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  • BARBARIANS AT THE WALL : The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China
    BARBARIANS AT THE WALL : The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China
    MAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781787630536
    Title: BARBARIANS AT THE WALL : The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China
    Author: MAN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The untold story of the first nomadic empire and the making of China.

    The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire. We don't know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as `Hun'. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China.

    Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Emperors and Barbarians traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a `barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.



    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BASTARD BRIGADE
    BASTARD BRIGADE
    KEAN SAM
    ISBN: 9781529374872
    Title: BASTARD BRIGADE
    Author: KEAN SAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely in history have scientific secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the midst of planning the Manhattan Project, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services created a secret offshoot - the Alsos Mission - meant to gather intelligence on and sabotage if necessary, scientific research by the Axis powers. What resulted was a plot worthy of the finest thriller, full of spies, sabotage, and murder. At its heart was the 'Lightning A' team, a group of intrepid soldiers, scientists, and spies - and even a famed baseball player - who were given almost free rein to get themselves embedded within the German scientific community to stop the most terrifying threat of the war: Hitler acquiring an atomic bomb of his very own.

    While the Manhattan Project and other feats of scientific genius continue to inspire us today, few people know about the international intrigue and double-dealing that accompanied those breakthroughs. BASTARD BRIGADE recounts this forgotten history, fusing a non-fiction spy thriller with some of the most incredible scientific ventures of all time.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM : THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
    BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM : THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
    MCPHERSON JAMES M
    ISBN: 9780140125184
    Title: BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM : THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
    Author: MCPHERSON JAMES M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A remarkably wide-ranging synthesis of the history of the 1850s and the Civil War...that effectively integrates in one volume social, political, and military events from the immediate aftermath of the Mexican War through the sectional strife of the 1850s, the secession movement, and the Civil War..It is a masterful work' New York Review of Books 'McPherson is wonderfully lucid...Above all, everything is in a living relationship with everything else...Omitting nothing important, whether military, political or economic, he yet manages to make everything he touches drive the narrative forward...historical writing of the highest order' The New York Times Book Review


    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • BATTLE FOR LONE PINE : FOUR DAYS OF HELL AT THE HEART OF GALLIPOLI
    BATTLE FOR LONE PINE : FOUR DAYS OF HELL AT THE HEART OF GALLIPOLI
    CAMERON DAVID W
    ISBN: 9780143572114
    Title: BATTLE FOR LONE PINE : FOUR DAYS OF HELL AT THE HEART OF GALLIPOLI
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Surprisingly, as we near the 100th anniversary of the legendary Gallipoli campaign, this is the first book solely dedicated to one of its key battles -- that at Lone Pine, where Australian and Turkish soldiers fought an ultimately futile battle that claimed thousands of lives in incredibly close quarters. Seven Victoria Crosses were earned by Australia's Anzacs in the intense four days of fighting, in pursuit of a flawed strategy to distract Turkish forces from larger incursions, which themselves failed.

    David W. Cameron has pulled together first-hand accounts from the men and women involved (including from the Turkish army) to detail what transpired and to follow some of their personal stories throughout the ordeal. By including the stories of non-combatants, such as engineers, nurses, sappers, commanders and more, he not only gives due credit to those who laboured in support of the troops, but provides a wider understanding of the mammoth undertaking of such warfare.

    Many Australians travel to the Lone Pine Memorial and Cemetery each year to commemorate Anzac Day and remember the fallen -- this work of popular history highlights the fate of those who fought

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BATTLE FOR SPAIN : The Spanish Civil War 1939-1939
    BATTLE FOR SPAIN : The Spanish Civil War 1939-1939
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780753821657
    Title: BATTLE FOR SPAIN : The Spanish Civil War 1939-1939
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica. Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BATTLE OF LONG TAN
    BATTLE OF LONG TAN
    CAMERON DAVID W
    ISBN: 9780143786399
    Title: BATTLE OF LONG TAN
    Author: CAMERON DAVID W
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, Australian troops fought one of their bloodiest, most significant battles of the Vietnam War. The Australians had arrived at Nui Dat four months earlier to open up the province. While out on patrol, Delta Company of 6RAR, originally numbering just 105 Australians and three New Zealanders, collided with Viet Cong forces numbering around 2500 troops, ahead of a planned Vietnamese ambush. Under heavy fire and short on ammunition, the Australians could only guess at the enemy's strength and number. Morning light revealed a shattered woodland, trees bleeding latex - and hundreds of dead enemy soldiers who had fallen in the numerous assaults against the small Anzac force. What was first thought by the Australians to be a significant defeat quickly turned out to be a major victory. Marking the battle's 50th anniversary, and drawing on unpublished first-hand accounts, David Cameron brings to life the events of this famous battle as it unfolded - minute by minute, hour by hour - and reveals the deeds of heroism and mateship now part of Australia's Vietnam War story. His compelling account commemorates the men who fought in the rubber plantation of Long Tan - and those who did not come home. Praise for David Cameron's The Battle for Lone Pine-

