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  • The Dirty Dozen

    How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom

    Alexander Hamilton wrote that “the judiciary, from the nature of its functions, will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution.” If only that were true. The Founding Fathers wanted the judicial branch to serve as a check on the power of the legislative and executive, and gave the Supreme Court the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution in a way that would ... Read more

    $8.68 AUD

  • Old Sparky

    The Electric Chair and the History of the Death Penalty

    A shocking exploration of America’s preferred method of capital punishment.In early 2013, Robert Gleason became the latest victim of the electric chair, a peculiarly American execution method. Shouting Póg mo thóin (Kiss my ass” in Gaelic), he grinned as electricity shot through his system. When the current was switched off, his body slumped against the leather restraints, and Gleeson, who had ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Watching Out

    reflections on justice and injustice

    ‘When put to the test, most people have difficulty identifying what justice is, especially when there is tension between proper process and a desired result. Due process is inherent in our conception of justice. But bad process can yield the right result, just as good process can produce the wrong result. The legal system is designed to produce justice. We call it the justice system — sometimes un ... Read more

    $25.51 AUD

  • With Liberty and Justice for Some

    How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

    From "the most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years" (Bill Moyers), a scathing critique of the two-tiered system of justice that has emerged in AmericaFrom the nation's beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been ... Read more

    $11.65 AUD

  • 1984

    George Orwell's "1984" has become a classic literary example of political and dystopian fiction. Many terms used in the novel entered common usage, including Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, Room 101, telescreen, 2 + 2 = 5, prole, and memory hole. 1984 also popularised the adjective "Orwellian", connoting things such as official deception, secret surveillance, brazenly misleading ... Read more

    $0.99 AUD

  • The Trials of Portnoy

    how Penguin brought down Australia’s censorship system

    Fifty years after the event, here is the first full account of an audacious publishing decision that — with the help of booksellers and readers around the country — forced the end of literary censorship in Australia.For more than seventy years, a succession of politicians, judges, and government officials in Australia worked in the shadows to enforce one of the most pervasive and conservative ... Read more

    $25.51 AUD

  • Perilous Question

    The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832

    The two-year revolution that totally changed how Britain is governed.Internationally bestselling historian Antonia Fraser's new book brilliantly evokes one year of pre-Victorian political and social history - the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832, an eventful and violent year that featured riots in Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham.The time-span of the book is from Wellington's intractable ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • We Are Bellingcat

    An Intelligence Agency for the People

    by Eliot Higgins ...
    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'John le Carré demystified the intelligence services; Higgins has demystified intelligence gathering itself' Financial Times'Uplifting . . . Riveting . . . What will fire people through these pages, gripped, is the focused, and extraordinary, investigations that Bellingcat runs . . . Each runs as if the concluding chapter of a Holmesian whodunit' Telegraph<strong... ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • Locking Up Our Own

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

    Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-FictionLonglisted for the National Book AwardOne of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2017Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of colour. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the 1970s and why it was ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Feminist Lie

    by Bob Lewis ...
    Feminist ideology has seeped into every aspect of our society. This book is a sobering true story of tragedy, suicide, and murder directly caused by feminism. It not only chronicles true stories that show feminism's discrimination against men, it's backed by peer-reviewed research. Additionally, it includes investigative journalism that proves feminism was never about equality. The reality is that ... Read more

    $11.97 AUD

  • The Narrow Corridor

    How Nations Struggle for Liberty

    'As enjoyable as it is thought-provoking' Jared DiamondBy the authors of the international bestseller Why Nations Fail, based on decades of research, this powerful new big-picture framework explains how some countries develop towards and provide liberty while others fall to despotism, anarchy or asphyxiating norms - and explains how liberty can thrive despite new threats.Liberty is hardly the ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Shape of the Beast

    by Arundhati Roy ...
    The Shape of the Beast is our world laid bare by a mind that has consistently and unhesitatingly engaged with its changing realities and often anticipated the way things have moved in the last decade.In the fourteen interviews collected here, conducted between January 2001 and March 2008, Arundhati Roy examines the nature of state and corporate power as it has emerged during this period, and the ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • On the Other Side of Freedom

    Race and Justice in a Divided America

    Five years ago, DeRay Mckesson quit his job as a schoolteacher, moved to Ferguson, Missouri, and spent the next 400 days on the streets as an activist, helping to bring the Black Lives Matter movement into being.Now, in his first book, he draws on his own experiences – of growing up without his mother, with a father in recovery, of having a house burn down and a bully chase him home from school, ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas

