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Bewitched and Bedevilled looks at the reasons Julia Gillard, our first female Prime Minister, was so vehemently attacked, the varied reactions to being a female prime minister, her unfortunate position at the receiving end of a barrage of sexism and misogyny and how much this played a part in her political problems, her pu... read more

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In 1975, fresh out of law school and working a numbing job at the Treasury Department, Rizzo took 'a total shot in the dark' and sent his resume to the Central Intelligence Agency. He had no notion that more than thirty years later, after serving under eleven CIA directors and seven Presidents, he would become a notorious pub... read more

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Set in New York City in 1915, as World War I rages in the battlefields of Europe, 'Dark Invasion' chronicles the little-known story of a tense cat-and-mouse battle between two complex antagonists: New York police captain Tom Tunney, who leads a select team of novice spy-chasers; and Franz von Rintelen, an aristocratic German ... read more

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Graham Freudenberg, Australia's greatest speechwriter, says "the Australian Labor Party was built on speeches." This book brings together great Labor speeches which give voice to the party's enduring values and achievements, and place it and its principal figures at the centre of historic events. There are speeches that stir ... read more

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This is the story of one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history, of how a powerful media pack, a vicious commentariat and some of those within her own party conspired to bring down Australia's first woman prime minister.

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The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin - the new biography of Teddy Roosevelt from the bestselling author of Team of Rivals, the inspiration for Spielberg's Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the acclaimed multi-million copy bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, now turns to the birth of A... 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 hypochondriacs, from ancient Arab writings to American theories of business management, Zeldin looks at the dilemmas of or... read more

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Ron Suskind's book promises to be a bracing international thriller-an ensemble of uranium merchants and panicked diplomats, stealthy Jihadist soldiers and CIA operatives, anxious Muslim children and angry world leaders-a diverse cast of players who will define the struggle between hope and fear in the modern era. Suskind will... read more

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The book asks how a nation with the developed world's best economy has a dimmer view of its performance than some of the basket case economies of southern Europe have of their own, and how a country that escaped recession and mass unemployment despite the biggest global downturn since the Great Depression got so down on itsel... read more

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The election of the Whitlam government in 1972 marked a turning point in 20th century Australia. Shaking off the vestiges of two decades of conservative rule, Gough Whitlam brought new ideas, new policies and new people to the task of governing. Bursting with energy and expectation, the Labor government led a reform revolutio... 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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Looks at the adversary system used in Britain and its former colonies, including Australia, the US, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa. Details the origins and methods of the more widespread investigative (inquisitorial) system used in other countries including Japan and South Korea. Author is Walkley Award winner.

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'We cannot blame particular individuals for modern Labor's malaise, because it is part of a systemic global phenomenon. We are all under the sway of politics without purpose. And politics without purpose is pointless.' Nothing could better sum up Lindsay Tanner's forthright attitude to politics and the public interest tha... read more

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Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new movement demanding change are forming.But just what is this thing called a new economy, and how might it take shape in America? In "What Then Must ... read more

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Following from her successful biography The Making of Julia Gillard, here Jacqueline Kent analyses the tumultuous term in office of our first female prime minister. Take Your Best Shot is an insightful and immensely readable account of Gillard's time at the top, and of just how adversarial her environment has been.

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In this engaging and authoritative book, twenty-one historians, biographers and political analysts discuss and profile those who have attained Australia's highest office, and the forces that shaped them. Includes chapters on the ousting of Julia Gillard and the return of Kevin Rudd, the ensuing election and the final choice ... read more

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