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The Anarchy

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

William Dalrymple
ISBN 9781408864388
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 29.99
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In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.


Cover Image, Upheaval

Jared Diamond
Allen Lane
ISBN 9780241003435
Trade Paperback 2019
Price $AU 34.99
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With the international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now in the third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crisis. Exhibiting the awe-inspiring grasp of history, geography, economics and anthropology that marks all Diamond’s work, Upheaval reveals how both nations and individuals can become more resilient.

The Ship That Never WasCover Image, Bury My Heart

Adam Courtenay
ABC Books
ISBN 9780733338571
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 29.99
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The Ship That Never Was is the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history. James Porter, whose memoirs were the inspiration for Marcus Clarke’s For the Term of his Natural Life, is an original Australian larrikin whose ingenuity, gift of the gab and refusal to buckle under authority make him an irresistible anti-hero who deserves a place in our history.

History of the Russian Revolution

Cover Image, History of the Russian Revolution

Leon Trotsky & Max Eastman
Penguin Books
ISBN 9780241301319
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Regarded by many as among the most powerful works of history ever written, The History of the Russian Revolution offers an unparalleled account of one of the most pivotal and hotly debated events in world history. This book presents, from the perspective of one of its central actors, the profound liberating character of the early Russian Revolution. Originally published in three parts, Trotsky's masterpiece is collected here in a single volume. It is still the most vital and inspiring record of the Russian Revolution ever published.

Genghis KhanCover Image, Genghis Khan

Frank McLynn
Vintage Publishing
ISBN 9781784703509
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 27.99
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Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known, whose empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East and Russia. So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for the Renaissance, condemned by others for being the most heinous murderer in history, who was Genghis Khan? His actual name was Temujin, and the story of his success is that of the Mongol people- a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, considered bathing taboo and possessed an unparalleled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they could dominate any sedentary society they chose.

Thucydides: The Reinvention of HistoryCover Image, Thucydides

Donald M. Kagan
ISBN 9780143118299
Paperback 2010
Price $AU 26.99
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Donald Kagan's magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War is recognised as a landmark of classical scholarship. Now Kagan - one of the most respected classical historians in the world - turns his attention from one of the greatest conflicts in history to the author who so magnificently chronicled it: Thucydides, the first truly modern historian. This study offers readers a remarkable opportunity to experience one great historian engaging another across the centuries in a work that is at once an engrossing voyage of discovery and a moving tribute.

The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, 1857Cover Image, The Last Mughal

William Dalrymple
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN 9781408800928
Paperback 2009
Price $AU 24.99
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On a dark evening in November 1862, a cheap coffin is buried in eerie silence. There are no lamentations or panegyrics, for the British Commissioner in charge has insisted, 'No vesting will remain to distinguish where the last of the Great Mughal's rests.' This Mughal is Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty who found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj's Stalingrad, the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture.

Bury My Heart At Wounded KneeCover Image, Bury My Heart

Dee Brown
Vintage Publishing
ISBN 9780099526407
Paperback 1987
Price $AU 19.99
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The American West, 1860-1890- years of broken promises, disillusionment, war and massacre. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos and ending with the massacre of Sioux at Wounded Knee, this extraordinary book tells how the American Indians lost their land, lives and liberty to white settlers pushing westward. Woven into a an engrossing saga of cruelty, treachery and violence are the fascinating stories of such legendary figures as Sitting Bull, Cochise, Crazy Horse and Geronimo. First published in 1970, Dee Brown's brutal and compelling narrative changed the way people thought about the original inhabitants of America, and focused attention on a national disgrace.

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