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              Animal Farm

              Animal Farm (Paperback)

              By Orwell, George; Introduction by Watson, Don

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              'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.' Drunken Mr Jones of Manor Farm has neglected his livestock for too long. In a burst of insurgent fervour they rise up and he is deposed, with the pigs taking charge of the newly named Animal Farm. Everything ru...ns smoothly, productivity soars, and all animals are well-fed and happy. But the further away the memory of the revolution, the more distant seem its ideals-and when Boxer the workhorse is betrayed, the horrifying extent of the pigs' corruption is revealed. Orwell's 'fairy story', a scathing satire of Soviet communism, is as potent now as it was in 1945. Animal Farm is one of literature's most electrifying examinations of power and corruption.
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              ISBN 9781922147738
              Published AU 2 Jan 2014
              Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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              Rivers: The Lifeblood of Australia

              Rivers: The Lifeblood of Australia (Hardback)

              By Hoskins, Ian; Foreword by Watson, Don

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              Rivers have long run in the blood of Australians. Givers of life and subjects of anguish, Australian rivers have shaped the nation from the moment the first Australians arrived tens of thousands of years ago. Offering the vital ingredient for life, they are also guardians of cult...ure, a means of transportation, sites for play and leisure, and sources of power-deeply entrenched in almost every aspect of human life and an irreplaceable part of the global ecosystem. Australia's vast inland seas of some 50 million years ago have disappeared, leaving a continent that is mostly desert. Of the waters and wetlands that remain, most of which are connected to rivers, 65 are listed as Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance. They are also of incredible-sometimes painful-local importance, as reminders of the dispossession suffered by those first peoples and their descendants and evidence of the devastation wrought by drought and dying waterways. The damming of Western Australia's Ord River during the 1960s and 1970s captured monsoonal rains within a catchment of over 55,000 square kilometres, creating the largest artificial lake on mainland Australia while destroying sites of cultural significance to the Miriwoong people and changing the ecosystem irrevocably. Barely ten years after the completion of the Ord project, the success of the Save the Franklin campaign in Tasmania is a testament to evolving understanding of the precious nature of waterways. Yet even this triumph was fraught: environmentalists' argument for preservation of Tasmania's 'wilderness' contained the implication that the land was without people, despite Indigenous habitation for at least 30,000 years. In this broad-ranging survey of some of Australia's most well-known, loved, engineered and fought over rivers, from Melbourne's Yarra to the Alligator rivers of Kakadu, award-winning author Ian Hoskins presents a history of our complex connections to water. A thoughtful foreword by former prime-ministerial sp
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              ISBN 9780642279569
              Published AU 1 Nov 2020
              Publisher National Library of Australia
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              American Journeys

              American Journeys (Paperback)

              By Watson, Don

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              A superb book about Don Watson's journeys around America. Featured as one of Newsweek's 50 'What to Read Now and Why' titles.Only in America - the most powerful democracy on earth, home to the best and worst of everything - are the most extreme contradictions possible. In a serie...s of journeys acclaimed author Don Watson set out to explore the nation that has influenced him more than any other. Travelling by rail gave Watson a unique and seductive means of peering into the United States, a way to experience life with its citizens- long days with the American landscape and American towns and American history unfolding on the outside, while inside a tiny particle of the American people talked among themselves. Watson's experiences are profoundly affecting- he witnesses the terrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast; explores the savage history of the Deep South, the heartland of the Civil War; and journeys to the remarkable wilderness of Yellowstone National Park. Yet it is through the people he meets that Watson discovers the incomparable genius of America, its optimism, sophistication and riches - and also its darker side, its disavowal of failure and uncertainty. Beautifully written, with gentle power and sly humour, American Journeys investigates the meaning of the United States- its confidence, its religion, its heroes, its violence, and its material obsessions. The things that make America great are also its greatest flaws.
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              ISBN 9780143790990
              Published AU 2 Jan 2018
              Publisher Penguin
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              Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America: Quarterly Essay 4

              Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America: Quarterly Essay 4 (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 4th edition)

              By Watson, Don

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              Presents a timely and thought-provoking essay on our relationship with America. In light of the recent tragedy in New York, this trend is receiving a certain focus and the cosy nature of our relationship is beginning to be scrutinised and questioned.

