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Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

Eric Kaufmann

A provocative, ground-breaking book that will change the conversation about ethnic diversity and populism by offering a new narrative based on a wealth of data.    

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Capitalism in America: A History

Capitalism in America: A History

Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge

The story of America's evolution from a small patchwork of colonies to an unsurpassed engine of wealth and innovation.    

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Inside Story: The First Ten Years

Inside Story: The First Ten Years

Peter Browne

Ten years ago, as the global financial crisis tightened its grip and Barack Obama neared the of his first successful presidential campaign, a new online magazine, Inside Story, was launched in Melbourne. Kevin Rudd was...

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This is Marketing

This is Marketing

Seth Godin

Over the past quarter century, Seth Godin has taught and inspired millions of entrepreneurs, marketers, leaders, and fans from all walks of life, via his blog, online courses, lectures, and bestselling books. He is the inventor of...

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How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

Julian Baggini

The first ever global overview of philosophy: how it developed around the world and impacted the cultures in which it flourished.     

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I Think, Therefore I Draw

I Think, Therefore I Draw

Daniel Klein, Thomas Cathcart

The great philosophers live among us, and they've got some great punchlines

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 Special priceTiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon

Tiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon

Patrick Mullins

The oddly compelling story of a man regarded as Australia's worst prime minister.

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I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche

I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche

Sue Prideaux

A ground-breaking and stylish biography of one of the most misunderstood and yet towering figures in contemporary thought, destined to become a modern classic.    

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 Read reviewHeartland

Heartland

Sarah Smarsh

An eye-opening, topical, and moving memoir of one woman's experience of working-class poverty in America.

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 Special priceThe PM Years

The PM Years

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd breaks his silence on his time as Prime Minister, and the coup that killed Australian politics.

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We Built the Wall: How the US Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond

We Built the Wall: How the US Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond

Eileen Truax, Diane Stockwell

An immersive, engrossing story of a new front in the immigration wars.      

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 Special priceThe Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

Michael Lewis

What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? Stay tuned.

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To Obama: A People's History

To Obama: A People’s History

Jeanne Marie Laskas

Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. This is the story of how they shaped his presidency. Together they reveal the diary of...

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The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy

The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy

Mark Urban

From the heart of the cold war to the current hostilities between Russia and the West, this is the definitive account of the events that led to the Skripal poisoning

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Trigger Warnings

Trigger Warnings

Jeff Sparrow

Donald Trump is the Thing-that-should-not-be.

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Hoodwinked

Hoodwinked

Kerry-Anne Walsh

Pauline Hanson claims to represent the average Australian but The Stalking of Julia Gillard's Kerry-Anne Walsh has discovered nothing could be further from the truth.   

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Identity

Identity

Francis Fukuyama

The bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order and The End of History offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics and their effect on domestic and international affairs of state.   

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How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship

How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman

An honest and eloquent guide to finding and treasuring true friends, How to Be a Friend speaks as powerfully today as when it was first written.

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Like A Thief In Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Humanity

Like A Thief In Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Humanity

Slavoj Zizek

The latest analysis from the maverick philosopher on vagaries of technology and power.   

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 Special priceSpeaking Up

Speaking Up

Gillian Triggs

As president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs advocated for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. She withstood relentless political pressure and media scrutiny as she defended the defenceless for...

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None of My Business

None of My Business

P. J. O'Rourke

P. J. O'Rourke channels his extensive experience of making fun of terrible things in despicable places and applies it to somewhere even worse - Wall Street.    

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Rage Becomes Her

Rage Becomes Her

Soraya Chemaly

A conversation-shifting book urging 21st-century women to understand their anger, embrace its power, and use it as a tool for positive change

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Money and Government: A Challenge to Mainstream Economics

Money and Government: A Challenge to Mainstream Economics

Robert Skidelsky

Ten years after the financial crash, a timely consideration of what economists should have learned, and an ambitious argument as to how macroeconomics might reinvent itself.

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Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Clare Press

Takes a wild trip through the new activism sweeping the world. The political march is back in a big way, as communities rally to build movements for environmental and social justice. Crossing the globe, Clare Press meets...

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Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women

Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women

Kirstin Ferguson, Catherine Fox

Women Kind is a reminder that brilliant things happen when smart women get fed up.

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Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader - Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader - Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Laura Tingle

What has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia? And are things likely to change with a change of leader or government?In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general -...

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Fear: Trump in the White House

Fear: Trump in the White House

Bob Woodward

The inside story on President Trump as only Bob Woodward can tell it.  

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The Beekeeper of Sinjar

The Beekeeper of Sinjar

Dunya Mikhail, Max Weiss

In The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing stories of women from across Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS.   

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Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll

Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll

Fiona Patten

The incredible story of Fiona Patten, in her own inimitable words. Tireless fighter, courageous activist and effective politician who really is making a difference to her world.

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Billion Dollar Whale

Billion Dollar Whale

Tom Wright, Bradley Hope

The "extraordinary" (Financial Times) and definitive inside account of the 1MDB scandal, a "must read" (Booklist) "epic tale" (Publishers Weekly) that exposes the secret nexus of elite wealth,...

