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            Girl with a Sniper Rifle: An Eastern Front Memoir
             

            Girl with a Sniper Rifle: An Eastern Front Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Zhukova, Yulia

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              1 Dec 20

            In this vivid first-hand account we gain unique access to the inner workings of Stalin's Central Women's Sniper School, near Podolsk in Western Russia. Luliia was a dedicated member of the Komsomol (the Soviet communist youth organisation) and her parents worked for the NKVD. She... started at the sniper school and eventually became a valued member of her battalion during operations against Prussia. She persevered through eight months of training before leaving for the Front on 24th November 1944 just days after qualifying. Joining the third Belorussian Front her battalion endured rounds of German mortar as well as loudspeaker announcements beckoning them to come over to the German side. Luliia recounts how they would be in the field for days, regularly facing the enemy in terrifying one-on-one encounters. She sets down the euphoria of her first hit and starting her battle count but her reflection on how it was also the ending of a life. These feelings fade as she recounts the barbarous actions of Hitler's Nazi Germany. She recall how the women were once nearly overrun by Germans at their house when other Red Army formations had moved off and failed to tell them. She also details a nine-day stand-off they endured encircled by Germans in Landsberg.
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            ISBN 9781922387424
            Published AU 1 Dec 2020
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            Play by the Rules: The Short Story of America's Leadership: From Hiroshima to COVID-19

            Play by the Rules: The Short Story of America's Leadership: From Hiroshima to COVID-19 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Pembroke, Michael, Hon Justice

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            In Play by the Rules, acclaimed writer and historian Michael Pembroke offers a fresh take on the USA's vast influence and asks whether it is still a force for good. The United States of America has long claimed to be the leader of the 'free world', however for the last seventy-fi...ve years, as it has routinely endeavoured to transform other countries to its liberal democratic, capitalist image, the consequences have been frequently disastrous. Whether this global powerhouse has acted within the rules is up for debate. Variously described as 'self-interested and mutually destructive', many believe 'we are in danger of losing America as a moral authority and inspiration in the world'. Focusing on the role and actions of the USA, and on the qualities of leadership that sustain its power, Play by the Rules is an exploration of these seventy-five years and ultimately questions where the USA has led its allies, including Australia, and what the future might hold as the nations in Asia begin to flex their power. Praise for Michael Pembroke and Korea: Where the American Century Began: 'Started to read and just could not stop - Maddening, painful...Perceptive and compelling - often heart-rending, sometimes downright terrifying - this richly informed study amply establishes its thesis that the 'permanent phenomenon' of American global militarism has its origin in the Korean conflict.' - Noam Chomsky ''I read it in one go on a plane journey - fascinated, educated, appalled, amazed, and gripped. I take my hat off to the richness of the research ... I came away from reading the book in equal parts full of admiration for the book itself, and appalled by the story it tells.' - A.C. Grayling
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            ISBN 9781743796528
            Published AU 5 Aug 2020
            Publisher Hardie Grant Books
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            People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia

            People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia (Paperback)

            By Karskens, Grace

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            'A masterpiece of historical writing that takes your breath away' - Tom Griffiths 'A majestic book' - John Maynard 'Shimmering prose' - Tiffany Shellam Dyarubbin, the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, is where the two early Australias - ancient and modern - first collided. People of the R...iver journeys into the lost worlds of the Aboriginal people and the settlers of Dyarubbin, both complex worlds with ancient roots. The settlers who took land on the river from the mid-1790s were there because of an extraordinary experiment devised half a world away. Modern Australia was not founded as a gaol, as we usually suppose, but as a colony. Britain's felons, transported to the other side of the world, were meant to become settlers in the new colony. They made history on the river: it was the first successful white farming frontier, a community that nurtured the earliest expressions of patriotism, and it became the last bastion of eighteenth-century ways of life. The Aboriginal people had occupied Dyarubbin for at least 50,000 years. Their history, culture and spirituality were inseparable from this river Country. Colonisation kicked off a slow and cumulative process of violence, theft of Aboriginal children and ongoing annexation of the river lands. Yet despite that sorry history, Dyarubbin's Aboriginal people managed to remain on their Country, and they still live on the river today. The Hawkesbury-Nepean was the seedbed for settler expansion and invasion of Aboriginal lands to the north, south and west. It was the crucible of the colony, and the nation that followed.
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            ISBN 9781760292232
            Published AU 1 Sep 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Red Lead: The Legendary Australian Ship's Cat Who Survived the Sinking of Hmas Perth and the Thai-Burma Railway

            Red Lead: The Legendary Australian Ship's Cat Who Survived the Sinking of Hmas Perth and the Thai-Burma Railway (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Perry, Roland

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            From the author of the bestselling Bill the Bastard and Horrie the War Dog comes a fascinating new story of an Australian animal at war, Red Lead the Australian Navy cat. Red Lead is a sea cat with attitude and uncanny instincts. She uses up her nine lives and more in escaping a ...succession of disastrous events in World War II, from the sinking of the HMAS Perth off Java, to Japanese edicts to kill her on the deadly Thai-Burma Railway, where she moves, in secret, with a group of Australian POWs - known as The Big Cats, who protect her. Red Lead, in turn helps them and becomes the spirit of the prisoners, who feel obligated to keep the faithful animal alive as a symbol of hope for their own survival.
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            ISBN 9781760297145
            Published AU 30 Sep 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia
             

            Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia (Hardback)

            By Pascoe, Bruce; Shukuroglou, Vicky

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              2 Dec 20

            A new, fully illusrtated book from award-winning author Bruce Pascoe and photographer Vicky Shukuroglou that offers a deeper understanding of Australia and how best to travel.

            ISBN 9781741176483
            Published AU 2 Dec 2020
            Publisher Explore Australia
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            Friendly Fire: How Israel became its own worst enemy
             

            Friendly Fire: How Israel became its own worst enemy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Ayalon, Ami; David, Anthony; Ross, Dennis

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              1 Dec 20

            A highly decorated Israeli military officer, leader, and former director of the internal security service, Shin Bet, sees the light on what his country must do to achieve a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In this deeply personal journey of discovery, Ami Ayalon... seeks input and perspective from Palestinians and Israelis whose experiences differ from his own. As head of the Shin Bet security agency, he gained empathy for 'the enemy' and learned that when Israel carries out anti-terrorist operations in a political context of hopelessness, the Palestinian public will support violence, because they have nothing to lose. Researching and writing Friendly Fire, he came to understand that his patriotic life had blinded him to the self-defeating nature of policies that have undermined Israel's civil society while heaping humiliation upon its Palestinian neighbours. 'If Israel becomes an Orwellian dystopia,' Ayalon writes, 'it won't be thanks to a handful of theologians dragging us into the dark past. The secular majority will lead us there motivated by fear and propelled by silence.' Ayalon is a realist, not an idealist, and many who consider themselves Zionists will regard as radical his conclusions about what Israel must do to achieve relative peace and security and to sustain itself as a Jewish homeland and a liberal democracy.
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            ISBN 9781922310521
            Published AU 1 Dec 2020
            Publisher Scribe Publications
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            Expanding World, New Country
             

            Expanding World, New Country (Paperback, New edition)

            By Ball, Graeme

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            Expanding World, New Country: 19th Century New Zealand from 3000BCE to today, is aimed primarily at secondary students, the first such textbook in 20 years. Expanding World, New Country focuses on the long 19th century (up to WWI) during which New Zealand changed from a wholly Ma...ori country to one dominated by Pakeha in terms of numbers, culture and political power.
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            ISBN 9780170425315
            Published AU 19 Feb 2019
            Publisher Cengage Learning Australia
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            The Korean Kid: A Young Australian Pilot's Baptism of Fire in the Jet Fighter Age

