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  • BALKANS 1804-2012 : Nationalism War and the Great Powers
    BALKANS 1804-2012 : Nationalism War and the Great Powers
    GLENNY MISHA
    ISBN: 9781783784523
    Title: BALKANS 1804-2012 : Nationalism War and the Great Powers
    Author: GLENNY MISHA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A refreshed edition of the landmark history of the Balkans.

    In this celebrated, landmark history of the Balkans, Misha Glenny investigates the roots of the bloodshed, invasions and nationalist fervour that have come to define our understanding of the south-eastern edge of Europe. In doing so, he reveals that groups we think of as implacable enemies have, over the centuries, formed unlikely alliances, thereby disputing the idea that conflict in the Balkans is the ineluctable product of ancient grudges. And he exposes the often-catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the rest of Europe, raising profound questions about recent Western intervention.

    Updated to cover the last decade's brutal conflicts in Kosovo and Macedonia, the surge of organised crime in the region, the rise of Turkey and the rocky road to EU membership, The Balkans remains the essential and peerless study of Europe's most complex and least understood region.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BARBARIANS
    BARBARIANS
    KERSHAW STEPHEN P
    ISBN: 9781472142115
    Title: BARBARIANS
    Author: KERSHAW STEPHEN P
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    History is written by the victors, and in the case of Rome the victors also had some extremely eloquent historians. Rome's history, as written by the Romans, follows a remarkable trajectory from its origins as a tiny village of refugees from a conflict zone, to a dominant superpower, before being transformed into the Medieval and Byzantine worlds.

    But throughout its rise and fall Rome faced resistance and rebellion from peoples which it regarded as barbarous and/or barbarian. These opponents of Rome's power left little in the way of their own first-hand historical accounts, but they had great deal of impact on the imaginations of the Romans, and of later ages. Resisting from outside the borders, or rebelling from within, they emerge vividly in Rome's historical tradition, and have a significant footprint in the archaeology. This new history takes a fresh and original viewpoint of Rome, building its narrative around the lives, personalities, successes and failures both of the key opponents of Rome's rise and dominance, and of the ones who ultimately brought the empire down.

    The book presents a selection of portrait-histories of Africans, Britons, Easterners, Egyptians, Gauls, Germans, Goths, Huns, Vandals and others which can be read individually as stand-alone pieces or collectively as a narrative 'barbarian' history of Rome. These will be based both on ancient historical writings and modern archaeological research.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • 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: June 2019 New Release


    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • BATTLE OF THE FOUR COURTS : The First Three Days of the Irish Civil War
    BATTLE OF THE FOUR COURTS : The First Three Days of the Irish Civil War
    FEWER MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781788546645
    Title: BATTLE OF THE FOUR COURTS : The First Three Days of the Irish Civil War
    Author: FEWER MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: January 2019 New Release

    A meticulous reconstruction of those three summer days that ignited the Irish Civil War in 1922 - the defining event of modern Irish politics.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • BEATING NAPOLEON
    BEATING NAPOLEON
    ANDRESS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780349141664
    Title: BEATING NAPOLEON
    Author: ANDRESS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An extraordinarily gripping narrative of how Britain, seemingly on the ropes after losing control of America, built the military and naval might to defeat Napoleon -- and in doing so transformed her destiny.

    'If it had not been for you English, I should have been Emperor of the East; but wherever there is water to float a ship, we are sure to find you in our way.' Emperor Napoleon

    But just thirty-five years earlier, Britain lacked any major continental allies, and was wracked by crises and corruption. Many thought that she would follow France into revolution. The British elite had no such troubling illusions: defeat was not a possibility. Since not all shared that certainty, the resumption of the conflict and its pursuit through years of Napoleonic dominance is a remarkable story of aristocratic confidence and assertion of national superiority. Winning these wars meant ruthless imperialist expansion, spiteful political combat, working under a mad king and forging the most united national effort since the days of the Armada. And it meant setting the foundations for the greatest empire the world has ever known.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: Life Inside One of America's Largest Hospitals for the Criminally Insane Treating the Real Hannibal Lecters of This Wor
    BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: Life Inside One of America's Largest Hospitals for the Criminally Insane Treating the Real Hannibal Lecters of This Wor
    SEAGER STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781760632366
    Title: BEHIND THE GATES OF GOMORRAH: Life Inside One of America's Largest Hospitals for the Criminally Insane Treating the Real Hannibal Lecters of This Wor
    Author: SEAGER STEPHEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A extraordinary, eye-opening look behind the razor wire into life inside the walls of one of the most notorious hospitals for the criminally insane, a hellish world inhabited by mass murderers, serial killers, and other figures from our nightmares.

    Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was no stranger to locked psych wards when he accepted a job at California's Gorman State hospital, known locally as 'Gomorrah', but nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered when he stepped through its gates, a triple sally port behind the twenty-foot walls topped with shining coils of razor wire. Gorman State is one of the nation's largest forensic mental hospitals, dedicated to treating the criminally insane. Unit C, where Seager was assigned, was reserved for the 'bad actors', the mass murderers, serial killers, and the real-life Hannibal Lecters of the world.Against a backdrop of surreal beauty - a campus-like setting where peacocks strolled the well-kept lawns - is a place of remarkable violence, a place where a small staff of clinicians are expected to manage a volatile population of prison-hardened ex-cons, where lone therapists lead sharing circles with psychopaths, where homemade weapons and contraband circulate freely, and where patients and physicians often measure their lives according to how fast they can run.

    Behind the Gates of Gomorrah affords an eye-opening look inside a facility to which few people have ever had access. Honest, reflective, and at times darkly funny, Seager's gripping account of his experiences at Gorman State hospital give us an extraordinary insight into a unique and terrifying world, inhabited by figures from our nightmares.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: July 2019 New Release

    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
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