The Consequences of Chaos looks beyond the ever-increasing numbers of Syria's uprooted to consider the longterm economic, political, and social implications of this massive movement of people.

    Imprint: BROOKINGS INSTITUTE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT
    CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT
    DANTONIO MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781250081391
    Title: CONSEQUENTIAL PRESIDENT
    Author: DANTONIO MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Once a most unlikely candidate, Barack Obama’s successful campaign for the White House made him a worldwide sensation and a transformative figure even before he was inaugurated. Elected as the Iraq War and Great Recession discouraged millions of Americans, Obama’s promise of hope revived the national spirit.

    Had he only saved the economy, Obama would be considered a truly successful president. However he has achieved so much more, against ferocious opposition, that he can be counted as one of the most consequential presidents in history. With health care reform, he ended a crisis of escalating costs and inadequate access that threatened 50 million people. His energy policies drove down the cost of power generated by the sun, wind, and even fossil fuels. His climate change efforts produced the first treaty to address global warming in a meaningful way, and his diplomacy produced a dramatic reduction in the nuclear threat posed by Iran. Add the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the normalization of relations with Cuba, and the “pivot” toward Asia, and his successes abroad match those at home.

    In A Consequential President, Michael D’Antonio tallies Obama’s long record of achievement, both his major successes and less-noticed ones that nevertheless contribute to his legacy. Obama’s greatest achievement came as he restored dignity and ethics to the office of the president, proof that he delivered the hope and change he promised.

    Imprint: THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • CORBYN : The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics
    CORBYN : The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics
    SEYMOUR RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781786632999
    Title: CORBYN : The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics
    Author: SEYMOUR RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    Demolishing the Blairite opposition in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn saw off an attempted coup against his leadership under the banner of the 'soft left' one year on. This unassuming antiwar socialist now leads Labour with a huge mandate. For the first time in decades, socialism is back on the agenda - and for the first time in Labour's history, it defines the leadership.
    This book tells the story of how Corbyn's rise was made possible by the long decline of Labour and a deep crisis in British democracy. It surveys the makeshift coalition of trade unionists, young and precarious workers, and students who rallied to Corbyn. It shows how a novel social media campaign turned the media's 'Project Fear' on its head, making a virtue of every accusation thrown at him. And finally it asks, with all the artillery that is still ranged against Corbyn, given the crisis-ridden Labour Party that he has inherited, the devastating impact of the coup attempt and the fall-out from Brexit, what it would mean for him to succeed.


    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • CRASH BANG WALLOP : The Inside Story of London's Big Bang and a Frinancial Revolution that Changed the World
    CRASH BANG WALLOP : The Inside Story of London's Big Bang and a Frinancial Revolution that Changed the World
    MARTIN IAIN
    ISBN: 9781473625075
    Title: CRASH BANG WALLOP : The Inside Story of London's Big Bang and a Frinancial Revolution that Changed the World
    Author: MARTIN IAIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Published to mark the 30th anniversary of the financial revolution known as 'Big Bang', CRASH, BANG WALLOP will tell the gripping story of how the changes introduced in the 1980s in the City of London transformed our world.

    Perhaps more than anything, Big Bang revolutionised the international markets, as the capital became a testing ground for financial globalisation, with huge repercussions for the global economy.

    The definitive insider's account of this critically important moment in modern history, CRASH, BANG WALLOP will also explore what's next for global finance as it gets ready to undergo yet another revolution.

    Imprint: SCEPTRE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    ISBN: 9780141978574
    Title: CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    Author: ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education. In this inspiring, empowering book, he sets out a new vision for how education can be transformed to enable all young people to flourish. Filled with practical examples and groundbreaking research, it will inspire the change our children urgently need.

    'This book is a manifesto; a practical exploration and celebration of what is possible. Now it's up to us.' Richard Gerver, author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today

    'Inspires and brings a new sense of possibility to the goal of transforming education . . . This is a global game-changer.' Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly

    'Wonderful and enjoyable.' Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize Laureate

    'This book is a wake-up call . . . a must-read.' Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons 2.0



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • CREDIT CODE RED : How financial deregulation and world instability are exposing Australia to economic catastrophe
    CREDIT CODE RED : How financial deregulation and world instability are exposing Australia to economic catastrophe
    BRAIN PETER
    ISBN: 9781925322392
    Title: CREDIT CODE RED : How financial deregulation and world instability are exposing Australia to economic catastrophe
    Author: BRAIN PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Australia has been the lucky country for a long time. First, it rode off the sheep’s back. Then it became a quarry for emerging economies. It deregulated its financial sector, abandoned manufacturing, has ridden an apparently endless urban-land boom, and has gone over 25 years without a recession. But is Australia’s luck about to run out?

    Brain and Manning, two of the country’s highly experienced economic analysts, argue that Australia’s prosperity has been bought by borrowing from its future — or, more specifically, by borrowing too much, for the wrong assets, and from the wrong lenders. Using international and local indicators to measure economic danger signs, they warn that, if current policies are not altered, the country will be at extreme risk of an economic calamity within several years. Due to Australia’s high and increasing levels of household debt, foreign debt, and low foreign-exchange reserves, the country will enter what they call a Code Red zone. Once that happens, it is highly unlikely that Australia will be able to avoid, at best, a severe and prolonged recession, or, at worst, an economic catastrophe.

    To avert this future, the authors propose alternative courses of action for the authorities to take, which involve reducing disposable incomes and imports, re-regulating the financial sector, and abandoning neo-liberal economic theory. They warn that what is politically unrealistic today may become too little, too late, by the early 2020s.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CREDLIN AND CO : HOW THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT IMPLODED
    CREDLIN AND CO : HOW THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT IMPLODED
    PATRICK AARON
    ISBN: 9781863958097
    Title: CREDLIN AND CO : HOW THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT IMPLODED
    Author: PATRICK AARON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Warriors reveals the disastrous consequences of power abused, and the broken people left in its wake.

    From the moment the Abbott government took office, the prime minister and his staff ruthlessly controlled ministers, backbenchers, the public service and the media. But the centralised decision-making that had been so effective in opposition turned out to be a disaster in government. Warriors is the first draft of history - the inside story of the Abbott government, told in stunning, revelatory detail.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • CRIMINAL : The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things
    CRIMINAL : The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things
    GASH TOM
    ISBN: 9780241960431
    Title: CRIMINAL : The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things
    Author: GASH TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    There are two contradictory narratives about crime. In one, the criminal act is a selfish choice, and tough punishment the only solution. In the other, the system is at fault, and perpetrators will change only when society reforms. Both are wrong.

    Interweaving conversations and stories of crime with findings from the latest research, Tom Gash dispels the myths that inform our views of crime, from the widespread misconception that poverty causes crime, to the belief that tough sentencing reduces it. He examines the origins of criminal behaviour, the ebb and flow of crime across the last century, and the effectiveness of various government crack-downs - and in doing so reveals that crime is both less rational and much easier to reduce than many believe. Can we suspend our knee-jerk reactions, let go of cherished myths and embrace the truth about crime?

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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