'There are many ways to get sick, many ways to crumble and crash. We are hearts and lungs and kidneys and skin, blood vessels, liver and brain. And we are so much more than this...'
In this essential Quarterly Essay, doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock explores the humane treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases. With honesty and deep experience, she looks at end-of-life decisions, acute care of the frail and the demented, big pharma, over-treatment and attitudes to ageing and death among doctors, patients and their families.
Hitchcock reveals a creeping ageism, often disguised, which threatens to turn the elderly into a 'burden' - difficult, hopeless, expensive and homogenous. Thanks to health-dollar hysteria, the elderly are the only group of medical patients for whom we are trying to limit treatment, hospital stays, interventions and expense. We are justly seeking ways to determine when medical care may be futile, harmful or against a patient's wishes, but this can easily morph into limitations on care that suit the system rather than the patient.
Hitchcock argues that we need to plan for the new future when more of us will be old, with an aim of making that time better, not shorter. And that we must change our institutions to fit the needs of an ageing population.
Over ten years after Australia's first national laws were enacted to combat the threat of terrorism, more anti-terrorism laws were passed in the Australian Parliament in late 2014.
The first set of laws were introduced in great haste and were stunning in scope and number. The latest laws are similarly extensive and controversial. Yet again, powers and sanctions once thought to lie outside the rules of a liberal democracy except during wartime have become part of Australian law.
Timely, piercing and - in regard to the first set of laws - written with the benefit of hindsight, this book asks whether Australia really needed to enact anti-terrorism laws in the first place, let alone add to them? Do the new laws pose increased threats to freedom of speech and freedom of the press? Have these laws been effective in protecting the community, or do they represent a long-term threat to the health of Australian democracy? Which laws have proved their worth and which have not? And what has been the impact of the laws in Australias anti-terrorism trials and on the Muslim community?
Most tellingly, the book asks whether seeing these anti-terror laws as normal is a danger in itself.
Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors. North Korea is one of the most troubled societies on earth.
The country's 24 million people live under a violent dictatorship led by a single family, which relentlessly pursues the development of nuclear arms, which periodically incites risky military clashes with the larger, richer, liberal South, and which forces each and every person to play a role in the theater state even as it pays little more than lip service to the wellbeing of the overwhelming majority.
When this deeply anachronistic system eventually failed in the 1990s, it triggered a famine that decimated the countryside and obliterated the lives of many hundreds of thousands of people. However, it also changed life forever for those who survived. A lawless form of marketization came to replace the iron rice bowl of work in state companies, and the Orwellian mind control of the Korean Workers' Party was replaced for many by dreams of trade and profit. A new North Korea Society was born from the horrors of the era - one that is more susceptible to outside information than ever before with the advent of k-pop and video-carrying USB sticks. This is the North Korean society that is described in this book.
In seven fascinating chapters the authors explore what life is actually like in modern North Korea today for the ordinary man and woman on the street. They interview experts and tap a broad variety of sources to bring a startling new insider's view of North Korean society - from members of Pyongyang's ruling families to defectors from different periods and regions, to diplomats and NGOs with years of experience in the country, to cross-border traders from neighboring China, and textual accounts appearing in English, Korean and Chinese sources.
The resulting stories reveal the horror as well as the innovation and humor which abound in this fascinating country.
A book for working girls everywhere, Just Another Day... In the Office of the Damned features color advertising images from the 1940s through the 1960s of women in the workplace. A wickedly funny collection of audacious humor, these gals are taking things to a whole new level, and the white gloves are off.
Dripping with sarcasm, the women comment on the money they make (or don't), coworkers who take credit for work they didn't do, and ass-kissers.
Mireille shares the secrets and strategies of aging with attitude and joy, offering personal anecdotes while divulging French women's most guarded secrets about looking and feeling great. With her signature blend of wit, no-nonsense advice and storytelling flair she addresses everything from lotions and potions to diet, style, friendship and romance.
For anyone who has ever spent the equivalent of a mortgage payment on anti-aging lotions or procedures, dressed inappropriately for their age, gained a little too much in the middle or accidentally forgotten how to flirt, here is a proactive way to stay looking and feeling great, without declaring bankruptcy or resorting to surgery.
When we change our habits, we change our lives. Gretchen Rubin, author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, has helped millions of readers to get happier. Now she tackles the critical question: How can we make good habits and break bad ones?
In a book that's crammed with big, provocative ideas, Rubin shows readers how to create the habits that will transform their lives, even if they've failed before. The secret, Rubin explains, is to pinpoint the specific strategies will work for us. From finding the right time to begin a new habit, to setting up a counter-intuitive system of reward, to using the pleasure of treats to strengthen our good habits - Rubin identifies the 21 strategies that will allow every reader to find an effective, individual fit.
Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers' most pressing questions - oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Before will start readers working on their own habits - even before they've finished the book!
Research shows that people cannot reach their full potential unless they are in healthy connection with others. Dr Amy Banks teaches us how to rewire our brains for healthier relationships and happier, more fulfilling lives.
We all experience moments when we feel isolated and alone. Research has found that many people cannot name one person they feel close to. Yet every single one of us is hardwired for close relationships. The key to more satisfying relationships - be it with a significant other, family member, or colleague - is to strengthen the neural pathways in our brains that encourage closeness and connection. There are four distinct neural pathways that correspond to the four most important ingredients for healthy and satisfying relationships: calmness, acceptance, emotional resonance and energy.
This ground-breaking book gives readers the tools they need to strengthen the parts of their brain that encourage connection and to heal the neural damage that disconnection can cause.
If you want to be the best, focus on your most valuable asset: the power of your creative mind. As competition and the pace of change intensify, companies and individuals need to harness their creativity to stay ahead of the field.
Under pressure, people often think they can't be creative; many more are convinced they are not creative at all because they have never been 'arty'. Creative genius Edward de Bono debunks these common notions in this remarkable book. He shows how creativity is a learnable skill - one that everyone can use to improve their performance. He then explains how you can unlock your own creativity to reap the personal and professional rewards it will bring.
It helps you learn how to: be creative on demand with de Bono's step-by-step approach; add value to ideas and turn them into financial assets; boost creativity with the power of lateral thinking; and, break free from old ways of thinking with creative challenging.
In his long and distinguished career, Irvin D. Yalom has pressed his patients and readers to grapple with life's two greatest challenges: that we all must die, and that each of us is responsible for leading a life worth living.
In Creatures of a Day, he and his patients confront the difficulty of these challenges. Yalom not only gives us an enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his emotional life with the demands placed on him, and reckons with his own life's inevitable end. Creatures of a Day show that the process of psychotherapy can create some of the most engrossing human dramas imaginable. It provides an intelligent, compassionate, and yet unflinching look at the human soul and all the pain, confusion, and hope that go with it.
Suffused with humour, great artistry, and a profound humanity. Creatures of a Day lays bare the necessary task we each face, each day, to make our own lives meaningful.
A world-renowned psychiatrist reveals the fascinating story of psychiatry's origins, demise and redemption.
Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of chaining 'lunatics' in cold cells and parading them as freakish marvels before a gaping public. But, as Jeffrey Lieberman reveals in his extraordinary and eye-opening book, the path to legitimacy for 'the black sheep of medicine' has been anything but smooth. Here, Dr Lieberman traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science through its adolescence as a cult of 'shrinks' to its late blooming maturity since the Second World War as a science-driven profession that saves lives.
With fascinating case studies and portraits of the luminaries of the field, from Sigmund Freud to Eric Kandel, this is a gripping and illuminating read. It is also an urgent call-to-arms to dispel the stigma surrounding of mental illness and to start treating it as a disease rather than a state of mind.
If the goal of our justice system is to reduce crime and create a safer society, then we must do better.
According to conventional wisdom, severely punishing offenders reduces the likelihood that they'll offend again. Why, then, do so many who go to prison continue to commit crimes after their release? What do we actually know about offenders and the reasons they break the law?
In Crime & Punishment, Russell Marks argues that the lives of most criminal offenders - and indeed of many victims of crime - are marked by often staggering disadvantage. For many offenders, prison only increases their chances of committing further crimes. And despite what some media outlets and politicians want us to believe, harsher sentences do not help most victims to heal.
