The first contemporary biographical study of Gough Whitlam from his childhood in Canberra, his extensive war service and marriage to Margaret, this book draws upon the author's unprecedented access to archival material and interviews with family and colleagues and interviews with Gough himself. First in two-volume set.
From the rise of Turnbull and Rudd to the slow disintegration of Howard, Ruddock, Olmert, Blair, Musharraf, Mugabe, Costello, and Bush, from the campaign insults of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and Sarah Palin to the night of Obama's audacious victory, Bob Ellis ponders on humanity's most formative interim in quite a while.
A memoir by a distinguished Australian former diplomat, with a particular focus on the cars he has loved and driven in Australia and his postings in Asia, the Middle East, North and Central America. This makes for an entertaining look at various cultures (their driving behaviour, traffic conditions and road rules) and his car... read more
An in-depth political biography of America's most polarising figure. Based on more than 200 interviews - many of them with Republican colleagues and one-time political allies of Palin's - and more than 40,000 pages of uncovered documents, Dunn chronicles Palin's troubling penchant for duplicity in grim detail, from her dysfun... read more
The life story of Navi Pillay, a trailblazer in Human Rights Law.
Pillay was born in 1941 to an Indian family living in apartheid South Africa. In 1967, she was the first non-white woman in South Africa to set up a law practice which she used to defend many anti-apartheid activists and, in 1973, was able to obtain l... read more
For nearly fifty years, Hoover was the most powerful man in the USA. The creator of the FBI and its Director until his death in 1972, he played a key role in nearly every major tragedy and scandal in America during the twentieth Century. This title reveals the myths, exposing the dark secrets that remained hidden throughout H... read more
In 1999 a young man from suburban Adelaide set out on an overseas trip that would change his life forever. Initially, he was after adventure and the experience of travelling the Silk Road. But events would set him on a different path. He would be deemed a terrorist, one of George W Bush's 'worst of the worst'. He would be inc... read more
The Burden of Power is the fourth volume of Alastair Campbell's diaries, and perhaps the most eagerly awaited given the ground it covers. It begins on September 11, 2001, a day which immediately wrote itself into the history books, and it ends on the day Campbell leaves Downing Street. In between there are two wars: first Afg... read more
A fierce critic of Islam and a champion of the West, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born former member of the Dutch parliament and the author of the international bestseller "Infidel", whose courage in the face of Islamist death threats made her an icon for millions of Westerners who believed she was attacked for speaking out on... read more
Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej, the only king ever born in the United States, came to the throne of his country in 1946 and is now the world's longest-serving monarch. This book tells the unexpected story of his life and 60-year rule: how a Western-raised boy came to be seen by his people as a living Buddha; and how a king wid... read more
|Awards:||2013 National Biography Award shortlist |
James Button spent a year writing speeches for Kevin Rudd. Before that, he reported on politics as a highly regarded journalist for Fairfax. But James also has politics in the blood: his father was the diminutive but larger-than-life Senator John Button, who was a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments. Growing up, Jam... read more
'Julia Gillard was impatient for the prime ministership, and either worked with or allowed others to manufacture a sense of crisis around Rudd's leadership. She then cut down a prime minister in his first term and tried to pretend it was in the national interest to do so. Since then, she has been the architect of her own misf... read more
One of the most inspiring women of our age, Mary Robinson has spent her life in pursuit of a fairer world. Now, for the first time, she reveals what lies behind the vision, strength and determination that has helped her to achieve so much for huma... read more
Leah Chishugi grew up in eastern Congo but, aged seventeen, she moved to Kigali, the Rwandan capital, to work as a model. She married and had a son. Then in 1994 she was caught up in the horrific conflict, and escaped only after being left for dead under a pile of corpses. She fled with her son to Uganda, then South Africa wh... read more
|Awards:||Shortlisted for Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2013.|
When Vladimir Putin, an unimportant, low-level KGB operative, was rushed to power by a group of Oligarchs in 1999, he was a man without a history. Within a few brief years, Putin had dismantled the country's media, wrested control and wealth from the country's burgeoning business class, and decimated the fragile mechanisms o... read more
Shortlisted for the Political Book Awards 2013 Political Book of the Year The first woman President of Ireland, who became UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson has spent her life in pursuit of a fairer world. Now, for the first time, she reveals what lies behind the vision, strength and determination that has ... read more
Israel's newest prime minister as of February 6, 2001, Ariel Sharon is a dynamic and controversial leader. A hero in Israel's wars, perhaps the most daring and successful commander in Israel's extraordinary military history, Sharon has always been a warrior, whether the enemies were hostile Arab nations, terrorists, "Time" ma... read more