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BEAUTIFUL OBSCURE
    BEAUTIFUL OBSCURE
    STEGEMANN LUKE
    ISBN: 9780648037439
    Title: BEAUTIFUL OBSCURE
    Author: STEGEMANN LUKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Beautiful Obscure by Luke Stegemann is a powerful work that introduces the reader to an extraordinary array of characters and events. Drawing on his more than 30 years living between Australia and Spain, Stegemann combines documentary research with art history, political analysis, memoir, travelogue and family anecdote to essay a largely unconsidered cultural history.


    'This book spoke to my heart. An outsider's love letter to a people and their way of life... a rich palimpsest of ideas and episodes and tumbling phrases. A country, a culture, a life, all intertwined - who could ask for more?' - Nicolas Rothwell

    Imprint: TRANSMISSION PRESS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • BEHOLD AMERICA : A History of America First and the American Dream
    BEHOLD AMERICA : A History of America First and the American Dream
    CHURCHWELL SARAH
    ISBN: 9781408894774
    Title: BEHOLD AMERICA : A History of America First and the American Dream
    Author: CHURCHWELL SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SELECTED AS A 2018 SUMMER READ BY THE SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, I-PAPER AND THE BIG ISSUE

    'Enormously entertaining' SUNDAY TIMES

    'Fascinating' NEW STATESMAN
    'Excoriating, brilliant' ALI SMITH
    'Enthralling' GUARDIAN

    'My number one contributor when it comes to US politics' DAN SNOW


    'The American dream is dead,' Donald Trump said when announcing his candidacy for president in 2015. How would he revive it? By putting 'America First'.

    The 'American Dream' and 'America First' are two of the most loaded phrases in America today and also two of the most misunderstood. As divides within America widen, Sarah Churchwell looks to the past to reveal what the surprising history of these two phrases can tell us about today.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BELL OF TREASON
    BELL OF TREASON
    CAQUET P E
    ISBN: 9781781257104
    Title: BELL OF TREASON
    Author: CAQUET P E
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A key episode in the prelude to World War II presented in a vivid and tragic new light.

    On returning from Germany on 30 September 1938 after his agreement with Hitler on the carve-up of Czechoslovakia, Neville Chamberlain spoke to the crowds at 10 Downing Street: 'My good friends ... I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.' Winston Churchill commented dryly: 'We have chosen shame and will get war.' Pierre Caquet's history of the events leading to the Munich Agreement and its aftermath is told for the first time from the point of view of the peoples of Czechoslovakia and the many Germans and others (including Thomas Mann) who had taken refuge there from the Nazis. Basing his account on countless previously unexamined sources including the press, memoirs, private journals, military plans, parliamentary records, film and radio, Pierre Caquet presents the familiar tale of one of the most shameful episodes in modern European history in a tragic new shape.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History
    BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History
    DAVIES NORMAN
    ISBN: 9780141976983
    Title: BENEATH ANOTHER SKY : A Global Journey into History
    Author: DAVIES NORMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After decades of writing about European history, Norman Davies embarked upon an extended journey that took him round the world. He aimed to test his powers of observation, but equally to encounter history in a new way. Beneath Another Sky is partly a historian's travelogue, partly a highly engaging exploration of events and personalities that have fashioned today's world.

    Davies's circumnavigation takes him to Baku, the Emirates, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tasmania, Tahiti, Texas, Madeira and many places in between. At every stop, he not only describes the current scene but also excavates the layers of accumulated experience that underpin the present. He tramps round ancient temples, delves into the fate of indigenous peoples, uncovers the Nazi origins of Frankfurt airport and lectures on imperialism in a desert oasis. 'Everything has its history', he writes, 'including the history of finding one's way or of getting lost.' As always, Norman Davies watches the historical horizon as well as what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BERLIN : THE DOWNFALL 1945
    BERLIN : THE DOWNFALL 1945
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780141032399
    Title: BERLIN : THE DOWNFALL 1945
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army. Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BEST WE FORGET : The War for White Australia 1914-18
    BEST WE FORGET : The War for White Australia 1914-18
    COCHRANE PETER
    ISBN: 9781925603750
    Title: BEST WE FORGET : The War for White Australia 1914-18
    Author: COCHRANE PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the half-century preceding the Great War there was a dramatic shift in the mindset of Australia’s political leaders, from a profound sense of safety in the Empire’s embrace to a deep anxiety about abandonment by Britain.

