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  • CHASING THE SCREAM
    CHASING THE SCREAM
    HARI JOHANN
    ISBN: 9781526608369
    Title: CHASING THE SCREAM
    Author: HARI JOHANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    NOW WITH A NEW AFTERWORD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE SOURCE OF THE VIRAL TED TALK

    'Screamingly addictive' STEPHEN FRY
    'Superb ... Thrilling story-telling' NAOMI KLEIN
    'A powerful contribution to an urgent debate' GUARDIAN

    What if everything we 've been told about addiction is wrong' One of Johann Hari 's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realised there was addiction in his family. Confused, he set out on a three-year, thirty-thousand mile journey to discover what really causes addiction and how to solve it.
    Told through a series of gripping human stories, this book was the basis of a TED talk and animation that have been viewed more than twenty million times. It has transformed the global debate about addiction.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    REYNOLDS ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780190460952
    Title: CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    Author: REYNOLDS ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The gay rights movement has achieved social transformation at a dizzying pace, upending conventional views on sex, love, marriage, the family, and equality itself. While most scholars understand the movement as a broad-based social movement, Andrew Reynolds argues that the most important catalyst of gay rights is often overlooked: individuals. Specifically, openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender politicians had a critical role in bringing about a more positive attitude towards homosexuality and gender identity, both among other politicians and the general public. Just last year, a transgender candidate, Danica Roem, won a highly contested race in Virginia by concentrating on traffic issues. That would have been unthinkable even a few years ago.


    The Children of Harvey Milk tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights. Based on in-depth interviews with more than seventy elected officials and high profile political candidates, Reynolds traces major breakthroughs for the gay rights movement through the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender politicians who advanced the cause. The book documents their successes and failures, heartwarming stories of acceptance and heartbreaking stories of ostracism, demonstrating the ways in which an individual can change the views and voting behaviours of those around him. Reynolds also includes rare vignettes of LGBT leaders in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean who continue to fight for gay rights in spite of threats, violence, and homophobia.

    Blending personal stories with historical data, Reynolds offers both a compelling portrait of LGBT politicians and a powerful explanation of the importance of identity politics in the success of the gay rights movement. A touchstone narrative of the tumultuous journey towards gay rights, The Children of Harvey Milk is a must-read for anyone with an interest in LGBT rights, social movements, and social change.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $38.99

    Price: $38.99
  • CHOKED : The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future
    CHOKED : The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future
    GARDINER BETH
    ISBN: 9781846276477
    Title: CHOKED : The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future
    Author: GARDINER BETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: May 2020 New Release

    Every year, air pollution prematurely kills seven million people around the world, in rich countries and poor ones. It is strongly linked to strokes, heart attacks, many kinds of cancer, premature birth and dementia, among other ailments. In Choked, Beth Gardiner travels the world to meet the scientists who have transformed our understanding of pollution's effects on the human body, and to trace the economic forces and political decisions that have allowed it to remain at life-threatening levels. But she also focuses on real-world solutions, and on inspiring stories of people fighting for a healthier future. Compellingly written, and alive with the personalities of the people who study, breathe and fight bad air, Choked is a vital contribution on one of the most important - but too often ignored - issues of our time.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CITY ON FIRE : The fight for Hong Kong
    CITY ON FIRE : The fight for Hong Kong
    DAPIRAN ANTONY
    ISBN: 9781922310002
    Title: CITY ON FIRE : The fight for Hong Kong
    Author: DAPIRAN ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A long-term resident and expert observer of dissent in Hong Kong takes readers to the front lines of Hong Kong's revolution.

    Through the long, hot summer of 2019, Hong Kong burned. Anti-government protests, sparked by a government proposal to introduce a controversial extradition law, grew into a pro-democracy movement that engulfed the city for months. Protesters fought street battles with police, and the unrest brought the People's Liberation Army to the very doorstep of Hong Kong. Driven primarily by students and youth protesters with their 'Be Water!' philosophy, borrowed from hometown hero Bruce Lee, this leaderless, technology-driven protest movement defied a global superpower and changed Hong Kong, perhaps forever. But it also changed China, and challenged China's global standing.

    In City on Fire, Antony Dapiran provides the first detailed account of the protests, reveals the protesters' unique tactics, explains how the movement fits into the city's long history of dissent, and looks at what the protests will mean for the future of Hong Kong, China, and China's place in the world.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    MASON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241390337
    Title: CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    Author: MASON PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Has capitalism stripped us of our common humanity? In an age of fragmented identities and authoritarianism, award-winning journalist Paul Mason calls for a new humanism.


    Our world order is under pressure as never before. From new authoritarian regimes in the US, Turkey and Russia, to the imminent break-up of the European Union and a social media awash with intolerance, things look set to fall apart just as abruptly as the Soviet Union did some thirty years ago. How did we get here, and what do we do now?

