Politics 2014

An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians?

An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians?

Geoffrey Robertson, QC

Geoffrey Robertson QC tackles the most controversial question that is still being asked about World War One.

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Well May We Say...The Speeches That Made Australia

Well May We Say…The Speeches That Made Australia

Sally Warhaft

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Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalisation of Democracy

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalisation of Democracy

Francis Fukuyama

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My Story

My Story

Julia Gillard

Here, in her own words, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia's first female prime minister.

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Dick Hamer: The liberal Liberal

Dick Hamer: The liberal Liberal

Tim Colebatch

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Margaret & Gough: The Love Story That Shaped a Nation

Margaret & Gough: The Love Story That Shaped a Nation

Susan Mitchell

This is the compelling story of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, his wife Margaret and their 70-year relationship - personal and political, private and public. It is a story of how two extraordinary people, side by side, led...

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The Good the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia's Prime Ministers (Updated and Revised)

The Good the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia’s Prime Ministers (Updated and Revised)

MacCallum Mungo

Good drinkers, bad swimmers and unlikely heroes Since Australia's birth in 1901, twenty-eight politicians have run the national show. Their time at the top has ranged from eight days for Frank Forde to eighteen years for Bob...

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Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Patrick Weller

Beginning with Rudd's childhood in rural Queensland, examines the people, places and politics that shaped him into the leader he is today. A frank analysis of Kevin Rudd's leadership style and his government's first term in...

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The Gatekeepers: Lessons from prime ministers' chiefs of staff

The Gatekeepers: Lessons from prime ministers' chiefs of staff

R.A.W. Tiernan, Anne Rhodes

The Gatekeepers examines the position of chief of staff to the Australian Prime Minister from the perspective of key individuals who have held it. Exploring the support needs of Australian political leaders, it traces the...

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Sri Lanka's Secrets: How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder

Sri Lanka’s Secrets: How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder

Trevor Grant

With a foreword by Geoffrey Robertson QC As the civil war in Sri Lanka drew to its bloody end in 2009 the government of this island nation removed its protection from UN officials and employees, who, along with other international...

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Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century

Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century

Hamish McDonald

Indonesia, a nation of thousands of islands and almost 250 million people, straddles the junction of the Pacific and Indian oceans. The world's biggest Muslim nation has long been one of Australia's important strategic partners,...

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The Economics of Just About Everything: The hidden reasons for our curious choices and surprising successes

The Economics of Just About Everything: The hidden reasons for our curious choices and surprising successes

Andrew Leigh

A fun and illuminating book full of surprising facts and amazing insights about how the laws of economics affect our everyday lives.

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Hockey: Not Your Average Joe

Hockey: Not Your Average Joe

Madonna King

Will this man be Australia's next Prime Minister? The son of an immigrant and a Bondi beauty queen, Joe Hockey is one of Australia's most popular politicians with one of the nation's toughest jobs.

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Dangerous Allies

Dangerous Allies

Malcolm Fraser, Cain Roberts

Dangerous Allies examines Australia's history of strategic dependence and questions the continuation of this position. It argues that international circumstances, in the world and in the Western Pacific especially,...

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Diary of a Foreign Minister

Diary of a Foreign Minister

Bob Carr

Six years after vacating his position as the longest - serving Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr returned to politics in his dream job: as Foreign Minister of Australia and a senior federal cabinet minister. For 18 months he...

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 Read reviewCapital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi

Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi

Rana Dasgupta

Driving along the dusty, congested roads of central Delhi gives no sense of the verdant landscape behind the high walls that line them: it is only when you ascend, for instance, to the top of the Taj Hotel, that you can look down...

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

Jeremy Rivkin

The Zero Marginal Cost Society examines how the shift to an extremely interconnected world is making the core values and institutions upon which we've based our lives, including private property, representative democracy, and...

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We the Peoples: A UN for the Twenty-First Century

We the Peoples: A UN for the Twenty-First Century

Kofi A. Annan, Edward Mortimer

A timely reminder of Annan's ideas and priorities; his words on war, peace, humanity, and 'man's inhumanity to man'.

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Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Masha Gessen

The story of Pussy Riot, punk icons and Russian dissenters, and the untold story of their infamous trial and on-going global significance

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The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?

The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?

George Soros, Gregor Schmitz

Identifies the true culprits of the Eurozone crisis - among them a misbegotten German austerity programme - and diagnoses what we must do to rescue the ideals of the European project. This book narrates the history of the European...

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The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order

The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order

Benn Steil

Upending the conventional wisdom that Bretton Woods was the product of an amiable Anglo-American collaboration, this book shows that it was in reality part of a much more ambitious geopolitical agenda hatched within President...

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Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's secret war and the hunt for the first terrorist cell in America

Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany’s secret war and the hunt for the first terrorist cell in America

Howard Blum

A gritty, high-energy true-life tale of German espionage and terror on American soil during World War I. In bringing to life a cast of stranger-than-fiction characters and circumstances, Dark Invasion tells a riveting story...

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Taking God to School: The end of Australia's egalitarian education?

Taking God to School: The end of Australia’s egalitarian education?

Marion Maddox

In Australia's public schools, students are now routinely exposed to evangelism from very conservative Christian groups. Marion Maddox uncovers the surprising impact of these groups on once secular public schooling, and the ways...

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Dreaming Too Loud

Dreaming Too Loud

Geoffrey Robertson, QC

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That Sinking Feeling: Quarterly Essay 53

That Sinking Feeling: Quarterly Essay 53

Paul Toohey

In Quarterly Essay 53, Paul Toohey looks at one of Tony Abbott's signature promises: to stop the boats. Has his government succeeded? If so, at what cost?

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 Read reviewThank You For Your Service

Thank You For Your Service

David Finkel

Suitable for bird-lovers, this book features humorous prose that reveals a man who loves words as well as birds.

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