Block of Books
  • AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    ISBN: 9781784704117
    Title: AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of failed capitalism. In this startling account of Europe’s economic rise and catastrophic fall, Yanis Varoufakis pinpoints the flaws in the European Union’s design – a design that was thought up after the Second World War, and is responsible for Europe’s fragmentation and the resurgence of racist extremism across the Continent.

    When the financial crisis struck in 2008, the political elite’s response ensured that it would be the weakest citizens of the weakest nations that would pay the price for the bankers’ mistakes.

    Drawing on his personal experience of negotiations with the eurozone’s financiers, and offering concrete policies to reform Europe, Varoufakis shows how we concocted this mess, and points the way out of it. And The Weak Suffer What They Must? reminds us of our history, in order to save European capitalism and democracy from the abyss.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9781760294953
    Title: AND YET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Christopher Hitchens was an unparalleled, prolific writer, who raised the polemical essay to a new art form, over a lifetime of thinking and debating the defining issues of our times. As an essayist he contributed to the New Statesman, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, TLS and Vanity Fair. Any publication of a volume of Hitchens' essays was a major event on both sides of the Atlantic. Now comes the last of the last; a volume of Hitchens' previously unpublished essays, covering the themes that define Hitchens the thinker: literature, religion and politics. These essays remind us, once more, of the fierce, brilliant and trenchant voice of Christopher Hitchens.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ISBN: 9780141980164
    Title: ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human. In this highly original and hugely enjoyable work, John Bradshaw examines modern humans' often contradictory relationship with the animal world. Why, despite the apparent irrationality of keeping pets, do half of today's American households, and almost that figure in the UK, have at least one pet (triple the rate of the 1970s)? Then again, why do we care for some animals in our homes, and designate others only as a source of food? Through these and many other questions, one of the world's foremost anthrozoology experts shows that our relationship with animals is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9781783351350
    Author: YOUNGE GARY
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the much-admired correspondent comes a powerful, moving and important book on the effect of gun crime on children in the US.

    On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily.

    Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANOTHER NOW : Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    ANOTHER NOW : Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    ISBN: 9781847925640
    Title: ANOTHER NOW : Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What would a fair and equal society look like?

    Imagine it is now 2025 and that years earlier, in the wake of the world financial crisis of 2008, a new post-Capitalist society had been born. In this ingenious book, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis draws on the greatest thinkers in European culture from Plato to Marx to offer us a dramatic and tantalising glimpse of this brave new world, where the principles of democracy, equality and justice are truly served.

    But in setting out what would be needed to forge such a society, he identifies a painful but important truth- that the greatest obstacles to making such a vision a reality lie within each of us.

    This book offers answers to some of the most pressing questions of today. It also challenges us to consider how we might answer them in our lives.

    It is a book to return to, time and again, for ideas and provocation, for solace and inspiration.

    Imprint: Bodley Head
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    ISBN: 9780190841164
    Title: ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If you wanted to build a machine that would distribute propaganda to millions of people, distract them from important issues, energise hatred and bigotry, erode social trust, undermine respectable journalism, foster doubts about science, and engage in massive surveillance all at once, you would make something a lot like Facebook. Of course, none of that was part of the plan.

    In Antisocial Media, Siva Vaidhyanathan explains how Facebook devolved from an innocent social site hacked together by Harvard students into a force that, while it may make personal life just a little more pleasurable, makes democracy a lot more challenging. It's an account of the hubris of good intentions, a missionary spirit, and an ideology that sees computer code as the universal solvent for all human problems. And it's an indictment of how "social media" has fostered the deterioration of democratic culture around the world, from facilitating Russian meddling in support of Trump's election to the exploitation of the platform by murderous authoritarians in Burma and the Philippines. Facebook grew out of an ideological commitment to data-driven decision making and logical thinking. Its culture is explicitly tolerant of difference and dissent. Both its market orientation and its labour force are global. It preaches the power of connectivity to change lives for the better. Indeed, no company better represents the dream of a fully connected planet "sharing" words, ideas, and images, and no company has better leveraged those ideas into wealth and influence. Yet no company has contributed more to the global collapse of basic tenets of deliberation and democracy. Both authoritative and trenchant,

