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Mayday: How Warring Egos Forced Qantas off Course

Mayday: How Warring Egos Forced Qantas off Course

Matt O'Sullivan

$32.99

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ABBEY'S CHOICE FEBRUARY 2015 ----- Power-plays, public spats, strategic blunders, betrayal and revenge: the fall of Qantas has more intrigue and drama than any in-flight movie. How did a national icon become a national liability?

Founded in 1920 by two WWI pilots and a grazier, the 'Flying Kangaroo' is one of the oldest and most respected airlines in the world. Famous for never having lost a jet aircraft in flight, in late 2014 Qantas had a crash of a different kind, recording one of the largest losses in global aviation history. A sequence of crises on the ground and in the air have all taken their toll.

At the centre of the decline has been Alan Joyce, controversially appointed CEO in 2008. His supporters applaud him for tackling problems ignored by his predecessors. His critics accuse him of unconscionable mismanagement and irreversible damage - from ongoing feuds with predecessor Geoff Dixon and Virgin boss John Borghetti (a one-time leadership rival), to a botched bid for government aid, Joyce has had the roughest of rides.

Mayday takes us behind the headlines, to tell the full story of a company at war with itself, and the world. Senior journalist Matt O'Sullivan tells us what was happening on the Qantas executive floor as QF32 threatened to fall from the sky; documents the incredible story of the airline's numerous failed forays into Asia; and reveals the truth behind Joyce's infamous 2011 decision to ground Qantas' entire fleet.
The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

David Graeber

$32.99

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ABBEY'S CHOICE FEBRUARY 2015 ----- From the author of the blockbuster international bestseller Debt: The First 5,000 Years comes a revelatory account of the way bureaucracy rules our lives.

Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from? How did we come to spend so much of our time filling out forms? And just how much are our lives being ruined by all this nonstop documentation?

To answer these questions, anthropologist David Graeber - one of our most important and provocative thinkers - traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice. Is the inane, annoying paperwork we confront every day really a cipher for state violence? And is the capitalist promise of salvation-through-technology just a tool for the powerful to exert more control? Graeber provides a forceful, radical answer to these questions, though he also suggests that there may be something perversely appealing—even romantic—about bureaucracy.

Leaping from the ascendance of right-wing economics in the second half of the twentieth century to the hidden meanings behind James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and Batman, The Utopia of Rules is at once a powerful work of social theory in the tradition of Foucault and Marx, and an entertaining reckoning with popular culture that calls to mind Slavoj Zizek at his most accessible.

An essential book for our times, The Utopia of Rules is sure to start a million conversations about the institutions that rule our lives—and the better, freer world we should, perhaps, begin to imagine for ourselves.
Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Non-Violent Techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Non-Violent Techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

Srdja Popovic ,  Matthew Miller

$27.99

How Do Ordinary People Become Revolutionaries? In 2000, too-cool-to-care Belgrade rock kid Srdja Popovic found himself at the centre of a movement which was about to change the world. Popovic was one of the unexpected leaders of the student movement Otpor! That overthrew dictator Slobodan Milosevic and established democracy in Serbia - all by avoiding violence and opting for something far more powerful: a sense of humour.

In this inspiring and entertaining guide for would-be activists, he tells his story and those of other 'ordinary revolutionaries' who have created real social change using non-violent techniques. Now the director of an organisation that helps to train pro-democracy activists, Popovic has worked with some of the most significant movements of our times, including the architects of the Arab Spring. Through examples such as a protest of Lego Men in Siberia (when flesh-and-blood people would have been shot), and a boycott of cottage cheese in Israel to challenge price inflation, Popovic tells stories of the true and sometimes ingeniously clever ways in which non-violent resistance has achieved its means. 

From Occupy Wall Street to Tahrir Square, and from Nelson Mandela to Harvey Milk, the tales Popovic tells are hilarious, accessible, inspiring, at times outrageous, and always about ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.
The Utopia Experiment

The Utopia Experiment

Dylan Evans

$29.99

In 2007 Dr Dylan Evans, a respected behavioural psychologist, and an expert on robots and artificial intelligence, was sectioned at a hospital in Aberdeen.

The following morning he sat at breakfast with six other psychiatric inmates - one of whom was heavily tattooed and sporting bleeding knuckles - musing on the etiquette of introducing himself to his fellow patients. Was it OK to ask them why they were there? Should he explain his own story?

The Utopia Experiment is Dylan Evans's account of how he abandoned his life in 2006, sold his house in the Cotswolds and its contents, and moved to the Black Isle in Scotland to found a self-sufficient community in a remote valley, with a group of acolytes he had recruited on-line. The project was called the Utopia Experiment, and the idea was to attempt to imagine, through real-life roleplaying, the conditions that might exist in the aftermath of society's collapse. As the months went by, what began as an experiment became deadly earnest. Factions formed with different views about the future of the human race, and competition and fighting broke out. The yurts they lived in leaked rain. The vegetables they farmed wouldn't grow. 

