Summer Reading Guide: Politics, philosophy & cultural studies

China's Grand Strategy and Australia's Future in the New Global Order

China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order

Geoff Raby

Australia's former ambassador to China provides insight on Australia's future position in global affairs.   

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Truth Is Trouble

Truth Is Trouble

Malcolm Knox

Why did the sacking of rugby player Israel Folau over his homophobic social media posts become one of the nation's most polarizing controversies? How could one man's religious views activate so many people in modern Australia? And...

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Upturn: A better normal after COVID-19

Upturn: A better normal after COVID-19

Tanya Plibersek

COVID-19 has resulted in changes none of us could have imagined, but what happens next?

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Fire Flood and Plague

Fire Flood and Plague

Sophie Cunningham

Writers, scientists, historians, journalists and commentators consider subjects as broad as culture and the arts, working as a doctor, travel, domestic violence, security, immigration, the death of a loved one, geopolitics,...

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Twilight 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 priceWhat Is to Be Done

What Is to Be Done

Barry Jones

A follow-up to the prescient bestseller, first published in 1982, that alerted the public to the likely impacts of information technologies and the emergence of a post-industrial society. 

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On Getting Off

On Getting Off

Damon Young

The curious reader's companion to sex.    

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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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 Read reviewWitness

Witness

Louise Milligan

From the best-selling author of CARDINAL comes a searing examination of the power imbalance in our legal system - where exposing the truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive.

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Best Australian Political Cartoons 2020

Best Australian Political Cartoons 2020

Russ Radcliffe

Featuring Dean Alston, Peter Broelman, Pat Campbell, Andrew Dyson, John Farmer, First Dog on the Moon, Matt Golding, Fiona Katauskas, Mark Knight, Jon Kudelka, Alan Moir, David Pope, David Rowe, Andrew Weldon, Cathy Wilcox, and...

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The Comedy of Error: Why evolution made us laugh

The Comedy of Error: Why evolution made us laugh

Jonathan Silvertown

What is humour? Why do we laugh? And how can we be funnier?

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Friendly Fire: How Israel became its own worst enemy

Friendly Fire: How Israel became its own worst enemy

Ami Ayalon, Anthony David, Dennis Ross

A highly decorated Israeli military officer, leader, and former director of the internal security service, Shin Bet, sees the light on what his country must do to achieve a lasting peace between Israel and the...

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How to Think Like Shakespeare

How to Think Like Shakespeare

Scott Newstok

A lively and engaging guide to vital habits of mind that can help you think more deeply, write more effectively, and learn more joyfully

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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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Men at Work: Australia's Parenthood Trap

Men at Work: Australia’s Parenthood Trap

Annabel Crabb

In the past half-century, women have revolutionised the way they work and live. But men's lives have changed remarkably little. Why?

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Reconnected

Reconnected

Andrew Leigh

Friends are good for your health. The strength of your social relationships is a remarkably good predictor of how long you will live. Strong social connections also make communities more resilient, efficient and satisfying. But...

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Tragedy

Tragedy

Terry Eagleton

A new account of tragedy and its fundamental position in Western culture

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