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $38.99

    Price: $38.99
    ISBN: 9780141986555
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PUBLICATION DELAYED

    Capitalist enterprise has existed in some form since ancient times, but the globalization and dominance of capitalism as a system began in the 1860s, when states all over the world developed their modern political frameworks- the unifications of Italy and Germany, the establishment of a republic in France, the elimination of slavery in the American south, the Meiji Restoration in Japan, the emancipation of the serfs in Tsarist Russia. This book magnificently explores how, after the upheavals of industrialisation, a truly global capitalism followed. For the first time in the history of humanity, a social system was able to provide a high level of consumption for the majority. Today, capitalism dominates the world.

    With wide-ranging scholarship, Donald Sassoon analyses the impact of capitalism on the histories of many different states, and how it creates winners and losers by constantly innovating. This chronic instability produces the anxious triumph of his title. To alleviate such anxieties it was necessary to create a national community, to develop a welfare state, to intervene in the market economy, and to protect it from foreign competition. Capitalists needed a state to discipline them, to nurture them, and to sacrifice a few to save the rest- a state overseeing the war of all against all.

    Vigorous, argumentative, surprising and constantly stimulating, The Anxious Triumph gives a fresh perspective on all these questions and on its era. It is a masterpiece by one of Britain's most engaging and wide-ranging historians.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • ARAB WINTER : A Tragedy
    ARAB WINTER : A Tragedy
    ISBN: 9780691207902
    Title: ARAB WINTER : A Tragedy
    Author: FELDMAN NOAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

    Why the conventional wisdom about the Arab Spring is wrong.

    The Arab Spring promised to end dictatorship and bring self-government to people across the Middle East. Yet everywhere except Tunisia it led to either renewed dictatorship, civil war, extremist terror, or all three. In The Arab Winter, Noah Feldman argues that the Arab Spring was nevertheless not an unmitigated failure, much less an inevitable one. Rather, it was a noble, tragic series of events in which, for the first time in recent Middle Eastern history, Arabic-speaking peoples took free, collective political action as they sought to achieve self-determination.

    Focusing on the Egyptian revolution and counterrevolution, the Syrian civil war, the rise and fall of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and the Tunisian struggle toward Islamic constitutionalism, Feldman provides an original account of the political consequences of the Arab Spring, including the reaffirmation of pan-Arab identity, the devastation of Arab nationalisms, and the death of political Islam with the collapse of ISIS. He also challenges commentators who say that the Arab Spring was never truly transformative, that Arab popular self-determination was a mirage, and even that Arabs or Muslims are less capable of democracy than other peoples.

    Above all, The Arab Winter shows that we must not let the tragic outcome of the Arab Spring disguise its inherent human worth. People whose political lives had been determined from the outside tried, and for a time succeeded, in making politics for themselves. That this did not result in constitutional democracy or a better life for most of those affected doesn't mean the effort didn't matter. To the contrary, it matters for history — and it matters for the future.

    'Noah Feldman offers an interpretation of the meaning of the Arab spring and its aftermath in the Arab winter in his superb new book.' - Joseph Richard Preville, Informed Comment

    'An ambitious and thought-provoking study.' - Justin Marozzi, Sunday Times

    'Fascinating and persuasive.' - Robert F. Worth, New York Times Book Review

    Imprint: Princeton University Press
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9781742377391
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    He raises hackles or receives resounding cheers, he's loved or hated but never ignored. Christopher Hitchens is possibly the most provocative writer of our time, fearless and forthright with no subject off limits. This volume of essays spans a remarkable four decades of writing. From early articles in the New Statesman where he worked alongside writers such as Ian McEwan and Martin Amis, through to his pieces for Salon, The Atlantic and Vanity Fair, these articles display his rare genius, indomitable wit and singular command of language. World figures from Clinton to Mother Teresa, Kissinger to Benazir Bhutto go under his unforgiving microscope. Issues from Vietnam to Iraq, Afghanistan to Iran and literary musings on the leading writers of the last fifty years form the richest tapestry a reader could ask. 'Don't mince words' is the title of one of these pieces. Nor does he, nor has he over the course of a dozen books of which the most recent are the best selling God is not Great and Hitch-22, and hundreds of articles of which the cream of the crop is here.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ARGUING WITH ZOMBIES : Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
    ARGUING WITH ZOMBIES : Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
    ISBN: 9781324005018
    Title: ARGUING WITH ZOMBIES : Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
    Author: KRUGMAN PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There is no better guide than Paul Krugman to basic economics, the ideas that animate much of our public policy. Likewise, there is no stronger foe of zombie economics, the misunderstandings that just won't die.