              ISBN 9781863951159
              Published AU 1 Dec 2001
              Publisher Black Inc
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              Caledonia Australis: Scottish Highlanders on the Frontier of Australia

              Caledonia Australis: Scottish Highlanders on the Frontier of Australia (Paperback)

              By Watson, Don

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              After their military defeat in 1745, the Scottish Highlanders suffered a worse humiliation. They were displaced from their ancestral lands. This is a tale of their dispossession. It also tells the rout of another people, the Kurnai of Gippsland in south-eastern Australia. Promine...nt among those who did the routing were emigrant Highlanders.
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              ISBN 9781741667660
              Published AU 1 Apr 2009
              Publisher Random House
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              Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart 10th Anniversary Edition

              Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart 10th Anniversary Edition (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 4th edition)

              By Watson, Don

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              Introduced by Carmen Lawrence, former Premier of WA and senior minister in the Keating government. 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 defining element of the head-kicking Labor right who loved Paris, Mahler and Second Empire clocks. Paul Keating did become Prime Minister. In December 1991 he wrested it from Bob Hawke and the bruises from that struggle were part of the baggage he brought to the job: the other parts included the worst recession in 60 years and an electorate determined to make him pay for it. Keating defied the odds and won the 1993 election, and in his four years as Prime Minister set Australia on a new course - towards engagement with Asia, a republic, reconciliation, a social democracy built on a modern export-based economy and sophisticated public systems of education and training, health and social security. Widely regarded as a quintessential economic rationalist, Keating's record clearly shows that his vision was infinitely broader and more complex. Don Watson was employed as Keating's speechwriter. Though a 'bleeding heart' liberal trained in history rather than economics, he became an advisor and friend to Keating. RECOLLECTIONS OF A BLEEDING HEART - based on the diaries Watson kept through the four turbulent and exhausting years of Keating's Prime Ministership - is a frank, sympathetic and engrossing portrait of this brilliant and perplexing man, and a unique reflection on modern politics. To celebrate ten-years since first publication and with the wisdom that hindsight brings, Don Watson has now written an extraordinary Afterword.
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              ISBN 9781742751993
              Published AU 1 Sep 2011
              Publisher Random House
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              The Bush

              The Bush (Paperback)

              By Watson, Don

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              ISBN 9781926428697
              Published AU 3 Oct 2016
              Publisher Penguin
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              A Single Tree

              A Single Tree (Hardback)

              By Watson, Don

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              An Anthology of the Bush assembles the raw material underpinning Don Watson's award-winning The Bush. These diverse and haunting voices span the four centuries since Europeans first set eyes on the continent.Each of these varied contributors u settlers, explorers, anthropologists..., naturalists, stockmen, surveyors, itinerants, artists and writersu represents a particular place and time. Men in awe of the landscape or cursing it; aspiring to subdue and exploit it or finding themselves defeated by it. Women reflecting on the land's harshness and beauty, on the strangeness of their lives, their pleasures and miseries, the character and behaviour of the men. Europeans writing about indigenous Australians, sometimes with intelligent sympathy and curiosity but often with contempt, and often describing acts of startling brutality. This collection comprises diary extracts, memoirs, journals, letters, histories, poems and fiction, and follows the same loose themes of The Bush. The science of the landscape and climate, and the way we have perceived them. Our deep and sentimental connection to the land, and our equally deep ignorance and abuse of it.
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              ISBN 9781926428819
              Published AU 31 Oct 2016
              Publisher Penguin
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              Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon

              Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Watson, Don

              Dr Don Watson - with his trademark wit and wisdom - says enough already! The English language is complex and evolving, and can win minds, hearts and nations. Why don't we try using it? Depending where you are on the change continuum, a quick pulse check will be in order and a sca...n of the forthcoming weather events before you move forward with your shark mitigation strategies. Were any animals were harmed in the above statement? The level of customer-centric vigilance remains below acceptable benchmarks and weasel words continue to fill our mailboxes, inboxes, ears and minds. Don Watson will make you cringe with recognition, and perhaps shame, and encourage you to rise up against this language that is obliterating all song, meaning and beauty from communication.
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              ISBN 9780857983442
              Published AU 2 Nov 2015
              Publisher Random House
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              Bendable Learnings: The Wisdom Of Modern Management

              Bendable Learnings: The Wisdom Of Modern Management (Paperback)

              By Watson, Don

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              Mission statements are everywhere: you have to have one, whether you're a Fortune 500 company, a hedge fund, a primary school, a church or a hockey club. Without a mission statement, who would know what your values are, or what your culture is? And how then, going forward, will y...ou get buy-in on your strategy and uptake of your brand? The language of modern management has triumphed, transforming clear, everyday communication into meaningless sludge. To sound professional, you must express everything in abstract nouns, and each noun in terms of another one; you must talk about synergy and strategy, uptake and outcomes and outputs and inputs, key performance indicators and drivers and customer experience - even if your 'customers' are in fact patients in your hospital. This language is deliberately obscure and falsely scientific; what is more worrying, those who use it have lost the very ability to think clearly. From Don Watson, the author of Death Sentence and Weasel Words, comes this new assortment of noxious management drivel and financial market blather. Read them aloud - then try the exercises. The disease may not yet have run its course, but Watson's acerbic wit restores hope in the power of well-chosen words to entertain and to inspire.
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              ISBN 9781741669053
              Published AU 1 Dec 2010
              Publisher Random House
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