Drawing on his experience as a lawyer, Marks eloquently makes the case for restorative justice and community correction, whereby offenders are obliged to engage with victims and make amends. Crime & Punishment is a provocative call for change to a justice system in desperate need of renewal.
In 2012, Jon Ronson's online identity was stolen. Jon publicly confronted the imposters, a trio of academics who had created a Jon Ronson Twitter bot obsessed by unlikely food combinations and weird sex.
At first, Jon was delighted to find strangers all over the world uniting to support him in his outrage. The wrongdoers were quickly shamed into stopping. But then things got out of hand. This encounter prompted Jon to explore the phenomenon of public shaming and what he discovered astonished him. As he meets famous shamers and shamees, Jon learns just how quickly public ridicule, often delivered from anonymous or distant sources, can devastate its victim. After our collective fury has raged with the force of a hurricane, we forget about it and move on, and it doesn't cross our minds to wonder what we've done. How big a transgression really justifies someone losing their job? What about the people who become global targets for doing nothing more than making a bad joke on Twitter, do they deserve to have their lives ruined? How is this renaissance of shaming changing the world and what is the true reason behind it?
Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and our very scary part in it.
A year after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, no sign of the plane has been found - no debris, no bodies and no black box. Richard Belzer, George Noory and David Wayne want to know why.
As well as scrutinizing the theories for the disappearance put forward by governments and circulating in the media, Belzer, Noory and Wayne believe it's time to think outside the square. In this revealing book, they consider ten possible crash causes, including pilot error, hijacking and a shoot-down. Could this have been the work of extra-terrestrials, suicide by the pilots, or a stunt carried out by the CIA?
This is the book the authorities don't want you to read. Whatever the truth may be, you are being misled - and it's time for it to stop.
Even with 25 years experience as a journalist and investigator of the food chain, Joanna Blythman still felt she had unanswered questions about the food we consume every day.
How 'natural' is the process for making a 'natural' flavouring? What, exactly, is modified starch, and why is it an ingredient in so many foods? What is done to pitta bread to make it stay 'fresh' for six months? And why, when you eat a supermarket salad, does the taste linger in your mouth for several hours after?
Swallow This is a fascinating exploration of the food processing industry and its products - not just the more obvious ready meals, chicken nuggets and tinned soups, but the less overtly industrial - washed salads, smoothies, yoghurts, cereal bars, bread, fruit juice, prepared vegetables. Forget illegal, horse-meat-scandal processes - every step in the production of these is legal - but practised by a strange and inaccessible industry, with methods a world-away from our idea of domestic food preparation, and obscured by technical speak, unintelligible ingredients manuals, and clever labelling practices.
Determined to get to the bottom of the impact the industry has on our food, Joanna Blythman has gained unprecedented access to factories, suppliers and industry insiders, to give an utterly eye-opening account of what we're really swallowing.
Technology is rapidly moving into our bodies, writes cyber expert Keenan, and this book gives a chilling look ahead into where that road may lead us -- on a one way trip to the total surrender of privacy and the commoditization of intimacy. Here is the definitive dissection of privacy-eroding and life-invading technologies, coming at you from governments, corporations, and the person next door. Take, for example, Girls Around Me : a Russian-made iPhone App that allowed anyone to scan the immediate vicinity for girls and women who checked in on Foursquare and had poorly secured Facebook profiles. It combined this information in a way never intended by the original poster. Going to a Disney theme park? Your creepy new MagicBand will alert Minnie Mouse that you're on the way and she'll know your kid's name when you approach her. Thinking about sending your DNA off to Ancestry.com for some genetic genealogy ? Perhaps you should think again: your genetic information could be used against you. This masterful weaving of the negatives and positives of technology makes for a book that is realistic about technology's perils yet optimistic about it's great potential. --Foreword Reviews
When Eula Biss became a mother, she stepped into a new world of fear: fear of the government, the medical establishment, the contents of her child's air, food, mattress and vaccines. In this bold, fascinating book, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity, and its implications for the individual and the social body. Weaving her personal experiences with an exploration of classical and contemporary literature, Biss considers what vaccines, and the debate around them, mean for her own child, her immediate community and the wider world. On Immunity is an inoculation against our fear and a moving account of how we are all interconnected; our bodies and our fates.
Our bush heritage helped to define our identity, but today Australia is a nation of cities. A higher proportion of Australians live in cities than almost any other country, and most of our national wealth is generated in them.
For most of the twentieth century, our cities gave us some of the highest living standards in the world. But they are no longer keeping up with changes in how we live and how our economy works. The distance between where people live and where they work is growing fast. The housing market isn't working, locking many Australians out of where and how they'd like to live. The daily commute is getting longer, putting pressure on social and family life and driving up living costs. Instead of bringing us together, Australia's cities are dividing Australians - between young and old, rich and poor, the outer suburbs and the inner city. Neglecting our cities has real consequences for our lives now, and for our future prosperity.
Using stories and case studies to show how individuals, families and businesses experience life in cities today, this book provides an account of why Australia's cities are broken, and how to fix them.
Being healthy is a priority in today's world - and with new fad diets popping up all the time, it can be hard to know what to eat in order to get the most out of your body. Get back to basics and let Australia's Clean Living experts Luke and Scott show you how to live the paleo life and be the best that you can be. The paleo diet has been around since the dawn of humankind - and its whole-food principles, without any processed ingredients, are exactly what our bodies need for fuel. This quick and easy ready reference guide is packed full of tips, swap-outs and recipes that will see you well on your way to making positive changes in your life. Whether you're just starting out and looking to learn the basics of how to eat paleo, or you're a seasoned 'clean lifer' and want to grow what you've learned so far, this book has it all. Clean Living: Paleo Diet Basics is not a diet book, a quick fix or a fad, but a guidebook that will help you achieve vibrant health and sustain it for the rest of your life.
Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from lower back pain? Are you desperate to find a lasting solution from back pain forever?
With Back to Life – The Ultimate Back Solution you can finally conquer back pain and prevent it from occurring again. The Back to Life program is a sequence of 10 stretches that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. The exercise progressions and core strengthening program help you build a bulletproof back to give your spine the protection it needs. The detailed photographs and helpful guides in this book will help you address the root cause of your back pain and help you get Back to Life.
This book is a comprehensive and clinically objective review of drug abuse and addiction in Australia. It is written to appeal to families, educators, policy makers, students, healthcare professionals and drug users. It is based on the knowledge and experience of Dr John Sherman and his clinic in Footscray, a western suburb of Melbourne. The book comprises a series of stories told through the eyes of drug addicts, their families, healthcare professionals, policy makers and legislators, law enforcement officials and researchers. It traces the history of drugs of dependence, community and government responses; the misuse of various prescriptions and other legally available pharmaceuticals and their impacts on: - The health and welfare of users - Their families and friends - Society at large - including crime, societal dislocation, road and other trauma - Cost of law enforcement, criminal justice, healthcare and workforce productivity
A vast subject that includes a strange vocabulary and an apparent mass of facts, human anatomy can at first appear confusing and off-putting. But the basic construction of the human body - the skeleton, the organs of the chest and abdomen, the nervous system, the head and neck with its sensory systems and anatomy for breathing and swallowing - is vital for anyone studying medicine, biology, and health studies.
In this Very Short Introduction Leslie Klenerman provides a clear, concise, and accessible introduction to the structure, function, and main systems of the human body, including a number of clear and simple illustrations to explain the key areas.
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.
'This book is about YOU! It will be your roadmap to getting where you want to be, taking control and getting back your self-belief. Let's reignite your inner arse-kicker! This time, it's personal. Power up!' When you choose to change, Michelle Bridges gives you the power to get you to where you want to go. More than 60 recipes and countless food ideas - organised by calorie count so you can create a menu that works for you. 18 exercises and 10 highly effective workouts you can do virtually anywhere. Switching your brain to 'I can do it' with 40 practical mindset drills. Change your life - your way!
The Hottest Baby Name Trends, Lists, and ForecastsAn instant snapshot of how the world today is shaping the name you may choose for your child tomorrow, The 2015 Baby Names Almanac is jam-packed with information and trends, plus thousands of names to browse. Here's a sneak peak at the ideas, forecasts, predictions, and suggestions you'll find: Why some names are more popular than you think? (Madelyn, Tristan). The cutting edge names on the rise (Daleyza, Jayceon) and the superhot names cooling fast (Bridget, Orlando). The crossover pop culture names that will be moving to the cribs of tomorrow (Elsa, Tobias). Just how many Sophias and Noahs are out there. A look at whether popular unisex names like Sidney or Justice are used more for boys or girls. The hottest names in your state. The literary inspiration that's bumping up certain names, and the surname that is skyrocketing for girls. Featuring easy-to-read charts, graphs, and maps, you'll discover how to make the latest trends your own and find a name you love.
What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Does social media affect the quality of teens' lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger and bullying. Ultimately, Boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers' ability to become informed, thoughtful and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, Boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity. Boyd's conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers and others who work with teens, but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technologies on society, culture and commerce in years to come. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, Boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.
Why is it that the behaviour of teenagers can be so odd? As they grow older, young children steadily improve their sense of how to behave, and then all of a sudden, they can become totally uncommunicative, wildly emotional and completely unpredictable. We used to think that erratic teenage behaviour was due to a sudden surge in hormones, but modern neuroscience shows us that this isn't true. The Teenage Brain is a journey through the new discoveries that show us exactly what happens to the brain in this crucial period, how it dictates teenagers' behaviour, and how the experiences of our teenage years are what shape our attitudes, and often our happiness in later life. Many of our ideas about our growing brains are completely re-written. They don't stop developing at the end of our teens - they keep adapting until we are in our mid-twenties. They are wired back to front, with the most important parts, the parts that we associate with good judgement, concentration, organization and emotional and behavioural control being connected last of all. The Teenage brain is a powerful animal primed for learning, but this creates problems. Addiction is a form of learning, and Frances Jensen, Professor of Pediatric Neurology at the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School reveals exactly what lies behind all aspects of teenage behaviour and its lasting effects - from drugs, lack of sleep and smoking to multi-tasking and stress. As a mother and a scientist, Professor Jensen offers both exciting science and practical suggestions for how parents, teens and schools can help teenagers weather the storms of adolescence, and get the most out of their incredible brains.
Learn to laugh down your fears at Halloween, send your worries to Guatemalan worry dolls to look after for you or become one with your natural environment like an Inuit kayaker. All around the world people find ways to contend with the stresses of daily life. Here are fifty of these calming cultural secrets as well as methods for applying them at home. Bring a little slice of calm to your busy life now with this new mini edition!
HAPPINESS. One word, nine letters, roughly seven billion definitions, one for each person on the planet. Share in the planet's lessons on youth, old age, love, death, work and family. This Lonely Planet title features fascinating insights into how happiness is created in different cultures, and how we can be happy too. Each lesson is uniquely illustrated and is designed to inspire. Bring a little slice of happiness to your life now with this new mini edition!
When we have a problem, most of us zero in, take it apart, and focus until we have it solved. Steven Spielberg tried that when the scenes with his expensive prosthetic shark just weren't scary. Psychologist, social scientist and million-selling author David Niven shows us that focusing on the problem is exactly the wrong way to find an answer. And Jaws built its famous menace precisely because the shark hardly ever appears in shot. Putting problems at the centre of our thoughts shuts down our creative abilities, depletes stamina, and feeds insecurities. Niven shows how working harder, and having absolute confidence in finding a solution, actually hides answers. It's Not About the Shark shows how to transform your daily life with a simple but rock-solid principle: If you start by thinking about your problems, you'll never make it to a solution. If you start by thinking about a solution, you'll never worry about your problems again.
Is your career where you want it to be? Does your life have meaning? Are you realising your full potential?
In Live What You Love ground-breaking Australian entrepreneur Naomi Simson will show you how to love what you do every day and live life to the full. Renowned for her high-octane energy and commitment to the pursuit of excellence, Naomi built one of Australia's major tech success stories, RedBalloon, from just an idea but she is also known for her inspirational blogs on happiness at work and home that reach more than three-quarters of a million followers on LinkedIn and her role on Channel 10's Shark Tank.
In this book, leading by example, Naomi shares her life lessons and shows you how to channel your passion, learn persistence, find your purpose, and stay positive. Soon your work experience will become richer, your career path more clearly formed and your life more fully realised. Live What You Love will help you diagnose your own approach to life through its use of quizzes and Q&As, offer case histories that give you real-life examples of where mistakes were made or problems solved, and reveal inspiring examples of success in both life and business.
