Abbey's Bookshop Logo
Go to my checkout basket
Login to Abbey's Bookshop
Register with Abbey's Bookshop
Politics
The Political Bubble: Why Australians Don't Trust Politics

The Political Bubble: Why Australians Don't Trust Politics

Mark Latham

$32.99

Double Reward Points
More info


Australians once trusted the democratic process. While we got on with our lives, we assumed our politicians had our best interests at heart. Not anymore. That trust has collapsed.

Mark Latham joined the Labor Party in the late 1970s hoping to improve people's lives through parliamentary service. Twenty-five years later, the Opposition Leader ended up as disillusioned as the rest of us. The scorching honesty of The Latham Diaries ensured he'd burned his political bridges, but ostracism from the Canberra Club has its advantages. In The Political Bubble Mark Latham is free to explore how parliamentary democracy has lost touch with the people it's supposed to represent. As with most institutions at risk, politics has become more tribal, with left- and right-wing fanatics dominating formerly robust, mainstream parties.

After the disappointment of the Rudd/Gillard years, Tony Abbott promised to restore trust in Australian politics but, as with most of his promises, it was dispensable. The Political Bubble looks at the new government's policies - how Abbott is adding to distrust, not solving the problem. What can be done about this democratic deficit? Can our parliamentary system realign itself with community expectations or has politics become one long race to the bottom?

'A brilliant analysis of Australia in the era of Tony Abbott and fanatical right-wing politics.' ROBERT MANNE

The Political Bubble: Why Australians Don't Trust Politics by Mark Latham at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Hockey: Not Your Average Joe

Hockey: Not Your Average Joe

Madonna King

$32.95

Double Reward Points
More info


Will this man be Australia's next Prime Minister?

The son of an immigrant and a Bondi beauty queen, Joe Hockey is one of Australia's most popular politicians with one of the nation's toughest jobs. So, how did he get there? And can he deliver? While thousands of viewers have watched Hockey's approachable persona each week on Channel 7's Sunrise, there is a lot more to the Australian Treasurer who decided to have radical stomach surgery to improve his health. Was it a decision inspired by a promise he made to his young children or was it his ambition to compete with 'action man' leader Tony Abbott?

Hockey has held senior ministerial positions in the Howard government and now presides over some of the most controversial financial decisions of the decade. He is in the media daily - from controversial bailout plans for Qantas and SPC to speculation about his first budget. Madonna King's authorised biography explores the man behind the politician and the influences that have shaped his life.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews, as well as full access to Joe Hockey, his family and friends, King provides an exclusive and unparalleled insight into the man who is already a household name and will play a pivotal role in our nation's future.

Hockey: Not Your Average Joe by Madonna King at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Whitlam Mob

The Whitlam Mob

Mungo MacCallum

$29.99

Double Reward Points
More info


In The Whitlam Mob, Mungo gives a sharp, witty and very personal account of the main characters of the Whitlam years - from Gough and Margaret to Lionel Murphy, Bill Hayden and Jim Cairns.

Due attention is also given to 'the other mob' in opposition - Malcolm Fraser, Billy McMahon, John Gorton and more. Replete with anecdote, analysis and gossip, The Whitlam Mob addresses some crucial questions: What was the night of the long prawns? Who was parliament's leading pants man? And who was 'the toe-cutter'? Accompanied by a selection of cartoons and photos, this is Mungo at his best: vivid and barbed, nostalgic but always clear-eyed.

The Whitlam Mob by Mungo MacCallum at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
The Fights of My Life

The Fights of My Life

Greg Combet

$32.99

Double Reward Points
More info


Greg Combet has been central to some of the biggest public struggles of our time - on the waterfront, the collapse of an airline, compensation for asbestos victims, the campaign against unfair workplace laws and then climate change.

From an idyllic childhood on the Minchinbury estate in the western suburbs of Sydney, Combet's world changed dramatically with the early death of his wine-maker father. The shy child was uprooted to the suburbs and an uncertain future. A scholarship allowed him to study engineering and saw him appreciate first hand the role of unions in the workplace.He rose to lead the Australian trade union movement and become a senior minister in the Rudd and Gillard Labor governments.

Along the way he has battled his own struggles, with political ideology, the impact of work on families and the loneliness of the parliamentary life. His story is not just a personal memoir; it is an insight into how power works in Australia, who holds it, how it is used and the ruthless ways in which it is snatched.  The Fights of My Life is the story of a man who faces up to the power structures of politics, big business and the media.

His latest target is the labour movement, arguing that the Labor Party and the trade unions must democratise to engage the next generation of activists to fight the good fight: to achieve a more fair and just Australia.

The Fights of My Life by Greg Combet at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney
Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action

Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action

Bob Brown

$39.95

Double Reward Points
More info


Bob Brown, former Senator and Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens, is one of Australia's most thoughtful and recognised public figures.

Since his retirement from public life in 2012, Bob has had time to consider the things that are truly important. One is the power of human thought to influence change and this book, the first time that Bob has spoken about his life since retirement, illustrates through his stories why he remains optimistic about the future.

Optimism reflects on the simple things, the moments that are meaningful, and the big questions that have concerned Bob Brown. It is a powerful read as well as a meditation on the great and the small. Inspirational, compassionate and outraged, Bob's stories are rich with metaphor, entertaining and full of warmth. His stories reveal a complex man with a quick wit, a passion for activism and a joy for life.
Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction

Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction

Klaus Dodds

$14.95

Geopolitics is a way of looking at the world: one that considers the links between political power, geography, and cultural diversity. In certain places such as Iraq, Lebanon, or Israel, moving a few feet either side of a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between place and politics. Even far away from these 'danger zones' - in Europe or the US for example - geopolitics remains an important part of everyday life. For a country's location and size as well as its sovereignty and resources all affect how the people that live there understand and interact with the wider world. In this new edition Klaus Dodds takes into account several world developments that have occured since original publication, including the Arab Spring, the worldwide economic crisis, and the developing role of China in international politics. Using wide-ranging examples, from historical maps to James Bond films and the rhetoric of political leaders both past and present, this Very Short Introduction shows why, for a full understanding of contemporary global politics, it is not just smart - it is essential - to be geopolitical. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
The Good, the Bad, and the Unlikely: Australia's Prime Ministers

The Good, the Bad, and the Unlikely: Australia's Prime Ministers

Mungo MacCallum

$19.99

Since Australia's birth in 1901, twenty-eight politicians have run the national show. Their time at the top has ranged from eight days for Frank Forde to eighteen years for Bob Menzies. But whatever the length of their term, each Prime Minister has a story worth sharing. Edmund Barton united the bickering states in a federation; Billy Hughes forced US President Woodrow Wilson to take notice of Australia. The unlucky Jimmy Scullin took office days before Wall Street crashed into the Great Depression, while John Curtin faced the ultimate challenge of wartime leadership. John Gorton, Gough Whitlam and Paul Keating each shook up their parties' policies so vigorously that none lasted much longer than a single term in office. Julia Gillard overthrew Kevin Rudd and Kevin Rudd overthrew Julia Gillard, thus paving the way for Tony Abbott. With characteristic wit and expert knowledge, Mungo MacCallum brings the nation's leaders to vivid life. The Good, the Bad and the Unlikely tells the tale of the many men and one woman who've had a crack at running the country. It is a wonderfully entertaining education.
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

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

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...
           
Your cart does not contain any items.