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Break the Internet: In Pursuit of Influence

Break the Internet: In Pursuit of Influence

Olivia Yallop

Traditional media is over. The internet reigns. And in the attention economy, influencers are royalty. But who are they ... and how do you become one?

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American Kleptocracy

American Kleptocracy

Casey Michel

An explosive investigation into how the United States of America built one of the largest illicit offshore finance systems in the world.

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How We Can Win

How We Can Win

Kimberly Jones

An essential breakdown of the economic and social injustices faced by Black people, based on the viral video by writer, director and political activist Kimberly Jones

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TIME FOR SOCIALISM DISPATCHES FROM A WORLD ON FIRE, 2016-2021

TIME FOR SOCIALISM DISPATCHES FROM A WORLD ON FIRE, 2016-2021

Thomas Piketty

A chronicle of recent events that have shaken the world, from the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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Out of Office

Out of Office

Anne Helen Petersen, Charlie Warzel

A game-changing book about the revolutionary potential of working from home, by two experts who work - and live - together.

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The End of Bias: How We Change Our Minds

The End of Bias: How We Change Our Minds

Jessica Nordell

Discover how we can all work to end one of the most corrosive issues of our time: unconscious bias.

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The Ledger: Accounting for Failure in Afghanistan

The Ledger: Accounting for Failure in Afghanistan

David Kilcullen, Greg Mills, Rory Stewart

The Ledger identifies and assesses the failures of the West's approach to Afghanistan after 9/11 - military, diplomatic, political and developmental

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Lies and Falsehoods: The Morrison Government and the New Culture of Deceit

Lies and Falsehoods: The Morrison Government and the New Culture of Deceit

Bernard Keane

A timely, intelligent dive into the new culture of political deceit in Australia and the world.

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Best Australian Political Cartoons 2021

Best Australian Political Cartoons 2021

Russ Radcliffe

The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists.

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Ideas to Save Your Life

Ideas to Save Your Life

Michael McGirr

A profound, uplifting and accessible introduction to key philosophical ideas and their relevance to everyday life.

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The Anatomy of Melancholy

The Anatomy of Melancholy

Robert Burton, Angus Gowland

One of the major documents of modern European civilization, Robert Burton's astounding compendium, a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms, has invited nothing but superlatives since its publication in the seventeenth...

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On Animals

On Animals

Susan Orlean

A delightful and entertaining collection of a lifetime of musings, meditations and in-depth profiles about animals, by the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and The Library Book.

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How to Deal With Idiots: (And Stop Being One Yourself)

How to Deal With Idiots: (And Stop Being One Yourself)

Maxime Rovere, David Bellos

The international bestseller that offers an alternative to chucking your most irksome idiot out a window.

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 Read reviewDoing Politics: Writing on Public Life

Doing Politics: Writing on Public Life

Judith Brett

A brilliant collection of the best essays by award-winning writer Judith Brett, long revered by those in the know as Australia's brightest and most astute political commentator.

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Mothers, Fathers, and Others: New Essays

Mothers, Fathers, and Others: New Essays

Siri Hustvedt

Feminist philosophy meets family memoir in a fresh essay collection by the award-winning essayist and novelist Siri Hustvedt, author of the bestselling What I Loved and Booker Prize-longlisted The Blazing World.

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Quarterly Essay 84: The Reckoning - How #MeToo is Changing Australia

Quarterly Essay 84: The Reckoning - How #MeToo is Changing Australia

Jess Hill

Tracing the impact of Australia's #MeToo moment

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When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People

When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People

Steven Nadler, Lawrence Shapiro

Why the tools of philosophy offer a powerful antidote to today's epidemic of irrationality

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The Antisocial Network

The Antisocial Network

Ben Mezrich

From one of our most innovative and celebrated authors, the definitive take on the wildest story of the year- the David-vs.-Goliath GameStop short squeeze, a tale of fortunes won and lost overnight that may end up changing Wall...

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 Special priceMission: Essays, Speeches & Ideas

Mission: Essays, Speeches & Ideas

Noel Pearson

Mission traces a life of politics, ideas and inspiring words.

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 Special price Read reviewFulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-click America

Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-click America

Alec MacGillis

An award-winning journalist investigates Amazon's impact on the wealth and poverty of towns and cities across the United States.

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 Special priceDoing Feminism: Women's Art and Feminist Criticism in Australia

Doing Feminism: Women’s Art and Feminist Criticism in Australia

Anne Marsh

Tracking networks of art practice, exhibitions, protest and critical thought over several generations, this book demonstrates the innovation and power of women's art and the ways in which it has influenced and changed the...

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Generations: Does When You're Born Shape Who You Are?

Generations: Does When You’re Born Shape Who You Are?

Bobby Duffy

A compelling exploration of generational divides informed by exclusive studies from around the world.

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Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World's Economy

Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy

Adam Tooze

From the author of Crashed comes a short, high-speed history of how Covid-19 ravaged the global economy, and where it leaves us now.

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The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal

The Reckoning: America’s Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal

Mary L Trump

From the #1 bestselling author of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man.

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The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison

The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison

Sean Kelly

What happens when the prime minister views politics only as a game?

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Peril

Peril

Bob Woodward, Robert Costa

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's compelling account of the presidential transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

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Wildland: The Making of America's Fury

Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

Evan Osnos

A dramatic, prescient examination of seismic changes in American politics and culture

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Alpha: A Reckoning for the Navy SEALs

Alpha: A Reckoning for the Navy SEALs

David Philipps

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter uncovers the story of the shocking rise and fall of a decorated Navy SEAL accused of war crimes, the fellow SEALs who turned him in, and the court martial that captivated the nation.

