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  • ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    ISBN: 9781760295783
    Title: ANIMALS COMPANION : People and their Pets A 26000 Year Old Love Story
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The earliest evidence of a human and a pet can be traced as far back as 26,000 BC in France where a boy and his 'canid' took a walk through a cave. Their foot and paw prints were preserved together on the muddy cave floor, and smoke from the torch the boy carried was left on the walls, allowing archaeologists to carbon-date their journey. And so, the story unfolds, from these prehistoric days all the way up to the present, of humans' innate and undeniable need to live in the close company of animals.

    In this startling new work, acclaimed cultural detective and life-long pet owner Jacky Colliss Harvey uses her compelling story-telling skills and keen eye for historical investigation to examine our role as animals' companions, in this exploration of the history not of the pet, but of us as pet-owners.

    Drawing on literary, artistic and archaeological evidence of our relationships with other species, over thousands of years of human experience, she examines the when, the how and the why of our connection to those animals we take into our lives, assessing these against the latest scientific thinking on this complex and enthralling subject, and suggesting new insights into this most long-standing of all human love-affairs.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    ISBN: 9781789541168
    Title: ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An account of one of history's darkest tendencies, following the development of anti-Judaism across three millennia.

    In this magisterial history, David Nirenberg explores anti-Judaism from antiquity to the present, from the Ancient Egyptians who resented their Jewish neighbours to the ideas of Voltaire and Marx, thereby revealing it to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition. With intolerance and racism on the rise across the West, the central argument of David Nirenberg's groundbreaking study – that to imagine anti-Judaism to be confined to the margins of our society is to be dangerously complacent – is as urgent and as timely as it has ever been.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANXIOUS TRIUMPH : A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914
    ANXIOUS TRIUMPH : A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914
    ISBN: 9780241315163
    Title: ANXIOUS TRIUMPH : A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Capitalism has co-existed with many different kinds of states, from Victorian Britain to republican France and confederate Switzerland, from Fascist and Nazi regimes to post-war European democracies, from post-Meiji Japan to south-east Asian and Latin American dictatorships, communist China and even Russia.

    Today, the march of capitalism appears inexorable - but it was not always so. In this riveting account of the rise of global capitalism from the 1880s until 1914, Donald Sassoon describes how after industrialization swept the world in the early nineteenth century the modernization of society and global capitalism followed. With capitalism, Sassoon argues, for the first time in the history of humanity, there was a social system able to provide a high level of consumption for the majority of those who lived within its bounds; its only rival, communism, was to fail miserably. But, in time, capitalism proved a devastating force in need of regulation, whose inbuilt traits were anxiety and crisis.

    With astonishing breadth of vision and scholarship, Sassoon encompasses the first great modern economic globalization, forerunner to today's consumer society, in this original and compelling book.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
    ISBN: 9781742379197
    Publishing status: October 2019 New Release

    'He was courageous. He was ambitious. He was skilled. He was visionary. He could be ruthless. He was someone born of a new nation. But he was of a time now long past. And yet in the language of a later generation it could be said he had the "right stuff"... Michael Molkentin captures [Ross Smith] brilliantly.' - Andy Thomas, NASA Astronaut (Retired)

    In November 1919, a year after the Great War, four Australian servicemen made a unique and epoch-making journey home. In the open cockpit of a twin-engine Vickers Vimy bi-plane, brothers Ross and Keith Smith and mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim completed the 18,000 kilometre flight from Britain to Australia. The 28-day journey, part of a competition sponsored by the Australian government, made the Smith brothers internationally famous and marked Australia's emergence into the air age. Ross Smith's fame would be short lived: he would be killed in an air accident less than three years later on the eve of an attempt to make the first ever circumnavigation of the world by air.

    Born on a South Australian cattle station, Smith had a relatively privileged and cosmopolitan upbringing. He was, nonetheless, working as a warehouseman in Adelaide 1914 where he would have no doubt eked out a quiet and unremarkable life were it not for the war's outbreak. Enlisting in the light horse at 22 years of age, Smith survived arduous campaigns at Gallipoli and in the Sinai Desert before volunteering for the Australian Flying Corps. Smith's feats in the skies above Palestine during 1917-18 earned him a reputation as one of the great fighter pilots of the war. By the armistice he had received the Military Cross twice and the Distinguished Flying Cross three times; he was one of only three British Empire airmen to do so during the war. Smith's skill in the cockpit also saw him assigned the Middle East theatre's only twin-engine bomber during the war's final year, a machine he used to support T. E. Lawrence 'of Arabia's' campaign against the Turks in the Jordan and, after the war, survey an air-route between Cairo and Calcutta.

