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"Power and the People" is the second of four volumes, and covers the first two years of New Labour government, beginning with their landslide victory at the polls in 1997. Volume Two details the initial challenges faced by Labour as they come to power and settle into running the country. It covers an astonishing array of even... read more

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John Howard's autobiography, Lazarus Rising, is the biggest-selling political memoir Australia has seen. In it he talks about his love for his family, his rollercoaster ride to the Lodge and how - as prime minister - he responded to issues like climate change and the war on terrorism. Drawing on his deep interest in history, ... read more

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Still deeply grieving the loss of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy sat down with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in early March 1964 to record a total of seven interviews. Now available after almost half a century, with a foreword by Caroline Kennedy and introduced and annotated by historian... read more

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Julian Assange: the Unauthorised Biography
WikiLeaks has helped redefine our idea of investigative journalism and our understanding of how information should be disseminated. Julian Assange, the visionary creator of and driving force behind this new publishing phenomenon, has a unique perspective on how WikiLeaks has ev... read more

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In 1963, Mimi Beardsley was a naive young American girl, very much a product of her class and time - she had attended the same exclusive girls' school as Jackie Bouvier, now installed in the White House as the president's wife, which is also where Mimi found herself, as an 18-years-old intern. The JFK White House was a place ... read more

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Provides an account of life at the centre of the Blair government. This title also provides accounts of a variety of domestic crises: foot-and-mouth disease and protests over fuel prices which almost brought Britain to a halt.

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Separated by war and her family's disapproval, the young lovers lose each other for fifty years. It is a testimony to both Maitland's investigative skills and her devotion to her mother that she successfully traced the lost Roland and was able to reunite him with Janine. Unlike so many stories of love during wartime, theirs h... read more

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By the time he was forty-eight, Steve Bracks had achieved the goal he'd set himself nine years earlier. He was Premier of Victoria. He reveals for the first time the background to his decision to take the party's leadership from his friend John Brumby in 1999 - then to hand it back to John in 2007 when he sensationally resign... read more

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In 1953, Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature. In fact, Churchill was a professional writer before he was a politician, and published a stream of books and articles over the course of two intertwined careers. Now historian Peter Clarke traces the writing of the magisterial work that occupied Churchill for... read more

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In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "American Lion" and "Franklin and Winston" brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars ... read more

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Hugo Chavez was a true phenomenon. On his death in March 2013 tens of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets and honoured a seven-day period of national mourning. Chavez has been compared to Napoleon, Nasser, Peron and Castro but the truth is there has never been a leader like him. He was democratically elected, reigned... read more

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The fascinating story of one of the grand dames of Georgetown society and a true Washington insider An American aristocrat--a descendant of founding father John Jay--Susan Mary Alsop (1918-2004)with husband, Joe Alsop, brought together the movers and shakers of not just the United States, but the world. Henry Kissinger remark... read more

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Big-spending Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer bought a football team, helped create a political party, and is set to recreate the 'Titanic' and build a dinosaur park. But are these just fanciful splurges or something more calculated? The reality is that Palmer uses his immense mining wealth (estimated at over $6 billion) i... read more

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"Neither Jewish nor Arab, Delisle explores Jerusalem and is able to observe this strange world with candidness and humor...But most of all, those stories convey what life in East Jerusalem is about for an expatriate."--Haaretz
"Engaging...[ Delisle] highlights the very complex lives of Israelis, Palestinians, and foreig... read more

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This magnificent book, published in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, reveals for the first time the intimate details of Nelson Mandela's life in prison. Between the covers of this handsome, full-colour publication you will catch glimpses of Mandela's notebooks, his diaries and personal correspondence. There are... read more

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Benjamin Disraeli was the most gifted parliamentarian of the nineteenth century and a superb orator, writer and wit - but how much do we really know about the man behind the words? 'As Douglas Hurd and Edward Young point out in their splendidly written, finely judged and thoroughly persuasive book, a vast chasm yawned between... read more

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