When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador's residence in Prague, returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture.
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The Last Palace: Europe's Extraordinary Century Through Five Lives and One House in Prague
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 History

A panoramic exploration of peoples, objects and beliefs over 40,000 years from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany, following the new BBC Radio 4 documentary and British Museum exhibition. Available for pre-order now. One of the central fa... read more

Living With the Gods
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 Australian Studies

'Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent ... [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticat... read more

Dark Emu
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The penultimate volume of Peter Ackroyd's masterful History of England series, Dominion begins in 1815 as national glory following the Battle of Waterloo gives way to post-war depression, spanning the last years of the Regency to the death of Queen Victoria in... read more

Dominion - A History of England Volume V
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The Rhine is one of the world's greatest rivers. Once forming the outer frontier of the Roman Empire, it flows 800 miles from the social democratic playground of the Netherlands, through the industrial and political powerhouses ... read more

The Rhine Following Europe's Greatest River from the Alps to Amsterdam
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 Australian Studies

Can a return to direct democracy reconnect a jaded electorate with an out-of-touch establishment? Would reforming Canberra's toxic culture lead to worthwhile debate and better decision-making? Should today's leaders look back on successful governments to lear... read more

The Knowledge Solution: Politics
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In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general - some profiles in courage, and cunning - as well as styles of leadership. She looks at Macron and Merkel, Keating and Obama. Tingle notes ... read more

Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman
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The modern Australian political story. This book is both the broad and the narrow, the personal and the public. There is no other book like this in Australia and I am the only person to write it. Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Ga... read more

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia Is Fed Up
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From the acclaimed author of Listen, Liberal and What's the Matter with Kansas, a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times--perfect for this political moment.What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of e... read more

Rendezvous with Oblivion
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The principle of the "lesser evil"-the acceptability of pursuing one exceptional course of action in order to prevent a greater injustice-has long been a cornerstone of Western ethical philosophy. From its roots in classical e... read more

The Least of All Possible Evils : A Short History of Humanitarian Violence
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Abandoned unfinished and left to rot on Venice's Grand Canal, 'il palazzo non finito' was once an unloved guest among the aristocrats of Venetian architecture. Yet in the 20th century it played host to three passionate and unconventional women who ... read more

The Unfinished Palazzo - Life, Love and Art in Venice
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