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              The Australian Disease: On the Decline of Love and the Rise of Non-Freedom: Short Black 1
               

              The Australian Disease: On the Decline of Love and the Rise of Non-Freedom: Short Black 1 (Paperback)

              By Flanagan, Richard

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              'Non-freedom to the Western mind is inevitably linked with images of backwardness - Soviet tractors, East German Trabants, Kim Jong Il's haircut. But non-freedom these days is also iPads, iPhones and a dazzling array of less iconic but ubiquitous consumer goods that flood our sto...res, our homes and which increasingly are used to define our ideas of worth and happiness. It is a full-lipped smile achieved with the aid of collagen made from skin flensed from dead Chinese convicts.' The Australian Disease is Richard Flanagan's perceptive, hilarious, searing expose of the conformity that afflicts our public life. From Weary Dunlop to Vassily Grossman, from David Hicks to Craig Thomson, Flanagan takes us on a wildly entertaining and unsettling trip. If we are to find hope, he says, we must take our compass more from ourselves and less from the powerful.
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              ISBN 9781863957618
              Published AU 23 Sep 2015
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              The Cypherpunk Revolutionary: On Julian Assange: Short Black 9
               

              The Cypherpunk Revolutionary: On Julian Assange: Short Black 9 (Paperback)

              By Manne, Robert

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              'There are few original ideas in politics. In the creation of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange was responsible for one.' This essay reveals the making of Julian Assange - both his ideas and his world-changing actions. Robert Manne explores Assange's unruly childhood and then his involve...ment with the revolutionary cypherpunk underground, all the way through to the creation of WikiLeaks. Pulling together the threads of his development, Manne shows how Assange became one of the most influential Australians of our time.
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              ISBN 9781863957717
              Published AU 23 Sep 2015
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              Tradition, Truth & Tomorrow: Short Black 12
               

              Tradition, Truth & Tomorrow: Short Black 12 (Paperback)

              By Yunupingu, Galarrwuy

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              I will continue my work on my land, building a future. It is the only thing that is certain to me now and I want to advance while I can. I am trying to light the fire in our young men and women. We are setting fires to our own lives as we really should, and the flame will burn an...d intensify - an immense smoke, cloud-like and black, will arise, which will send off a signal and remind people that we, the Gumatj people, are the people of the fire. There are people of the fire around Alice Springs - and I reach out to them, too. We can then burn united, together.' Tradition, Truth & Tomorrow is 'no mere essay. It is an existential prayer,' writes Noel Pearson. Galarrwuy Yunupingu tells of his clan and his early life. He recounts his dealings with prime ministers, and how he learnt that nothing is ever what it seems. And behind him, he writes, 'the Yolngu world is always under threat, being swallowed up by whitefellas. This is a weight that is bearing down on me; at night it is like a splinter in my mind.
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              ISBN 9781863957748
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              The Brave Ones: East Timor, 1999: Short Black 5
               

              The Brave Ones: East Timor, 1999: Short Black 5 (Paperback)

              By Birmingham, John

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              'As the convoy growled and squeaked to a halt in the dark, angry militiamen and soldiers began to shout and wave at the Australians, demanding they move aside. The Brave Ones' vanguard presented as a B-movie vision of some pirate biker gang from Hell, a rat bastard outfit in blac...k tee-shirts, camouflage pants, long hair and bandanas, with axes in their eyes and guns at the ready.' The Brave Ones follows the Indonesian Army's Battalion 745 as it withdrew from East Timor after the 1999 independence vote, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. Birmingham's unflinching account reveals the scorched-earth tactics of the retreating troops, and shows just how close Australia came to armed conflict with Indonesia.
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              ISBN 9781863957670
              Published AU 23 Sep 2015
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              Booze Territory: Short Black 6
                

              Booze Territory: Short Black 6 (Paperback)

