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  • The Night Stalker

    The Disturbing Life and Chilling Crimes of Richard Ramirez

    by Philip Carlo ...
    The definitive account of the notorious California serial killer examines the psychology of a murderer, his crimes, and his cult followingDecades after Richard Ramirez left thirteen dead and paralyzed the city of Los Angeles in the 1980s, his name is still synonymous with fear, torture, and sadistic murder. Philip Carlo’s classic The Night Stalker, based on years of meticulous research and ... Read more

    $19.24 AUD

  • American Philosophy

    A Love Story

    by John Kaag ...
    The epic wisdom contained in a lost library helps the author turn his life aroundJohn Kaag is a dispirited young philosopher at sea in his marriage and his career when he stumbles upon West Wind, a ruin of an estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. Hocking was one of the last true giants of American philosophy and a direct ... Read more

    $14.29 AUD

  • Raven Rock

    The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die

    Now a 6-part mini-series called Why the Rest of Us Die airing on VICE TV!The shocking truth about the government’s secret plans to survive a catastrophic attack on US soil—even if the rest of us die—is “a frightening eye-opener” (Kirkus Reviews) that spans the dawn of the nuclear age to today, and "contains everything one could possibly want to know" (The Wall Street Journal).Every day in ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor

    **Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History"Like Lauren Hillebrand's Unbroken…Target Tokyo brings to life an indelible era." —Ben Cosgrove, The Daily Beast**On April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way mission to pummel Japan’s factories, refineries, and dockyards in retaliation for ... Read more

    $23.75 AUD

  • Portrait of a President

    An up-close look at John F. Kennedy by one of his closest confidants, a New York Times–bestselling biographer.Written by a prize-winning historian and biographer of such giants as Winston S. Churchill and Douglas MacArthur, this intimately detailed account provides a rare personal glimpse into the emotions behind the Kennedy administration—from the elation of victory to the frustrating challenges ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Profiles in Courage

    Deluxe Modern Classic

    THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING CLASSIC OF POLITICAL INTEGRITYWith a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy and introduction by Caroline KennedyJohn F. Kennedy’s enduring classic resounds with timeless lessons on the most cherished of virtues—courage and patriotism—and remains a moving, powerful, and relevant testament to the indomitable American spiritDuring 1954-55, Kennedy, then a junior senator from the ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Nixonland

    The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

    “Perlstein...aims here at nothing less than weaving a tapestry of social upheaval. His success is dazzling.” —Los Angeles Times“Both brilliant and fun, a consuming journey back into the making of modern politics.” —Jon Meacham“Nixonland is a grand historical epic. Rick Perlstein has turned a story we think we know—American politics between the opposing presidential landslides of 1964 and 1972—into ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • Book Row

    An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade

    The American Story of the Bookstores on Fourth Avenue from the 1890s to the 1960sNew York City has eight million stories, and this one unfolds just south of Fourteenth Street in Manhattan, on the seven blocks of Fourth Avenue bracketed by Union Square and Astor Place. There, for nearly eight decades from the 1890s to the 1960s, thrived the New York Booksellers’ Row, or Book Row.This richly ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD

  • The Definitive FDR

    Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox (1882–1940) and Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom (1940–1945)

    series Roosevelt
    A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian’s dramatic biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US president during the Depression and WWII.Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the longest serving president in US history, reshaping the country during the crises of the Great Depression and World War II. James MacGregor Burns’s magisterial two-volume biography tells the complete life story of the fascinating ... Read more

    $22.87 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Franklin and Eleanor

    An Extraordinary Marriage

    by Hazel Rowley ...
    Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt's marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDR's lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanor's purported lesbianism—and many scandals in between—the American public has never tired of speculating about the ... Read more

    $12.20 AUD

  • Enterprise

    America's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II

    This is the epic and heroic story of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and of the courageous men who fought and died on her from Pearl Harbor to the end of the conflict.Acclaimed military historian Barrett Tillman recounts the World War II exploits of America’s most decorated warship and its colorful crews— tales of unmatched daring and heroism. ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • Letters from America, 1946–1951

    “[Cooke is] one of the most gifted and urbane essayists of the century, a supreme master.” —The SpectatorAs the voice of the BBC’s Letter from America for close to six decades, Alistair Cooke addressed several millions of listeners on five continents. They tuned in every Friday evening or Sunday morning to listen to his erudite and entertaining reports on life in the United States. According to ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    by J. D. Vance ...
    THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Coming November 2020 as a major motion picture from Netflix starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close‘The political book of the year’ Sunday Times‘A frank, unsentimental, harrowing memoir … A superb book’ New York Post‘I bought this to try to better understand Trump’s appeal … but the memoir is so much more than that. A gripping, unputdownable page-turner’ India Knight, ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • Three Days at the Brink

    FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II

    series Three Days Series
    The Instant New York Times Bestseller"I could not put this extraordinary book down. Three Days at the Brink is a masterpiece: elegantly written, brilliantly conceived, and impeccably researched. This book not only sparkles but is destined to be a classic!” —Jay Winik, bestselling authorFrom the #1 bestselling author and award-winning anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier, comes the gripping ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

    The #1 New York Times Bestseller SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURESet amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program.Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD $18.99 AUD

  • One Summer

    America 1927

    by Bill Bryson ...
    series Bryson #2
    In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth.It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone’s reign ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    by John Berendt ...
    “Elegant and wicked.... [This] might be the first true-crime book that makes the reader want to book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at the scene of the crime." —The New York Times Book ReviewShots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • Ghost Platoon

    by Frank Walker ...
    series Hachette Military Collection #1
    "thoroughly researched and compelling . . . a chilling account' The Sun-HeraldAn eye-opening account of Australian combat history, untold . . . until now.In 1969 a ragtag unit of 39 men were thrown together at Nui Dat, Vietnam. It was so slapdash a group it didn’t even have an officer or sergeant in charge. A rugged ex-Royal Marine stepped forward to take the lead. Jim Riddle was only an acting ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • The Vietnam War: History in an Hour

    by Neil Smith ...
    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.‘War, what is it good for?’ THE VIETNAM WAR: HISTORY IN AN HOUR gives a gripping account of the most important Cold War-era conflict, fought between the United States and the Viet Cong, the Vietnam People’s Army and their Communist allies. It was one of the most traumatic military conflicts America has ever been involved in – and provoked a ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Dead Center

    A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War

    by Ed Kugler ...
    WHEN YOU'RE IN THE DEATH BUSINESS,EACH DAWN COULD BE YOUR LAST.Raw, straightforward, and powerful, Ed Kugler's account of his two years as a Marine scout-sniper in Vietnam vividly captures his experiences there--the good, the bad, and the ugly. After enlisting in the Marines at seventeen, then being wounded in Santo Domingo during the Dominican crisis, Kugler arrived in Vietnam in early 1966.As a ... Read more

    $8.57 AUD

  • The Cold War: History in an Hour

    by Rupert Colley ...
    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.From the end of World War Two to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia and America eyed each other with suspicion and hostility as the world lived in the shadow of the Cold War. As post-war Europe was rebuilt, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin struggled to maintain peace among the former Eastern and Western Allies. Two ideologies, two ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Kennedy Curse

    The shocking true story of America’s most famous family

    Now with an all-new bonus chapter - in the bestselling The Kennedy Curse, 'James Patterson applies his writerly skills to real-life history . . . re-telling the political clan's rise and fall and rise again (and fall again) with novelistic style' (People).________________________________Kennedys were always taught to win at all costs. And they did - but the price they paid was unimaginable . . .< ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Spymistress

    The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

    The New York Times Bestseller by the Author of A Man Called IntrepidIdeal for fans of Nancy Wake, Virginia Hall, The Last Goodnight by Howard Blum, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, The Wolves at the Door by Judith Pearson, and similar worksShares the story of Vera Atkins, legendary spy and holder of the Legion of HonorWritten by William Stevenson, the only person whom she trusted to write her biogra.. ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • My Train to Freedom

    A Jewish Boy's Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism

    The breathtaking memoir by a member of Nicky’s family,” a group of 669 Czechoslovakian children who escaped the Holocaust through Sir Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport project, My Train to Freedom relates the trials and achievements of award-winning humanitarian and former Episcopal priest, Ivan Backer.As Backer recounts in his memoir, in May of 1939 as a ten-year-old Jewish boy, he fled Nazi ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD