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King Richard: Nixon and Watergate - an American tragedy

King Richard: Nixon and Watergate - an American tragedy

Michael Dobbs

A sharply focused, riveting account - told from inside the White House - of the crucial days, hours, and moments when the Watergate conspiracy consumed, and ultimately toppled, a president.

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Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

Michael Heller, James Salzman

A Freakonomics-style investigation into the mysteries of ownership, filled with counterintuitive insights and fascinating case studies.

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The Kindness Revolution

The Kindness Revolution

Hugh Mackay

Generous, erudite, optimistic and candid...Hugh Mackay encourages us to find the best in ourselves and in our society in both good and troubled times.

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Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition

Cedric J. Robinson

The African roots of black radicalism.

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The Frontiers of Knowledge

The Frontiers of Knowledge

A. C. Grayling

From the bestselling philosopher, an ambitious and gripping history of science, thought, life on earth and the human mind itself - and what we might know in the future

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 Read reviewWith the Falling of the Dusk

With the Falling of the Dusk

Stan Grant

A deeply powerful, poetic and compelling book on the challenges facing our world, from one of Australia's most experienced journalists and international commentators, Stan Grant.

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The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us

Heather McGhee

The heartbreaking, liberating truth about what racism has cost all of us.

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China Panic: Australia's Alternative to Paranoia and Pandering

China Panic: Australia’s Alternative to Paranoia and Pandering

David Brophy

When he visited Australia in 2014, Chinese president Xi Jinping said there was an ‘ocean of goodwill' between our country and his. Since then that ocean has shown dramatic signs of freezing over. Australia is in the grip of...

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Radicals: Remembering the Sixties

Radicals: Remembering the Sixties

Meredith Burgmann, Nadia Wheatley

In Radicals - Remembering the Sixties some of the people doing the changing reflect on how the decade changed them and Australian society forever. It will make you feel like you were there, whether or not you really were.

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Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

Niall Ferguson

A provocative, original and compelling history of catastrophes and their consequences

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After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made

After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made

Ben Rhodes

In 2017, as Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outwards. After the...

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The Power of Geography

The Power of Geography

Tim Marshall

Ten maps that reveal the future of global power and politics: the much-anticipated sequel to the million-copy bestseller Prisoners of Geography

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Full Circle; Power, Hope and the Return of Nature

Full Circle; Power, Hope and the Return of Nature

Scott Ludlam

A visionary book for our wild times

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Why We Are Restless

Why We Are Restless

Benjamin Storey, Jenna Silber Storey

A compelling exploration of how our pursuit of happiness makes us unhappy

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Value(s): Building a Better World for All

Value(s): Building a Better World for All

Mark Carney

What do you value? Why is it that often the things we value the most - from frontline nurses to the natural environment to keeping children well fed and educated - seem of little importance to economic markets?

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Free Lunch Thinking

Free Lunch Thinking

Tom Bergin

And by tracing the development of key economic tenets, he demonstrates how their champions' tendency to believe in phenomena for which they have little hard evidence leaves accepted economic wisdom frequently being more about...

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Numbers Don't Lie

Numbers Don’t Lie

Vaclav Smil

From earth's nations and inhabitants, through the fuels and foods that energize them, to the transportation and inventions of our modern world -- and how all of this affects the planet itself -- in Numbers Don't Lie, Professor...

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We See It All

We See It All

Jon Fasman

What are citizens of a free country willing to tolerate in the name of public safety? Jon Fasman journeys from the US to London - one of the most heavily surveilled cities on earth - to China and beyond, to expose the legal,...

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Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

Sophie Cousins

A progressive, solutions-driven examination of how we can collectively reshape and rebuild a better and fairer Australia in the midst of a global pandemic, climate change and urgent questions of race equality.

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Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

Richard Beasley

A very angry book about our greatest environmental catastrophe… the death of the Murray-Darling Basin.

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The Fourfold Remedy: Epicurus and the Art of Happiness

The Fourfold Remedy: Epicurus and the Art of Happiness

John Sellars

Inspiring and illuminating, The Fourfold Remedy draws on ancient wisdom that feels remarkably relevant today, offering a new way of thinking about what truly matters in our lives.

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This is Why I Resist

This is Why I Resist

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

An unfettered call to anti-racist action by the activist, political commentator and public speaker, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.

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Cathy Goes to Canberra

Cathy Goes to Canberra

Cathy McGowan

Whenever anyone tells you that only the big parties or star candidates have a chance of winning a seat in federal parliament, just say 'Cathy McGowan'.

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Greetings from Trumpland

Greetings from Trumpland

Zoe Daniel, Roscoe Whalan

Zoe Daniel's new book is a timely reflection on how the Trump presidency has changed the world.   

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 Special priceA Promised Land

A Promised Land

Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. This is the first volume in an unmissable two-part memoir, which covers his early political career and his...

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Promises to Keep

Promises to Keep

Joe Biden

Democratic Senator Biden, one of the most recognizable figures in the U.S. government, presents an insiders look at life in the Senate, Washington politics, and American foreign policy.

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Less is More

Less is More

Jason Hickel

The world has finally awoken to the reality of climate breakdown and ecological collapse. We need to change how we see the world and our place within it, shifting from a philosophy of domination and extraction to one that's...

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Behind the Enigma

Behind the Enigma

John Ferris

You know about MI5. You know about MI6. Now uncover the story behind Britain's most secretive intelligence agency in the first-ever authorised history of GCHQ.

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Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses

Kurt Andersen

Largely out of sight, they rapidly built and funded a new empire of think tanks and academic institutions and professional organisations, lobbying and political groups, using them to transform politics, media, finance, the legal...

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The Purpose of Power

The Purpose of Power

Alicia Garza

In a powerful exploration of recent racial history, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter examines the moment we're in, how we got here, and how together we can build movements to create a just and equal world.

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Life: A User's Manual

Life: A User’s Manual

Julian Baggini, Antonia Macaro

A therapeutic guide of how to live, using the teachings from philosophers throughout history on the problems that affect us every day.

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The Tyranny of Merit

The Tyranny of Merit

Michael J. Sandel

Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome the polarized politics of our time, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalisation and rising inequality.

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Quarterly Essay 79: The End of Certainty - Scott Morrison and pandemic politics

Quarterly Essay 79: The End of Certainty - Scott Morrison and pandemic politics

Katharine Murphy

An urgent, grounded essay about Scott Morrison and conservatism today by one of Australia's leading commentators and analysts.

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Just Money

Just Money

Royce Kurmelovs

From award-winning journalist Royce Kurmelovs comes a brilliantly illuminating exploration of how Australians became some of the most indebted people in the world.

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The Expendables

The Expendables

Jeff Rubin

A provocative, far-reaching account of how the middle class got stuck with the bill for globalisation, and how the blowback - from Brexit to Trump to populist Europe - will change the developed world.

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Making Sense

Making Sense

Sam Harris

Neuroscientist, philosopher, podcaster and bestselling author Sam Harris, has been exploring some of the greatest questions concerning the human mind, society, and the events that shape our world.  

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How to Win an Election

How to Win an Election

Chris Wallace

So-called unloseable elections are lost, reminding us that every election is a real contest. In this indispensable book drawing from years of close-up observation and analysis, historian and political journalist Chris Wallace...

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Economic Dignity

Economic Dignity

Gene Sperling

A profound exploration of the role of dignity in economic development from the Director of the National Economic Council under Clinton and Obama.   

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The Buddha and the Badass

The Buddha and the Badass

Vishen Lakhiani

The New York Times bestselling author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind challenges everything you thought you knew about how to inspire and empower your teams.     

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Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism

Anne Case, Angus Deaton

The flaws in capitalism that are fatal for America's working class In America today, deaths of despair - from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism - are on the rise among working-class whites. Life expectancy in the United...

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The Storm Before the Calm

The Storm Before the Calm

George Friedman

In a US election year, the master geopolitical forecaster combines an erudite analysis of American history with a clear-sighted view of the future, predicting a new era of US prosperity and power.

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Who Cares Wins

Who Cares Wins

Lily Cole

A radical guide to thinking differently about the world and initiating change.

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Eat the Buddha

Eat the Buddha

Barbara Demick

An unprecedented exploration of contemporary Tibet, one of the world's most inaccessible places, geographically and politically, and one of its most misunderstood.     

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When America Stopped Being Great

When America Stopped Being Great

Nick Bryant

A comprehensive analysis of the political, economic, cultural and technological factors that contributed to America's decline and inadvertently paved the way for Trump's presidency.

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The Rare Metals War

The Rare Metals War

Guillaume Pitron

The resources race is on. Powering our digital lives and green technologies are some of the Earth's most precious metals - but they are running out. And what will happen when they do?   

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Sunnis and Shi'A: A Political History

Sunnis and Shi'A: A Political History

Laurence Louer

A compelling history of the ancient schism that continues to divide the Islamic world.

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The Insider

The Insider

Christopher Pyne

One of the most brilliant, funny and engaging books by an Australian public figure you will ever read, Christopher Pyne's political memoir covers the years from 2007, during the first Rudd Government, to Pyne's exit from public...

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Bad News: Why We Fall for Fake News

Bad News: Why We Fall for Fake News

Rob Brotherton

Rob Brotherton delves into the psychology of news, reviewing how the latest research can help navigate this supposedly post-truth world

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People Without Power

People Without Power

Thomas Frank

An eye-opening account of populism, the most important - and misunderstood - movement of our time.

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Play by the Rules

Play by the Rules

Michael Pembroke

Acclaimed writer and historian Michael Pembroke offers a fresh take on the USA's vast influence and asks whether it is still a force for good.

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Peace Crimes: Pine Gap, National Security and Dissent

Peace Crimes: Pine Gap, National Security and Dissent

Kieran Finnane

At the closely guarded and secretive military facility, Pine Gap in Australia's Northern Territory, police arrest six nonviolent activists. Their crime - to step through a fence, lamenting and praying for the dead of war. ...

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The Most Dangerous Man In The World

The Most Dangerous Man In The World

Andrew Fowler

With forensic detail, Andrew Fowler provides a ringside seat at the epic battle that has made Julian Assange the USA's public enemy number one.  

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 Special priceCapital and Ideology

Capital and Ideology

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century showed that capitalism, left to itself, generates deepening inequality. In this audacious follow-up, he challenges us to revolutionize how we think about ideology and history,...

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More: The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy

More: The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy

Philip Coggan

A panoramic history of trade, industry and economic thought, from prehistoric times to the present.

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Arguing with Zombies

Arguing with Zombies

Paul Krugman

An accessible, compelling introduction to today's major policy issues from the New York Times columnist, best-selling author, and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.

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A Very Stable Genius

A Very Stable Genius

Carol Leonnig, Philip Rucker

From Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker, both winners of the Pulitzer Prize, shocking new reporting on Donald Trump's unique Presidency and its implications

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A Bigger Picture

A Bigger Picture

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's 29th Prime Minister, tells the remarkable story of his life in this lively political page-turner.

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The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men

The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men

Paolo Zellini

A masterful cultural history of mathematics from bestselling Italian mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini.

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Minor Feelings

Minor Feelings

Cathy Park Hong

A radically honest work of art, Minor Feelings forms a portrait of one Asian American psyche - and of a writer's search to both uncover and speak the truth.

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