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Julia Gillard was prime minister for three tumultuous years. Here, Michael Cooney, her speechwriter and a longtime Labor staffer, tells us in extraordinarily frank and vivid terms exactly what went on in the backrooms of power. Fro... read more

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Out of the failures of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and Syria, a new threat emerges. While Al Qaeda is weakened, new jihadi movements, especially ISIS, are starting to emerge. In military op... read more

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Featuring a new introduction in response to Julia Gillard's memoir, this revised edition brings Paul Kelly's masterpiece on the Rudd-Gillard years up to the present. Drawing on more than sixty on-the-record interviews with all th... read more

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How did a 'chai wallah' who sold tea on trains as a boy become Prime Minister of India? On May 16, 2014, Narendra Modi was declared the winner of the largest election ever conducted anywhere i... read more

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The nations of Scandinavia and Finland, or Nordic Europe, continue to provide living proof that economic prosperity can be combined with social equality and environmental responsi... read more

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In this gorgeously illustrated book, join Betty Churcher on a personal tour of her most beloved works, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Velazquez, Courbet, Vermeer and Cezanne. A trained artist, Betty's sketches reveal ... read more

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Troy Bramston is a former principal speechwriter for Kevin Rudd and an adviser to the Rudd government. He spent 10 years working as an adviser to federal Labor politicians in government and in opposition. He has been a party member for nearly 20 years and has held many positions in the party at a local and state level.

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In The Whitlam Mob, Mungo gives a sharp, witty and very personal account of the main characters of the Whitlam years - from Gough and Margaret to Lionel Murphy, Bill Hayden and Jim Cairns. Due attention is also given to 'the other m... read more

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As good as it gets in Australian politics. That is how the Hawke -Keating Government is now widely regarded. But how did this highly able, ambitious, strong-willed collective work through its crises a... read more

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Stopping the boats, blocking queue-jumpers and proving who is a 'real' refugee have become national obsessions. Misconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers seem to be increasing and ... read more

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Countering the atheist claim that believers are by default violent fanatics and religion is the cause of all major wars, Karen Armstrong demonstrates that religious faith is not inherently violent. In ... read more

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The author of "The French", "Happiness" and "A History of French Passions" writes about the history of human feelings, habits, emotions and perceptions across time. From Vikings and Aztecs to contemporary hypochondriac... read more

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THE THREAT MATRIX is the story of a small group of FBI agents who believed that they could confront a new generation of international terrorists like al Qaeda without sacrificing America's moral high ground. At the heart of this c... read more

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Author: Gore Vidal
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 Political

The fourth novel in the chronology of Vidal's epic CHRONICLES OF EMPIRE, embodying the passage of American history.

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When the Dutch East Indiaman Batavia struck an uncharted reef off the new continent of Australia on her maiden voyage in 1629, 332 men, women and children were on board. While some headed off in a lifeboat to seek help, 250 of th... read more

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Human rights is a concept that only came to the forefront during the eighteenth century. When the American Declaration of Independence declared "all men are created equal" and the French proclaimed the Declaration of ... read more

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Why are there so many single women in their 30s? What's an OFFAL? In this entertaining and insightful book, social commentator Bernard Salt answers these and many other pressing questions about contemporary Australia. Drawing on current census data and his own research, he presents a quirky, enlightening tour of the world we live in.

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