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On 24 November, 2007 Australia resoundingly changed government. If you think you know what really happened during that tumultuous year behind the closed doors of the Liberal Party, in the back rooms of the ACTU and deep in the campaign war room of the Labor Party, think again. 2007 was a year to remember in Australian politic... read more

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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.

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Winner of the Age Book of the Year AwardGraham Freudenberg's inside account of Gough Whitlam's political rise and fall is one of the great classics of Australian political writing.  From his position as Gough's speechwriter and confidant, just out of the spotlight of history, Freudenberg was an eyewitness to Gough's spectacul... read more

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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

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Malalai Joya has been described as the bravest woman in the world. As a teenager she worked as a women's rights activist under the Taliban, running underground classes and clinics in her native Afghanistan that would have resulted in her torture and execution if she'd been caught. After the fall of the Taliban, Malalai was el... read more

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Barack Obama himself told veteran political reporter Richard Wolffe, 'You'll get more access than anyone else', and Renegade is his unique story of how a political newcomer with no money and an outsider's name grew into the world's most powerful leader. But it is also a uniquely intimate portrait of the person behind the icon... 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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TUTU: THE AUTHORISED PORTRAIT is a celebration of eighty years of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an icon whose humanity and compassion has touched the lives of millions. Born in South Africa's Transvaal and trained as a teacher because his family couldn't afford to send him to medical school, Desmond Tutu was ordained as an Anglica... read more

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As Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister and the founder of the Liberal Party, Sir Robert Menzies is a towering figure in our political and cultural history. Letters to My Daughter is a collection of letters written by Menzies to his only daughter, Heather, throughout the fifties, sixties and seventies, when she was livi... read more

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If he had never become Prime Minister, Paul Keating's place in Australian history would still have been assured. He was the Treasurer who deregulated the economy; the weaver of Labor's modern story; its heavy weapon in the parliament. He was also the great enigma - a self-educated boy from Sydney's working class and a definin... read more

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When Julia Gillard - a woman who was unmarried, childless, and an atheist - became Australia's first female prime minister after the 2010 election, opposition leader Tony Abbott was left boiling with rage. It was bad enough that he had lost, but to have to lost to a woman was shameful. For a few days he could not bring himsel... read more

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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

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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

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The remarkable untold story of the men and women who sustained Stalin in power in the Soviet Union for nearly 30 yearsThere have been many biographies of Stalin, but the court that surrounded him is untravelled ground. Simon Sebag Montefiore, acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great's lover, prime minister and general, Pot... 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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rogue (rog), n: An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone, in which state it is very savage. - "Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sara... read more

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Addresses the economic challenges facing the United States and offers a plan to get America back into the future business. This title details how to get out of the economic crisis and lay a foundation for long-term prosperity.

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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

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