    In Arguing with Zombies, Krugman tackles many of these misunderstandings, taking stock of where the United States has come from and where it's headed in a series of concise, digestible chapters. Drawn mainly from his popular New York Times column, they cover a wide range of issues, organized thematically and framed in the context of a wider debate. Explaining the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, and so much more with unrivaled clarity and precision, Arguing with Zombies is Krugman at the height of his powers. Arguing with Zombies puts Krugman at the front of the debate in the 2020 election year and is an indispensable guide to two decades' worth of political and economic discourse in the United States and around the globe.

    With quick, vivid sketches, Krugman turns his readers into intelligent consumers of the daily news and hands them the keys to unlock the concepts behind the greatest economic policy issues of our time. In doing so, he delivers an instant classic that can serve as a reference point for this and future generations.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific and the Challenge to American Power
    ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific and the Challenge to American Power
    ISBN: 9781419742439
    Title: ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific and the Challenge to American Power
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the sphere of future global politics, no region will be as hotly contested as the Asia-Pacific, where great power interests collide amid the mistrust of unresolved conflicts and disputed territory. This is where authoritarian China is trying to rewrite international law and challenge the democratic values of the United States and its allies. The lightning rods of conflict are remote reefs and islands from which China has created military bases in the 1.5-million-square-mile expanse of the South China Sea, a crucial world trading route that this rising world power now claims as its own. No other Asian country can take on China alone. They look for protection from the United States, although it, too, may be ill-equipped for the job at hand. If China does get away with seizing and militarizing waters here, what will it do elsewhere in the world, and who will be able to stop it?In Asian Waters, award-winning foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley breaks down the politics-and tensions-that he has followed through this region for years. Reporting on decades of political developments, he has witnessed China's rise to become one of the world's most wealthy and militarized countries, and delivers in Asian Waters the compelling narrative of this most volatile region. Can the United States and China handle the changing balance of power peacefully? Do Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan share enough common purpose to create a NATO-esque multilateral alliance? Does China think it can even become a superpower while making an enemy of America? If so, how does it plan to achieve it? Asian Waters delves into these topics and more as Hawksley presents the most comprehensive and accessible analysis ever of this region.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
    ISBN: 9781509541454
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 6 April 1967, at the invitation of the Socialist Students of Austria at the University of Vienna, Theodor W. Adorno gave a lecture which is not merely of historical interest. Against the background of the rise of the National Democratic Party of Germany, which had enjoyed remarkable electoral success in the first two years after its formation in November 1964, Adorno analysed the goals, resources and tactics of the new right-wing nationalism of this time. Contrasting it with the ‘old’ fascism of the Nazis, Adorno gave particular attention to the ways in which far-right movements elicited enthusiastic support in sections of the West German population, 20 years after the war had ended.

    Much has changed since then, but some elements have remained the same or resurfaced in new forms, 50 years later. Adorno’s penetrating analysis of the sources of right-wing radicalism is as relevant today as it was five decades ago. It is a prescient message to future generations who find themselves embroiled once again in a struggle against a resurgent nationalism and right-wing extremism.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $20.99

    Price: $20.99
  • AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    ISBN: 9781760631208
    Title: AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    Author: FAHEY JOHN
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia was born with its eyes wide open. Although politicians spoke publicly of loyalty to Britain and the empire, in secret they immediately set about protecting Australia's interests from the Germans, the Japanese - and from Britain itself.

    As an experienced intelligence officer, John Fahey knows how the security services disguise their activities within government files. He has combed the archives to compile the first account of Australia's intelligence operations in the years from Federation to the end of World War II.