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Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House

Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman

The former Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump White House provides a jaw-dropping look into the corruption and controversy of the current administration.

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Adani and the War Over Coal

Adani and the War Over Coal

Quentin Beresford

Australian politicians have had a love affair with coal, which has helped lock its politics into the fossil fuel age. This book exlores the role of the Adani Carmichael mine in the conflict over coal. We see the rise of a fossil...

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The Mess We're In: How Our Politics Went to Hell and Dragged Us with It

The Mess We’re In: How Our Politics Went to Hell and Dragged Us with It

Bernard Keane

Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane explains capitalism, identity and why everything is awful

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Rendezvous with Oblivion

Rendezvous with Oblivion

Thomas Frank

From the acclaimed author of Listen, Liberal and What's the Matter with Kansas comes a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times - perfect for this political moment.

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Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness

Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness

Tim Parks

Adventures in the latest studies on consciousness, from bestselling non-fiction writer Tim Parks.

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From the Corner of the Oval Office: One woman's true story of her accidental career in the Obama White House

From the Corner of the Oval Office: One woman’s true story of her accidental career in the Obama White House

Beck Dorey-Stein

The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love and finding her place in the worldShare this

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Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life

Bob Carr

Most Political memoirs are boring.Bob Carr tears up the rules. He plunges in, beginning with the despair of a young man pining for a political career, convinced he's going nowhere, then vaulting to the exhilaration...

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The Knowledge Solution: Politics

The Knowledge Solution: Politics

Various Authors

Can a return to direct democracy reconnect a jaded electorate with an out-of-touch establishment? Would reforming Canberra's toxic culture lead to worthwhile debate and better decision-making? Should today's leaders look back...

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Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Edith Hall

How to live happily in the modern world, guided by the ancient ideas of Aristotle

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Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines

Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines

Jonathan Miller

The first biography of Rodrigo Duterte, the murderous, unpredictable President of the Philippines, whose war on drugs has seen thousands of people killed in cold blood.

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How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

Michael Pollan

Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? One of America's most admired writers takes us on a mind-altering journey to the frontiers of human consciousness

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Trump/Russia: a definitive history

Trump/Russia: a definitive history

Seth Hettena

Uncovering the sordid history of the decades-long association between Donald Trump and Russia.

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Quarterly Essay 70: Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Quarterly Essay 70: Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Richard Denniss

How did the big banks get away with so much for so long? Why are so many aged-care residents malnourished? And when did arms manufacturers start sponsoring the Australian War Memorial?In this passionate essay, Richard...

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The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

Mariana Mazzucato

One of the world's foremost economists presents a major new analysis of the crisis in modern capitalism, and how to reform it.

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Hyper-Capitalism: The Modern Economy, its Values, and How to Change Them

Hyper-Capitalism: The Modern Economy, its Values, and How to Change Them

Larry Gonick, Tim Kasser

An acerbic graphic takedown of capitalism

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It's Even Worse Than You Think

It’s Even Worse Than You Think

David Cay Johnston

Bestselling author and longtime Trump observer David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs,...

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Populism Now!: The Case For Progressive Populism

Populism Now!: The Case For Progressive Populism

David McKnight

This timely and persuasive book exposes the failures of globalisation: greedy banks, predatory privatisation, corporate tax avoidance and a growing underclass of temporary overseas workers. David McKnight argues that a progressive...

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Ignorance: Everything You Need to Know about Not Knowing

Ignorance: Everything You Need to Know about Not Knowing

Robert Graef

The flip side of knowledge is ignorance. This book explores the vast scope of ignorance, even in an age when we think we know more than ever before. By marking off this ocean of ignorance into manageable categories, the author...

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In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

Alfred W. McCoy

America rules the world, but for how much longer?

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Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia's Future

Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future

Mark McKenna

Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if its citizens and politicians can come to new terms with the past. Indigenous recognition and a new push for a republic await action.

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Divided: Why We're Living in an Age of Walls

Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls

Tim Marshall

Bestselling author Tim Marshall presents an unflinching and essential overview of the faultlines that will shape our world for years to come.

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Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

Paul Kenyon

A vivid, heartbreaking portrait of the fate that so many African countries suffered after independence.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Jordan B. Peterson

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of...

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Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

Steve Coll

Following on from Coll's Pulitzer Prize winning Ghost Wars, this takes the story of America's grim involvement in the affairs of Afghanistan from 2001 to 2016.

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Korea: Where the American Century Began

Korea: Where the American Century Began

Michael Pembroke

The Korean peninsula has had a troubled history but nothing quite compares with the tragedy of its American-inspired division in the twentieth century. Korea tells the story of the peninsula with compassion for the people of the...

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More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age

More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age

Antonia Macaro

An inspiring, critical and practical look at what we can learn from ancient wisdom. The goal is more than happiness: living ethically and placing value on the right things in life.

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Zero Hour: Turn the Greatest Political and Financial Upheaval in ModernHistory to Your Advantage

Zero Hour: Turn the Greatest Political and Financial Upheaval in ModernHistory to Your Advantage

Harry S. Dent, Andrew Pancholi

Will you be prepared to take advantage when the revolution comes or will you go down with the rest?

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Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury

Michael Wolff

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a...

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