Dylan began to fear for his sanity, and then his life. This is the story of Evans's experiment in Utopia, but also an examination of the millenarian impulse - why do these doomsday scenarios fascinate us? Is there any sensible way we can prepare for the worst?
You're Just Too Good to be True: Penguin Specials

You're Just Too Good to be True: Penguin Specials

Sofija Stefanovic

$9.99

Sofija Stefanovic visits her eighty-year-old friend Bill and suspects he's being scammed over the internet - not for the first time.

Compelled by Bill's devastating stories of online dating, heartbreak and bankruptcy, Sofija gets drawn into the underworld of romance scams. Her investigations take her to victims, experts and ultimately to her computer, where she uses a dead relative's photo to set up her own senior's dating profile. In the hope of interviewing a scammer, Sofija wades into murky territory as her lies grow and her online relationships get personal. As she moves through this confusing world, Sofija finds herself confronted by questions about loneliness, love and greed.

You're Just Too Good To Be True is a sometimes very funny and sometimes desperately poignant investigation into the dark underside of love in the digital age.

'So well done. Bill's story is an amplification of the madness and delusion we've all gone through chasing love.' John Safran
Fury: Women Write About Sex, Power and Violence

Fury: Women Write About Sex, Power and Violence

Samantha Trenoweth

$27.95

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In Australia violence against women is a silent epidemic. One woman dies every week due to domestic violence in Australia.

It is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged 15 to 44. In fact by the age of 15, almost 20% of women have experienced sexual violence - and more than one in three have experienced physical violence. Girls have been mutilated; girlfriends have been shot in bathrooms and thrown from balconies; wives have been burned; and mothers and kids have been left homeless by closing refuges.

In this collection, some of Australia's best women writers stare straight into the face of the monster and plot its defeat. Violence against women is a serious issue, but Fury is not a dry, academic tome.

From personal perspectives to political perspectives to indigenous perspectives, this is a book of engaging, impassioned and intelligent narratives, perfect for a general readership. Anne Summers writes about the early days of the women's refuge movement. Van Badham puts the ball back in men's court and asks what they can do.

Mandy Sayer gives a moving account of her childhood, spent fleeing from a violent stepfather. Natasha Stott Despoja writes about family violence from a political perspective. Meena Kandasamy discusses violence against women in India. Clem Bastow urges us to stop tweeting and do something about misogyny. Other contributors include Susan Chenery, Louise Taylor, Margo Kingston, Fahma Mohamed, Max Sharam, Wendy Bacon, Susan Ardill and Helen Razer.
Tax for Australians For Dummies

Tax for Australians For Dummies

Jimmy B. Prince

$24.95

Tackle your tax with confidence and get the most from your return Do you want to be sure you're getting the maximum tax refund? Of course you do! And Tax for Australians For Dummies, 2014-2015 Edition is the only resource you need to ensure that you get every cent you deserve. Written by respected tax specialist and CPA fellow Jimmy B. Prince, this book guides you step by step through the complex Australian tax system to help you understand exactly what you can claim and exactly what you're owed. Providing complete coverage of changes to tax legislation for tax year 2014-2015, as well as proposed changes that haven't made it into law yet, this book has you covered from every angle. Designed to help you take advantage of everything from investments to kids to government concessions, Tax for Australians For Dummies tells you everything you need to know to maximise your tax refund. Whether you're an employee, investor, small business owner, retiree, or even student, Tax for Australians For Dummies, 2014-2015 Edition is the easy-to-follow guide that answers all your tax questions. All changes to tax legislation are incorporated, including: * updated tax rates, FBT, CGT and superannuation thresholds * more tax tips, technical stuff and warnings *0.5% increase in the Medicare levy * changes to small business deductions * new content on marriage breakdown implications, and same-sex relationship tax implications * financial hardship
Online Gravity: The Unseen Force Driving the Way We Live, Earn and Learn

Online Gravity: The Unseen Force Driving the Way We Live, Earn and Learn

Paul X. McCarthy

$29.99

Why have local video shops disappeared and been replaced by Netflix? Why are hotels being replaced by AirBNB? Why is your taxi driver from UBER? Why is Amazon the only company who can sell you the book you want to read? And why is there no Pepsi in cyberspace? They are all under the influence of Online Gravity, the unseen force driving the way business is done online, and changing the face of work and employment now and over the coming decades. Online Gravity has formed huge planet-like companies which dominate the online business world and either eat up or blitz their competition. We all hear about jobs being replaced by technology. You will know someone this has happened to - or perhaps it's happened to you. But Paul X. McCarthy, industry expert and big data analyst, shows that rather than reducing jobs, Online Gravity has replaced 2.6 jobs for every one lost. It's just that the shape of employment has changed. And while the phenomenon of Online Gravity is startling, it's entirely transparent and follows its own set of distinct rules and laws. In Paul's book, he identifies the 'secret sauces' that have not only driven success for these companies, but can help us - and our kids - as workers and future business owners of the 21st century. In this fascinating book that you can't afford not to read, Paul tells us about Rocketships and Uberslashies, Global Passionistas and Jacks of all Technologies. He offers us advice on turbo-charging employment and business, by hacking the techniques of global winners to apply to our own work, and why your CV is now your Twitter account, your LinkedIn profile and even your Facebook page. In this must-have guide to negotiating your future in an increasingly digital world, Paul X. McCarthy shows us what Online Gravity is, how it works and how we can harness it for our own success. Witty, pithy and full of astounding ideas, it's not only a highly enjoyable read, but an essential handbook for the decades ahead.
Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

