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  • Quarterly Essay 60 Political Amnesia

    How We Forgot How To Govern

    by Laura Tingle ...
    series Quarterly Essay #60
    Whatever happened to good government? What are the signs of bad government? And can Malcolm Turnbull apply the lessons of the past in a very different world?In this crisp, profound and witty essay, Laura Tingle seeks answers to these questions. She ranges from ancient Rome to the demoralised state of the once-great Australian public service, from the jingoism of the past to the tabloid scandals of ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness

    by Carlo Rovelli ...
    'A joy of a book - enriching, illuminating, eclectic and far from a conventional science read' Richard Webb, New Scientist Books of the Year'Carlo Rovelli's imaginative rigour, his lively humour and his beautiful writing are inspiring' Erica WagnerOne of the most inspiring thinkers of our age, the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics transforms the way we think about the world with ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Art of War: A New Translation by Michael Nylan

    by Sun Tzu ...
    Translated by Michael Nylan ...
    For the first time in any modern language, a female scholar and translator reimagines The Art of War.Sun Tzu’s ancient book of strategy and psychology has as much to tell us today as when it was first written 2,500 years ago. In a world forever at odds, his rules for anticipating the motivations and strategies of our competitors never cease to inspire leaders of all kinds.Michael Nylan, in her ... Read more

    $34.31 AUD

  • Demagogue

    The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy

    by Larry Tye ...
    The definitive biography of the most dangerous demagogue in American history, based on exclusive access to his papers and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearingsIn the long history of American demagogues, from Huey Long to Donald Trump, never has one man caused so much damage in such a short time as Senator Joseph McCarthy. We still use “McCarthyism” to stand for ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • On Anarchism

    by Noam Chomsky ...
    On Anarchism is an essential introduction to Noam Chomsky's political theory.On Anarchism sheds a much needed light on the foundations of Chomsky's thought, specifically his constant questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. The book gathers his essays and interviews to provide a short, accessible introduction to his distinctively optimistic brand of anarchism. Refuting the notion of ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Fascism: A Warning

    The #1 NYT BESTSELLERA personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state.“There is priceless wisdom on every page.” Kirkus Starred reviewA Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, ‘is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • The Power of Geography

    Ten Maps that Reveal the Future of Our World – the sequel to Prisoners of Geography

    by Tim Marshall ...
    ***THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*'I can't imagine reading a better book this year’ Daily MirrorTim Marshall's global bestseller Prisoners of Geography showed how every nation’s choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Since then, the geography hasn’t changed. But the world has.**In this revelatory new book, Marshall explores ten regions that are set to shape global politics in a ... Read more

    $12.09 AUD

  • The Art of War

    The Bestselling Treatise on Military & Business Strategy, with a Foreword by James Clavell

    Sun Tzu was one of the greatest army generals who ever lived. He wrote The Art of War in the fifth century BC and yet his words are still resoundingly relevant to our modern lives.His writings on aspects of warfare from the laying of plans to the tactics and psychology of manoeuvering an army, to the proper use of spies, resonate for us in today's world of cut-throat, ruthless business. With James ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Works Of Sir Winston S. Churchill: Includes The River War, Liberalism And The Social Problem, London To Ladysmith Via Pretoria, The Story Of The Malakand Field Force And Other Works, Speeches And Letters (Mobi Collected Works)

    This collection was designed for optimal navigation on eReaders and other electronic devices. It is indexed alphabetically, chronologically and by category, making it easier to access individual books, stories and poems. This collection offers lower price, the convenience of a one-time download, and it reduces the clutter in your digital library. All books included in this collection feature a ... Read more

    $8.13 AUD

  • A Conflict of Visions

    Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

    by Thomas Sowell ...
    Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes this pattern. He describes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the "constrained" vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and ... Read more

    $31.99 AUD

  • What on Earth is Going On?: A Crash Course in Current Affairs

    "Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock". Ben HechtEvery day we are bombarded with far more information than we can possibly hope to absorb. We don't have the time, energy or patience to process it all and understand the root causes behind issues and their development. There might be areas of ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    **THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER**In twenty-one bite-sized lessons, Yuval Noah Harari explores what it means to be human in an age of bewilderment.'21 Lessons is, simply put, a crucial book' Adam KayHow can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Uninhabitable Earth