Naomi's dynamic approach, informed by her experiences running her own business and her corporate career, will show you how to add meaning into your life and in doing so, discover that when you love what you do, success in life is never far away.
The emotional responses to death are unpredictable and individual, with denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance all natural stages of the grief cycle. Mindfulness & The Journey of Bereavement explores the universal, life changing journey of grief and offers insight into how we can understand our feelings, nourish our needs, and face the future positively, with hope. Bereavement volunteer Peter Bridgewater shares therapeutic tools into how the practice of mindfulness can develop a conscious awareness of life and death. With frank personal and professional anecdotes, he helps us to navigate the trauma of loss with clarity and wisdom.
A step-by-step guide for coping with emotionally unavailable partners. Living with an emotionally absent partner can be overwhelming. Constantly combatting outright hostility or overcoming subtle distance can leave you with the sense that the give-and-take in your relationship has disappeared. But with the right tools, even the most broken relationship can be reinvigorated. Harvard University clinical psychologist Dr. Holly Parker has aimed her focus on helping real-world couples move forward toward a fulfilling future. She has developed a program filled with practical exercises and powerful advice for individuals on both sides of an emotionally damaged relationship. In If We're Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone?, Dr. Parker presents her revelatory insights on topics such as: - How to identify unavailable personality types, such as the Critic, the Sponge, the Iceberg, the Emotional Silencer, and the Defender - How to create healthy emotional connections and boost physical intimacy - How to eliminate habits that trigger self-sabotaging behavior - How to set realistic goals for relationships With patience, empathy, and willpower, Dr. Parker's program can help you restore balance and peace of mind, and turn your damaged partnership back into a rewarding and joyful bond.
Primitive Man as Philosopher is influential anthropologist and ethnologist Paul Radin's enduringly relevant survey of an array of aboriginal cultures and belief systems, including those of the Winnebago, Oglala Sioux, Maori, Banda, the Buin of Melanesia, Tahitian, Hawaiian, Zuni, and Ewe. Radin examines the conditioning of thought and religion practiced among the members of each society and the freedom of individuals to deviate from the group and to affect change. Written in a straightforward, almost conversational style, Radin's discourse is rooted in firsthand accounts. He allows his subjects to speak for themselves by quoting extensively from interviews (many of which he conducted in the course of his own fieldwork), and includes a veritable anthology of poems and songs from the varied traditions. Radin, known in his field for his honesty and integrity, offers brilliant interpretations of myth and symbolism in his exploration of their deeper meanings in each culture. Readers both in and out of the field will appreciate the rich and varied insights of this classic of anthropology. Celebrated anthropologist Neni Panourgia provides a new introduction to this landmark and pioneering work.
Respected authors Alan Whiticker and Ian Collis have ranked the top 100 players since the foundation of the game in 1908 up to the present day.
Watching Warne, McGrath and Langer leave the field for the last time after the 2007 Ashes whitewash, Michael Hussey knew that life was going to get tough for the Australian cricket side. With these stars retiring and more to follow, he wondered how the team could ever recover. This is the inside story of how it did. No-one foresaw quite how far Australia would fall, or for how long. For the next seven years, disasters on the field were echoed by failings in the boardroom and at the management table. Twenty20 loomed large, three coaches came and went, Ricky Ponting made way for Michael Clarke. The Argus review argued for fundamental change in the team. England took their revenge on the pitch and India asserted its dominance off it. Somehow, though, out of the worst of the chaos in 2013 emerged the sweetest of triumphs: a team of old campaigners and emerging youngsters shook off the recent past to repeat the 5-0 Ashes sweep at home. Australian cricket was back. One of Australia's sharpest cricket writers, Daniel Brettig watched all this unfold at close quarters. Drawing upon the frank reflections of a host of key figures in Australian cricket and his own observations from behind the scenes, he seamlessly weaves together events on and off the field into a fascinating insider's account of the lows and highs of recent Australian cricket. Whitewash to Whitewash tells a tale that is in turns ludicrous, uproarious and heroic - and the great comeback stories of modern times.