    Anzac and Aviator is the story of Ross Smith and the fascinating era in which he lived, one in which aviation emerged with bewildering speed to comprehensively transform both warfare and transportation. Born a decade before powered flight and going off to war on horseback, Smith finished the conflict in command of a bomber, the weapon that would come to symbolise the totality of warfare in the 20th Century.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    ISBN: 9780770435837
    Title: APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of "Empire of the Summer Moon, "a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was the only man Geronimo ever feared. He played a pivotal role in this long war for the desert Southwest from its beginning in 1861 until its end in 1890 with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid. In this sprawling, monumental work, Paul Hutton unfolds over two decades of the last war for the West through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. This is Mickey Free's story, but also the story of his contemporaries: the great Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Victorio; the soldiers Kit Carson, O. O. Howard, George Crook, and Nelson Miles; the scouts and frontiersmen Al Sieber, Tom Horn, Tom Jeffords, and Texas John Slaughter; the great White Mountain scout Alchesay and the Apache female warrior Lozen; the fierce Apache warrior Geronimo; and the Apache Kid. These lives shaped the violent history of the deserts and mountains of the Southwestern borderlands--a bleak and unforgiving world where a people would make a final, bloody stand against an American war machine bent on their destruction.

    Imprint: RANDOM US
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War
    APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War
    ISBN: 9781847924414
    Title: APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War
    Author: BOUVERIE TIM
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, 'peace for our time'. Within a year of the British prime minister's return from Munich, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began.That moment of theatre was the culmination of over five years of drama.

    Beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, Tim Bouverie takes us on a fascinating journey from the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. We enter the 10 Downing Street of Stanley Baldwin and Chamberlain, and the backrooms of Parliament where an unusual coalition of MPs - including the indomitable Winston Churchill - were among the few to realise that the only real choice was between 'war now or war later'. And as German troops enter the demilitarised Rhineland, march into Austria and threaten to invade Czechoslovakia, Bouverie takes us into the drawing rooms and dining clubs of fading imperial Britain, where Hitler enjoyed surprising support among the ruling class and even members of the Royal Family.Drawing on deep archival research, Tim Bouverie has created an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country's policy and determined the fate of Europe.

    Both sweeping and intimate, Appeasing Hitler is not only eye-opening history but a timeless lesson on the challenges of standing up to aggression and authoritarianism - and the calamity that results from failing to do so.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ARABS : A 3000-Year History of Peoples Tribes and Empires
    ARABS : A 3000-Year History of Peoples Tribes and Empires
    ISBN: 9780300180282
    Title: ARABS : A 3000-Year History of Peoples Tribes and Empires
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances. Tracing this process to the origins of the Arabic language, rather than the advent of Islam, Tim Mackintosh-Smith begins his narrative more than a thousand years before Muhammad and focuses on how Arabic, both spoken and written, has functioned as a vital source of shared cultural identity over the millennia. Mackintosh-Smith reveals how linguistic developments from pre-Islamic poetry to the growth of script, Muhammad's use of writing, and the later problems of printing Arabic have helped and hindered the progress of Arab history, and investigates how, even in today's politically fractured post Arab Spring environment, Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunity.

    RRP: $64.99

    Price: $64.99
    ISBN: 9781408893142
    Author: FOOT JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    A sparkling history of Italy from the post-war to the present by renowned historian John Foot
    Italy emerged from the Second World War in ruins. Divided, invaded and economically broken, it was a nation that some claimed had ceased to exist. By the 1960s, Italy could boast the fastest-growing economy in the world, as rural society disappeared almost overnight.

    In The Archipelago, acclaimed historian John Foot chronicles Italy's tumultuous history from the post-war period to the present. From the silent assimilation of fascists into society after 1945 to the troubling reign of Silvio Berlusconi, and from the artistic peak of neorealist cinema to the celebration of Italy's 150th birthday in 2011, he examines both the corrupt and celebrated sides of the country.
    While often portrayed as a failed state on the margins of Europe, Italy has instead been at the centre of innovation and change a political laboratory. Through stories of trials, TV programmes, songs and football matches, moments of violence and beauty, epochal social transformation and suffocating continuities, this new history tells the fascinating story of a country always marked by scandal but with the constant ability to re-invent itself.

    Comprising original research and lively insights, The Archipelago chronicles the crises and modernisations of over seventy years of post-war Italy, from its fields, factories, squares and housing estates to the political intrigue of Rome.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    ISBN: 9780241975152
    Title: ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitler's generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe.

    In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.

    'Antony Beevor, one of the finest narrative military historians now writing, is a master of revealing vignettes.' The New York Times

    'If there's one thing that sets Beevor apart from other historians - beyond his gifts as a storyteller - it's because he is not afraid to look at the most uncomfortable, even frightening subjects, but does so in a way that does not threaten the reader. There's rarely a judgmental note to his writing. It's like having Virgil there to lead you through the underworld: he doesn't leave you stranded amid the horror, but leads you back out again, a wiser person for having undergone the journey.' Keith Lowe in The Daily Telegraph

    'Indispensable.' David Aaronovitch, The Times

    'The best military prose of our era.' El País

    'A wonderfully compelling follow-up to D-Day. No one has recounted it better than Beevor. His gripping, beautifully written narrative moves seamlessly from the generals' command posts to the privates in their snow-covered foxholes, and confirms him as the finest chronicler of war in the business.' Saul David, Observer

    'Enthralling.' Daily Mail

    'An exemplary picture of the misery and horror of this most appalling conflict, in which more than a million men fought in conditions comparable to those on the eastern Front. This is history as it should be written.' Spectator

    'Another perfectly judged episode of the second world war, a worthy companion to the works that made Beevor's name. Yet again, he has shown that he has the gift of alchemy.' Roger Moorhouse in the Financial Times

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
    ISBN: 9781447288749
    Author: HASTINGS MAX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The stunning bestseller from one of Britain's most highly regarded military historians.

