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Einstein's War

Einstein’s War

Matthew Stanley

Einstein's War teaches us about science through history, and the physics is more accessible as a result -- we see relativity built brick-by-brick in front of us, as it happened 100 years ago.

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Operation Babylift

Operation Babylift

Ian W. Shaw

The dramatic and heart-warming story of the last-minute evacuation of hundreds of orphaned babies from South Vietnam in the dying days of the Vietnam War and of the brave Australian nurses who made it happen.

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Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era

Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era

Roxane Gay, Jason Baumann, Kay Tobin Lahusen, Diana Davies

These indelible images are among the hundreds housed in the New York Public Library's archive of photographs of LGBT history from photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies.

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Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself

Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself

Florian Huber

An important exploration of a shocking and previously unacknowledged chapter in German history.

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Faber & Faber: The Untold Story

Faber & Faber: The Untold Story

Toby Faber

A vibrant history of the London publishing house Faber and Faber told in its own words. Published to celebrate Faber's 90th anniversary, this is for readers who love books and are curious about the business of writing.

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The Origin of Empire

The Origin of Empire

David Potter

Capturing the pivotal moment when Rome transformed from a republic to a world empire, spanning over three hundred action-packed years.

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Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher

Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher

Armand D'Angour

An innovative and insightful exploration of the passionate early life of Socrates and the influences that led him to become the first and greatest of philosophersSocrates: the philosopher whose questioning gave birth...

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This Is Shakespeare

This Is Shakespeare

Emma Smith

A genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others. A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision, originality and literary mastery. Who wrote like an angel, putting it all so much...

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The Sea Journal: Seafarers' Sketchbooks

The Sea Journal: Seafarers' Sketchbooks

Huw Lewis-Jones

A captivating compendium of rare and exquisite first-hand records of ocean voyages around the world and in different ages, providing a fascinating insight into exploration and adventure at sea.      

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Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940--1950

Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950

Agnes Poirier

A captivating portrait of those who lived, loved, fought, played and flourished in Paris between 1940 and 1950 and whose intellectual and artistic output still influences us today.

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Origins: How The Earth Made Us

Origins: How The Earth Made Us

Lewis Dartnell

From Sunday Times bestselling author of The Knowledge, a book that takes us far back in time to the point where history becomes science, and that unpeels the layers of this history to reveal not how we made the earth, but that the...

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Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country

Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe’s Lost Country

Simon Winder

Following on from Danubia and the bestselling Germania, Lotharingia is the final instalment in Simon Winder's hilarious and informative personal exploration of European history.

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Figuring

Figuring

Maria Popova

A history of women who have changed our understanding of the universe, from the creator of Brain Pickings

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Hungary: A Short History

Hungary: A Short History

Norman Stone

Hungary has an unusually fascinating and complicated history. The nation was only created in 1918 at the end of the First World War from the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire, but it had long antecedents. Norman Stone, pre-eminent...

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A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

John Barton

A uniquely ambitious study of the Bible's creation: how it came to be written, how its contents were selected - and how it really relates to the religions that endorse it.

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A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

Sonia Purnell

The incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE and became the Gestapo's most wanted Allied spy, written by acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell.

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Our Mob Served

Our Mob Served

Allison Cadzow, Mary Anne Jebb

Our Mob Served presents a moving and little-known history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander war time and defence service, told through the vivid oral histories and treasured family images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

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A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing

A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing

DaMaris Hill

Contains biographical information about black women freedom fighters throughout the history of the United States, as well as poems inspired by the women discussed in the text.

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Rebel Women Who Changed Australia

Rebel Women Who Changed Australia

Susanna De Vries

From Lillie Goodisson, pioneer of family planning, to Eileen Joyce, world-famous pianist, to Stella Miles Franklin, who endowed our most celebrated literary prize, these are women who have made a difference. They are the women who...

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Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women's Rights, Then and Now

Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now

Helen Pankhurst

On the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, Helen Pankhurst - great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and a leading women's rights campaigner - charts how women's lives have changed over the last...

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The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History in Seven Cities

The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History in Seven Cities

Violet Moller

A vibrant and evocative account of how the great scientific ideas of the ancient world were lost and found.

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Women to the Front

Women to the Front

Heather Sheard, Ruth Lee

Australian Women Doctors of the First World War

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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Adam Higginbotham

The dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.

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Hell of a Time: An Australian Soldier's Diary of the Great War

Hell of a Time: An Australian Soldier’s Diary of the Great War

Philip Owen Ayton, Ross McMullin

One of the last undiscovered personal accounts of an Australian soldier fighting to survive WWI

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Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires

Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires

Tim Mackintosh-Smith

A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone

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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future

Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future

Alice Gorman

Turns the common perception of archaeology as an exploration of the ancient on its head. Alice Gorman's captivating inquiry into the most modern and daring of technologies spanning some 60 years takes the reader on a journey which...

