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  • CAN DEMOCRACY WORK ? : A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
    CAN DEMOCRACY WORK ? : A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
    ISBN: 9781786076274
    Title: CAN DEMOCRACY WORK ? : A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World
    Author: MILLER JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Democracy today is widely regarded as an ideal form of government. Yet in practice it sometimes seems a sham, a political puppet show in which hidden elites pull all the strings.
    As trust in elected representatives around the world plunges, it is no wonder that democratic revolts have erupted o from Cairo to Kiev and beyond o in an effort to 'take back control'.
    In this urgent and lively history, James Miller reminds us that democracy has always generated tensions and contradictions. Through philosophical debates and violent uprisings, it has been contested, corrupted, and refined. In different times and different places o from ancient Athens to revolutionary France to post-war America o its meaning has shifted in surprising ways.
    For over two thousand years, the world has experimented with democracy. But can it really work o especially in complex modern societies?

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CAN WE TRUST AMERICA ? : A Superpower in Transition: Australian Foreign Affairs 8
    CAN WE TRUST AMERICA ? : A Superpower in Transition: Australian Foreign Affairs 8
    ISBN: 9781760641771
    Title: CAN WE TRUST AMERICA ? : A Superpower in Transition: Australian Foreign Affairs 8
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The eighth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the changing status of the United States as its dominance in the Asia-Pacific faces challenge from China and its "America First" foreign policy marks a shift away from global engagement.

    Can We Trust America? looks at the uncertainties for Australia as questions arise about the commitment of its closest ally.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9780674980822
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The epic successor to one of the most important books of the century: at once a retelling of global history, a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic system.

    Thomas Piketty's bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system.

    Our economy, Piketty observes, is not a natural fact. Markets, profits, and capital are all historical constructs that depend on choices. Piketty explores the material and ideological interactions of conflicting social groups that have given us slavery, serfdom, colonialism, communism, and hypercapitalism, shaping the lives of billions. He concludes that the great driver of human progress over the centuries has been the struggle for equality and education and not, as often argued, the assertion of property rights or the pursuit of stability. The new era of extreme inequality that has derailed that progress since the 1980s, he shows, is partly a reaction against communism, but it is also the fruit of ignorance, intellectual specialization, and our drift toward the dead-end politics of identity.

    Once we understand this, we can begin to envision a more balanced approach to economics and politics. Piketty argues for a new "participatory" socialism, a system founded on an ideology of equality, social property, education, and the sharing of knowledge and power. Capital and Ideology is destined to be one of the indispensable books of our time, a work that will not only help us understand the world, but that will change it.

    Imprint: Belknap Press
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
    ISBN: 9780674979857
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
    Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again.
    A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.

    Imprint: BELKNAP PRESS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
    ISBN: 9781760875992
    Title: CARBON CLUB
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the climate crisis threatens more extreme bushfire seasons, droughts and floods, many Australians are demanding their leaders explain, 'Why didn't you do something?' This book answers that question.

    The Carbon Club is the story of how influential climate science sceptics, politicians and business leaders sought to control Australia's response to the climate crisis. They shared a fear that dealing with climate change would undermine the nation's wealth, jobs and competitive advantage - and the power of the carbon club.

    Central to their strategy was an international campaign to undermine climate science and the urgency of climate crisis. The more the climate science was questioned, the more politicians lost the imperative to act. The sustained success of the carbon club over two decades explains why Australian governments failed to deal with the challenge of climate change. But at what cost to us and the next generation?

    One of Australia's most respected investigative journalists, Marian Wilkinson has tracked the rise and rise of the Australia's carbon club in brilliant detail with extraordinary access to key players on all sides. The result is a book that is both essential and disturbing reading.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CASTE : The Lies That Divide Us
    CASTE : The Lies That Divide Us
    ISBN: 9780241501207
    Title: CASTE : The Lies That Divide Us
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A startling and transformative account of how we are all tied up in a caste system, from NYT-bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson

    'The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power - which groups have it and which do not'
    Beyond race or class, our lives are defined by a powerful, unspoken system of divisions. In Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson gives an astounding portrait of this hidden phenomenon. Linking America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson reveals how our world has been shaped by caste - and how its rigid, arbitrary hierarchies still divide us today. With clear-sighted rigour, Wilkerson unearths the eight pillars that connect caste systems across civilizations, and demonstrates how our own era of intensifying conflict and upheaval has arisen as a consequence of caste. Weaving in stories of real people, she shows how its insidious undertow emerges every day; she documents its surprising health costs; and she explores its effects on culture and politics. Finally, Wilkerson points forward to the ways we can - and must - move beyond its artificial divisions, towards our common humanity.

    Beautifully written and deeply original, Caste is an eye-opening examination of what lies beneath the surface of ordinary lives. No one can afford to ignore the moral clarity of its insights, or its urgent call for a freer, fairer world.

    Imprint: Allen Lane
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CATCH AND KILL : Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
    CATCH AND KILL : Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
    ISBN: 9780708899281
    Title: CATCH AND KILL : Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
    Author: FARROW RONAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.

    All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance that could not be explained - until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood, to Washington and beyond.
    This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability and silence victims of abuse - and it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

    Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, CATCH AND KILL breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power - and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook the culture.

    Imprint: FLEET
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHANGING WORLD ORDER : Why Nations Succeed or Fail
    CHANGING WORLD ORDER : Why Nations Succeed or Fail
    ISBN: 9781471196690
    Title: CHANGING WORLD ORDER : Why Nations Succeed or Fail
    Author: DALIO RAY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2020 New Releas

    From the international bestselling author of Principles and legendary investor Ray Dalio, who has spent half a century studying global markets, The Changing World Order examines history's most turbulent economic and political periods to reveal why the times ahead will likely be radically different from those we've experienced in our lifetimes.

    A few years ago, renowned investor Ray Dalio began noticing a confluence of political and economic conditions he hadn't encountered before in his fifty-year career. They included large debts and zero or near-zero interest rates in the world's three major reserve currencies; significant wealth, political and values divisions within countries; and emerging conflict between a rising world power (China) and the existing one (US).

    Seeking to explain the cause-effect relationships behind these conditions, he began a study of analogous historical times and discovered that such combinations of conditions were characteristic of periods of transition, such as the years between 1930 and 1945, in which wealth and power shifted in ways that reshaped the world order. Looking back across five hundred years of history and nine major empires - including the Dutch, the British and the American - The Changing World Order puts into perspective the cycles and forces that have driven the successes and failures of all the world's major countries throughout history.

    Dalioreveals the timeless and universal dynamics that were behind these shifts, while also offering practical principles for policymakers, business leaders, investors and others operating in this environment.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
    ISBN: 9781526608369
    Author: HARI JOHANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    '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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHAVS : The Demonization of the Working Class
    CHAVS : The Demonization of the Working Class
    ISBN: 9781839760921
    Title: CHAVS : The Demonization of the Working Class
    Author: JONES OWEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule.
    In this acclaimed investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from "salt of the earth" to "scum of the earth." Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, he portrays a far more complex reality. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient fig leaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality.
    This new edition includes a new chapter, reflecting on the overwhelming response to the book and the situation in Britain today.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    ISBN: 9780190460952
    Title: CHILDREN OF HARVEY MILK : How LGBTQ Politicians Changed The World
    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
    ISBN: 9780522874945
    Author: RABY GEOFF
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    'Australia's former ambassador to China provides insight on Australia's future position in global affairs.'

    Disruption has blown the old world apart. The rise of China, Trump's America First policies, division within Europe and successful defiance by authoritarian states are affecting the shape of the emerging new order.

    Human rights, rule of law, free media and longstanding global institutions all seem set to be weakened. Autocracies are exercising greater control over world affairs.

    Australia will need to engage heightened levels of diplomacy to forge relations with countries of opposing principles. It will need to be agile in pursuing a realistic foreign policy agenda. China's Grand Strategy and Australia's Future in the New Global Order contains answers for how Australia must position itself for this possibly dystopian future.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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
    ISBN: 9781846276477
    Title: CHOKED : The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
    ISBN: 9781922310002
    Title: CITY ON FIRE : The fight for Hong Kong
    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
  • CIVILIZED TO DEATH : The Price of Progress
    CIVILIZED TO DEATH : The Price of Progress
    ISBN: 9781451659115
    Title: CIVILIZED TO DEATH : The Price of Progress
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The New York Times bestselling coauthor of Sex at Dawn explores the ways in which "progress" has perverted the way we live-how we eat, learn, feel, mate, parent, communicate, work, and die-in this "engaging, extensively documented, well-organized, and thought-provoking" (Booklist) book.

    Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending-balmy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: Civilization is humankind's greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You're lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren't. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the "progress" defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease.

    Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Christopher Ryan questions, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges, such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? Civilized to Death "will make you see our so-called progress in a whole new light" (Book Riot) and adds to the timely conversation that "the way we have been living is no longer sustainable, at least as long as we want to the earth to outlive us" (Psychology Today). Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • CLASSICAL SCHOOL : The Turbulent Birth of Economics in Twenty Extraordinary Lives
    CLASSICAL SCHOOL : The Turbulent Birth of Economics in Twenty Extraordinary Lives
    ISBN: 9781788164733
    Title: CLASSICAL SCHOOL : The Turbulent Birth of Economics in Twenty Extraordinary Lives
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Opinions vary about who really counts as a classical economist: Marx thought it was everyone up to Ricardo. Keynes thought it was everyone up to Keynes. But there's a general agreement about who belongs to the heroic early phase of the discipline. Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Malthus, Mill, Marx: scarcely a day goes by without their names being publicly invoked to celebrate or criticise the state of the world or the actions of governments.

    Few of us, though, have read their works. Fewer still realise that the economies that many of them were analysing were quite unlike our modern one, or the extent to which they were indebted to one another. So join the Economist's Callum Williams to join the dots. See how the modern edifice of economics was built, brick by brick, from their ideas and quarrels. And find out which parts stand the test of time.

    The Classical School is a breezy, bracingly irreverent introduction to those founding intellects - how they lived, what they thought, what they got wrong and which of their ideas we still need.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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