Block of Books
  • 50 POLITICS CLASSICS : Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Freedom Equality and Power
    50 POLITICS CLASSICS : Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Freedom Equality and Power
    ISBN: 9781473655430
    Title: 50 POLITICS CLASSICS : Your Shortcut to the Most Important Ideas on Freedom Equality and Power
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The greatest politics books distilled. Part of the relaunch of the bestselling 50 Classics series.

    From Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela, and from Aristotle to George Orwell, 50 POLITICS CLASSICS distills the essence of the books, pamphlets, and speeches of the major leaders and great thinkers that drive real-world change. Spanning 2,500 years, left and right, thinkers and doers, Tom Butler-Bowdon's new book covers activists, war strategists, visionary leaders, economists, philosophers of freedom, feminists, conservatives and environmentalists, right up to contemporary classics such as The Spirit Level and No Logo. Whether you consider yourself to be conservative, liberal, socialist, or Marxist, this book gives you greater understanding of the key ideas that matter in our politically charged times.

    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • A B & C OF DEMOCRACY : Or Cats in the Sack
    A B & C OF DEMOCRACY : Or Cats in the Sack
    ISBN: 9781760643379
    Title: A B & C OF DEMOCRACY : Or Cats in the Sack
    Author: REDMAN KYLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
    ISBN: 9780733646942
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas

    The first definitive biography of Australia's thirtieth prime minister, Scott Morrison.

    Nine months after the spill that catapulted him to the prime ministership, Scott Morrison won the 2019 election, shocking politicians and political pundits (and, quite possibly, himself). Yet, unlike his predecessors, little was really known about the former marketing man whose hard-nosed political instincts and 'daggy dad persona' saw him become the thirtieth Prime Minister of Australia. Voters knew what he allowed them to see - a policy embrace of slogans like 'Stop the Boats'; his deft rebuttal of media enquiries; his love for Jen and his two daughters; that he liked to cook a curry on Saturday nights; and that his faith and the Cronulla Sharks were a big part of his life. But a man is more than sound bites and social media posts. So who the bloody hell is Scott Morrison?

    In this revealing biography, political journalist Annika Smethurst uncovers the man behind the headlines and slogans to show us what makes Scott Morrison tick. Taking us from his childhood, as the son of a local policeman, to a meeting that would lead to marriage to his teenage sweetheart, The Accidental PM will tell the personal and the political. There are questions about Morrison's early business career and his preselection that, when answered, will paint a clearer picture of the man leading our country and give greater insight into how he won the 'miracle' election.

    Whether Morrison's ego and temperament will see him falter in hard times or whether he will use the lessons of his life to end the revolving door of PMs to become one of Australia's best prime ministers is still to be discovered. But knowing the man will allow us all to know the path he will lead us on.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ADULTS IN THE ROOM : My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment
    ADULTS IN THE ROOM : My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment
    ISBN: 9781784705763
    Title: ADULTS IN THE ROOM : My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Adults In The Room, Yanis Varoufakis exposes the shocking reality of how power is wielded behind the scenes at the EU – and argues that only radical reform can save it from collapse.

    Yanis Varoufakis became globally famous when was elected finance minister of Greece with a specific mandate to say no to the EU: to reject the forced loans and crushing austerity forced upon his country by the Eurozone. The negotiations that ensued became one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in economic history.

    But no one actually knows what went on because Eurogroup discussions are held in secret. In this no-holds-barred account, Varoufakis reveals all: an extraordinary tale of brinkmanship and backstabbing that will shake the economic establishment to its foundations.

    The future of the EU now hangs in the balance. As Varoufakis argues, the only way it can survive is if the truth is known, ushering in a new era of radical transparency and accountability in Brussels.

    Adults In The Room is an urgent wake-up call to renew European democracy before it is too late.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9780522868937
    Author: BUTLER MARK
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A positive perspective on the ageing of Australia's baby boomers.