    “A highly informative, detailed, even thrilling account of how the Supreme Court arguments reshaped American law.”—Michael Bronkski, San Francisco ChronicleNo one could have predicted that the night of September 17, 1998, would be anything but routine in Houston, Texas. Even the call to police that a black man was "going crazy with a gun" was hardly unusual in this urban setting. Nobody could have ... Read more

    $31.67 AUD

  • Privacy: A Very Short Introduction

    by Raymond Wacks ...
    series Very Short Introductions
    Professor Raymond Wacks is a leading international expert on privacy. For more than three decades he has published numerous books and articles on this controversial subject. Privacy is a fundamental value that is under attack from several quarters. Electronic surveillance, biometrics, CCTV, ID cards, RFID codes, online security, the monitoring of employees, the uses and misuses of DNA, - to name ... Read more

    $10.88 AUD

  • The Campus Rape Frenzy

    The Attack on Due Process at America's Universities

    In recent years, politicians led by President Obama and prominent senators and governors have teamed with extremists on campus to portray our nation’s institutions of higher learning as awash in a violent crime wave—and to suggest (preposterously) that university leaders, professors, and students are indifferent to female sexual assault victims in their midst. Neither of these claims has any ... Read more

    $20.56 AUD

  • The Prosecutor

    by Nazir Afzal ...
    The outsider who transformed our justice systemNazir Afzal knows a thing or two about justice. As a Chief Prosecutor, it was his job to make sure the most complex, violent and harrowing crimes made it to court, and that their perpetrators were convicted. From the Rochdale sex ring to the earliest prosecutions for honour killing and modern slavery, Nazir was at the forefront of the British legal ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    a life

    The definitive account of an icon who shaped gender equality for all women.In this comprehensive, revelatory biography — fifteen years of interviews and research in the making — historian Jane Sherron De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, and her meticulous jurisprudence. At the heart of her story and ... Read more

    $29.80 AUD

  • International Human Rights Law

    Cases, Materials, Commentary

    International human rights law has expanded remarkably since the 1990s. It is therefore more important than ever to identify, beyond specific controversies, its deeper structure and the general pattern of evolution. Moreover, it has a logic of its own: though part of international law, it borrows many of its principles from domestic constitutional law. This leading textbook meets both challenges. ... Read more

    $57.08 AUD

  • Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction

    series Very Short Introductions
    Today it is usually not long before a problem gets expressed as a human rights issue. An appeal to human rights in the face of injustice can be a heartfelt and morally justified demand for some, while for others it remains merely an empty slogan. Taking an international perspective and focusing on highly topical issues such as torture, arbitrary detention, privacy, health and discrimination, this ... Read more

    $10.88 AUD

  • Civil Disobedience

    In his 1849 essay Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing the government to make them the agents of injustice. Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) credited Thoreau's essay with being "the chief cause of the abolition of slavery in America." ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD

  • Citizen Lane

    Defending Our Rights in the Courts, the Capitol, and the Streets

    by Mark Lane ...
    A fascinating memoir . . . well documented, dramatic, and brilliantly crafted.” -Robert K. Tanenbaum, first deputy counsel, congressional investigation committee on JFK assassination Freedom Rider, friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, Dick Gregory’s vice-presidential running mate, legal defense at Wounded Knee, survivor of the Jonestown Massacre-Mark Lane has been inspiring social consciousness, ... Read more

    $29.80 AUD

  • A Duty to Resist

    When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil

    What are our responsibilities in the face of injustice? How far should we go to fight it? Many would argue that as long as a state is nearly just, citizens have a moral duty to obey the law. Proponents of civil disobedience generally hold that, given this moral duty, a person needs a solid justification to break the law. But activists from Henry David Thoreau and Mohandas Gandhi to the Movement ... Read more

    $23.09 AUD

  • Human Rights from Below

    Achieving Rights through Community Development

    by Jim Ife ...
    In Human Rights from Below, Jim Ife shows how human rights and community development are problematic terms but powerful ideals, and that each is essential for understanding and practising the other. Ife contests that practitioners - advocates, activists, workers and volunteers - can better empower and protect communities when human rights are treated as more than just a specialist branch of law or ... Read more

    $48.61 AUD