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Vietnam: An Epic History of a Tragic War

Vietnam: An Epic History of a Tragic War

Max Hastings

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER `His masterpiece' Antony Beevor, Spectator `A masterful performance' Sunday Times `By far the best book on the Vietnam War' Gerald Degroot, The Times, Book of the Year

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Australia's Vietnam: Myth vs history

Australia’s Vietnam: Myth vs history

Mark Dapin

Why everything you think you know about Australia's Vietnam War is wrong

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Mother: An Unconventional History

Mother: An Unconventional History

Sarah Knott

When acclaimed historian Sarah Knott became pregnant, she started looking for a history of motherhood - only to find that no such book exists. For centuries, historians have concerned themselves with wars and...

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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

Christina Thompson

`Wonderfully researched and beautifully written' Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan `Succeeds in conjuring a lost world' Dava Sobel, author of Longitude

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Waltzing Matilda: Australia's Accidental Anthem

Waltzing Matilda: Australia’s Accidental Anthem

W. Benjamin Lindner, Geoffrey Blainey

Waltzing Matilda Australia's Accidental Anthem written by a criminal barrister, is a forensic history of the events, the people and the places that led to the writing of Australia's internationally famous song. This...

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Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation

Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation

Roderick Beaton

Greece has been brought under repeated scrutiny during the financial crises that have convulsed the country since 2010. The worldwide coverage has shown up how poorly we understand modern Greece. We think we know ancient Greece,...

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History Day by Day: 366 Voices from the Past

History Day by Day: 366 Voices from the Past

Peter Furtado

A vivid, day-by-day perspective on 2,500 years of human history through the medium of 366 quotations.

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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Stefan Zweig (Author), Eden Paul (Translator), Cedar Paul (Translator)

Mary Stuart Queen of Scots, Queen of France and a claimant to the throne of England, was condemned for treason and executed at the age of forty-four. A potential threat to the stability of the English Crown, she was held captive...

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The Story of Sex: From Apes to Robots

The Story of Sex: From Apes to Robots

Philippe Brenot, Laetitia Coryn, Will McMorran

Sex is everywhere, yet how many of us truly understand it? Our attitudes to sex and sexuality are forever in flux. Driven by pleasure, power, revenge, a desire for children or simply because it isn't allowed, humans have had...

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Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

Joshua B. Freeman

A sweeping, global history of the rise of the factory and its effects on society.

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Women Our History

Women Our History

DK, Lucy Worsley

Re-examining history from a female perspective, this book celebrates the numerous important roles women have played in culture and society that are less often told. Packed full of evocative images, this gloriously...

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Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kate Legge

Award-winning journalist Kate Legge tells the remarkable story behind the creation of the Cradle Mountain sanctuary through the characters at its heart.  

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The Seventies

The Seventies

Michelle Arrow

The Seventies was the decade that shaped modern Australia. In a lively and engaging style, Michelle Arrow has written a new history of this transformative decade; one that is more urgent, and more resonant, than ever.

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Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia's Newspaper Empires

Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia’s Newspaper Empires

Sally Young

Reveals who owned Australia's newspapers and how they used them to wield political power. A corporate and political history of Australian newspapers spanning 140 years, this book explains how Australia's media system came to be...

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Last Days in Old Europe

Last Days in Old Europe

Richard Bassett

Part memoir, part reflection, this book brings to life central Europe during the last ten years of the Cold War. It begins in Trieste in 1979 where the embers of the Habsburg Empire still burnt brightly, and then moves to the...

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The Human Tide

The Human Tide

Paul Morland

A dazzling new history of the modern world, as told through the remarkable story of population change.

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Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

Clare Hunter

The Hare with Amber Eyes meets The History of the World in 100 Objects: an eloquent history of the language of sewing over centuries and across continents.

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How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States

How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States

Daniel Immerwahr

For a country that has always denied having dreams of empire, the United States owns a lot of overseas territory. The birth control pill, chemotherapy, plastic, Godzilla, the Beatles, the name America itself - you can't understand...

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Contesting Australian History

Contesting Australian History

Joy Damousi, Judith Smart

One of Australia's leading scholars and a highly distinguished professor of history, Marilyn Lake forged a career that spanned several decades across a number of universities. Her books have significantly advanced our...

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Capturing Nature

Capturing Nature

Vanessa Finney

The ground-breaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed in this volume for the first time. Capturing Nature reveals this fascinating visual archive for the...

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Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny

Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny

Edward J. Watts

A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse

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