    In this searching new exploration of our crisis, Paul Mason argues that at its heart lies an attack on the idea of humanity itself. As the free-market system reduced us to two-dimensional consumers, genetics has stripped us of our belief in humans as agents of change. And now the dystopian forces of the authoritarian right are pushing the world towards a pre-modern understanding of the human being: one that aims to destroy the very concept of universal human rights, and create a new world in which we are biologically destined to form hierarchies based on ethnicity and gender, and to obey the demands of religious conformity.

    If these forces are not stopped, Mason warns, we will relive something even worse than the 1930s. In response, he demands a radical defence of the human being: a reinvention of humanism; a re-assertion of the universality of human rights; and a struggle for a society where biologically determined hierarchies are abolished. We have the power to imagine and design a better system. We must, Mason concludes, reach deep into the history and experience of resistance in order to be our own saviours.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    MORAN ALAN
    ISBN: 9781925501407
    Title: CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    Author: MORAN ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alan Moran has been a prominent writer on regulatory matters for thirty years. He was the inaugural head of the Australian governments’ regulatory review office and researched the issues in “think tanks”.

    Working outside and within the Victorian Government, he was a major participant in the disaggregation of that state’s monopoly electricity business into a dozen independent parts and in the creation of what later became the National Electricity Market.

    Dr Moran has written many books and articles on the interface between climate change, energy and economic well-being. These include editing and contributing to the 2015 best seller, Climate Change: the facts.

    Climate Change: treaties and policies in the Trump era, is an examination of:
    • The setting of the climate change agenda
    • Its position in the international arena where nations have agreed to treaties and agreements that have increasingly placed pressures on governments to take actions in conformance with their provisions
    • The developments leading to the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which incorporated governments’ “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs) on abatement of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
    • The costs nations are actually and prospectively incurring in meeting their INDCs and in other measures designed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
    • President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement and other nations’ responses.

    The book foreshadows the collapse of the Paris agreement and gradual, if not abrupt, dismantling of the costly measures it entails – primarily involving forcing consumers to subsidise wind and solar energy.

    Imprint: CONNORCOURT
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CLIMATE LEVIATHAN : A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future
    CLIMATE LEVIATHAN : A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future
    WAINWRIGHT JOEL
    ISBN: 9781786634450
    Title: CLIMATE LEVIATHAN : A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future
    Author: WAINWRIGHT JOEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2020 New Release

    Despite all the science and summits, leading capitalist states have not managed to mitigate anything close to an adequate level of carbon emissions. There is no way the world will warm less than the critical 2C threshold. What are the likely political-economic outcomes? Where is our warming world headed? Possibilities in the struggle for climate justice depend on our capacity to anticipate where the existing global order is likely to go. Climate Leviathan provides a radical way of thinking about how environmental change will intensify existing challenges to global order, unearthing the forces for a planetary variation on existing forms of sovereignty. Drawing on a wide range of political thought, Wainwright and Mann argue that rapid climate change will transform global political economy and our world's basic political arrangements, leading toward a capitalist planetary sovereignty. Alternative futures must be constructed in the face of these transformations.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDT JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780141986302
    Title: CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    Author: LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDT JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have good intentions, over-parenting and the decline in unsupervised play led to the emergence of modern identity politics and hypersensitivity?

    In this book, free speech campaigner Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt investigate a new cultural phenomenon of "safetyism", beginning on American college campuses in 2014 and spreading throughout academic institutions in the English-speaking world.

    Looking at the consequences of paranoid parenting, the increase in anxiety and depression amongst students and the rise of new ideas about justice, Lukianoff and Haidt argue that well-intended but misguided attempts to protect young people are damaging their development and mental health, the functioning of educational systems and even democracy itself.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9781784873691
    Title: COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    Author: MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY YANIS VAROUFAKIS

    The Communist Manifesto was first published in London in 1848, by two young men in their late twenties. Its impact reverberated across the globe and throughout the next century, and it has come to be recognised as one of the most important political texts ever written. Maintaining that the history of all societies is a history of class struggle, the manifesto proclaims that communism is the only route to equality, and is a call to action aimed at the proletariat. It is an essential read for anyone seeking to understand our modern political landscape.

    Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth, this pocket edition includes a new introduction by the economist and bestselling author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? and Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis.


    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • CONTEST FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC : Why China Won't Map the Future
    CONTEST FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC : Why China Won't Map the Future
    MEDCALF RORY
    ISBN: 9781760641573
    Title: CONTEST FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC : Why China Won't Map the Future
    Author: MEDCALF RORY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What we call a part of the world - Asia, Europe, the Middle East - seems innocuous. But the name of a region is totemic- a mental map that guides the decisions of leaders and the story of international order, war and peace. In recent years, the label 'Indo-Pacific' has suddenly gained wide use, including among the leaders of the United States, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, France and others. But what does it really mean?

    The Indo-Pacific is both a place and an idea. It is the region central to global prosperity and security. It is also a metaphor for collective action. If diplomacy fails, it will be the theatre of the first general war since 1945. But if its future can be secured, the Indo-Pacific will flourish as a shared space, the centre of gravity in a connected world.

