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  • ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780670918676
    Title: ARNHEM : The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    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
  • ARSENIC CENTURY : HOW VICTORIAN BRITIAN WAS POISONED AT HOME WORK AND PLAY
    ARSENIC CENTURY : HOW VICTORIAN BRITIAN WAS POISONED AT HOME WORK AND PLAY
    WHORTON JAMES C
    ISBN: 9780199605996
    Title: ARSENIC CENTURY : HOW VICTORIAN BRITIAN WAS POISONED AT HOME WORK AND PLAY
    Author: WHORTON JAMES C
    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
    DESCLAUX-SALACHAS JASMINE
    ISBN: 9781741175615
    Title: ART OF CARTOGRAPHICS : Designing the Modern Map
    Author: DESCLAUX-SALACHAS JASMINE
    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
  • ART OF SCIENCE : NICOLAS BAUDINS VOYAGERS 1800 - 1804
    ART OF SCIENCE : NICOLAS BAUDINS VOYAGERS 1800 - 1804
    FORNASIERO JEAN
    ISBN: 9781743054277
    Title: ART OF SCIENCE : NICOLAS BAUDINS VOYAGERS 1800 - 1804
    Author: FORNASIERO JEAN
    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
    GRIFFITHS TOM
    ISBN: 9781863959407
    Title: ART OF TIME TRAVEL : Historians and Their Craft
    Author: GRIFFITHS TOM
    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
  • AT WARS SUMMIT : The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II
    AT WARS SUMMIT : The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II
    STATIEV ALEXANDER
    ISBN: 9781108424622
    Title: AT WARS SUMMIT : The Red Army and the Struggle for the Caucasus Mountains in World War II
    Author: STATIEV ALEXANDER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the story of the highest battlefield of World War Two, which brings to life the extremes endured during this harsh mountain warfare. When the German war machine began faltering from a shortage of oil after the failed Blitzkrieg against the Soviet Union, the Wehrmacht launched Operation Edelweiss in the summer of 1942, a bold attempt to capture the Soviet oilfields of Grozny and Baku and open the way to securing the vast reserves of Middle Eastern oil. Hitler viewed this campaign as the key to victory in World War Two. Mountain warfare requires unique skills: climbing and survival techniques, unconventional logistical and medical arrangements and knowledge of ballistics at high altitudes. The Main Caucasus Ridge became the battleground that saw the elite German mountain divisions clash with the untrained soldiers of the Red Army, as they fought each other, the weather and the terrain.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    DE TOCQUEVILLE AUDE
    ISBN: 9780316352024
    Title: ATLAS OF LOST CITIES : A TRAVEL GUIDE TO ABANDONED AND FORSAKEN DESTINATIONS
    Author: DE TOCQUEVILLE AUDE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The uniquely designed Atlas of Lost Cities details the destinies of 44 once-thriving urban centers that are now vacant ruins and empty ghost towns.

    Like humans, cities are mortal. They are born, they thrive, and they eventually die. In ATLAS OF LOST CITIES, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as Pompeii, Teotihuac n, and Angkor. She also details the less well known, including Centralia, an abandoned Pennsylvania town consumed by unquenchable underground fire; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, where housing, schools, and stores were built for 500,000 people that never came; and Epecuen, a tourist town in Argentina now swallowed up by water. Original artwork shows the location of the lost cities, as well as a depiction of how they looked when they thrived.

    Imprint: BLACK DOG LEVENTHAL
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • AUSCHWITZ : A History
    AUSCHWITZ : A History
    STEINBACHER SYBILLE
    ISBN: 9780141987484
    Title: AUSCHWITZ : A History
    Author: STEINBACHER SYBILLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A short, devastating study of history's most notorious killing ground.

    At the terrible heart of the modern age lies Auschwitz. In a total inversion of earlier hopes about the use of science and technology to improve, extend and protect human life, Auschwitz manipulated the same systems to quite different ends. In Sybille Steinbacher's terse, powerful new book, the reader is led through the process by which something unthinkable to any European in the 1930s had become a sprawling, industrial reality during the course of the world war. How Auschwitz grew and mutated into an entire dreadful city, how both those who managed it and those who were killed by it came to be in Poland in the 1940s, and how it was allowed to happen, is something everyone needs to understand.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AUSTRALIA OF THE FRENCH EXPLORERS
    AUSTRALIA OF THE FRENCH EXPLORERS
    MOUCHET FREDERIC / BLOOMFIELD NOELENE
    ISBN: 9782757209943
    Title: AUSTRALIA OF THE FRENCH EXPLORERS
    Author: MOUCHET FREDERIC / BLOOMFIELD NOELENE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Six major French expeditions to the Australian coast took place over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. Through contemporary photographs, expedition drawings and historical commentary, this book plunges us into the impressive and bewildering universe of an Australia still intact, loyal to the environment these seafaring explorers came upon over 200 years ago.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780143782377
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They were the Australians who made American history. In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang known as the Sydney Coves.

