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Quarterly Essay #63: Don Watson on the US Election

Quarterly Essay #63: Don Watson on the US Election

Don Watson

$22.99
In Quarterly Essay 63, with characteristic wit and acuity, Don Watson takes us on a journey into the heart of the United States in the year 2016.

Plunging into the apparent chaos of the presidential campaign and tracing America’s recent past, he puts Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in a larger frame. He considers the irresistible pull – for Americans – of American exceptionalism, and asks whether this creed is reaching its limit. He explores alternative paths the United States could have taken, and asks where its present course might lead Australia as a dutiful ally.

"As a star of the epigram he’s right up there with Tocqueville, and as a story-teller he loses nothing to Theroux." (Tom Keneally)

"The best book by an outsider about America since – forever." (David Sedaris, on Don Watson’s American Journeys)
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Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia

Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia

Steve Cannane

$32.99
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As astonishing as it is compelling - Steve Cannane's extraordinary insight into Scientology in Australia is investigative journalism at its very best.

From Rugby League players trying to improve their game, to Hollywood superstars and the depressed sons of media moguls, Scientology has recruited its share of famous Australians. Less known is that Australia was the first place to ban Scientology, or that Scientology spies helped expose the Chelmsford Deep Sleep Scandal. Numerous Australians have held senior posts in the organisation only to fall foul of the top brass and lose their families as a result.

Based on years of interviews and research, Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Cannane tells for the first time the fascinating story of Australia's vital involvement with this powerful, secretive and punitive cult.


Fair Game: the Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia by Steve Cannane at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street Sydney

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Bad Little Children's Books: Kidlit Parodies, Shameless Spoofs, and Offensively Tweaked Covers

Bad Little Children's Books: Kidlit Parodies, Shameless Spoofs, and Offensively Tweaked Covers

Arthur Gackley

$19.99
In Bad Little Children's Books, illustrator Arthur C. Gackley creates a hysterical send-up of children's book covers from days of yore. Many of these original books focus on life's lessons, joys and curiosities. Gackley cleverly takes the books' classic covers and turns them into unforgettable parodies that speak to the bad little kid in all of us. With a catalogue of children's book titles like Peeping Tommy Goes Cougar Hunting, Cousin Milky Is Lactose Intolerant and The Blind Child's Picture Dictionary, this collection will have readers in stitches. A fun read for parents, grown-ups and kids-at-heart everywhere, Bad Little Children's Books leaves no bad joke unmade.
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Big Fat Myths: When You Lose Weight, Where Does the Fat Go?

Big Fat Myths: When You Lose Weight, Where Does the Fat Go?

Ruben Meerman

$34.99
When you lose weight, where does the fat go? Most people assume it turns into heat and energy, but Albert Einstein showed us that diets would be devastating if this were true. The correct answer is that fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water. Energy is released, but no mass is created or destroyed. This was known when the First Fleet sailed into Sydney and yet it took two more centuries for Ruben Meerman to show that precisely 8.4 kilograms out of every 10 kilograms of fat are exhaled, while the remaining 1.6 kilograms become crystal clear water. His calculations were published in The British Medical Journal in December 2014. Meerman begins this diet myth-busting book by reminding us what we already know: that human beings are carbon-based, oxygen-dependent life forms. Where do the carbon atoms we exhale come from? Carbohydrates are hydrated carbon, and so are fats, whether they're saturated or not. Eat less, and you'll exhale the excess carbon stored under your skin. Big Fat Myths lifts the veil on weight loss by tracing every atom you eat into and out of your body. Diet myths and wellness nonsense topple like dominoes along the way, restoring your confidence in common sense and the age-old wisdom that to lose weight, you simply need to eat less and move more.
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A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics: A Neuroscientist on How to Make Sense of a Complex World

A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics: A Neuroscientist on How to Make Sense of a Complex World

Daniel Levitin

$29.99
The bestselling author of The Organized Mind explains and debunks statistics in the information age We live in a world of information overload. Facts and figures on absolutely everything are at our fingertips, but are too often biased, distorted, or outright lies. From unemployment figures to voting polls, IQ tests to divorce rates, we're bombarded by seemingly plausible statistics on how people live and what they think. In a world where anyone can become an expert at the click of a button, being able to see through the tricks played with statistics is more necessary than ever before. Daniel Levitin teaches us how to effectively ask ourselves: can we really know that? And how do they know that? In this eye-opening, entertaining and accessible guide filled with fascinating examples and practical takeaways, acclaimed neuroscientist Daniel Levitin shows us how learning to understand statistics will enable you to make quicker, better-informed decisions to simplify your life.
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When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform You (TED)

When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform You (TED)

Kio Stark

$19.99
Part of the TED series: When Strangers Meet Our lives are increasingly insular. We are in a hurry, our heads are down, minds elsewhere, we hear only the voices we already recognize and rarely take the effort to experience something or someone new. When Strangers Meet argues for the pleasures and transformative possibilities of talking to people you don't know. Talking to a stranger pulls you into a shared humanity, it's a source of creative energy, it opens your world, it cements your relationship to the places you live and work and play, it's a beautiful interruption in the steady routines of our lives. Talking to strangers wakes you up. But who is a stranger? Many of us have a deep-seated belief that strangers are dangerous. That idea cripples us and prevents us from connecting with the wider world. Exploring the rich meanings that are conjured up in these experiences of fleeting intimacy, Stark renders visible the hidden processes by which we decide who to trust in passing, and the unwritten rules by which these encounters operate. When Strangers Meet teaches readers how to start talking to strangers, and includes adventurous challenges for those who dare.
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The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia's Greatest Judicial Crisis

The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia's Greatest Judicial Crisis

Rebecca Ananian-Welsh ,  Gabrielle Appleby ,  Andrew Lynch

$29.99
When Tim Carmody was appointed Chief Justice of Queensland by Premier Campbell Newman in 2014, he had been Chief Magistrate for only nine months. It proved to be the most controversial judicial appointment in Australia's history. Carmody's elevation plunged the Supreme Court and the legal profession into a bitter conflict with the government and with Carmody himself. How did he come to be appointed to such a significant position? What can we learn from this saga about the fragile relationships between politics and the courts? The Tim Carmody Affair places the full story of Carmody's damaging and divisive tenure in context, and identifies key reforms that could prevent this kind of controversy in the future. 'A spellbinding and alarming account of one of Australia's great judicial dramas that ruptured the legal profession and the courts. The Newman Government's appointment of Tim Carmody as Queensland's Chief Justice is a story of patronage, betrayal, leaking, and political folly. Brilliant and revealing.' - Richard Ackland
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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari

$35.00
Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before. (Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow). Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. War is obsolete You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict Famine is disappearing You are at more risk of obesity than starvation Death is just a technical problem Equality is out - but immortality is in What does our future hold?
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Cats in Sweaters: Flaunting Their Tiny Sweaters and Trademark Attitude

Cats in Sweaters: Flaunting Their Tiny Sweaters and Trademark Attitude

Jonah Stern

$12.99
The only thing better than a cat? A cat in a sweater. Cats in Sweaters is a charming collection photographs featuring felines modeling their favorite cozies. Each that of these kitty's unique and quirky purrsonalities shine through while flaunting their sweaters, which can be seen in each of their biographies. Like Belle, a white tabby who loves cat grass, lounging in the sun, and pushing her siblings off of her cat tower. These irresistible pictures will leave you smiling and will have you dressing up your own cat in no time!
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The Retronaut Guide to Keeping Pets

The Retronaut Guide to Keeping Pets

Chris Wild

$14.99
Millions are addicted to the Retronaut blog, one of the Web's leading visual sites, that shows you the past you never knew existed. Here, in the first of a new series of books, the site's founder, Wolfgang Wild, brings together an astonishing and thought-provoking collection of photographs from the hidden and forgotten corners of the archives. Often witty and entertaining, sometimes thought provoking, and at times puzzling, these images will make you think, look again, and marvel at the way we were. The Retronaut Guide to Keeping Pets is the first book to reveal how people once thought it amusing to picnic with crocodiles, and will appeal to anyone who enjoys laughing at cats on the internet.
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The Retronaut Guide to Raising Children: The Past Like You Wouldn't Believe

The Retronaut Guide to Raising Children: The Past Like You Wouldn't Believe

Chris Wild

$14.99
The highly successful Retronaut blog looks at the past as it has never been looked at before. Here, in the second of a new series of Retronaut books, the site's founder, Wolfgang Wild, brings you a thought-provoking collection of photographs from our hidden history. Often witty and entertaining, but also thought-provoking and at times puzzling, the images are chosen to shift our perceptions, making us think-and look again. Discover what our ancestors considered to be good parenting in the days before the 'care' was put into childcare, from dangerous sports to the best brand of cigarette for your baby. A perfectly reassuring gift for today's new parent, this book will also appeal to anyone who likes pictures of babies in sunglasses.
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Cat Tweets

Cat Tweets

Trevor Davies

$9.99
Nowhere is it more apparent that the cat reigns supreme than on Twitter.

Having gotten over the initial disappointment in finding Twitter was nothing to do with budgies, cats have finally taken to tweeting. In the wrong paws the smart phone has been turned into an antisocial network by the dominant feline race. Enjoy their greatest tweets as they point out the failures of other species, the pitfalls of house sharing with humans and other idiots, and where to stick your hashtag.

Includes the chapters: #worksucks, #holibops, #partylols, #dumbanimals, #familyfeud.
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What Your Dog Says About You: How Your Pet's Breed Matches Your Personality

What Your Dog Says About You: How Your Pet's Breed Matches Your Personality

Liam Ryan ,  Hugh Ford

$24.99
Dogs. You cannot move for them. They are absolutely everywhere and whether in the handbag of a celebrity, rounding up cattle, destroying your shoes or pulling a chilly Canadian through the tundra, they play a big part in most cultures on earth. We've come a long way since the days of yore when wolves busied themselves scaring our forebears - now we're firmly in charge of our pooches. Through selective breeding, dogs now come in a mind-boggling range of shapes and sizes. On top of the obvious physical differences, this canine diversity has left us with breeds that exhibit certain personality traits - from aloof, independent sorts to excitable pack animals. So with all this choice - which breed you choose says a lot about who you are and what you like doing. It's a science, people. What Your Dog Says About You covers 50 of the most popular dog breeds - and explains how choosing a particular breed reflects on the owner's personality.
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Would I Lie to You? Presents the 100 Most Popular Lies of All Time

Would I Lie to You? Presents the 100 Most Popular Lies of All Time

Peter Holmes ,  Ben Caudell ,  Saul Wordsworth

$19.99
The cheque's in the post. I'm still at the office. That looks great on you. Lies make the world go round. And in this book the Would I Lie To You? team celebrates the fine art of the everyday fib. Like the deliriously funny contributions of Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell in the hugely successful panel game, here is a delightful collection of 100 fibs that all of us can recognise. Lies like: I didn't even notice she was pretty; I'm working from home tomorrow; and wow, your tattoo looks really...interesting. Written in the same warm, witty and inspired tone that's made the TV show such a hit, the book uncovers the little deceptions that strike a chord with all of us. There are the lies we tell others, the lies people tell us and the lies we tell ourselves. Each entry in the book is laugh-out-loud funny, and filled with more than a little bit of painful truth. If you're a fan of the show, a lover of spot-on observational comedy, or have ever told a porky, Would I Lie To You? Presents the 100 Most Popular Lies of All Time is the book you've been waiting for.
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Raising the Stakes: Gambling with the Future of Universities

Raising the Stakes: Gambling with the Future of Universities

Peter Coaldrake ,  Lawrence Stedman

$32.95
Prosperity in the future depends on our ability to play our part in a more globalised, technologically-enhanced knowledge economy. Universities are widely seen as portals to success, and an ever greater proportion of Australians expect to attend at least one of these institutions.

However, despite strong demand, universities are under pressure. They face constant criticism about their relevance and responsiveness, are subject to regular government review and reform, and their budgets have been squeezed for decades. International rankings, global competition for students, profound technological disruption and the rise of new providers have heightened the risks of falling behind. Many academics are unhappy with their lot, and students are paying more.

While solutions to these problems have been put forward, few have been completely resolved. It is widely held that universities will have to change radically if Australia is to compete on the world stage. 

Peter Coaldrake and Lawrence Stedman's seminal and comprehensive analysis of the challenges faced by the higher education sector has been updated with revisions and a new chapter that addresses current policy and proposed reforms. They argue that neither the market nor central government will be able to shape higher education in an optimal way. Facing greater competition and reduced prospects for public funding, universities themselves must provide the impetus and take responsibility for change as they adapt to complex and uncertain futures.
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ADHD Nation: The Disorder. The Drugs. The Inside Story.

ADHD Nation: The Disorder. The Drugs. The Inside Story.

Alan Schwarz

$35.00
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is now the most common chronic condition among children, surpassing asthma. Yet research shows that ADHD can't be that prevalent. ADHD, a problem once thought to affect a small percentage of children, has exploded into one of the most misdiagnosed psychiatric conditions. Now, in the US doctors and Big Pharma are targeting adults to get the diagnosis and take medications that will 'transform their lives'.
 
In ADHD Nation, Alan Schwarz takes readers behind the scenes to tell the full story of this billion-dollar industry. There's the father of ADHD, Dr Keith Conners, who spent fifty years promoting the disorder in the US and pills like Ritalin before realising just what he had wrought; a troubled young girl and studious, teenage boy who get entangled in the ADHD machine and are prescribed medications that lead to serious problems; and the pharmaceutical industry that promoted the disorder and continues to earn billions from mishandling psychiatric conditions.
 
An investigation of how Big Pharma, medical professionals and the US education system are complicit in the creation, maintenance and continuing expansion of the ADHD industry, this book sounds the alarm for UK readers and demands we wake up to the problem that we too could face in the future.
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The Scandinavian Belly Fat Program: 12 Weeks to Get Healthy, Boost Your Energy and Lose Weight

The Scandinavian Belly Fat Program: 12 Weeks to Get Healthy, Boost Your Energy and Lose Weight

Berit Nordstrand

$35.00
It's best-selling author Berit Nordstrand's fall-in-love-with-life approach to food that makes her belly fat program unique. We now know that it's the fact around your belly, rather than anywhere else on your body, that's the most dangerous to health. Belly fat causes problems for the liver, kidneys and heart and contributes to cardiovascular disease, asthma, migraine, rheumatism, cancer, depression and of course diabetes. For men, a healthy waist size measures less than 94 cm and for women, a waist less than 80 cm. In this book, Berit sets clear, short-term goals to help you to reduce your belly fat over 12 weeks. Her program is packed with food and body facts, and simple food tips, tricks and more than 65 recipes that speed up the rate at which your body burns fat, increase your muscle mass and help you reach your ideal, healthy waist size.
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What Makes a Good Doctor?: A Patients Perspective

What Makes a Good Doctor?: A Patients Perspective

Max Griffiths

$29.95
In recent years the medical profession has been revolutionised in the fields of research, of technology and of practice. At the same time, while community attitudes themselves change, group practices have taken some weight from doctors but perhaps have diminished the doctor/ patient relationship of previous years. Another change in the oversight of the medical profession has been the growth of what is called medical ethics. What, for example, is the amount of information a doctor should give a patient prior to performing an experimental procedure? Amongst all these changes there are still fundamental issues where doctors have to use their personal judgment as to what to do or what to say.
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Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

David Perlmutter

$19.99
Renowned neurologist Dr David Perlmutter, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: gluten and carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our 'smart genes' through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladieswithout drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.
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Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth

Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth

Jim Rendon

$29.95
What if there's an upside to experiencing trauma? Most survivors of trauma - whether they live through life-threatening illnesses or accidents, horror on the battlefield, or the loss of a loved one - can suffer for months, even years. But recently, psychologists have discovered that PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is only a piece of the whole experience. With the right circumstances and proper support, many trauma survivors also benefit after a terrible experience. They emerge stronger, more focused, and with a new perspective on their future.

In the tradition of Po Bronson and Paul Tough, journalist Jim Rendon delivers a deeply reported and unique look at the life-changing implications of post-traumatic growth. The pain and anguish caused by traumatic events can become a force for dramatic life change. It can move people to find deeper meaning in their lives and drive them to help others. But how can terrible experiences lead to remarkable, positive breakthroughs?

Upside seeks to answer just that by taking a penetrating look at this burgeoning new field of study. Comprised of interviews with leading researchers and dozens of inspiring stories, Rendon paints a vivid and comprehensive portrait of this groundbreaking field and offers a roadmap for anyone trying to understand how personal tragedy can lead to a more hopeful and positive future.
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Questions Children Ask and How to Answer Them

Questions Children Ask and How to Answer Them

Miriam Stoppard

$35.00
Where did I come from? What happens when you die? What's divorce? From the moment children can formulate questions they begin to bombard their parents with Why? What? Where and How? Naturally curious they often catch us off guard leaving us unsure of how to answer their questions with an appropriate response. Fully revised and updated for the digital age, this new edition of Dr Miriam Stoppard's essential parenting manual provides age-appropriate answers to a huge range of challenging questions. Drawing from extensive research in child development and specifically on what children can handle at each age, Stoppard offers parents a foundation on which they can build their own answers as their child's understanding expands.
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What if this is Heaven?: How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth

What if this is Heaven?: How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth

Anita Moorjani

$19.99
Following her near-death experience as shared in the New York Times bestseller Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani knows well the truths that exist beyond common knowledge and acceptance. The clarity she has gained has led her to further understand who she was born to be.

Part of that truth has involved contemplating the cultural myths infused into our everyday lives. Passed down from generation to generation, these myths are pervasive and influential. From the belief we reap what we sow to the idea we must always be positive, cultural myths are often accepted as truths without questioning. Moorjani asserts it is now time for questioning in order to help us reach our fully informed, authentic selves.

Moorjani explores these common myths in their real-world existence while presenting examples from her own life that reveal the falsehoods beneath the surface. By freeing ourselves from these ubiquitous expectations, we can break open an honest pathway to life as it was meant to be lived.
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The Daily Promise: 100 Ways to Feel Happy About Your Life

The Daily Promise: 100 Ways to Feel Happy About Your Life

Domonique Bertolucci

$19.99
Isn't it time you started treating yourself with the same love, kindness and respect, you give the other important people in your life? So many people are looking outside of themselves for ways to feel good on the inside. The truth is, although they are the only person who can build their confidence up, the way they think and act is doing nothing but tearing it down. The Daily Promise invites you to make small daily changes to the way you treat yourself; changes that will build your confidence, nurture your self esteem and ultimately leave you with more energy to do what you want to do and be who you want to be. Based on the best-selling book, The Kindness Pact and its Eight Promises, this collection of inspirational messages will leave you feeling good about who you are and the life you live.
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Gentle Reminders: Simple Truths for a Meaningful Life

Gentle Reminders: Simple Truths for a Meaningful Life

Dodinsky

$17.99
Everyone wants a meaningful life. They need it now. This book, Gentle Reminders delivers instant infusions of inspirations and motivation. Just as expresso can pick up a mid afternoon slump, this book can quickly energize the reader with its pithy, memorable sayings. It gently enourages the reader to recognize that the power to create a more meaningful life already lies within them. The pages are full of captivting dream-like images that engage the imagination, while the words gently uplift the spirit. Gentle Reminders is a buy-one- for-me and several -as-gift- kind of book.
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Winning Arguments: What Works and Doesn't Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom

Winning Arguments: What Works and Doesn't Work in Politics, the Bedroom, the Courtroom, and the Classroom

Stanley Fish

$34.99
Fish mines cultural touchstones from Milton to 'Married with Children' to explain how various types of arguments are structured and how that understanding can lead to victory - New York Times Book Review A lively and accessible guide to understanding rhetoric by the world class English and Law professor and bestselling author of How to Write a Sentence. Filled with the wit and observational prowess that shaped Stanley Fish's acclaimed bestseller How to Write a Sentence, Winning Arguments guides readers through the greatest hits of rhetoric. In this clever and engaging guide, Fish offers insight and outlines the crucial keys you need to win any debate, anywhere, anytime-drawn from landmark legal cases, politics, his own career, and even popular film and television. A celebration of clashing minds and viewpoints, Winning Arguments is sure to become a classic.
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Parallel Thinking

Parallel Thinking

Edward De Bono

$24.99
Western thinking is failing because it was not designed to deal with change In this provocative masterpiece of creative thinking, Edward de Bono argues for a game-changing new way to think. For thousands of years we have followed the thinking system designed by the Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, based on analysis and argument. But if we are to flourish in today's rapidly changing world we need to free our minds of these 'boxes' and embrace a more flexible and nimble model. Parallel Thinking is an invaluable insight into the word of creativity; de Bono unveils unique methods of brainstorming and explains preconceived ideas of what creativity involves and is. This book is not about philosophy; it is about the practical (and parallel) thinking required to get things done in an ever-changing world.
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Doing it: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex

Doing it: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex

Karen Pickering

$29.95
Women love sex. So why do we have such a difficult time accepting them as sexual creatures? For a society that loves to project sex onto women, we're not so keen on their free sexual expression. Doing It brings together some incredible female writers to reflect on why that might be, how they feel about sex, and why they love it. Women don't get to talk about this, or hear it, enough. Edited by renowned feminist Karen Pickering, Doing It celebrates women taking control of their sexual lives, with some brilliant writing on intimacy, physicality, gender and power. These stories encourage honest discussions about sex and remind us of simple truths: women's bodies are their own, everybody's idea of good sex is different, and loving sex is nothing to be ashamed of. Featuring some of Australia's most engaging voices, and some international stars, this exceptional collection combines the serious, the hilarious, the satirical, the personal, the political, and the downright sexy.
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Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800-1850

Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, 1800-1850

Lauren Benton ,  Lisa Ford

$73.00
International law burst on the scene as a new field in the late nineteenth century. Where did it come from? Rage for Order finds the origins of international law in empires'especially in the British Empire's sprawling efforts to refashion the imperial constitution and use it to order the world in the early part of that century.
 
Lauren Benton and Lisa Ford uncover the lost history of Britain's global empire of law in colonial conflicts and bureaucratic dispatches rather than legal treatises and case law. Tracing constitutional politics around the world, Rage for Order shows that attempts to refashion the British imperial constitution touched on all the controversial issues of the day, from slavery to revolution.
 
Scandals in turbulent colonies targeted petty despots and augmented the power of the Crown to intervene in the administration of justice. Campaigns to police piracy and slave trading linked British interests to the stability of politically fragmented regions. Dull bureaucrats dominated legal reform, but they did not act in isolation. Indigenous peoples, slaves, convicts, merchants, and sailors all scrambled to play a part in reordering the empire and the world beyond it. Yet, through it all, legal reform focused on promoting order, not advancing human rights or charting liberalism.
 
Rage for Order maps a formative phase in world history when imperial, not international, law anchored visions of global order. This sweeping story changes the way we think about the legacy of the British Empire and the meaning of international law today.
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Small Screens: Essays on Contemporary Australian Television

Small Screens: Essays on Contemporary Australian Television

Michelle Arrow ,  Jeannine Baker ,  Clare Monagle

$24.95
There has been a lot happening on Australia's small screens. Neighbours turned 30. Struggle Street was accused of poverty porn. Pete evangelised Paleo. Gina got litigious. Netflix muscled in. The Bachelor spawned The Bachelorette. Peter Allen's maraccas were exhumed. The Labor Party ate itself. Anzac was an anti-climax. And so much more... Join us as we survey the Australian televisual landscape, and try to make sense of the myriad changes transforming what and how we watch. We've come a long way since Bruce Gyngell welcomed us to television in 1956. We now watch on demand and wherever we want, in our lounge rooms and on our devices. But some things stay the same. The small screen is still a place for imagining Australia, for better or for worse. Small Screens challenges and celebrates our contemporary TV worlds.
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The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

Tom Nichols

$30.95
In recent years, a cult of anti-expertise has engulfed America. While the United States has long been prone to bouts of anti-intellectualism, because of far-reaching technological and social transformations the current variant is of a different order. From the anti-vaccination movement to citizen blogging to uninformed attacks on GMOs, the nation has witnessed a surge in intellectual egalitarianism.

As Tom Nichols shows in The Death of Expertise, there are a number of reasons why this has occurred, ranging from easy access to Internet search engines to a customer satisfaction model within higher education. The product of these interrelated trends, Nichols argues, is a pervasive distrust of expertise among the public along with an unfounded belief among non-experts that their opinions should have equal standing with those of the experts. The experts are not always right, of course-after all, the leaders who rushed headlong into the Vietnam War were the  best and the brightest. 

Nichols will discuss expert failure at length, but he makes the crucial point that bad decisions by experts can and have been effectively challenged by other experts. That is fine, he argues. The problem now is that the democratization of information dissemination has engendered an army of ill-informed citizens inveighing against expertise. When challenged, non-experts typically resort to the canard that the experts are often wrong. That may be true, but the solution is not to jettison expertise as an ideal; it is to improve our expertise. He is certainly not opposed to information democratization, but rather the leap to enlightenment that that millions of lightly educated people believe they make when the scour WebMD or Wikipedia.

Nichols will show in vivid detail the ways in which this impulse is coursing through our culture and body politic, but his larger goal is to explain the benefits that expertise and rigorous learning regimes bestow upon all societies, not just the United States.
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Why the Future is Workless

Why the Future is Workless

Tim Dunlop

$29.99
Even as the robots gather on the near horizon this book argues we have choices about the manner in which we greet them. A world without work as we know it could be a good thing. The landscape of work is changing right in front of us, from Uber, Airbnb and the new share economy to automated vehicles, 3D printing and advanced AI. The question isn't whether robots will take our jobs, but what we will do when they do. The era of full-time work is coming to an end and we have to stop holding out the false promise that at some magical moment the jobs are going to reappear. So what does our future in the brave new world of non-work look like? In this timely and provocative book, Tim Dunlop argues that by embracing the changes ahead we might even find ourselves better off. Workless goes beyond the gadgetry and hype to examine the social and political ramifications of work throughout history and into the future. It argues we need to think big now, not wait until we're in a dystopian world of mass unemployment and wealth held in the hands of a minority.
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Guinness World Records 2017: Gamer's Edition

Guinness World Records 2017: Gamer's Edition

Guinness World Records

$24.99
It's time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition! With over four million copies sold, this is the ultimate annual for every gaming fan. It's bursting with the latest facts and stats on your favourite games from the futuristic soccer action of Rocket League to the psychedelic paint battles of Splatoon. And as Star Wars mania explodes once again, we explore everything Jedi in a special feature section. Plus, you'll get a sneak peek at all-new games from the ever-evolving gaming universe! Get an inside look at the indie game scene, the big-money world of eSports, and a celebration of 25 years of Mario Kart. There's everything from space shooters such as Destiny, to RPGs such as Fallout 4, to the hit sport series FIFA and Madden. We've got sims, strategy games and horror titles, and we also take a look at the toys-to-life phenomenon. From League of Legends to The Legend of Zelda, it's all here in the 2017 edition of Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition!
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i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media are Changing Our Brains, Our Behavior, and the Evolution of Our Species

i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media are Changing Our Brains, Our Behavior, and the Evolution of Our Species

Mari Swingle

$29.99
Many of us would no more go out without our cell phone than we would leave the house without clothes. We live our lives on social media, and PDAs, tablets, computers and other devices are completely integrated into our global culture. From connectedness to accessibility and instant access to information, a wealth of benefits accompanies this digital revolution. But what about the cost?

Weaving together history, popular literature, media and industry hype, sociology and psychology, and observations from over eighteen years of clinical practice and research, Dr. Mari Swingle explores the pervasive influence of i-technology. Engaging and entertaining yet scientifically rigorous, i-Minds demonstrates:

How constant connectivity is rapidly changing our brains What dangers are posed to children and adults alike in this brave new world The positive steps we can take to embrace new technology while protecting our well-being and steering our future in a more human direction.

This extraordinary book is a virtually indispensable look at a revolution where the only constant is change?food for thought about which aspects of technology we should embrace, what we should unequivocally reject, and the many facets of the digital era that we should now be debating.

Dr. Mari K. Swingle is a neurotherapist and behavioral specialist who practices at the highly-regarded Swingle Clinic. She holds a BA in Visual Arts, an MA in language education, and an MA and PhD in clinical psychology, and has won numerous awards for her post-doctoral work on the effects of i-technology on brain function.
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Fifteen Young Men: Australia's Untold Football Tragedy

Fifteen Young Men: Australia's Untold Football Tragedy

Paul Kennedy

$34.99
Fifteen Young Men is the true story of a doomed adventure. It was a maritime tragedy that unfolded one sad, dark hour at a time. A cold, cruelly blustery night revealing - with agonising slowness - that fifteen young men of the Mornington Football Club would never make it home. As dawn broke and families began to mourn, a nation was to learn the full extent of one of the world's worst sporting disasters. The sinking of the Process in catastrophically rough seas off Victoria's Mornington Peninsula in 1892, with the loss of all on board, horrified Australia. 'Such an accident has no parallel in our land's history,' reported The Argus. Yet somehow, for more than a century, this calamitous event slipped from Australia's consciousness. In Fifteen Young Men, journalist Paul Kennedy reveals the stories behind the tragedy. In his compelling evocation of a spirited Australian town on the cusp of a new century, he captures the trauma of families and friends suffering almost unbearable loss, but also the irrepressible optimism of the times, and the mateship, love and resilience that would come to define a budding nation.
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Never Before, Never Again: The Story of St George's 11 Straight Rugby League Premierships, 1956-66

Never Before, Never Again: The Story of St George's 11 Straight Rugby League Premierships, 1956-66

Larry Writer

$35.00
Larry Writer tells the remarkable and timeless story of how St George - one of Australia's most famous rugby league clubs - accomplished a sporting miracle from 1956 to 1966. Delving into those 11 seasons and the lives of the men who achieved the impossible, Writer produces a remarkable study of sporting success. Never Before, Never Again was first published in 1995. Copies have been hard to find. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the last of the 11 premierships - in a season when the NRL's marketing mantra is 'History Happens' - this special edition features new forewords by two modern-day Saints heroes, Craig Young and Mark Gasnier, and ends with an emotional postscript, built on an exclusive interview Larry Writer conducted with two of the Saints' heroes of the streak: Johnny King and Eddie Lumsden. We learn what has become of these two league giants and their comrades. They are all in their 70s and 80s now; a number have passed away. But the spirit of '56-66 lives on, and must never be forgotten.
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The Art of Centuries

The Art of Centuries

Steve James

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A century has always had a special resonance, in all walks of life, and none more so than in cricket. Scoring one hundred runs is the ultimate for a batsman. As former England captain Andrew Strauss admits, it's incredibly hard to do; for Ricky Ponting, it's a transformational moment in the career of a cricketer. Or in the words of Geoffrey Boycott, 'a century has its own magic'. In The Art of Centuries, Steve James applies his award-winning forensic insight to the very heart of batting. Through interviews with the leading run-scorers in cricket history and his own experiences, Steve discovers what mental and physical efforts are required to reach those magical three figures. Despite his own haul of 47 first-class tons, he himself felt at times that he was poorly equipped for the task. So working out how to score centuries is an art. And bowlers might not agree, but there really is no better feeling in cricket.
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The Ethics of Sport: What Everyone Needs to Know

The Ethics of Sport: What Everyone Needs to Know

Robert L. Simon

$21.95
The Ethics of Sport explores moral issues that arise in sports, especially competitive athletics, in a manner that is accessible not only to sports fans or participants but also to those critical of sports or simply interested in an introduction to the kind of moral issues raised by the practice of athletics. The issues considered range from the more abstract, such as the importance that should be assigned to winning in sports, to specific controversies such as arguments over the use of performance enhancing drugs, the nature of gender equity, and the evaluation of violence in competition. The book explores different sides of these issues and suggests reasonable resolutions to the kinds of ethical questions prevalent in the practice of sports.
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