            The Korean Kid: A Young Australian Pilot's Baptism of Fire in the Jet Fighter Age (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Nicholls, Rochelle

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            A vicious civil conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula in 1950 and sucked 24 nations into a new round of fighting. The world's two atomic superpowers - the United States and the Soviet Union - menaced each other across an arbitrary border as Korea became the proving ground for ...a new Cold War. The odds faced by Australia's young pilots were one in three, that they'd not come back. Or perhaps they'd just never be found, crash in flames into a foreign mountain and become nothing but names in a faraway cemetery. Most had no combat experience. Their planes were obsolete. Their orders were to dive upon a well-armed enemy with their bellies exposed, where one bullet to a fuel-tank meant an inescapable fireball. The Korean Kid is the story of Jim Kichenside and the Australian pilots who took to the skies in the 'forgotten war' on the Korean peninsula. Within a week of the North Korean invasion of the South on June 25, 1950, No.77 Fighter Squadron RAAF were in the air: the first United Nations air unit committed to the defence of the overrun South. Of the 340 Australians who perished in Korea, 41 were from 77 Squadron. In 1952, Jim Kichenside was the youngest pilot in 77 Squadron, at just 21 years of age. He entered the Korean theatre with just 8 hours of training on his Meteor jet. Dubbed 'The Korean Kid', Jim's is a story of youth and resilience, of luck and loss, of young men thrust into a war against impossible odds - the first war of the jet age.
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            ISBN 9781922387042
            Published AU 8 Jul 2020
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            The Altar Boys

            The Altar Boys (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Smith, Suzanne

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            Focusing on two childhood friends in Newcastle, this powerful and heartbreaking story exposes how the cover-up of child abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia extended from parish priests to every echelon of the organisation, all the way to the Pope. Glen Walsh and Steven Alwa...rd were childhood friends in their tight-knit working class community in Shortland, on the outskirts of Newcastle. Both proud altar boys at the local Catholic church, they went on to attend the city's Catholic boys' highs schools: Glen to Marist Brothers and Steven to St Pius X. Both did well - Steven became a journalist; and Glen a priest. But when Glen discovered another priest was sexually abusing boys, he reported the offending to the police, breaking Canon Law and his vows to the Catholic 'brotherhood' in the process. That decision eventually led to his death, just weeks before a key trial against the highest cleric to ever be charged with covering up child abuse. Two months later Glen's childhood friend Steven was also dead, only days before he was to marry the love of his life. So how were the deaths of both men linked to the deaths of at least 60 men in the blighted Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese? By five-time Walkley award-winning investigative reporter Suzanne Smith, The Altar Boys is the powerful expose of how the cover-up of child abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia extended from parish priests to every echelon of the organisation, all the way to the Pope. Focusing on two childhood friends who eventually took their own lives, this gripping and explosive story is backed by secret documents, diary notes and witness accounts, and details a deliberate church strategy using psychological warfare against witnesses in key trials involving paedophile priests.
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            ISBN 9780733340178
            Published AU 2 Sep 2020
            Publisher ABC Books
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            On Identity

            On Identity (Paperback, Digital original)

            By Grant, Stan

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            Why does identity demand a choice between black and white? Tribalism, nationalism and sectarianism are dividing the world into us and them. Are we hard wired for hate? Stan Grant argues that it is time to leave identity behind and to embrace cosmopolitanism. On Identity is a medi...tation on hope and community. 'Love is always the answer, it is said. Not if you are trying from somewhere in the Aboriginal domain to answer the cruel question, Are you black or white? Mapping family ties or finding a sense of self should be about love, but in the end, it is too often about politics. You must read this book if you have wondered why we make the choices we do.' MARCIA LANGTON
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            ISBN 9780733644238
            Published AU 1 Jan 2020
            Publisher Hachette
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            Series On Series
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