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Russian Routlette
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Michael Isikoff and David Corn
Little, Brown and Company
ISBN 9781538731802
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 27.99
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Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election.
At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won. And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened?
 

Skin in the Game
Cover Image, Jellyfish

Nassim Niholas Taleb
Allen Lane
ISBN  9780241300657     
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 35.00
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Is the pope atheist? Why can a stubborn minority easily end up ruling? Should you take advice from a salesperson? This book is all about why having skin in the game matters. For a society to function properly, those who benefit should also risk something and those who risk something should benefit. Full of philosophical tales and practical stories, Skin in the Game offers a key rule to live by- do not do to others what you don't want them to do to you, with its practical extension- never take advice from someone who gives advice for a living.


Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White HouseCover Image, Jellyfish

Luke Harding
Hachette
ISBN 9781783351497
Trade Paperback 2018
Price $AU 29.99
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Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian and between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war.  In Collusion he reveals the true nature of Trump's decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story with exclusive new material, drawing on sources from the intelligence community, revealing an astonishing story of mobsters, money-laundering, hacking, and Kremlin espionage.


Notes on an ExodusCover Image, Notes on an Exodus

Richard Flanagan
Vintage
ISBN 9780143782353     
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 9.99
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In January 2016 Richard Flanagan and Ben Quilty travelled to Lebanon, Greece, and Serbia to follow the river that is the exodus of our age: that of refugees from Syria. Flanagan's 'notes' and Quilty's sketches bear witness to the remarkable people they met on that journey and their stories. These individual portraits from the Man Booker Prize winning author and Archibald Prize winning artist combine to form a powerful testament to human dignity and courage in the face of war, death, and suffering. Refugees are not like you and me. They are you and me. That terrible river of the wretched and the damned flowing through Europe is my family. 


The Beauty Myth
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Naomi Wolf
Vintage
ISBN 9780099595748
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 14.99
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In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. The myth of female beauty challenges every woman, every day of her life. Naomi Wolf exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women. With pertinent and intelligent examples, she confronts the beauty industry and its advertising and uncovers the reasons why women are consumed by this destructive obsession.


When to Rob a Bankcover image when to rob a bank

Steven D. Levitt & Stephen Dubner
Allen Lane
ISBN 9780241200391
Trade Paperback 2015
Price $AU 30.00
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Why don't flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken? Over the past decade, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Freakonomics.com. Now the very best of this writing has been carefully curated into one volume, the perfect solution for the millions of readers who love all things Freakonomics. Discover why taller people tend to make more money; why it's so hard to predict the Kentucky Derby winner; and why it might be time for a sex tax (if not a fat tax). You'll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner's own quirks and passions. Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty.


The Wife Drought
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Annabel Crabb
Random House Australia
ISBN 9780857984289
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 22.99
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'I need a wife' It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic asset on the work front. And it's an advantage enjoyed even in our modern society by vastly more men than women. Working women are in an advanced, sustained, and chronically under-reported state of wife drought, and there is no sign of rain. But why is the work-and-family debate always about women? Why don't men get the same flexibility that women do? In our fixation on the barriers that face women on the way into the workplace, do we forget about the barriers that for men still block the exits? The Wife Drought is about women, men, family and work. Written in Annabel Crabb's inimitable style, it's full of candid and funny stories from the author's work in and around politics and the media, historical nuggets about the role of 'The Wife' in Australia, and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia. Crabb's call is for a ceasefire in the gender wars.


Unholy Furycover image unholy fury

James Curran
Melbourne University Press
ISBN 9780522868203
Trade Paperback 2015
Price $AU 40.00
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In the early 1970s, two titans of Australian and American politics, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and President Richard Nixon, clashed over the end of the Vietnam war and the shape of a new Asia. A relationship that had endured the heights of the Cold War veered dangerously off course and seemed headed for destruction. Never before--or since--has the alliance sunk to such depths. Drawing on sensational new evidence from once top-secret American and Australian records, this book portrays the bitter clash between these two leaders and their competing visions of the world. As the Nixon White House went increasingly on the defensive in early 1973, reeling from the lethal drip of the Watergate revelations, the first Labor prime minister in twenty-three years looked to redefine the ANZUS treaty, and Australia's global stance. It was a heady brew, and not one the Americans were used to. The result was a fractured alliance, and an American president enraged, seemingly hell bent on tearing apart the fabric of a treaty that had become the first principle of Australian foreign policy.


The Black Swan
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Penguin
ISBN 9780141034591
Paperback 2008
Price $AU 24.99
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The Black Swan shows us how to stop trying to predict everything - and take advantage of uncertainty. What have the invention of the wheel, Pompeii, the Wall Street Crash, Harry Potter and the internet got in common? Why are all forecasters con-artists? What can Catherine the Great's lovers tell us about probability? Why should you never run for a train or read a newspaper? This book is all about Black Swans, the random events that underlie our lives, from bestsellers to world disasters. Their impact is huge; they're impossible to predict; yet after they happen we always try to rationalize them. 


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