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  • Corruptible

    Who Gets Power and How it Changes Us

    'Illuminating . . . reveals why some people and systems are more likely to be corrupted by power than others' - Adam Grant'Passionate, insightful, and occasionally jaw-dropping . . . Corruptible sets out the story of the intoxicating lure of power-and how it has shaped the modern world' - Peter Frankopan'A brilliant exploration' - Dan Snow'Klaas is the rarest of finds: a political scientist who ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

    by David Treuer ...
    FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDCHOSEN BY BARACK OBAMA AS ONE OF HIS FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2019LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCEA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait... Treuer's powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about th... ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Big Con

    How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies

    There is an entrenched relationship between the consulting industry and the way business and government are managed today which must change.Mariana Mazzucato and Rosie Collington show that our economies' reliance on companies such as McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY stunts innovation, obfuscates corporate and political accountability and impedes our ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD $16.99 AUD

  • The Revolution is the Emergency Break

    Essays on Walter Benjamin

    by Michael Löwy ...
    Series series Marx and Marxisms
    Winner of the 2020 European Walter Benjamin Prize, The Revolution is the Emergency Break is a rich discussion of Walter Benjamin’s lesser-known writings by renowned social scientist Michael Löwy. Translated into several languages but available in English for the very first time, Löwy’s book brings together the philosophical, literary, theological and cultural aspects of Benjamin’s writings, ... Read more

    $80.99 AUD

  • The Revolutionary Temper

    Paris, 1748–1789

    **A Sunday Times, Times Literary Supplement, and The Times Book of the YearA brilliant account of the coming of the French Revolution, and the culminating work of this most distinguished historian**‘Events do not come naked into the world. They come clothed – in attitudes, assumptions, values, memories of the past, anticipations of the future, hopes and fears and many other emotions. To understand ... Read more

    $24.99 AUD

  • The Invisible Doctrine

    The Secret History of Neoliberalism (& How It Came to Control Your Life)

    *The #1 Sunday Times bestseller*'Explosive and beautifully told … these truths can set us free' - Danny Dorling'This book is dynamite – shining a spotlight on the evils of neoliberalism, shattering the myth that ‘there is no alternative’, and laying the foundations for a new politics' - Caroline LucasHow can you fight something if you don’t know it exists?</stro... ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Technofeudalism

    What Killed Capitalism

    ‘What an amazing piece of work this is. Ground-breaking, thought-provoking and highly accessible. Everyone should read it. The dark, scary, exciting song of our age. 100 out of 100’ IRVINE WELSHCapitalism is dead. Welcome to technofeudalism.In his boldest and most far-reaching book, the visionary economist and number-one bestselling author Yanis Varoufakis shows how the owners of big tech became ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD $16.99 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

    $21.99 AUD

  • Trust the Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy That Reshaped the World

    by Will Sommer ...
    ‘Detailed and impeccably researched. Eye-opening' GUARDIAN‘Punchy and well-reported. Sommer is the perfect person to tell this story' NEW YORK TIMESHow did a conspiracy theory reshape global politics? How did it tear families apart, inspire an insurrection and convince millions that a shadowy cabal was hellbent on eating children, and only Donald Trump could stop them?On the 6th of January, 2021 ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD $4.99 AUD

  • Firms as Political Entities

    Saving Democracy through Economic Bicameralism

    When people go to work, they cease to be citizens. At their desks they are transformed into employees, subordinate to the hierarchy of the workplace. The degree of their sense of voicelessness may vary from employer to employer, but it is real and growing, inflamed by populist propaganda that ridicules democracy as weak and ineffective amid global capitalism. At the same time, corporations ... Read more

    $39.99 AUD

  • Original Zinn

    Conversations on History and Politics

    by Howard Zinn ...
    The acclaimed historian and author of the classic A People’s History of the United States offers a deeply personal look at the events, issues, and people that matter to us allBased on Howard Zinn's interviews on public radio with host David Barsamian, Original Zinn brings into focus a wide range of foreign policy and domestic issues central to our lives today and showcases Zinn at his most ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Left of the Dial

    Conversations with Punk Icons

    Left of the Dial features interviews by musical journalist, folklorist, educator, and musician David Ensminger with leading figures of the punk underground: Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Dave Dictor (MDC), and many more. Ensminger probes the legacy of punk’s sometimes fuzzy political ideology, its ongoing DIY traditions, its rupture of cultural and social norms, ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • KOBO: The story of Russo-Japanese War

    Japanese were for the first time measuring their strength in the China war. Bob Fawcett has the good fortune to do a service to Kobo San, the descendant of an ancient Samurai family and high in the Government Service. He was sent out to Japan before the outbreak of the war to test the range finding apparatus of the Japanese fleet. Kobo is a good story written by Herbert Strang. ... Read more

    $2.92 AUD

  • Storming Bedlam

    Madness, Utopia, and Revolt

    by Sasha Warren ...
    Mental health care and its radical possibilities reimagined in the context of its global development under capitalism.The contemporary world is oversaturated with psychiatric programs, methods, and reforms promising to address any number of “crises” in mental health care. When these fail, alternatives to the alternatives simply pile up and seem to lead nowhere.In an original and compelling account ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • A Sense of Balance

    by John Howard ...
    On how our sense of balance has defined us as a nation and will safeguard our future.In the years that John Howard served in the national parliament he came to understand the special character of Australia; to appreciate its strengths and weaknesses; and most importantly to respect the sense of balance in the formulation of public policy that has long defined us as a nation and made Australia an ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The Death of Truth

    From a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of the West’s retreat from reason.‘The Death of Truth is destined to become the defining treatise of our age’ David Grann‘The first great book of the Trump administration … essential reading’ Rolling StoneWe live in a time when the very idea of objective truth is mocked and discounted by the US President. Discredited conspiracy ... Read more

    $14.99 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

    $13.99 AUD $10.99 AUD

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    'Truly mind-expanding... Ultra-topical' Guardian

    **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.How 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 children?The world-renowned historian and intellectual ... Read more

    $18.99 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

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Fifth Risk

    Undoing Democracy

    by Michael Lewis ...
    'W****ill set your hair on end' Telegraph, Top 50 Books of the Year'I forgot to breathe while reading The Fifth Risk' Michael Hofmann, TLS, Books of the YearThe bestselling, no-holds-barred exposé of the people who are wrecking our democracy, by the master storyteller of our times'The election happened ... And then there was radio silence.'The morning after Trump was elected preside... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason

    SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER‘The most important book of the year’ Daily MailThe brilliant and provocative new book from one of the world’s foremost political writers‘The anti-Western revisionists have been out in force in recent years. It is high time that we revise them in turn…’In The War on the West, international bestselling author Douglas Murray ... ... Read more

    $11.99 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

    $16.99 AUD

  • On Tyranny

    Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

    **NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**History does not repeat, but it does instructIn the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and rejected reason in favour of myth. European history shows us that societies can ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD