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The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement

The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement

Nathaniel Deutsch

The Jews of the Pale of Settlement created a distinctive way of life little known beyond its borders. Just before World War I, a socialist revolutionary named An-sky and his team collected jokes, recorded songs, took thousands of...

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December, 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War

December, 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War

Evan Mawdsley

An account of twelve pivotal days in 1941, when a chain of interlinked events changed world history

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Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910

Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910

Jeffrey H. Jackson

In the winter of 1910 the river that brought life to Paris became a force of destruction drowning Parisian streets, forcing its inhabitants to overcome a history of strife and work together. On the hundredth anniversary of the...

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 Read reviewThe Sons of Clovis

The Sons of Clovis

David Brooks

In the mid-1940s, writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart submitted a series of poems to the modernist literary magazine, Angry Penguins , under the fictitious name Ern Malley. This book not only offers an account of the Ern...

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Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train

Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train

Ina Caro

I'd rather go to France with Ina Caro than with Henry Adams or Henry James. -Peter Prescott, Newsweek

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The Bible Now

The Bible Now

Richard Elliott Friedman, Shawna Dolansky

The Bible has been a positive force but also has been misread, mistranslated, and misused. Friedman and Dolansky address what the Bible has to say about key issues in current events, including homosexuality, abortion, gender,...

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Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long, Wet Summer of 2010-2011

Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long, Wet Summer of 2010-2011

Matthew Condon

Fear, faith and hope are just three of the emotions felt by the people of Queensland during the long, wet summer of 2010-2011. The floods and cyclones of that wet season produced a natural disaster which will continue to influence...

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The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

Professor Brian Cummings

This unique edition of the Book of Common Prayer includes the texts of three different versions, 1549, 1559, and 1662, to provide a panorama of the history of ritual in England from the Reformation to the present day. The first...

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Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Stacy Schiff

Cleopatra's palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Famous long before she was...

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Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

Eric Chaline

Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History is a beautifully illustrated book that uncovers the fascinating stories of creatures great and small. These are the animals that have played a central role in the evolution of...

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The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I

The Queen’s Agent: Francis Walsingham at the Court of Elizabeth I

John Cooper, MANLEY

Queen Elizabeth's Secretary, Francis Walsingham, was prepared to do whatever it took to protect her. He ran a network of agents in England and Europe who provided him with information about invasions or assassination plots. He...

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Anzacs on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide

Anzacs on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide

Peter Pedersen, Chris Roberts

A lavishly illustrated account of the ANZACs involvement in the Western Front--complete with walking and driving tours of 28 battlefields With rare photographs and documents from the Australian War Memorial archive and extensive...

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Mad Dog: William Cyril Moxley and the Moorebank Killings

Mad Dog: William Cyril Moxley and the Moorebank Killings

Peter Corris

William Cyril Moxley was hanged at Sydney's Long Bay Gaol in 1932 - the first execution in New South Wales for eight years. His crime was the brutal rape and murder of 21-year-old Dorothy Ruth Denzel and the vicious beating and...

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A History of Tasmania

A History of Tasmania

Henry Reynolds

This captivating work charts the history of Tasmania from the arrival of European maritime expeditions through to the modern day.

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Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

E. B. Joyce, D. A. McCann

Reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of the Burke and Wills Expedition.

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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Timothy Snyder

Under Hitler and Stalin the Nazi and Soviet regimes murdered fourteen million people in the bloodlands between Berlin and Moscow. The killing fields extended from central Polads to western Russia. This book gives voice to the...

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Atrocitology: Humanity's 100 Deadliest Achievements

Atrocitology: Humanity’s 100 Deadliest Achievements

Matthew White

Was the 20th century the most violent in history? Are religions or tyrants, capitalism or communism the cause of most human suffering? Has violence increased or decreased over the course of history? In this work, White considers...

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Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II

Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II

Francis Pike

New in paperback. Asia - with four billion people, almost two-thirds of the world's population, a huge landmass and the fastest-growing economies - has transformed the geopolitical global balance. This title gives a dramatic...

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Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu

Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu

Christopher Heaney, Neil B Chambers

The first-ever account of adventurer Hiram Bingham's search for the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Bingham's dispatches cast him as a romanticized hero and revealed the lost city to the Western world. The reader is taken into the...

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 Special priceThe Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia

The Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia

David Hill

David Hill relates the extraordinary people and staggering events of Australia's great gold-rush years. From the mid- to late-1800s, people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life, including two future prime ministers...

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Mission 101: The Untold Story of Five Australian Soldiers' Extraordinary War in Ethiopia

Mission 101: The Untold Story of Five Australian Soldiers' Extraordinary War in Ethiopia

Duncan McNab

In Late 1940 a group of five Australian soldiers set out on a secret mission: one of the second world war's most daring operations. Leading a small force of Ethiopian freedom fighters on an epic trek across the harsh African bush...

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

Erik Larson

1933, Berlin. William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. As the year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement,...

