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  • AMERICAN OVERDOSE
    AMERICAN OVERDOSE
    MCGREAL CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781783351688
    Title: AMERICAN OVERDOSE
    Author: MCGREAL CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One hundred and fifty Americans are killed each day by the opioid epidemic, described by a former head of the Food and Drug Administration as 'one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine'. But as Chris McGreal reveals in American Overdose, it was an avoidable tragedy driven by bad science, corporate greed and a corrupted medical system.

    In a narrative brimming with the guilty, the victims and the unlikely heroes, Chris McGreal travels from West Virginia pill mills to the corridors of Washington DC as he unravels the story of Big Pharma's hijacking of American healthcare and politics to push mass prescribing of 'heroin in a pill'.

    He meets the police and FBI agents who struggled to get prosecutors to go after doctors they called 'drug dealers in white coats'; the families devastated by painkillers they thought would heal, not kill; and the physicians and scientists who took on the drug companies behind the epidemic. The result is an immensely powerful account of the terrible human cost of the crisis, and a stark warning of the consequences of a healthcare system run as a business, not a service.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AMERICAN POLITICS : A Graphic History
    AMERICAN POLITICS : A Graphic History
    LOCKER LAURA / SCHEELE JULIA
    ISBN: 9781785783456
    Title: AMERICAN POLITICS : A Graphic History
    Author: LOCKER LAURA / SCHEELE JULIA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Queer: A Graphic History, illustrator Julia Scheele teams up with Dr Laura Locker in this comic-book introduction to the political history of the Land of Opportunity.

    How did a political outsider like Trump win the 2016 presidential election? Why do some Americans feel so strongly about gun rights? Is there a role for more than two
    political parties in the system?

    Politics isn't something that just occurs in the West Wing or the gleaming Capitol building - it comes from the interaction between state and society, the American people living their daily lives. In this unique graphic guide, we follow modern citizens as they explore everything from the United States' political culture, the Constitution and the balance of power, to social movements, the role of the media, and tensions over race, immigration, and LGBT rights.

    Step right up, and see what lies beneath the pageantry and headlines of this great nation.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANATOMY OF INEQUALITY : Its Social and Economic Origins- and Solutions
    ANATOMY OF INEQUALITY : Its Social and Economic Origins- and Solutions
    MOLANDER PER
    ISBN: 9781612196237
    Title: ANATOMY OF INEQUALITY : Its Social and Economic Origins- and Solutions
    Author: MOLANDER PER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    So begins this new approach to the greatest social ill of our time, and nearly every other era. From a country with one of the world's lowest rates of income and social imbalance, award-winning Swedish analyst Per Molander's book changes the conversation about the causes and effects of inequality. Molander addresses the obvious questions that other pundits often avoid-including why the wealthiest countries, such as the United States, have the greatest incidences of inequality.
    Drawing from anthropology, statistics, references to literature, and political science, Molander looks at his subject across various political and ideological systems to examine policies that have created more just societies, and demonstrate how we can enact similar changes in the name of equality. In doing so, he presents a persuasive and moving case that humankind is much greater than the inequalities it has created.

    Imprint: MELVILLE HOUSE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 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
    VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    ISBN: 9781784704117
    Title: AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    Author: VAROUFAKIS YANIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY THE AUTHOR

    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
  • AND YET
    AND YET
    HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781760294953
    Title: AND YET
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    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
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    BRADSHAW JOHN
    ISBN: 9780141980164
    Title: ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    Author: BRADSHAW JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA
    ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA
    YOUNGE GARY
    ISBN: 9781783351350
    Title: ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA
    Author: YOUNGE GARY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    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
  • ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    VAIDHYANATHAN SIVA
    ISBN: 9780190841164
    Title: ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    Author: VAIDHYANATHAN SIVA
    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
  • ANTISEMITISM : Here and Now
    ANTISEMITISM : Here and Now
    LIPSTADT DEBORAH
    ISBN: 9781925322675
    Title: ANTISEMITISM : Here and Now
    Author: LIPSTADT DEBORAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anti-Jewish violence and vandalism have been on the rise in Europe in the last five years. Deborah Lipstadt asks, 'Does this mean we are returning to the brutality of the 1930s?' 'No', is her initial answer, quickly followed by- 'It's complicated.'

    Connecting different currents in contemporary culture, such as the resurgence of racist right-wing nationalisms, left-liberal tolerance of hostility to Jews, the plight of the Palestinians, the relationship of antisemitism to anti-Zionism, and the rise of Islamic extremism, Lipstadt explores how contradictory forces have found common scapegoats.

    Lucid and convincing, Antisemitism will calm the fearful, rouse the complacent, and demand a response from readers.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • APPRENTICE : Trump Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
    APPRENTICE : Trump Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
    MILLER GREG
    ISBN: 9780008325756
    Title: APPRENTICE : Trump Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy
    Author: MILLER GREG
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It has been called the political crime of the century: This book from Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Greg Miller uncovers for the first time the truth behind the Kremlin's attempt to put Trump in the White House, how they did it, when and why.