W Chan Kim ,  Renee Mauborgne

$39.99

Now updated with fresh content from the authors,  Blue Ocean Strategy  argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating  blue oceans - untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.  Blue Ocean Strategy  presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes: - A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning Red - Updates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present time- Two new chapters and an expanded third one - Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps - that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 years A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space - and making the competition irrelevant. To learn more about the power of blue ocean strategy, visit blueoceanstrategy.com. There you'll find all the resources you need - from ideas in practice and cases from government and private industry, to teaching materials, mobile apps, real-time updates, and tips and tools to help you make your blue ocean journey a success.
HBR Guide to Coaching Employees

HBR Guide to Coaching Employees

Harvard Business Review

$24.99

As a manager in today's business world, you can't just tell your direct reports what to do: You need to help them make their own decisions, enable them to solve tough problems, and actively develop their skills on the job. In the 'HBR Guide to Coaching Employees' you'll learn how to: Create realistic but inspiring plans for growth Ask the right questions to engage your employees in the development process Give them room to grapple with problems and discover solutions Allow them to make the most of their expertise while compelling them to stretch and grow Give them feedback they'll actually apply Balance coaching with the rest of your workload Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, from a source you trust. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.
HBR Guide to Office Politics

HBR Guide to Office Politics

Karen Dillon

$24.99

Don't let destructive drama sideline your career. Every organization has its share of political drama: Personalities clash. Agendas compete. Turf wars erupt. But you need to work productively with your colleagues--even difficult ones--for the good of your organization and your career. How can you do that without compromising your personal values? By acknowledging that power dynamics and unwritten rules exist--and navigating them constructively. The HBR Guide to Office Politics will help you succeed at work without being a power grabber or a corporate climber. Instead you'll cultivate a political strategy that's authentic to you. You'll learn how to: - Gain influence without losing your integrity- Contend with backstabbers and bullies- Work through tough conversations- Manage tensions when resources are scarce- Get your share of choice assignments- Accept that not all conflict is bad Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, from a source you trust. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.
Arduino in Easy Steps

Arduino in Easy Steps

Stuart Yarnold

$26.99

Arduino in Easy Steps begins with an explanation of what Arduino is: an ecosystem that includes a small electronic board, a free software application used to program the board, and an online community that connects thousands users. Showing the reader what is required both in terms of hardware and software, this guide provides instructions for using the software with all the operating systems and explains certain techniques, such as soldering, that will be needed. A primer in basic electricity and electronics, this book helps readers understand how electronic circuits work, how to build them, and how to write and debug the code to program their projects. To illustrate how to use Arduino, there is a chapter detailing a number of typical projects, the required components, the schematic diagram, and the code. Finally, Arduino in Easy Steps details where the reader can get more information and support for Arduino, advice on how and where to buy Arduino and other required electronic parts, and where to find ready-made code that can be freely downloaded.
iPad for Seniors in Easy Steps: Covers iOS 8

iPad for Seniors in Easy Steps: Covers iOS 8

Nick Vandome

$26.99

The iPad is a tablet computer that is stylish, versatile and easy to use; and there is no reason why it should be the preserve of the younger generation. The fourth edition of iPad for Seniors in Easy Steps explains all of the settings that can be applied and how to best use the virtual keyboard on the iPad. The book details all of the main functions of the iPad, including working with the built-in apps and navigating around with Multi-Touch Gestures. It also looks at a variety of tasks that can be undertaken on the iPad, from staying organized to keeping in touch and getting the most out of music, photos, videos and books. iPad for Seniors in Easy Steps also looks at areas of interest in which the iPad can be used to make life more fulfilling, such as when traveling, dealing with finances and viewing artwork. Covers iOS 8.
What Adam Smith Knew: Moral Lessons on Capitalism from its Greatest Champions and Fiercest Opponents

What Adam Smith Knew: Moral Lessons on Capitalism from its Greatest Champions and Fiercest Opponents

James R. Otteson

$21.99

What exactly is capitalism, and why do its advocates support it? What are the main objections to capitalism that have been raised by its critics? Are there moral reasons to support capitalism, or to oppose it? In this time of globalization and economic turbulence, these questions could not be more timely or more important. This book provides some answers through seminal readings on the nature, purpose, and effects of capitalism as understood by its most influential expositors, both historical and contemporary. In addition to Adam Smith himself, the selections gathered here include essays and excerpts by thinkers ranging from Locke and Rousseau to Hayek and Cass Sunstein. All are chosen and arranged to highlight the ways that capitalism bears on a set of fundamental human concerns: liberty, equality, social order, virtue and motivation. If you want to develop an informed judgment about whether markets and morality mix, this anthology is a good place to begin.
           
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