              By Krien, Anna

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              'On a Tuesday morning, I make my way to the Gap View Hotel for a drinking session starting at 10 a.m. I'm told this is one of Alice Springs' three notorious 'animal bars' ...As I wander around, a Sudanese security guard approaches me, his face concerned. Am I lost? he wants to kn...ow. In a way, I am. I don't want a beer. It's 10 a.m., for Chrissake.' In Booze Territory, Anna Krien takes a clear-eyed look at Indigenous binge-drinking - who does it, why, and what it means. She visits bars brimming with morning drinkers and investigates alcoholic after-effects ranging from extreme violence to extraordinarily high rates of cirrhosis of the liver. This is an essay which never fails to see the human dimension of an intractable problem and shine a light on its deep causes.
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              ISBN 9781863957687
              Published AU 23 Sep 2015
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              The One Day: Short Black 7
                

              The One Day: Short Black 7 (Paperback)

              By Malouf, David

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              Silence was a deeply established tradition. Men used it as a form of self-protection; it saved those who had experienced the horrors of war from the emotional trauma of experiencing it all over again in the telling. And it saved women and children, back home, from the terrible kn...owledge of what they had seen and walked away from ...One result of this was that the men who had actually lived through Gallipoli and the trenches did not write about it.' In the century since the Gallipoli landing, Anzac Day has taken on a different tenor for each succeeding generation. Perceptively and evocatively, David Malouf traces the meaning of this 'one day' when Australians stop to reflect on endurance, service and the folly of war. He shows how what was once history has now passed into legend, and how we have found in Anzac Day 'a truly national occasion.
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              ISBN 9781863957694
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              Fat City: Short Black 2
                

              Fat City: Short Black 2 (Paperback)

              By Hitchcock, Karen

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              'I ask a young 200-kilo patient what he snacks on. 'Nothing,' he says. I look him in the eye. Nothing? He nods. I ask him about his chronic skin infections, his diabetes. He tears up: 'I eat hot chips and fried dim sims and drink three bottles of Coke every afternoon. The truth i...s I'm addicted to eating. I'm addicted.' He punches his thigh.' In Fat City, Karen Hitchcock unpicks the idea of obesity as a disease. In a riveting blend of story and analysis, she explores chemistry, psychology and the impulse to excess to explain the West's growing obesity epidemic.
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              ISBN 9781863957625
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              Killing the Black Dog: Short Black 10
                

              Killing the Black Dog: Short Black 10 (Paperback)

              By Murray, Les

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              'On the last day of 1985, I went home to live in Bunyah, the farming valley I had left some twenty-nine years earlier. My wife and our younger children followed two days later ...at last I was going home, to care for my father in his old age and to live in the place from which I'...d always felt displaced. What I didn't know was that I was heading home in order to go mad.' Killing the Black Dog is Les Murray's frank and courageous account of his struggle with depression. Since this essay first appeared, hosts of readers have drawn insight from his account of the disease, its social effects and its origins in his family's history. Murray describes how patches of daylight now balance out those of darkness in his life.
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              ISBN 9781863957724
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              Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice: Short Black 4
                

              Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice: Short Black 4 (Paperback)

              By Garner, Helen

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              'They say that tourist ships to Antarctica, even more than ordinary human conveyances, are loaded down with aching hearts. Deceived wives and widowers, men who've never been loved and don't know why, Russian crew forced to leave their children behind for years at a time ...And th...en there are the married couples: how calm the old ones, how eager the new! - but isn't a couple the greatest mystery of all?' Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice is the tale of a journey to Antarctica aboard the Professor Molchanov. With unmatched eloquence, Helen Garner spins a tale of ships, icebergs, tourism, time, photography and the many forms of desolation.
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              ISBN 9781863957663
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              The War of the Worlds: Short Black 3
                

              The War of the Worlds: Short Black 3 (Paperback)

              By Pearson, Noel

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              'How many Australians born in the 137 years since Truganini's death learnt her legend and scarcely thought deeper about the enormity of the loss she represented, and the history that led to it? Her spirit casts a long shadow over Australian history, but we have nearly all of us f...ound a way to avert our eyes from its meaning.' In The War of the Worlds, Noel Pearson considers the most confronting issue of Australian history: the question of genocide, in early Tasmania and elsewhere. With eloquence and passion, he explores the 'emotional convulsions of identification and memory' that he feels on encountering these events. Re-reading Dickens and Darwin, Pearson acknowledges the 'fatal logic' of the colonial project, and seeks to draw out its meaning for Australians today.
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              ISBN 9781863957656
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