'The War with Germany: Volume III—The Centenary History of Australia and the Great War'

The War with Germany examines the performance of the Australian Army in the two theatres where it confronted the German Army during the First World War: German New Guinea and the Western Front. With a blend of narrative and theme, the book charts the rise and fall of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force in the Pacific and the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front.

'Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life'

The book, the first in a trilogy dealing with Ned and his community, questions the assumptions made by the Ned Kelly myth. The Fitzpatrick Affair, the Stringybark Creek murders, the Euroa and Jerilderie bank robberies and the Kelly gang's Glenrowan last stand are told factually without mythical embellishment. Ned's Jerilderie Letter is presented in annotated form contrasting the facts against what Ned writes. The book discusses the work of several pro Kelly authors pointing out the flaws in their published works. This volume examines Ned's bushranging deeds, motives and behaviour in the...

'Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose'

Out of relentless research, Monteath and Munt present an engrossing portrait of Fred Rose. His life takes us through rip-roaring tales from Australia's northern frontier to enthralling intellectual tussles over kinship systems and political dramas as he runs rings around his Petrov inquisitors. More than any other injustices, the abuse of Aboriginal people leads him into the Communist Party in 1942. His move to academic life in what he insisted on calling the German Democratic Republic made him a dissident against anthropological orthodoxies in the Soviet Bloc as he had been in Australia.

'Let my people go: the untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959–89'

During the Cold War, the Communist leadership of the Soviet Union closed down many Jewish organisations and declared Zionism an ideological enemy. Soviet Jews often suffered hardships, not being allowed to enlist in universities, work in certain professions or participate in government. Because of this, for three critical decades, Australian Jews and their community leaders were deeply involved in the international campaign to enable Jews to leave the oppressive Soviet Union....

The Story of Australia's People. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia

In light of the latest research, Geoffrey Blainey AC retells the story of our history up until 1850. Traditional Aboriginal life came under threat the moment Europeans crossed the world to plant a new society in an unknown land. That land in turn rewarded, tricked, tantalised and often defeated the new arrivals. The meeting of the two cultures is one of the most difficult and complex in recorded history....

'Island Home'

For over thirty years, Tim Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. A brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers, and a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.

'Second Half First'

In Second Half First Modjeska looks back on the past 30 years and how they have shaped her. From a childhood in England to her time as a young newlywed in Papua New Guinea (PNG)—arriving as a single woman in Sydney in the 1970s and building close friendships, and the lovers who sometimes derailed her—to returning to PNG to found a literacy program, this is an intensely personal account of an examined life. In it Modjeska asks candid questions about love and independence, ageing, death, the bonds of friendship and family. The result is an intellectually provocative and deeply moving memoir.

'Thea Astley: Inventing her own Weather'

This is the first book-length biography of Thea Astley, one of our most critically acclaimed writers. She was the first woman to win  the Miles Franklin Award multiple times—four in total. With many of her works published internationally, Astley was a trailblazer for women writers. Karen Lamb has drawn on an unparalleled range of interviews and correspondence to create a detailed picture of Thea the woman, as well as Astley the writer. She has sought to understand Astleys private world and how that shaped the distinctive body of work that is Thea Astleys literary legacy.

On Stalin's Team: the Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics

Drawing on extensive original research, Sheila Fitzpatrick provides the first in-depth account of Stalin's dedicated comrades-in-arms, who not only worked closely with their leader, but constituted his social circle. Key team members were Stalin's number-two man, Molotov, the military leader Voroshilov, the charismatic and entrepreneurial Ordzhonikidze, the wily security chief Beria, and the deceptively simple Khrushchev, who finally disbanded the team in 1957 to become sole leader of the Soviet Union.

'Tom Roberts and the Art of Portraiture'

Julie Cotter examines the portraits by the Australian Impressionist artist Tom Roberts focusing upon the extraordinary range of subjects, their lives and their historical significance. The book places to the fore a body of work that comprises some 280 portraits representing approximately 35 per cent of Robertss total output. Roberts explores the diversity of Australian identity in his depiction of members of Sydney and Melbourne society as well as portraits of pastoralists, farmhands, pearl divers and itinerants. The book culminates in a chapter devoted to Australia's major history painting...
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