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Rogue Forces

Rogue Forces

Mark Willacy

Rogue Forces is the explosive first insiders' story of how some of Australia's revered SAS soldiers crossed the line in Afghanistan, descending from elite warriors to unlawful killers.

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God Save the Queen: The Strange Persistence of Monarchies

God Save the Queen: The Strange Persistence of Monarchies

Dennis Altman

An avowed republican investigates the unexpected durability and potential benefits of constitutional monarchies.

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Labor People: The Stories of Six True Believers

Labor People: The Stories of Six True Believers

Chris Bowen

In Labor People, Chris Bowen brings to life six great Australians and servants of their party and tells their story. Spanning the 1890s to the 1970s, in paying tribute to these Labor warriors, he also tells an important part of...

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How We Became Human

How We Became Human

Tim Dean

One of Australia's brightest philosophers charts the evolution of morality from the first humans to today, and shows us how we can turn towards a better future.

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The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power

The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power

Max Chafkin, Emma Ewbank

A biography of venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel, the enigmatic, controversial and hugely influential power broker who sits at the dynamic intersection of tech, business and politics

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Quarterly Essay 83: Top Blokes - The Larrikin Myth, Class and Power

Quarterly Essay 83: Top Blokes - The Larrikin Myth, Class and Power

Lech Blaine

What makes a top bloke? Does the myth of the larrikin still hold sway? And whatever happened to class in Australia?

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Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service

Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service

Carol Leonnig

The first definitive account of the rise and fall of the Secret Service, from the Kennedy assassination to the alarming mismanagement of the Obama and Trump years, right up to the insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January...

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Our Exceptional Friend

Our Exceptional Friend

Emma Shortis

Why it's time for Australia to rethink its broken relationship with the world's greatest superpower: America.

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Recovery

Recovery

Andrew Wear

In times of crisis lies opportunity. Recovery shows us how we can build back better after COVID-19.

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Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency

Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency

Michael Wolff

New York Times bestselling author of Fire and Fury and Siege completes the trilogy on the epic presidency of Donald J. Trump

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 Special priceMother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men

Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men

Katrine Marcal

'I am absurdly excited for this book'Caroline Criado Perez A razor-sharp look at the ways women -and their game changing ideas- are excluded from the global economy.

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Long Half-life: The Nuclear Industry in Australia

Long Half-life: The Nuclear Industry in Australia

Ian Lowe

A timely and riveting account of the political, social and scientific complexities of the nuclear industry

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The Storm Is Upon Us

The Storm Is Upon Us

Mike Rothschild

A serious journalistic investigation into the bizarre cult that is taking over American politics and the world.

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The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

Lawrence Wright

A definitive account of the shocking American response to Covid-19, from the acclaimed author of The Looming Tower

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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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An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination

Sheera Frenkel, Cecilia Kang

The Everything Store meets Too Big to Fail in this intimate portrayal of the stumbling giant that is Facebook by two New York Times journalists

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I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year

I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year

Carol D. Leonnig, Philip Rucker

The definitive behind-the-scenes story of Trump's final year in office, by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, the Pulitzer Prize winning reporters and authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller, A Very Stable Genius

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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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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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Quarterly Essay 80: The High Road - What Australia can Learn from New Zealand

Quarterly Essay 80: The High Road - What Australia can Learn from New Zealand

Laura Tingle

In a tumultuous year, Australia and New Zealand have never been closer, as we move towards a shared travel zone. But why, despite being so close, do we seem to know so little about each other? And is there such a thing as national...

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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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 Special priceTwilight of Democracy

Twilight of Democracy

Anne Applebaum

In the years just before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, conservative politicians and intellectuals across Europe and America celebrated a great achievement, felt a common purpose and, very often, forged personal...

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 Special priceThe 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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Rage

Rage

Bob Woodward

An unprecedented and intimate tour de force of original reporting on the Trump presidency from Bob Woodward.

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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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Quarterly Essay 78: The Coal Curse - Resources, Climate and Australia's Future

Quarterly Essay 78: The Coal Curse - Resources, Climate and Australia’s Future

Judith Brett

In this nuanced and insightful essay, Judith Brett looks at the consequences of Australia's coal addiction, from stalled climate-change policy to tensions between farmers and miners. She assesses where to next for a fractious...

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Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias

Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias

Dr Pragya Agarwal

For the first time, behavioural scientist, activist and writer Dr Pragya Agarwal unravels the way our implicit or 'unintentional' biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world, and how they affect our...

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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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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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We Can't Say We Didn't Know

We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know

Sophie McNeill

Dispatches from an age of impunity by the ABCTV award-winning investigative reporter and former foreign correspondent  For more than 15 years, award-winning journalist Sophie McNeill has reported on some of the most...

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Solved!

Solved!

Andrew Wear

Sometimes the solutions are closer than you think. Denmark is set to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Iceland has topped the gender equality rankings for a decade and counting. South Korea's average life expectancy...

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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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Unfree Speech

Unfree Speech

Joshua Wong, Jason Y. Ng, Ai Weiwei

The urgent, first book from global phenomenon Joshua Wong - leader of the Hong Kong protests, Nobel prize nominee and TIME, Forbes and Fortune world leader - who will tell us how he took on the biggest country in the world, and...

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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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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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