    Advanced Australia explores the politics of ageing in Australia. The addition of 25 years to average life expectancy in Australia over the past century is a monumental achievement, but many commentators are greeting the prospect of Australians living longer with horror. The ageing of Australia's baby boomers will sharpen this debate, both because of the size of their generation, as well as their history of reshaping every phase of life in their own image. Ageing will dominate Australian politics for years to come, touching almost every area of policy—retirement incomes, housing, employment, urban design and more.

    Advanced Australia makes the case for a much more positive approach to ageing that celebrates the continuing contribution older Australians make to our community.

    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ADVOCATES : Women within the Australian Environmental Movement
    ADVOCATES : Women within the Australian Environmental Movement
    ISBN: 9780522877793
    Title: ADVOCATES : Women within the Australian Environmental Movement
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nine never-before-told stories of remarkable women and their courageous pursuits of climate justice in Australia

    From boardrooms to blockade camps, from the lush East Gippsland forests to the golden Ningaloo Reef, the fight against environmental destruction takes place in many spaces. The Advocates tells the inside story of nine extraordinary women within the Australian environmental movement and the behind-the-scenes efforts that have helped power advocacy across Australia.

    Over the past fifty years these advocates have held corporations to account, cleaned up toxic waste in their own backyards, and returned biodiversity to our forests. They are not always on the frontlines of the fight or the front pages of the news, but their relentless commitment to making change is both moving and inspiring. In often unseen and unacknowledged ways these women have educated, agitated and pioneered new approaches to the many crises in the Australian environment. Told through richly detailed interviews, these stories get to the heart of why these women have dedicated their lives to environmental causes and the different ways they have persevered.

    The Advocates shines a light on nine women's tireless commitment to change, and what it means to be an Australian environmental advocate. These stories will inspire the next generation to find a place in that vital fight.

    Imprint: Melbourne University Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AFTER THE FALL : Being American in the World weve Made
    AFTER THE FALL : Being American in the World weve Made
    ISBN: 9781526642042
    Title: AFTER THE FALL : Being American in the World weve Made
    Author: RHODES BEN
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? Ben Rhodes, bestselling author of The World As It Is, speechwriter to Obama and co-host of Pod Save the World, investigates the extent to which America sowed the seeds of discord we see across the world today - and what can be done about it.

    In 2017, as Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outwards. Over the next three years, he travelled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Along the way, a Russian opposition leader he spends time with is poisoned, the Hong Kong protesters he comes to know see their movement snuffed out, and America itself reaches the precipice of losing democracy before giving itself a second chance.
    After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. Throughout, Rhodes comes to realize how much America' s fingerprints are on a world it helped to shape- through the excesses of the post-Cold War embrace of unbridled capitalism, post-9/11 nationalism and militarism, mania for technology and social media, and the racism that shaped the backlash to the Obama presidency. At the same time, he learns from a diverse set of characters - from Obama to rebels to a rising generation of leaders - how looking squarely at where America has gone wrong only makes it more essential to fight for what America is supposed to be - for itself, and for the entire world.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9781781256855
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller

    'Everyone needs to read this book as an act of digital self-defense.' - Naomi Klein, Author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything and No is Not Enough

    The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control us.

    The heady optimism of the Internet's early days is gone. Technologies that were meant to liberate us have deepened inequality and stoked divisions. Tech companies gather our information online and sell it to the highest bidder, whether government or retailer. Profits now depend not only on predicting our behaviour but modifying it too. How will this fusion of capitalism and the digital shape our values and define our future?

    Shoshana Zuboff shows that we are at a crossroads. We still have the power to decide what kind of world we want to live in, and what we decide now will shape the rest of the century. Our choices: allow technology to enrich the few and impoverish the many, or harness it and distribute its benefits.

    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight. As it explores this new capitalism's impact on society, politics, business, and technology, it exposes the struggles that will decide both the next chapter of capitalism and the meaning of information civilization. Most critically, it shows how we can protect ourselves and our communities and ensure we are the masters of the digital rather than its slaves.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    ISBN: 9781472268723
    Title: AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

    Seven years in the making, AMITY AND PROSPERITY tells the story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and of one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.

    Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbours' mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong.

    Alarmed by her children's illnesses, Haney joins with neighbours and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what's really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that's being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries.

    Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold reveals what happens when an imperilled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AN UGLY TRUTH : Inside Facebooks Battle for Domination
    AN UGLY TRUTH : Inside Facebooks Battle for Domination
    ISBN: 9781408712702
    Title: AN UGLY TRUTH : Inside Facebooks Battle for Domination
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In November 2018, the New York Times published a bombshell in-depth investigation that exposed, with disturbing insider detail, how leadership decisions at Facebook enabled, and then tried to cover up, massive privacy breaches and Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The story quickly shot to the top of the paper's most emailed list. It would earn the team of Times reporters a prestigious Loeb award, the George Polk award, and a spot on the Pulitzer short list. But it only skimmed the surface.

    The investigation's lead reporters, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, spent eighteen months piecing together the story of how one of the most powerful companies in the world tried to bury a damning truth-that Facebook has become a conduit for disinformation, hate speech, and political propaganda. The unrivalled sources of these two veteran journalists led them to perhaps the most recognizable names in the tech industry: Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. Both have long existed as archetypes of uniquely 21st century executives-he, the tech "boy genius" turned billionaire, she, the ultimate woman in business, an inspiration to millions through her books and speeches.

    An Ugly Truth is the definitive story of Facebook's fall from grace, following the embattled company from 2011, when its power and positive influence was undisputed, to 2020, when it will face its biggest test yet-the US presidential election. What are the ultimate ramifications when a few individuals are in charge of the technology used by half the world's population? Can they control the technology they've unleashed into the world? And if not, can we, as individuals and as a society, control them?

    Imprint: The Bridge Street Press
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • 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
    ISBN: 9781784704117
    Title: AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? : Europe Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    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
    ISBN: 9781760294953
    Title: AND YET : ESSAYS - 2ND HAND
    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 Publishers
    RRP: $12.00

    Price: $12.00
  • ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    ISBN: 9780141980164
    Title: ANIMALS AMONG US : The New Science of Anthrozoology
    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 NOW : Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    ANOTHER NOW : Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    ISBN: 9781847925640
    Title: ANOTHER NOW : Dispatches from an Alternative Present
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What would a fair and equal society look like?

    Imagine it is now 2025 and that years earlier, in the wake of the world financial crisis of 2008, a new post-Capitalist society had been born. In this ingenious book, world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis draws on the greatest thinkers in European culture from Plato to Marx to offer us a dramatic and tantalising glimpse of this brave new world, where the principles of democracy, equality and justice are truly served.

    But in setting out what would be needed to forge such a society, he identifies a painful but important truth- that the greatest obstacles to making such a vision a reality lie within each of us.

    This book offers answers to some of the most pressing questions of today. It also challenges us to consider how we might answer them in our lives.

    It is a book to return to, time and again, for ideas and provocation, for solace and inspiration.

    Imprint: Bodley Head
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9781847942883
    Author: TETT GILLIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A revelatory model that explains how we buy, sell, work and live.

    For over a century, anthropologists have immersed themselves in unfamiliar cultures, uncovering the hidden rituals that govern how people act. Now, a new generation of anthropologists are using these methods in a different context - to illuminate the behaviour of businesses and consumers around the globe.

    In Anthro-Vision, Gillian Tett - bestselling author, Financial Times journalist, and anthropology PhD - reveals how anthropology can make sense of the corporate world. She outlines how anthropology helps explain consumer behaviour - revealing the 'webs of meaning' that underpin our shopping habits, and unpicking the subtle cultural shifts driving the rise of green business. She explores how anthropology can shed light on the workplace, identifying the hidden tribes within the office, and pinpointing which rituals are binding together a team. And she shows how we can all use anthropology in our own lives, too- helping us make better decisions, navigate risk - even work out what our peers are really thinking.

    Along the way, Tett draws on stories from Tajik villages and Amazon warehouses, Japanese classrooms and Wall Street trading floors, all to reveal the power of anthropology in action.

    The result is a wholly new way to understand human behaviour. In a short-sighted world, we can all learn to see clearly - using the power of Anthro-Vision.

    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    ISBN: 9780190841164
    Title: ANTI SOCIAL MEDIA : How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
    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
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