    Collective memory now recalls a rallying to the cause in 1914, a total identification with British interests and the need to defeat Germany. But there is an underside to this story: the belief that the newly federated nation’s security, and its race purity, must be bought with blood.

    Before the war Commonwealth governments were concerned not with enemies in Europe but with perils in the Pacific. Fearful of an ‘awakening Asia’ and worried by opposition to the White Australia policy, they prepared for defence against Japan—only to find themselves fighting for the Empire on the other side of the world. Prime Minister Billy Hughes spoke of this paradox in 1916, urging his countrymen: ‘I bid you go and fight for white Australia in France.’

    In this vital and illuminating book, Peter Cochrane examines how the racial preoccupations that shaped Australia’s preparation for and commitment to the war have been lost to popular memory.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BETTER BOOKS / BETTER BOOKZ : Art Anarchy Apostasy Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde
    BETTER BOOKS / BETTER BOOKZ : Art Anarchy Apostasy Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde
    KESHVANI ROZEMIN
    ISBN: 9783960984580
    Title: BETTER BOOKS / BETTER BOOKZ : Art Anarchy Apostasy Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde
    Author: KESHVANI ROZEMIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the 1960s and ‘70s, the legendary independent London bookstore Better Books, located on the Charing Cross Road, was the hub for Britain’s counterculture, with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi, John Latham, Jeff Nuttall, Bob Cobbing, Barry Miles and Gustav Metzger regularly giving readings and performances or exhibiting their works. Countless other writers and artists got their start there by encountering the books, authors or artists that would determine their vocations and change their lives. With its unique range of small-press/underground literature, poetry readings, film screenings and happenings, Better Books was the hub of London’s 1960s counterculture scene. This book is the first to examine this special historic moment. Gathering archival documents, previously unpublished texts and photographs with the voices of the protagonists who launched this revolution, this volume provides a secret history of the real London counterculture.

    Imprint: VERLAG JANNSEN
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • BETWEEN EAST AND WEST : ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
    BETWEEN EAST AND WEST : ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
    APPLEBAUM ANNE
    ISBN: 9780141979229
    Title: BETWEEN EAST AND WEST : ACROSS THE BORDERLANDS OF EUROPE
    Author: APPLEBAUM ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As Europe's borderlands emerged from Soviet rule, Anne Applebaum travelled from the Baltic to the Black Sea, through Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and the Carpathian mountains. Rich in vivid characters and stories of tragedy and survival, Between East and West illuminates the soul of a place, and the secret history of its people.

    'A beautifully written and thought-provoking account of a journey along Europe's forgotten edge.' Timothy Garton Ash

    'A vivid and penetrating assessment of the lands between the Baltic and the Black Sea in all their drama and desolation . . . a wise and useful book.' Robert Conquest

    'Combines the excitement of a well-written and adventurous travelogue with sophisticated reportage.' Norman Davies

    'You will be totally absorbed.' Norman Stone



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BETWEEN THE WARS : 1919-1939
    BETWEEN THE WARS : 1919-1939
    ZIEGLER PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780857055231
    Title: BETWEEN THE WARS : 1919-1939
    Author: ZIEGLER PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    At the end of 1918 one prescient American historian began to write a history of the Great War. "What will you call it?" he was asked. "The First World War," was his bleak response.

    In BETWEEN THE WARS Philip Ziegler examines the major international turning points - cultural and social as well as political and military - that led the world from one war to another. His approach is panoramic, touching on all parts of the world where history was being made, examining Gandhi's March to the Sea and the Chaco War in South America alongside Hitler's rise to power.

    It is the tragic story of a world determined that the horrors of the First World War would never be repeated, yet committed to a path which in hindsight was inevitably destined to end in a second, even more devastating conflict.

    Each chapter bears the unmistakable stamp of Ziegler's scholarship: a keen eye for the telling anecdote, elegant and fluid prose, and calm and fair judgments. In a world that grows ever more uncertain, its perspective on how hopes of peace can dissolve into the promise of war becomes more relevant with each passing day.

    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BIG WEEK : The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
    BIG WEEK : The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
    HOLLAND JAMES
    ISBN: 9780552173506
    Title: BIG WEEK : The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
    Author: HOLLAND JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'James Holland is a master' BBC HistoryIt was to be the battle to end the air war once and for all.During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces launched their first-ever round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. The aim was to smash the main factories and production centres of the Luftwaffe and at the same time draw the German fighter force up into the air and into battle. Big Week is the knife-edge story of bomber against flak gun and fighter, but also, crucially, fighter against fighter. Following the fortunes of pilots and aircrew from both sides, this is a blistering narrative of one of the most critical periods of the entire war. Big Week was the largest air battle ever witnessed, but it has been largely forgotten - until now.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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