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Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North

Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North

Andrea di Robilant

In the 14th century, Nicolo and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a full century before Columbus. This title...

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Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Asti Hustvedt

A groundbreaking new book about the nineteenth century obsession with hysteria, focussing on the renowned Salpetriere hosptial in Paris.

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Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land

Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land

Joel Brinkley

A generation after Pol Pot's regime killed one quarter of the nation's population, Cambodia shows every outward sign of having overcome its devastating history - the streets of Phnom Penh are paved; skyscrapers dot the skyline....

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The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology

The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology

Tim Birkhead

The perfect book for birdwatchers and armchair ornithologists everywhere.

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For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus

For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus

Professor Frederick Brown

The author of acclaimed biographies of Emile Zola and Flaubert now offers an ambitious, far-reaching portrait of fin-de-siecle France.

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Robin Hood

Robin Hood

J. C. Holt

The legend of Robin Hood began more than 600 years ago. The man, if he existed at all, lived even earlier. This title assesses the evidence for the historical Robin Hood and finds that the tale originated with the yeomen and...

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The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

Jason Vuic

An exhaustive chronicle of the rise and fall of the Yugo, as well as the people and political situations that played a part in the story.

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Turkey: A Short History

Turkey: A Short History

Norman Stone

Presents a survey of Turkeys relations with its immediate neighbours and the wider world from the 11th century to the present day. This title also presents a story from the arrival of the Seljuks in Anatolia in the eleventh...

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Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart

Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart

Chris Skidmore

The dramatic story of Elizabeth's first ten years on the throne and the unexplained death that scandalised her court.

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A History of East Asia: From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-First Century

A History of East Asia: From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-First Century

Charles Holcombe

This book traces the story of East Asia from the dawn of history to the present.

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The Lure of Russia: 20 Years of Travel & 20 Years of Change

The Lure of Russia: 20 Years of Travel & 20 Years of Change

Gail Ford

Ford visited Russia 18 times in 20 years, leading groups of school students, then music and art groups. Ford provides the historical context to her travels, which provide snapshots of Russian life during pivotal times of momentous...

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The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World's Greatest Royal Mystery

The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World’s Greatest Royal Mystery

Greg King, Penny Wilson

The truth of the enduring mystery of Anastasia's fate-and the life of her most convincing impostor The passage of more than ninety years and the publication of hundreds of books in dozens of languages has not extinguished an...

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Fire and Song: The Story of Luis De Carvajal and the Mexican Inquisition

Fire and Song: The Story of Luis De Carvajal and the Mexican Inquisition

Anna Lanyon

1596: Luis de Carvajal's forbears had fled the Inquisition in Spain to Portugal and then from there to the New World. But the lives they try to rebuild as conversos in Mexico are just as perilous, for the Inquisition is determined...

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The Pocketbook of Aussie History

The Pocketbook of Aussie History

Brendan Gullifer

When was the first Melbourne Cup, and which horse won? Who was the first woman to stand for federal parliament? What's the second verse of 'Advance Australia Fair'? Why was Vegemite renamed Parwill in 1928? Here, in one handy...

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 Special priceDampier's Monkey: The South Seas Voyages of William Dampier

Dampier’s Monkey: The South Seas Voyages of William Dampier

Adrian Mitchell

William Dampier, the 'devil's mariner' as he has been called, a far voyager and traveller extraordinaire, lived in an era when the past was being put behind the present, and everything was new - a new world discovered by the first...

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Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Simon Schama

Offers a social, cultural and narrative history of the French Revolution. This title provides an impression of the currents and contradictions which made up this terrible sequence of events.

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Bligh in Australia: A New Appraisal of William Bligh and the Rum Rebellion

Bligh in Australia: A New Appraisal of William Bligh and the Rum Rebellion

Russell Earls Davis

This account of early Australia focuses on Governor William Bligh (famous as the captain of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' fame). The Rum Rebellion has for generations been told to school children as one of the better stories of...

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The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

Glynis Ridley

In 1765, eminent botanist Philibert Commerson was appointed official naturalist to a grand new expedition: the first French circumnavigation of the world. Jeanne Baret - Commerson's young mistress and collaborator - disguised...

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Speeches That Changed the World

Speeches That Changed the World

Simon Sebag Montefiore

See and hear the 20th century's greatest orators speak the very words that made history - from Winston Churchill and JFK to Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama. This gripping DVD pack provides genuine historical footage of 20 of the most...

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The Australian Pub

The Australian Pub

Diane Kirkby, Tanja Luckins, Chris McConville

The pub is one of Australia's most-loved institutions. This book takes us on an intoxicating journey through the colourful history of this Australian icon: from its colonial origins along the waterfronts and roadways used by...

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Transport: An Australian History

Transport: An Australian History

Robert Lee

Trains, planes, boats and cars. What did Australians do before the invention of modern transport? This title tells the story of how transport in Australia has developed, and how it has impacted our lives. It brings together the...

