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Gravity: Inside the PM's Office During Her Last Year and Final Days

Gravity: Inside the PM's Office During Her Last Year and Final Days

Mary Delahunty

$29.95

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In this exclusive insider account Mary Delahunty takes us behind closed doors to tease out the personal from the political and reveals the human cost of brutal modern politics. In Gravity we are eyewitnesses to history.

Our first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard came to power suddenly after the night of the long knives in a coup that perplexed the nation. She hurried to an election and was chained to a hung parliament. She out negotiated Tony Abbott and formed a minority government but the deepest threat was from within. The man she beat for the top job was to relentlessly undermine her for three tortuous years.

In gathering material for the book, journalist and politician, Mary Delahunty had rare and unparalleled access to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, following her for her last 6 months. She was present at public speeches, party events and community cabinet. Mary was in her private office and the PM's wider office during parliamentary sitting weeks, particularly witnessing from the inside the compelling dramas of the no-show coup in March and the defeat in June.

Mary was the only journalist/writer to speak with the PM on June 26 ( the spill and caucus vote was that evening) and she has the exclusive conversation with the vanquished PM in her private office the Morning After.

The book uses Gillard's own words to reveal the personal behind the political, the colour of contest, the cost of defeat, the drama from within the PMO bunker and just how fast power drains away. It explores resilience in public life and the disposability of modern leaders.
On Anarchism

On Anarchism

Noam Chomsky

$9.99

On Anarchism is an essential introduction to the Noam Chomsky's political theory. On Anarchism sheds a much needed light on the foundations of Chomsky's thought, specifically his constant questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. The book gathers his essays and interviews to provide a short, accessible introduction to his distinctively optimistic brand of anarchism. Refuting the notion of anarchism as a fixed idea, and disputing the traditional fault lines between anarchism and socialism, this is a book sure to challenge, provoke and inspire. Profoundly relevant to our times, it is a touchstone for political activists and anyone interested in deepening their understanding of anarchism, or of Chomsky's thought.
A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

Jimmy Carter

$35.00

President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report is current. It covers the plight of women and girls-strangled at birth, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, genital cutting, deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and owned by men in others. And the most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence. He addresses the adverse impact of distorted religious texts on women, by Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. Special verses are often omitted or quoted out of context to exalt the status of men and exclude women. In a remark that is certain to get attention, Carter points out that women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion. Carter describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of women around the world. He describes a trip in Africa with Bill Gates, Sr. and his wife, where they are appalled by visits to enormous brothels. He tells how he joined Nelson Mandela to plead for an end to South Africa's practice of outlawing treatments to protect babies from AIDS-infected mothers. Throughout, Carter reports on observations of women activists and workers of The Carter Center. This is an informed and passionate charge about human rights abuses against half the world's population. It comes from one of the world's most renowned human rights advocates.
The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement

The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement

David Graeber

$22.99

From their earliest meetings, activist David Graeber knew that the Occupy Wall Street movement was something different. From small beginnings its demonstrations spread across the world to cities like Cairo, Athens, Barcelona and London and gave a glimpse of a new way. This provocative look at the actions of the 99 per cent asks: why was it so effective? What went right? And what can we all do now to make our world democratic once again? Both a treatise on power and protest and an energetic account of contemporary events, The Democracy Project will change the way you think about politics, and the world.
The Dialectis of State Capitalism: Writings on Marxist Theory, 1940-1956

The Dialectis of State Capitalism: Writings on Marxist Theory, 1940-1956

C. L. R. James ,  Scott McLemee

$36.95

Admirers of C.L.R. James have long known that he developed a theory of the Soviet Union as a state capitalist society. But his most important writings on the topic have long been unobtainable. This volume aims to change that.
The Book of Paul: The Wit and Wisdom of Paul Keating

The Book of Paul: The Wit and Wisdom of Paul Keating

Russell Marks

$9.99

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Presenting the one and only Mr Paul Keating - at his straight-shooting, scumbag-calling, merciless best. Paul lets rip!

On John Howard: 'The little desiccated coconut is under pressure and he is attacking anything he can get his hands on.' 

On Peter Costello: 'The thing about poor old Costello is he is all tip and no iceberg.'

On John Hewson: '(His performance) is like being flogged with a warm lettuce.'

On Andrew Peacock: '...what we have here is an intellectual rust-bucket.'

On Wilson Tuckey: '...you stupid foul-mouthed grub.'

On Tony Abbott: 'If Tony Abbott ends up the prime minister of Australia, you've got to say, God help us.'

And that's just a taste...
           
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