    This exclusive book uncovers the truth behind the Kremlin's interference in Donald Trump's win and Trump's steadfast allegiance to Vladimir Putin. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of people in Trump's inner circle, the intelligence communities, foreign officials, and confidential documents. The Apprentice offers exclusive information about:

    • the hacking of the Democrats by Russian intelligence;
    • Russian hijacking of Facebook and Twitter;
    • National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's hidden communications with the Russians;
    • the attempt by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, to create a secret backchannel to Moscow using Russian diplomatic facilities;
    • Trump's disclosure to Russian officials of highly classified information about Israeli intelligence operations;
    • Trump's battles with the CIA and the FBI and fierce clashes within the West Wing;
    • Trump's efforts to enlist the director of national intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency to push back against the FBI's investigation of his campaign;
    • the mysterious Trump Tower meeting;
    • the firing of FBI Director James Comey;
    • the appointment of Mueller and the investigation that has followed;
    • the internal battles within Trump's legal camp;
    • and Trump's jaw-dropping behaviour in Helsinki.

    Deeply reported and masterfully told, The Apprentice is essential reading for anyone trying to understand Vladimir Putin's secret operation, its catastrophic impact, and the nature of betrayal.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ARGUABLY : LOVE AND WAR GOD AND MAMMON
    ARGUABLY : LOVE AND WAR GOD AND MAMMON
    HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781742377391
    Title: ARGUABLY : LOVE AND WAR GOD AND MAMMON
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    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
  • ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle over the Asia Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion
    ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle over the Asia Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion
    HAWKSLEY HUMPHREY
    ISBN: 9780715653456
    Title: ASIAN WATERS : The Struggle over the Asia Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion
    Author: HAWKSLEY HUMPHREY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Few territories are as hotly contested as the western Pacific Ocean. Across the 1.5 million square mile expanse of the East and South China Sea, six countries lay overlapping claims that date back centuries. China, Vietnam, Korea and Indonesia assert their right to trade routes, deploying military garrisons to defend disputed territories while Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines resist their expansion. But no single government can face a superpower such as China alone, and as the country extends its reach, less powerful states look to the US for diplomatic mediation creating an American security umbrella that stretches across the Asia-Pacific nicknamed the American Lake . These conditions produce an unstable cocktail of competing interests and international tensions poised for conflict. BBC foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley has been following this increasingly precarious situation in East Asia for decades. Reporting on years of political developments, he has witnessed China 's rise to become one of the world 's most powerful trade entities, elbowing smaller markets out in the process. In Asian Waters, Hawksley draws on his experience as a veteran journalist to portray the region in all its complexity and delivers a compelling account of where it is heading. Will China continue to rise to power peacefully or will its ambition prompt a new world war' Will Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan create a multi-lateral alliance similar to NATO to pre-empt further encroachment' Asian Waters delves into these topics and more as Hawksley presents the most comprehensive analysis of the region to date.

    Imprint: DUCKWORTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    FAHEY JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760631208
    Title: AUSTRALIAS FIRST SPIES : The remarkable story of Australian intelligence operations, 1901-45
    Author: FAHEY JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    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
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BAD FEMINIST  -  ESSAYS
    BAD FEMINIST - ESSAYS
    GAY ROXANE
    ISBN: 9781472119735
    Title: BAD FEMINIST - ESSAYS
    Author: GAY ROXANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    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
  • BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    BAREFOOT INVESTOR : The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
    PAPE SCOTT
    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: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    PAPE SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781460756874
    Title: BAREFOOT INVESTOR FOR FAMILIES : The only kids' money guide you'll ever need
    Author: PAPE SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The new book from Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor. The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need is a phenomenon, sprinting through one million copies to become one of the best selling Australian books ever. Why is it so successful? It's simple, funny and practical. And it has changed people's lives.

    The eagerly anticipated follow-up, The Barefoot Investor for Families, sticks to the same script. It's aimed fairly and squarely at parents, grandparents, and basically anyone who read that book and said:

    'Why the hell wasn't I taught this years ago?'

    Scott lays out ten money milestones kids need to have nailed before they leave home, and it's all structured around one family 'money meal' each week (so roughly 20 minutes).

    If you follow the roadmap, with tailor-made lessons for each age group, your kids will know how to do things like:

    Learn the life-changing value of hard work

    Set up a fee-free bank account (or jam jars!)

    Go on a Treasure Hunt around the house, and sell some of their 'stuff' second-hand

    Save your parents $100 on household bills

    Even ...

    Learn to cook at least two low-cost, delicious, nutritious meals from scratch.

    Scott's mission is to make sure your kids are financially strong so they never, ever get sucked into the traps that middle-aged bankers have devised to rob them of their money and their confidence.

    There are only ten things every kid needs to know about money, and you can teach them over dinner, once a week.

    It's that simple.

    Start now - it's never too early or too late.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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