    He tells the stories of dedicated patriots who undertook dangerous operations to protect their new nation, despite a lack of training and support. He shows how the early adoption of advanced radio technology by Australia contributed to the war effort in Europe. He also exposes the bureaucratic mismanagement in World War II that cost many lives, and the leaks that compromised Australia's standing with its wartime allies so badly that Australia was nearly expelled from the Anglo-Saxon intelligence network.

    Australia's First Spies shows Australia always has been a far savvier operator in international affairs than much of the historical record suggests, and it offers a glimpse into the secret history of the nation.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
    ISBN: 9781472119735
    Author: GAY ROXANE
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bad Feminist is collection of frank, funny, whip-smart and spot-on essays from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

    In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

    Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

    Imprint: Corsair
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BARACK AND JOE : The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership
    BARACK AND JOE : The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership
    ISBN: 9780316487894
    Title: BARACK AND JOE : The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The extraordinary partnership of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is unique in American history. The two men, their characters and styles sharply contrasting, formed a dynamic working relationship that evolved into a profound friendship. Their affinity was not predestined. Obama and Biden began wary of each other: Obama an impatient freshman disdainful of the Senate's plodding ways; Biden a veteran of the chamber and proud of its traditions.

    Gradually they came to respect each other's values and strengths and rode into the White House together in 2008. Side-by-side through two tension-filled terms, they shared the day-to-day joys and struggles of leading the most powerful nation on earth. They accommodated each other's quirks: Biden's famous miscues kept coming, and Obama overlooked them knowing they were insignificant except as media fodder. With his expertise in foreign affairs and legislative matters, Biden took on an unprecedented role as chief adviser to Obama, reshaping the vice presidency. Together Obama and Biden guided Americans through a range of historic moments: a devastating economic crisis, racial confrontations, war in Afghanistan, and the dawn of same-sex marriage nationwide. They supported each other through highs and lows: Obama provided a welcome shoulder during the illness and death of Biden's son Beau.

    As many Americans turn a nostalgic eye toward the Obama presidency, BARACK AND JOE offers a new look at this administration, its absence of scandal, dedication to truth, and respect for the media. This is the first book to tell the full story of this historic relationship and its substantial impact on the Obama presidency and its legacy.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    ISBN: 9780730324218
    Title: BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    Author: PAPE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If you’re like most of us, you spend your whole damn life working for everyone else: the bank, your spouse, or your kids – it’s rare that you carve out some time to stop and focus on the vitally important questions. You know, the one’s that are critical, but not urgent, like:Why am I still in this job? Wasn’t this supposed to be a stepping-stone? Why do some people seem to be doing better financially than me? Will I end up eating home-brand bangers and watching Family Feud in retirement?Am I on the right path?

    Together we’re going to answer these questions. I’ll give you a step-by-step plan that will clear away the cobwebs of doubt and give you clarity and confidence. But to get the most out of it, you need to do your part: sit uninterrupted in an easy chair, with a biro, a cuppa and a Tim Tam or two.To be truly happy you must be in control of your financial life – or lack of money will control you forever. So in this book, I’m going to step out my plan -- a plan that’s allowed me to tread my own path, and will allow you to do so too.

    Over the years I’ve successfully taught this plan to thousands of people, from elite athletes to single mums on Centrelink. I’m confident it will work the same for you as it did for for them.I understand how busy life is. The average visitor to my website stays for around 2.38 minutes (or so my web geek tells me)... and I’m asking you to spend an afternoon with me?!

    So at the start of this journey together, I want to honour your commitment, and that’s why I’ll make this promise to you:You will be able to buy everything you need, while achieving your number one goal: whether that be dumping your debts, radically paying off your dream home, or retiring with dignity. You’ll achieve it without using a strict budget, or living like your poor old Aunty Mavis. Above all, I’ll give you the freedom to tread your own path.Sounds like bulldust, right?

    All I ask is that you keep an open mind. Read this book in your comfy chair, enjoy the bikkies, and follow all the instructions.Trust me on this: as you begin to see the plan working, your confidence will soar.

    Imprint: WRIGHT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
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