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  • CLIMATE WARS
    CLIMATE WARS
    BUTLER MARK
    ISBN: 9780522871685
    Title: CLIMATE WARS
    Author: BUTLER MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the consequences of climate change become perilously close to the point of no-return, time-wasting wars over what to do distract us from taking real action.

    Mark Butler, the opposition minister for climate change and energy, makes a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy as part of global action to save the planet. Doing so will also make Australia attractive for the massive global market of investors and create new jobs in clean energy.

    Climate Wars argues that only Labor, the party with a proven track record for national reform, has the plan and the will to ensure bold action before it is too late.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND : How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure
    CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND : How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure
    LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDE JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780241308356
    Title: CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND : How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure
    Author: LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDE JONATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A timely investigation into the new safety culture in universities and the dangers it poses to free speech, mental health, education, and ultimately democracy.

    Your feelings are always right.
    You should avoid pain and discomfort.
    You should look for faults in others and not yourself.

    These three Great Untruths are part of a larger philosophy that sees young people as fragile creatures who must be protected and supervised by adults, resulting in a culture of safety that began on American college campuses and is spreading throughout academic institutions in the English-speaking world.

    In this book, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and free speech campaigner Greg Lukianoff argue that increasing intolerance of opposing viewpoints is contributing to rising rates of depression and anxiety among young people and leaving many students unprepared for adult life, with devastating consequences for them, for their parents, for the companies that will soon hire them, and for democracies that are increasingly pushed to the brink of violence over growing political divisions.In tracing the origins of this phenomenon, Haidt and Lukianoff offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen both individuals and institutions, allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity, including viewpoint diversity.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • COME TOGETHER : Years of Gay Liberation
    COME TOGETHER : Years of Gay Liberation
    WALTER AUBREY
    ISBN: 9781788732376
    Title: COME TOGETHER : Years of Gay Liberation
    Author: WALTER AUBREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    Come Together tells the incredible story of the emerging radicalism of the Gay Liberation Front, providing a vivid history of the movement, as well as the new ideas and practices it gave rise to across the United Kingdom. Before marriage equality or military service, Come Together reminds us of paths forged but not taken by queer politics in its earliest stages.

    Imprint: VERSO
    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
  • CONSPIRACY : Peter Thiel Hulk Hogan Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue
    CONSPIRACY : Peter Thiel Hulk Hogan Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue
    HOLIDAY RYAN
    ISBN: 9781788160834
    Title: CONSPIRACY : Peter Thiel Hulk Hogan Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue
    Author: HOLIDAY RYAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A unique account from behind the scenes of the case that rocked the media world - and the billionaire mastermind behind it.

    In 2016, one of the giants of modern journalism fell: Gawker Media, infamous for saying what other outlets wouldn't say, was sued for publishing Hulk Hogan's sex tape, lost the case and went bust. After countless other lawsuits it seemed that Gawker had finally run out of luck. But luck had nothing to do with it.

    Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and billionaire investor, had masterminded the whole thing. Still furious at an article that had outed him ten years previously, and increasingly disgusted at Gawker's unscrupulous reporting methods, Thiel had spent nearly a decade meticulously plotting a conspiracy that would lead to the demise of Gawker and its founder, Nick Denton. After a multi-year proxy war through the Florida legal system, the settlement of $140million in favour of Hogan ended it.

    The verdict would stun the world and so would Peter's ultimate unmasking as the man who had set it all in motion. Why had he done this? How had no one discovered it? What would this mean--for free speech? For privacy? For culture?

    In Holiday's masterful telling of this nearly unbelievable conspiracy, informed by exclusive interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious - and successful - secret plots in recent memory.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • COURAGE CALLS TO COURAGE EVERYWHERE
    COURAGE CALLS TO COURAGE EVERYWHERE
    WINTERSON JEANETTE
    ISBN: 9781786896216
    Title: COURAGE CALLS TO COURAGE EVERYWHERE
    Author: WINTERSON JEANETTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A century after women were first granted the vote, award-winning author Jeanette Winterson celebrates how far we have come on the road to equality, and calls on women and men alike to continue the fight

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CRASH BANG WALLOP : The Inside Story of London's Big Bang and a Frinancial Revolution that Changed the World
    CRASH BANG WALLOP : The Inside Story of London's Big Bang and a Frinancial Revolution that Changed the World
    MARTIN IAIN
    ISBN: 9781473625075
    Title: CRASH BANG WALLOP : The Inside Story of London's Big Bang and a Frinancial Revolution that Changed the World
    Author: MARTIN IAIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Published to mark the 30th anniversary of the financial revolution known as 'Big Bang', CRASH, BANG WALLOP will tell the gripping story of how the changes introduced in the 1980s in the City of London transformed our world.

    Perhaps more than anything, Big Bang revolutionised the international markets, as the capital became a testing ground for financial globalisation, with huge repercussions for the global economy.

    The definitive insider's account of this critically important moment in modern history, CRASH, BANG WALLOP will also explore what's next for global finance as it gets ready to undergo yet another revolution.

    Imprint: SCEPTRE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    TOOZE ADAM
    ISBN: 9781846140365
    Title: CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    Author: TOOZE ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive story of the Great Financial Crisis and how it continues to haunt our lives.

    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: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • 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
  • CREDLIN AND CO : HOW THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT IMPLODED
    CREDLIN AND CO : HOW THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT IMPLODED
    PATRICK AARON
    ISBN: 9781863958097
    Title: CREDLIN AND CO : HOW THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT IMPLODED
    Author: PATRICK AARON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Warriors reveals the disastrous consequences of power abused, and the broken people left in its wake.

    From the moment the Abbott government took office, the prime minister and his staff ruthlessly controlled ministers, backbenchers, the public service and the media. But the centralised decision-making that had been so effective in opposition turned out to be a disaster in government. Warriors is the first draft of history - the inside story of the Abbott government, told in stunning, revelatory detail.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • CRIMINAL : The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things
    CRIMINAL : The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things
    GASH TOM
    ISBN: 9780241960431
    Title: CRIMINAL : The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things
    Author: GASH TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    There are two contradictory narratives about crime. In one, the criminal act is a selfish choice, and tough punishment the only solution. In the other, the system is at fault, and perpetrators will change only when society reforms. Both are wrong.

    Interweaving conversations and stories of crime with findings from the latest research, Tom Gash dispels the myths that inform our views of crime, from the widespread misconception that poverty causes crime, to the belief that tough sentencing reduces it. He examines the origins of criminal behaviour, the ebb and flow of crime across the last century, and the effectiveness of various government crack-downs - and in doing so reveals that crime is both less rational and much easier to reduce than many believe. Can we suspend our knee-jerk reactions, let go of cherished myths and embrace the truth about crime?

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CRISIS OF ZIONISM
    CRISIS OF ZIONISM
    BEINART PETER
    ISBN: 9780522861761
    Title: CRISIS OF ZIONISM
    Author: BEINART PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America.

    In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank is putting Israeli democracy at risk. In the United States, the refusal of major Jewish organisations to defend democracy in the Jewish state is alienating many young liberal Jews from Zionism itself. In the next generation, the liberal Zionist dream, the dream of a state that safeguards the Jewish people and cherishes democratic ideals, may die.

    In The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart lays out in chilling detail the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American Jewish establishment's refusal to confront it. And he offers a fascinating, groundbreaking portrait of the two leaders at the centre of the crisis: Barack Obama, America's first 'Jewish president', a man steeped in the liberalism he learned from his many Jewish friends and mentors in Chicago; and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who considers liberalism the Jewish people's special curse. These two men embody fundamentally different visions, not just of American and Israeli national interests, but of the mission of the Jewish people itself. Beinart concludes with provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change, and with an eloquent and moving appeal for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • CULTURE AND SOCIETY : Coleridge to Orwell
    CULTURE AND SOCIETY : Coleridge to Orwell
    WILLIAMS RAYMOND
    ISBN: 9781784870812
    Title: CULTURE AND SOCIETY : Coleridge to Orwell
    Author: WILLIAMS RAYMOND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A ground-breaking work exploring how culture developed in the West. Relevant and readable more than fifty years after its first publication

    Acknowledged as a masterpiece of materialist criticism, this book delves into the complex ways economic reality shapes the imagination. Surveying two hundred years of history and English literature – from George Eliot to George Orwell – Williams provides insights into the social and economic forces that have shaped British culture and society. Provocative and revolutionary in its day, this work overturned conventional thinking about the development of a common British mentality.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    TIMBERG SCOTT
    ISBN: 9780300216936
    Title: CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    Author: TIMBERG SCOTT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Change is no stranger to us in the twenty-first century. We must constantly adjust to an evolving world, to transformation and innovation. But for many thousands of creative artists, a torrent of recent changes has made it all but impossible to earn a living. A persistent economic recession, social shifts, and technological change have combined to put our artists-from graphic designers to indie-rock musicians, from architects to booksellers'out of work. This important book looks deeply and broadly into the roots of the crisis of the creative class in America and tells us why it matters. Scott Timberg considers the human cost as well as the unintended consequences of shuttered record stores, decimated newspapers, music piracy, and a general attitude of indifference. He identifies social tensions and contradictions'most concerning the artist's place in society'that have plunged the creative class into a fight for survival. Timberg shows how America's now-collapsing middlebrow culture'a culture once derided by intellectuals like Dwight Macdonald'appears, from today's vantage point, to have been at least a Silver Age. Timberg's reporting is essential reading for anyone who works in the world of culture, knows someone who does, or cares about the work creative artists produce.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    DENNISS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781863959414
    Title: CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    Author: DENNISS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Affluenza is the empty sense we feel when our wasteful consumerist lifestyle leaves us dissatisfied and unfulfilled. How can we cure ourselves of this strikingly modern affliction? According to Richard Denniss, we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and to the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. In this sparkling book of ideas, he shows why we must cherish the things that we own - preserve them, maintain them, and then gift them or sell them when we no longer have a need for them. If we as a society do not cure ourselves of affluenza, we make it impossible for all the people of our planet to enjoy a higher standard of living, and we condemn our environment to a polluted and unsustainable future.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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