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  • The Weather Experimentby Peter Moore

    Random House 2015; US$ 31.98

    **Book of the Week on Radio 4** 'Gripping' The Times 'Exhilarating' Sunday Times In 1865 a broken Admiral Robert FitzRoy locked himself in his dressing room and cut his throat. His grand meteorological project had failed. Yet only a decade later, FitzRoy?s storm-warning system and ?forecasts? would return, the model for what we use today.... more...

  • Bridge of Spiesby Giles Whittell

    Crown/Archetype 2010; US$ 15.00

    Who were the three men the American and Soviet superpowers exchanged at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie in the first and most legendary prisoner exchange between East and West? Bridge of Spies vividly traces their paths to that exchange on February 10, 1962, when their fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents... more...

  • Australia, Canada, and Iraqby Ramesh Thakur; Jack Cunningham

    Dundurn 2015; US$ 14.99

    The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq was intensely controversial. Australia joined in the war, while Canada refused to. Australia, Canada, and Iraq is a collection of essays by world leaders and esteemed academics that offers a fresh review of the war and the critical Australian and Canadian decisions regarding it. more...

  • Outcasts of the Gods? The Struggle over Slavery in Maori New Zealandby Hazel Petrie

    Auckland University Press 2015; US$ 29.15

    ‘Us Maoris used to practise slavery just like them poor Negroes had to endure in America . . .? says Beth Heke in Once Were Warriors. ‘Oh those evil colonials who destroyed Maori culture by ending slavery and cannibalism while increasing the life expectancy,? wrote a sarcastic blogger recently. So was Maori slavery ‘just like? the experience of Africans... more...

  • Rugby: A New Zealand Historyby Ron Palenski

    Auckland University Press 2015; US$ 39.99

    Rugby is New Zealand?s national sport. From the grand tour by the 1888 Natives to the upcoming 2015 World Cup, from games in the North African desert in the Second World War to matches behind barbed wire during the 1981 Springbok tour, from grassroots club rugby to heaving crowds outside Eden Park, Lancaster Park, Athletic Park or Carisbrook, New... more...

  • The Gold Rushby David Hill

    Random House Australia 2011; US$ 12.80

    The fever that forever changed Australia. David Hill relates the extraordinary people and staggering events of Australia's great gold-rush years. From the mid- to late-1800s, people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life, including two future prime ministers of Great Britain and Australia, threw off their previous pursuits and made... more...

  • Shoot Straight, You Bastards!by Nick Bleszynski

    Random House Australia 2011; US$ 12.80

    A fascinating insight into Breaker Morant and the question of morality and human life. The question of "The Breaker's" innocence is still being fiercely debated more than a century after Lieutenant Harry Morant and Lieutenant Peter Handcock were shot on a lonely veldt outside Pretoria at dawn on 27 February, 1902, by a British military firing squad.... more...

  • Aboriginal Victoriansby Richard Broome

    Allen & Unwin 2005; US$ 31.95


  • Let the Land Speak: A history of Australia - how the land created our nationby Jackie French

    HarperCollins Publishers 2013; US$ 18.56

    From one of our most respected and award-winning authors, Jackie French, comes a fascinating and fresh interpretation of Australian history, focusing on how the land itself, rather than social forces, has shaped the major events that led to modern Australia. to understand the present, you need to understand the past. to understand Australia's history,... more...

  • Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930–1970by Jason D. Ensor

    Anthem Press 2013; US$ 29.99

    ‘Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930–1970’ traces the history of the printed book in Australia, particularly the production and business context that mediated Australia’s literary and cultural ties to Britain for much of the twentieth century. This study focuses on the London operations of one of... more...