    A Story of the Future

    ****SUNDAY TIMES AND THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**'An epoch-defining book' Matt Haig'If you read just one work of non-fiction this year, it should probably be this' David Sexton, Evening StandardSelected as a Book of the Year 2019 by the Sunday Times, Spectator and New StatesmanA Waterstones Paperback of the Year and shortlisted for the Foyles Book of the Year 2019Longlisted for the PEN / E.O. ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • The Fifth Risk

    Undoing Democracy

    by Michael Lewis ...
    **'Will set your hair on end' Telegraph, Top 50 Books of the Year'Life is what happens between Michael Lewis books. I forgot to breathe while reading The Fifth Risk' Michael Hofmann, TLS, Books of the YearThe phenomenal new book from the international bestselling author of The Big Short**'The election happened ... And then there was radio silence.'The morning after Trump was elected president, the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Whitlam Mob

    We were a motley mob, we sans-culottes of Canberra …In this vastly entertaining book, Mungo MacCallum captures the spirit of a nation-changing time. He portrays the Whitlam government’s key figures – from Gough and Margaret to Lionel Murphy, Bill Hayden and Jim Cairns – as well as “the other mob” in opposition – Billy McMahon, John Gorton, Malcolm Fraser and many more.The Whitlam Mob addresses ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Price of Inequality

    Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz explains why we are experiencing such destructively high levels of inequality - and why this is not inevitableThe top 1 percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles, but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live. Throughout ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • On Tyranny

    Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

    **NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER****‘**A sort of survival book, a sort of symptom-diagnosis manual in terms of losing your democracy and what tyranny and authoritarianism look like up close’ Rachel Maddow'These 128 pages are a brief primer in every important thing we might have learned from the history of the last century, and all that we appear to have forgotten' ObserverHistory does not repeat, but ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Upheaval

    How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change

    by Jared Diamond ...
    'A riveting and illuminating tour of how nations deal with crises - which might hopefully help humanity as a whole deal with our present global crisis' YUVAL NOAH HARARI, author of SAPIENS** NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**Author of thelandmark international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond has transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, at ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Dark Money

    how a secretive group of billionaires is trying to buy political control in the US

    by Jane Mayer ...
    LONGLISTED FOR THE 2016 GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS, BEST NONFICTIONA LITHUB BOOK OF THE DECADEThe US is one of the largest democracies in the world — or is it?America is experiencing an age of profound economic inequality. Employee protections have been decimated, and state welfare is virtually non-existent, while hedge-fund billionaires are grossly under-taxed and big businesses make astounding pro ... Read more

    $29.80 AUD

  • Justice

    What's the Right Thing to Do?

    Michael Sandel's Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? invites readers of all ages and political persuasions on a journey of moral reflection, and shows how reasoned debate can illuminate our lives.Is it always wrong to lie?Should there be limits to personal freedom?Can killing sometimes be justified?Is the free market fair?What is the right thing to do?Questions like these are at the heart of ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Politics and the English Language

    by George Orwell ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    'Politics and the English Language' is widely considered Orwell's most important essay on style. Style, for Orwell, was never simply a question of aesthetics; it was always inextricably linked to politics and to truth.'All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer.'Language ... Read more

    $2.99 AUD

  • The Penguin History of the World

    6th edition

    This is a completely new and updated edition of J. M. Roberts and Odd Arne Westad's widely acclaimed, landmark bestseller The Penguin History of the World.For generations of readers The Penguin History of the World has been one of the great cultural experiences - the entire story of human endeavour laid out in all its grandeur and folly, drama and pain in a single authoritative book. Now, for the ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Reframe: How to solve the worlds trickiest problems

    How to Solve the World’s Trickiest Problems

    by Eric Knight ...
    An original and vital contribution to understanding politics. Matt Ridley, author of The Rational OptimistHow to solve the worlds trickiest problems terrorism, climate change, financial insanity and more.In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, Reframe brings a fresh perspective to our toughest political problems. This is a book by a young Australian thinker that turns conventional ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Laws of Human Nature

    by Robert Greene ...
    WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD 2019From the million-copy bestselling author of The 48 Laws of PowerRobert Greene is a master guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they ... Read more

    $17.26 AUD