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  • 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 Now comes the last of the last; a volume of Hitchens' previously unpublished essays, covering the themes that define Hitchens the thinker: literature, religion and politics.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: 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
  • 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 Publications
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • ARGUING WITH ZOMBIES : Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
    ARGUING WITH ZOMBIES : Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
    KRUGMAN PAUL
    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
  • ART OF GROWING UP
    ART OF GROWING UP
    MARSDEN JOHN
    ISBN: 9781760556723
    Title: ART OF GROWING UP
    Author: MARSDEN JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When I hear parents say 'I want my children to enjoy their childhood; there'll be time when they're older to learn about those things', I hear the voices of those who are scared of the vastness of the universe. These adults have a view of childhood as some kind of discrete interval, rather than just a few years from the continuum of life. How fortunate that the spirit, courage and curiosity of many young people remain largely undefeated by such adults.

    John Marsden has spent his adult life engaging with young minds - through both his award-winning, internationally bestselling young adult fiction and his work as one of Australia's most esteemed and experienced educators. As the founder and principal of two schools, John is at the coalface of education and daily witness to the inevitable and yet still mysterious process of growing up.

    Now, in this astonishing, insightful and hugely ambitious manifesto, John pulls together all he has learned from over thirty years' experience working with and writing for young people. He shares his insights into everything - from the role of schools and the importance of education, to problem parents and problem children, and the conundrum of what it means to grow up and be 'happy' in the 21st century.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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 Publishers
    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: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • BEAUTY
    BEAUTY
    LEE BRI
    ISBN: 9781760876524
    Title: BEAUTY
    Author: LEE BRI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You were either fit and trim or you weren't working hard enough. Your body was how you conveyed wealth and status to your peers, it was a personality trait, a symbol of goodness and values: an ethical ideal.

    In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed.

    In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many. What happens if you try to reach that impossible goal? Bri did try, and Beauty is what she learned from that battle: a gripping and intelligent rejection of an ideal that diminishes us all.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    WOLF NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780099595748
    Title: BEAUTY MYTH : HOW IMAGES OF BEAUTY ARE USED AGAINST WOMEN
    Author: WOLF NAOMI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. This book exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women.

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BECAUSE INTERNET
    BECAUSE INTERNET
    MCCULLOCH GRETCHEN
    ISBN: 9780735210936
    Title: BECAUSE INTERNET
    Author: MCCULLOCH GRETCHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: RIVERHEAD BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    GOW IAN D / KELLS STUART
    ISBN: 9781863959964
    Title: BIG FOUR : The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global Accounting Monopoly
    Author: GOW IAN D / KELLS STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Across the globe, the so-called Big Four accounting and audit firms – Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG – are massively influential. Together, they earn more than US$100 billion annually and employ almost one million people. In many profound ways, they have changed how we work, how we manage, how we invest and how we are governed.

    Stretching back centuries, their history is a fascinating story of wealth, power and luck. But today, the Big Four face an uncertain future – thanks to their push into China; their vulnerability to digital disruption and competition; and the hazards of providing traditional services in a new era of transparency.

    Both colourful and authoritative, this account of the past, present and likely future of the Big Four is essential reading for anyone perplexed or fascinated by professional services, working in the industry, or contemplating joining a professional services firm.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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