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'This year an Anzac orgy begins. A commemorative program that would make the pharaohs envious. But commemorating soldiers is not the same as connecting with them ...' - James Brown, Anzac's Long Shadow... read more

Anzac's Long Shadow: The cost of our national obession
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On 19 August 2014, a member of the jihadist rebel group known as ISIS uploaded a video to YouTube. Entitled 'Message to America', the clip depicted the fi... read more

Hunting Season: James Foley, the Islamic State, and the Real Story of the Kidnapping Campaign That Started a War
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In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors... read more

To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949: Volume 8
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Bob Woodward exposes one of the final pieces of the Richard Nixon puzzle in his new book The Last of the President's Men. Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secr... read more

The Last of the President's Men
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Meticulously using contemporary newspaper reports, court records, published memoirs, private letters and diaries, Michael Wilding tells the story of three troubled geniuses of Australian writing and their world of poetry and poverty, alcohol and opiates, horse-racing and theatre, journalism and publishing.

Wild Bleak Bohemia
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Kidnapped is about Stephen Bradley, who perpetrated the 1960 kidnapping for ransom and murder of eight-year-old Sydney schoolboy, Graeme Thorne. This was not only a vivid example of murder for greed, but also marked the beginning in Aus... read more

Kidnapped
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By 1963, Robert Menzies had been prime minister for thirteen years, Australia had its first troops in Vietnam, and change was in the air. There would soon be street protests over women's rights, ... read more

The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO, 1963-1975 (HB)
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From an Indigenous food source to a hedonistic playground, the beach has long been a national obsession. Robert Drewe's lyrical examination of Australian beach culture combines imagery from some of Australia's most celebr... read more

Beach : An Australian Passion
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The relationship between Australia and the royal family is complex and fascinating. We are drawn to the pure magic of palaces, celebrity romance and high-fashion, but it goes deeper. This isn't just any royal family, its Aust... read more

The Royals in Australia
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This book presents a lively and compelling account of how the crusades really worked, and a revolutionary attempt to rethink how we understand the Middle Ages. The story of the wars and conque... read more

How to Plan a Crusade: Reason and Religious War in the Middle Ages
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'I don't regret anything, really. I never wanted to live a sensible life ...I didn't want a sensible death either.' War-torn Africa, a Middle East in crisis, and post-Soviet Eastern Europe form... read more

The Devil is a Black Dog: Stories from the Middle East and Beyond
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For the first time this book chronicles the historical development of the prime ministership. It reveals the 19th century ancestry of the office: an era in which there was not a single prime minister, but in which heads of gover... read more

Settling the Office
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On 1 July 1916, after a five-day bombardment, 11 British and 5 French divisions launched their long-awaited 'Big Push' on German positions on high ground above the Rivers Ancre and Somme on the Western Front. Some groun... read more

Elegy: The First Day on the Somme
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The story of the French Resistance is central to French identity, but it is a story built on myths. 'La Resistance francaise' was not simply a national effort to free the country from German oc... read more

Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance
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Longlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 'A thrilling and complex book, enlarges our view of Homer ...There's something that hits the mark on every page' Claire Tomalin, Books of the Year, New Statesm... read more

Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters
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The stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation-post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Pho... read more

Sicily A Short History of the Mediterranean's Largest Island
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300 stunning maps from all periods and from all around the world, exploring and revealing what maps tell us about history and ourselves. Selected by an international panel of cartographers, academics, map dealers and collec... read more

Map : Exploring the World (HB)
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This is the epic story of life on Earth, uniquely retold through some of the most significant fossils ever found. A History of Life in 100 Fossils travels through 3.5 billion years of Earth's history and across all seve... read more

A History of Life in 100 Fossils
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The 1950s are enshrined in the popular imagination as the decade of poodle skirts and "I Like Ike." But this was also a complex time, in which the afterglow of Total Victory firmly gave way to Cold War paranoia. A sense of t... read more

New Yorker Book of the 50's
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The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westwards on its axis, it now turns to the east. Fo... read more

Silk Roads : A New History of the World
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