    The Coves – San Francisco's first organised-crime gang – were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California.

    The gang’s base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police – many of whom were in Stuart’s pocket anyway – so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down.

    The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco – who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces – and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group.

    The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia.

    The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    SAYER MANDY
    ISBN: 9781742234670
    Title: AUSTRALIAN GYPSIES : THEIR SECRET HISTORY
    Author: SAYER MANDY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today, roughly 100,000 Gypsies call Australia home, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories of the country. In this volume, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a wide-ranging history of Gypsies in Australia. Given their blessing to tell their stories, Sayer also demolishes some longstanding but baseless myths along the way.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN HEROINES OF WORLD WAR 1 : GALLIPOLI LEMNOS AND THE WESTERN FRONT
    AUSTRALIAN HEROINES OF WORLD WAR 1 : GALLIPOLI LEMNOS AND THE WESTERN FRONT
    DE VRIES SUSANNA
    ISBN: 9780980621655
    Title: AUSTRALIAN HEROINES OF WORLD WAR 1 : GALLIPOLI LEMNOS AND THE WESTERN FRONT
    Author: DE VRIES SUSANNA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: PIRGOS PRESS
    RRP: $29.95
    Price: $29.95
  • AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE : THE CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1916-1918
    AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE : THE CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1916-1918
    BRADLEY PHILLIP
    ISBN: 9781760111892
    Title: AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE : THE CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST 1916-1918
    Author: BRADLEY PHILLIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Throughout history, mounted troops have been known as elite men of arms and the Australian Light Horse is a part of that legendary tradition. Part cavalry and part infantry and often recognised by the emu feathers in their slouch hats, the light horsemen were described by the official historian, H.S. Gullett, as 'in body and spirit the true product of the Australian countryside'. They remain, today, the embodiment of the digger ethos.

    After the Gallipoli campaign most of the Australian Light Horse, commanded by Major General Harry Chauvel, remained in Egypt to defend the Suez Canal. After thwarting the Turkish advance at Romani in August 1916 the Light Horse led the advance into Palestine with sparkling victories at Magdhaba and Rafa. Twice checked at Gaza despite their bold courage, the light horsemen then broke that stalemate following the legendary charge at Beersheba on 31 October 1917. The fall of Jerusalem, the perilous raids on Amman, the trials of the Jordan Valley and the final breakthrough to Damascus followed before Turkey surrendered on 30 October 1918.

    In Australian Light Horse their story is brought to vivid life through the diaries, letters and photographs of the light horsemen who took part in the bloody battles of the desert campaigns of the Sinai and Palestine from April 1916 to October 1918.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL : A century on from the vision
    AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL : A century on from the vision
    GOWER STEVE
    ISBN: 9781743056165
    Title: AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL : A century on from the vision
    Author: GOWER STEVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Steve Gower, the highly successful director of the Australian War Memorial from 1996 to 2012, gives a comprehensive account of the development of the Memorial from its inception just over a century ago. The Australian War Memorial also goes behind the scenes to provide insights into the many facets of a major, modern cultural institution.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume I : Resisting the Great German Offensive
    AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume I : Resisting the Great German Offensive
    CAMERON DAVID W
    ISBN: 9780143788614
    Title: AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1918 - Volume I : Resisting the Great German Offensive
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Holding the Line, David Cameron tells the extraordinary story of Australian troops at Villers-Bretonneux in World War I. The Anzacs had one of their greatest victories at Villers-Bretonneux, defeating the Germans there in an attack later described by a British general as 'perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war'.

    As part of the German Spring Offensive on the Western Front, German forces captured the town of Villers-Bretonneux, near Amiens, from exhausted British defenders on 24 April 1918. The Australian 13th and 15th Brigades were brought forward and, in a model of a well-planned and co-ordinated night attack, successfully recaptured the town.

    It was a bloody victory - 1200 Australians lost their lives - but this battle marked the end of the German offensive on the Somme and contributed to the Allies' eventual victory. As with his previous books, Cameron places the reader right in the action by weaving vivid minute-by-minute descriptions drawn from the diaries and letters of soldiers who were there.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAS VIETNAM : Myth vs history
    AUSTRALIAS VIETNAM : Myth vs history
    DAPIN MARK
    ISBN: 9781742236360
    Title: AUSTRALIAS VIETNAM : Myth vs history
    Author: DAPIN MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why everything you think you know about Australia’s Vietnam War is wrong

    When Mark Dapin first interviewed Vietnam veterans and wrote about the war, he swallowed (and regurgitated) every misconception. He wasn’t alone. In Australia's Vietnam, Dapin reveals that every stage of Australia’s commitment to the Vietnam War has been misunderstood, misinterpreted and shrouded in myth. From army claims that every national serviceman was a volunteer; and the level of atrocities committed by Australian troops; to the belief there were no welcome home parades until the late 1980s and returned soldiers were met by angry protesters. Australia's Vietnam is a major contribution to the understanding of Australia’s experience of the war and will change the way we think about memory and military history.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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