    Written by a recognised expert and regional policy insider, Contest for the Indo-Pacific is the definitive guide to tensions in the region. It weaves together history, geopolitics, cartography, military strategy, economics, games and propaganda to address a vital question- how can China's dominance be prevented without war?

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CONVERSATION YEARBOOK 2019 : 50 Standout articles from Australia's top thinkers
    CONVERSATION YEARBOOK 2019 : 50 Standout articles from Australia's top thinkers
    WATSON JOHN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780522876062
    Title: CONVERSATION YEARBOOK 2019 : 50 Standout articles from Australia's top thinkers
    Author: WATSON JOHN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A little bit of authority goes a long way in an opinionated world. Here Australia's most erudite thinkers share expert views on the issues that shaped the nation in 2019. The Conversation Yearbook has become an annual bestselling collection that navigates fake news and shouty views and offers a fresh perspective on the fundamental issues.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CORPORATE POWER IN AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY
    CORPORATE POWER IN AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY
    EDWARDS L M
    ISBN: 9781925835427
    Title: CORPORATE POWER IN AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY
    Author: EDWARDS L M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2019 New Release

    Trust in Australian democracy has more than halved over the last
    decade, from 86% in 2007 to 41% in 2018. Part of this erosion of trust stems
    from a belief that big business has too much power. Community concerns have
    sparked major campaigns for a federal anti-corruption body and political
    donations reform. People are concerned that politicians are privileging the
    concerns of their mates in big business over the community or the public good.



    This book sets out to test the evidence for these public fears,
    considering mining companies and the mining tax; the banks and the financial
    advice scandals; Telstra and the NBN; News Ltd and media reform; Coles and
    Woolies versus the farmers; and attempts by government to reform contract laws
    and laws on the abuse of market power. It asks if the major corporates are
    disproportionately winning in our political debates? And if so, why?




    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $29.95
    Price: $29.95
  • CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    TOOZE ADAM
    ISBN: 9780141032214
    Title: CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    Author: TOOZE ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In September 2008 the Great Financial Crisis, triggered by the collapse of Lehman brothers, shook the world. A decade later its spectre still haunts us. As the appalling scope and scale of the crash was revealed, the financial institutions that had symbolised the West's triumph since the end of the Cold War, seemed - through greed, malice and incompetence - to be about to bring the entire system to its knees.

    Crashed is a brilliantly original and assured analysis of what happened and how we were rescued from something even worse - but at a price which continues to undermine democracy across Europe and the United States. Gnawing away at our institutions are the many billions of dollars which were conjured up to prevent complete collapse. Over and over again, the end of the crisis has been announced, but it continues to hound us - whether in Greece or Ukraine, whether through Brexit or Trump. Adam Tooze follows the trail like no previous writer and has written a book compelling as history, as economic analysis and as political horror story.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    ISBN: 9780141978574
    Title: CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    Author: ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education. In this inspiring, empowering book, he sets out a new vision for how education can be transformed to enable all young people to flourish. Filled with practical examples and groundbreaking research, it will inspire the change our children urgently need.

    'This book is a manifesto; a practical exploration and celebration of what is possible. Now it's up to us.' Richard Gerver, author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today

    'Inspires and brings a new sense of possibility to the goal of transforming education . . . This is a global game-changer.' Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly

    'Wonderful and enjoyable.' Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize Laureate

    'This book is a wake-up call . . . a must-read.' Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons 2.0



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE : Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud
    CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE : Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud
    MUELLER TOM
    ISBN: 9781782397458
    Title: CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE : Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud
    Author: MUELLER TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We are living in a time of mind-boggling corruption, but we are also, as it happens, living in a golden age of whistleblowing. Over the past two decades, the brave insiders who decide to expose wrongdoing have gained unprecedented legal and social stature, emerging as the government's best weapon against corporate misconduct - and the citizenry's best defense against government gone bad. They are also forcing us to consider fundamental questions about our democracy, especially the proper balance between free speech and state secrecy, and between individual rights and corporate power.

    Drawing on relentless original research, including in-depth interviews with more than 200 whistleblowers and the elite coterie of legal trailblazers who have armed them for battle - plus scores of politicians, intelligence analysts, government watchdogs, cognitive scientists, and other experts - Crisis of Conscience is a modern-day David-and-Goliath saga, told through a series of riveting cases drawn from Big Pharma, the military, and beyond. Whistleblowers are not only heroes who expose and anatomise corruption and ensure that it is punished usually at enormous cost to themselves - Mueller shows how they are also models we all must think and act more like if our democracy is to survive.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    SAID EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780099967507
    Title: CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    Author: SAID EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Following his profoundly influential study, Orientalism, Edward Said now examines western culture. From Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie, from Yeats to media coverage of the Gulf War, Culture and Imperialism is a broad, fierce and wonderfully readable account of the roots of imperialism in European culture.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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