    One of the greatest military feats during the Second World War was the transformation of the German force's activities in the weeks following the battles in Holland and the German border, where the Allies had finally inflicted the greatest catastrophes of modern war on them. Somehow the Germans found the strength to halt the Allied advance in its tracks and to prolong the war to 1945. This book is the epic story of those last eight months of the war in northern Europe.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    ISBN: 9780670918676
    Title: ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aero engines. He went out on to his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the vast air armada of Dakotas and gliders,carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He gazed up in envy at the greatest demonstration of paratroop power ever seen. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept- the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But the cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were cruel and lasted until the end of the war. The British fascination for heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths, not least that victory was possible when in fact the plan imposed by Montgomery and General 'Boy' Browning was doomed from the start. Antony Beevor, using many overlooked and new sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of this epic clash. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
    ISBN: 9780199605996
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Arsenic is rightly infamous as the poison of choice for Victorian murderers. Yet the great majority of fatalities from arsenic in the nineteenth century came not from intentional poisoning, but from accident. Kept in many homes for the purpose of poisoning rats, the white powder was easily mistaken for sugar or flour and often incorporated into the family dinner. It was also widely present in green dyes, used to tint everything from candles and candies to curtains, wallpaper, and clothing (it was arsenic in old lace that was the danger). Whether at home amidst arsenical curtains and wallpapers, at work manufacturing these products, or at play swirling about the papered, curtained ballroom in arsenical gowns and gloves, no one was beyond the poison's reach. Drawing on the medical, legal, and popular literature of the time, The Arsenic Century paints a vivid picture of its wide-ranging and insidious presence in Victorian daily life, weaving together the history of its emergence as a nearly inescapable household hazard with the sordid story of its frequent employment as a tool of murder and suicide. And ultimately, as the final chapter suggests, arsenic in Victorian Britain was very much the pilot episode for a series of environmental poisoning dramas that grew ever more common during the twentieth century and still has no end in sight.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ART OF CARTOGRAPHICS : Designing the Modern Map
    ART OF CARTOGRAPHICS : Designing the Modern Map
    ISBN: 9781741175615
    Title: ART OF CARTOGRAPHICS : Designing the Modern Map
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Art of Cartographics is a stunning collection of maps that all have one thing in common: each design has taken the traditional map in a new direction, with exquisite results. Featuring geographical maps, fictional maps, and fresh and innovative approaches to cultural, economic and political maps, it presents the very best in rational beauty and invites the reader on a journey across the globe.

    This carefully curated book selects the most creative and interesting map design projects from around the world, and offers inspiration for designers and map-lovers alike. Covering themes including power, gentrification, literature, animals, plants and food, and featuring hand-drawn, painted, digital, 3D scuplted and folded maps, The Art of Cartographics offers a slice of social history that is as beautiful as it is fascinating.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
    ISBN: 9781743054277
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    It was one of the most lavishly equipped scientific expeditions ever to leave Europe. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, French navigator Nicolas Baudin led two ships carrying 22 scientists and more than 230 officers and crew on a three-and-a-half-year voyage to the 'Southern Lands', charting coasts, studying the natural environment and recording encounters with indigenous peoples. Inspired by the Enlightenment's hunger for knowledge, Baudin's expedition collected well in excess of 100,000 specimens, produced more than 1500 drawings and published the first complete chart of Australia. Baudin's artists, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit, painted a series of remarkable portraits of Aboriginal people and produced some of the earliest European views of Australian fauna. An integral part of the French scientific project, these exquisite artworks reveal the sense of wonder this strange new world inspired.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    ISBN: 9781863959407
    Title: ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shimmers and hauntings of history in everyday action.

    In The Art of Time Travel, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history. Through portraits of fifteen historians at work, including Inga Clendinnen, Judith Wright, Geoffrey Blainey and Henry Reynolds, he observes how a body of work is constructed out of a life-long dialogue between past evidence and present experience.

    Riveting, beautiful and elegantly written, this landmark book conjures fresh insights into the history of Australia and revitalises our sense of thehistorian's craft - what Tom Griffiths calls 'the art of time travel'.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ASCENT OF MONEY : A Financial History Of The World
    ASCENT OF MONEY : A Financial History Of The World
    ISBN: 9780141990262
    Title: ASCENT OF MONEY : A Financial History Of The World
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot. Call if what you like, it matters now more than ever. In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that financial history is the back-story to all history.

    From the banking dynasty who funded the Italian Renaissance to the stock market bubble that caused the French Revolution, this is the story of booms and busts as it's never been told before.

    With the world in the grip of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, there's never been a better time to understand the ascent - and descent - of money.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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