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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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Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism

Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism

Richard Brooks

Behind the boring image, the world's accountants are running the world for their own benefit

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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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How to Buy a Home: From Debt to a Deposit

How to Buy a Home: From Debt to a Deposit

Emily Power

A practical guide for preparing to enter the property market

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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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Seven Types of Atheism

Seven Types of Atheism

John Gray

A meditation on the importance of atheism in the modern world - and its inadequacies and contradictions - by one of Britain's leading philosophers.

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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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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

James Comey

A chronicle of never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of Comey's career.

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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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Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation

Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation

Kishore Mahbubani

A powerful challenge to Western hubris: if the West doesn't change its ways, it's toast.

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New Power

New Power

Jeremy Heimans, Henry Timms

In this indispensable guide to navigating the 21st century, two visionary thinkers reveal how the nature of power has changed - and how 'new power' is re-shaping the world.

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Growing Pains: the future of democracy (and work)

Growing Pains: the future of democracy (and work)

Gwynne Dyer

We are now living in a world where Brexit and Trump are daily realities. But how did this come about? And what does it mean for the future?

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 Special priceRadical Sacrifice

Radical Sacrifice

Terry Eagleton

A trenchant analysis of sacrifice as the foundation of the modern, as well as the ancient, social order

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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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Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette

Michael Isikoff

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

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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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Lost and Found: Memory, Identity, and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves

Lost and Found: Memory, Identity, and Who We Become When We’re No Longer Ourselves

Dr Jules Montague

If a loved one changes as a result of a brain disorder, are they still the same person? So begins a beautifully written and deeply moving book for our times, about who we become when our minds misbehave - from dementia to sleep...

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Trump in Asia: The New World Disorder: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 2

Trump in Asia: The New World Disorder: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 2

Jonathan Pearlman

Towards an independent foreign policy.

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The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order

The Dawn of Eurasia: On the Trail of the New World Order

Bruno Macaes

A bold and eye-opening account of the coming integration of Europe and Asia.

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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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This Time: Australia's Republican Past and Future

This Time: Australia’s Republican Past and Future

Benjamin T. Jones

To propose an Australian should be our head of state doesn't seem revolutionary. ‘Isn't that already the case?' some may even ask. Flip a coin and you'll have your answer.

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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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Win Win

Win Win

Joanne Lipman

Lean In meets Freakonomics. How men and women can close the gender gap in the workplace.

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