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 Special priceThe Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One

The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One

Miranda Carter

As cousins, George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II and the last Tsar Nicholas II should have been friends - but they happened also to rule Europe's three most powerful states. This book offers an account of how three men who should have...

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Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater

Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater

Larry Stempel

The definitive history of the Broadway musical: the shows, the stars, the movers, and the shakers.

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Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia

Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia

Penny Russell

In colonial Australia manners marked the difference between savagery and civilisation, between vulgarity and refinement. Colonists recoiled in shock and confusion at the customs of Indigenous Australians, but they also sensed the...

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 Special priceThe Idea of Justice

The Idea of Justice

Amartya K. Sen

Is justice an ideal, for ever beyond our grasp, or something that may actually guide our practical decisions and enhance our lives? This book offers a fresh approach to mainstream theories of justice. It shows how the principles...

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God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter

God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter

Stephen R. Prothero

God is Not One is the essential guide to learning about and understanding religion and its place in our global culture today, written for religious and non-religious people alike. It gives a chapter-by-chapter overview and...

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From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War

Jerry Della Femina

This advertising classic is the original guide to life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s - and it was an inspiration for series one of Mad Men, with Jerry an advisor to the show. Packed full of eccentric characters and interesting...

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Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades

Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades

Jonathan Phillips

Explores the conflict of ideas, beliefs and cultures and shows both the contradictions and diversity of holy war. This book draws on contemporary writings - on chronicles, songs, sermons, travel diaries and peace treaties - to...

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Defenders of the Faith: Christianity and Islam Battle for the Soul of Europe, 1520-1536

Defenders of the Faith: Christianity and Islam Battle for the Soul of Europe, 1520-1536

James Reston, Jr., Jr.

A bestselling historian recounts 16 years that shook the world--the epic clash between Europe and the Ottoman Turks that ended the Renaissance and brought Islam to the gates of Vienna.

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The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall

The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall

Timothy Parsons

In The Rule of Empires, Timothy Parsons gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from its origins in ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. He explains what constitutes an empire and offers...

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A Secret Gift

A Secret Gift

Ted Gup

A timely and powerful work of America at its worst - and Americans at their best - woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author's generous and secretive grandfather. Ted Gup, and the...

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The Great Explorers

The Great Explorers

Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Profiles forty of the worlds greatest explorers, from Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

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Across the Revolutionary Divide: Russia and the USSR, 1861-1945

Across the Revolutionary Divide: Russia and the USSR, 1861-1945

Theodore R. Weeks

Across the Revolutionary Divide: Russia, 1861-1945 presents an ambitious interpretive account of Russian history from the abolition of serfdom by Alexander II to the end of World War II.

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The American Civil War

The American Civil War

John Keegan

The American Civil War was one of the longest and bloodiest of modern wars. It is also one of the most mysterious. This book unpicks the geography, leadership and strategic logic of the war and takes us to the heart of the...

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Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War

Europe’s Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War

Peter H. Wilson

The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618-48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and...

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The Pacific

The Pacific

Hugh Ambrose

Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war...

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Turning the Tide of Battle: Ingenious Tactics That Secured Momentous Victories

Turning the Tide of Battle: Ingenious Tactics That Secured Momentous Victories

Joseph Cummins

The Pocket History series is a conveniently portable, stylishly packaged and eminently collectible set of books that each open a window onto a selection of remarkable stories, characters and themes from the past. Ranging through...

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Memory is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora

Memory is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora

Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen

Reveals the experiences of Vietnamese women refugees since the end of the Vietnam War. Based on oral narratives of forty Vietnamese women, this book deals with themes both universal and specific to this diaspora: divergent...

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Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788

Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788

Richard Broome

'In this book Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style... ' Professor Lynette Russell, Centre for Australian...

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The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited

The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited

John Carroll

Humanism built western civilization as we know it today. Its achievements include the liberation of the individual, democracy, universal rights, and widespread prosperity and comfort. So runs the approved view. It is not shared by...

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The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

Peter Beinart

A story about the seductions of success. Beinart describes Washington on the eve of three wars - World War One, Vietnam, and Iraq - three moments when American leaders decided they could remake the world in their image. Each time,...

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Macquarie: From Colony to Country

Macquarie: From Colony to Country

Harry Dillion, Peter Butler

In 1810 Lachlan Macquarie became governor of New South Wales. He ruled the colony for 12 years. The story of Macquarie's governorship is in many ways the story of early Australian history. His term encompassed the key events of...

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Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia - 1788-1868

Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia - 1788-1868

Tony Moore

This is the first narrative history that brings together the stories of the political prisoners sent as convicts to Australia from all over Britain and parts of the British Empire. Tony Moore asks who were these prisoners, and...

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The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia

The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia

Stuart Macintyre

The Poor Relation examines the place of the social sciences - from economics and psychology to history, law and philosophy - in the teaching and research conducted by Australian universities. It also relates the arrangements made...

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