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Quarterly Essay # 79: The End of Certainty
Cover Image, Honeybee

Katherine Murphy
Black Inc. Books
ISBN 9781760642761
Paperback 2020
Price $24.99
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What has COVID-19 revealed about Australia, and about Scott Morrison and his government? In this gripping essay, Katharine Murphy goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the response to the crisis. Drawing on interviews with Morrison, Brendan Murphy, Josh Frydenberg, Sally McManus and other players, she traces how the key health and economic decisions were taken.


The Carbon Club
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Marian Wilkinson
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760875992
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $32.99
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The Carbon Club reveals the truth behind Australia’s two decades of climate inaction. It is the story of how a loose confederation of influential climate-science sceptics, politicians and business leaders sought to control Australia’s response to the climate crisis. They shared a fear that dealing with climate change would undermine the nation’s wealth, jobs and competitive advantage - and the power of the carbon club.


See What You Made Me Do
Cover Image, Fascists Among Us

Jess Hill
Black Inc
ISBN 9781760641405
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 32.99
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Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators - and the systems that enable them - in the spotlight. See What You Made Me Do is a deep dive into the abuse so many women and children experience - abuse that is often reinforced by the justice system they trust to protect them. Critically, it shows that we can drastically reduce domestic violence - not in generations to come, but today.

Winner of the Stella Prize 2020.


The Verso Book of Dissent
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim (Editors)
Verso
ISBN 9781788739115
Paperback 2020
Price $24.99
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This anthology presents voices of dissent from every era of human history: speeches and pamphlets, poems and songs, plays and manifestos. The Verso Book of Dissent should be in the arsenal of every rebel who understands that words and ideas are the ultimate weapons. Preface by Tariq Ali.


The Most Dangerous Man In the WorldCover Image, Most Dangerous Man in the World

Andrew Fowler
Melbourne University Press
ISBN 9780522876857
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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Fowler tells the extraordinary story of how a computer hacker with a turbulent childhood became holed up in London's Ecuador Embassy for seven years, and is now battling extradition to the USA from the notorious maximum security Belmarsh prison in London.


Me and White Supremacy
Cover Image, Shoestring

Layla Saad
Hachette
ISBN 9781529405095
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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In 2018, Layla Saad ran a 28-day Instagram challenge under the hashtag #MeAndWhiteSupremacy, for people with white privilege to unflinchingly examine the ways that they are complicit in upholding the oppressive system of white supremacy. The challenge catalyzed a worldwide awakening for thousands of white-privileged people to begin to take ownership of their personal anti-racism work.


The Room Where It HappenedCover Image, Shoestring

John Bolton
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 9781982167349
Trade paperback 2020
Price $AU 35.00
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John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened.


Plots and PrayersCover Image, Plots and Prayers

Nikki Savva
Scribe
ISBN 9781925849189
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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On 21 August 2018, 35 Liberal MPs cast their vote against Malcolm Turnbull, effectively signalling the end of his leadership. Three days later, the deed was done, and Scott Morrison was anointed prime minister. Turnbull’s road ended in ruins, as it was always bound to and as he always knew it would, as he predicted to Niki Savva less than three years before it happened.

No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock PoliticsCover Image, No is Not Enough

Naomi Klein
Penguin Books
ISBN 9780141986791
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 22.99
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Remember when it all seemed to be getting better? Before Trump happened? Naomi Klein, internationally acclaimed journalist, activist and bestselling author, shows us how we got to this surreal and dangerous place, how to stop it getting a lot worse, and how, if we keep our heads, we can make things better. No Is Not Enough reveals, among other things, how Trump's election was not a peaceful transition, but a corporate takeover, one using deliberate shock tactics to generate wave after wave of crises and force through radical policies that will destroy people, the environment, the economy and national security


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.


AffluenzaCover Image, Affluenza

Clive Hamilton & Richard Denniss
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781741146714
Paperback 2005
Price $AU 24.95
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Our houses are bigger than ever, but our families are smaller. Our kids go to the best schools we can afford, but we hardly see them. We've got more money to spend, yet we're further in debt than ever before. What is going on? The Western world is in the grip of a consumption binge that is unique in human history. We aspire to the lifestyles of the rich and famous at the cost of family, friends and personal fulfillment. Rates of stress, depression and obesity are up as we wrestle with the emptiness and endless disappointments of the consumer life. Affluenza pulls no punches, claiming our whole society is addicted to over consumption. It tracks how much Australians overwork, the growing mountains of stuff we throw out, the drugs we take to 'self-medicate' and the real meaning of 'choice'. Fortunately there is a cure. More and more Australians are deciding to ignore the advertisers, reduce their consumer spending and recapture their time for the things that really matter.


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