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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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            Ancient Bones: Unearthing the astonishing new story of how we became human

            Ancient Bones: Unearthing the astonishing new story of how we became human (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Bohme, Madelaine; Braun, Rudiger; Breier, Florian

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            A leading paleontologist discovers the missing link in human evolution. Somewhere west of Munich, Madelaine B hme and her colleagues dig for clues to the origins of humankind. What they discover is beyond anything they imagined- the fossilised bones of Danuvius guggenmosi ignite ...a global media frenzy. This ancient ancestor defies our knowledge of human history - his nearly twelve-million-year-old bones were not located in Africa - the so-called birthplace of humanity - but in Europe, and his features suggest we evolved much differently than scientists once believed. In prose that reads like a gripping detective novel, Ancient Bones interweaves the story of the dig that changed everything with the fascinating answer to a previously undecided and now pressing question- How, exactly, did we become human? Placing B hme's discovery alongside former theories of human evolution, the authors show how this remarkable find (and others in Eurasia) are forcing us to rethink the story we've been told about how we came to be, a story that has been our guiding narrative - until now
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            ISBN 9781922310347
            Published AU 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Scribe Publications
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            A Promised Land
             

            A Promised Land (Hardback)

            By Obama, Barack

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            • Pub Date
              18 Nov 20

            A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man... searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil. Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office. Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune's Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden. A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective-the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of
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            ISBN 9780241491515
            Released AU 18 Nov 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Australia's Greatest Escapes: Gripping tales of wartime bravery

            Australia's Greatest Escapes: Gripping tales of wartime bravery (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Burgess, Colin

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            A collection of stories about the most dangerous aspect of the Australian prisoner of war experience - escape. Here is all the adventure, suspense and courage of ordinary Australians who defied their captors; men willing to risk death in order to overcome almost impossible odds i...n the loneliest war of all - the fight for the right to be free.
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            ISBN 9781760854294
            Published AU 1 Aug 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            The Big Book of Great Australian Bush Yarns
             

            The Big Book of Great Australian Bush Yarns (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Seal, Graham

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              1 Dec 20

            'Aussies know how to spin a good yarn, and Graham Seal knows how to tell them' - Weekly Times Graham Seal is one of Australia's master storytellers. This bumper collection of yarns from the bush gathers some of our best stories since colonial times, retold in Graham's warm style.... It takes a certain character to make a living in the Australian bush. In the most difficult situations, laughter often comes to the rescue. Here are pioneers and battlers, convicts and settler's children, and a land that tests them with fire, flood and drought, in stories resonant with Australia's distinctive wry humour. Originally published as two bestselling collections: Great Australian Stories and Larrikins, Bush Tales and Other Great Australian Stories. 'Graham Seal has the knack of the storyteller.' - Warren Fahey AM
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            ISBN 9781760879280
            Published AU 1 Dec 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Second Best

            Second Best (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Pobjie, Ben

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            History is always written by the winners and about the winners. But what about the poor souls lurking in the shadows of history, the ones who were just as remarkable but perhaps didn't stick their chests out as they crossed the line? In SECOND BEST, Australia's foremost historian... and comedian Ben Pobjie celebrates the nobility and altogether more fascinating stories of the silver-medal getters. What drove them on their incredible feats, why did they just miss out, and how did they cope with the oblivion of finishing second? From the Second Fleet, the second man on the moon and Australia's second prime minister whose name we consistently forget, SECOND BEST shines a light on those plucky men and women who, through no fault of their own - or at least only a little bit of fault of their own - didn't quite get there before everyone else, but did get there before almost everyone else.
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            ISBN 9781922419125
            Published AU 25 Aug 2020
            Publisher Affirm Press
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            V2
              

            V2 (Hardback)

            By Harris, Robert

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              17 Nov 20

            From the best-selling author of Fatherland and Munich comes a WWII thriller about a German rocket engineer, a former actress turned British spy, and the Nazi rocket program. It's November 1944--Willi Graf, a German rocket engineer, is launching Nazi Germany's V2 rockets at London... from Occupied Holland. Kay Connolly, once an actress, now a young English Intelligence officer, ships out for Belgium to locate the launch sites and neutralize the threat. But when rumors of a defector circulate through the German ranks, Graf becomes a suspect. Unknown to each other, Graf and Connolly find themselves on opposite sides of the hunt for the saboteur. Their twin stories play out against the background of the German missile campaign, one of the most epic and modern but least explored episodes of the Second World War. Their destinies are on a collision course.
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            ISBN 9780525656715
            Released AU 17 Nov 2020
            Publisher Knopf Publishing Group
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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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