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The Truth Of The Matter - His Powerful Account of the Dismissal (Paperback, New Ed): Gough Whitlam The Truth Of The Matter - His Powerful Account of the Dismissal (Paperback, New Ed)
Gough Whitlam
R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On Remembrance Day, 1975, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, sacked the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. The Dismissal was the culmination of almost three years of political conflict, as Whitlam's reforming Labor government rammed home overdue legislative reforms in the face of implacable, and increasingly bitter, conservative opposition. The focus of the Opposition's scheming was the Senate, where its leaders blocked supply in order to force a political crisis. Whitlam, famous for his 'crash through or crash' style, refused to compromise with his political enemies. Passionate, pithy, learned, witty, and vigorously combative, ""The Truth of the Matter"" tells the extraordinary political story of the only Prime Minister of Australia ever deposed from office.

B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 'Tojo' - Pacific Theater 1944-45 (Paperback): Donald Nijboer B-29 Superfortress vs Ki-44 'Tojo' - Pacific Theater 1944-45 (Paperback)
Donald Nijboer; Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector
R339 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R52 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

By the time the Americans began their aerial bombardment of Japan in 1944, both the JAAF and IJNAF were spent forces. What the Japanese did have though was the Ki-44 "Tojo". Armed with two 40 mm cannon, it was the most heavily armed and feared single-seat fighter to see action against the new American bomber, the B-29 Superfortress. For the bomber crews, they had what they believed was their 'ace in hole': a fully armed B-29 carried four remotely operated gun turrets and a tail gunner's position, making it the world's most advanced self-defending bomber. In every respect the Ki-44 pilots were fighting a desperate battle. Many who made their mark did so using suicidal ramming attacks or "taiatari". Illustrated with full colour artwork, this volume examines why the Ki-44 was unable to break up bomber formations conventionally during the Pacific War, and how its ramming tactics, while terrifying, graphically revealed Japan's inability to stop the B-29.

Godley (Hardcover): Terry Kinloch Godley (Hardcover)
Terry Kinloch
R1,050 R740 Discovery Miles 7 400 Save R310 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A comprehensive biography of General Sir Alexander Godley, presenting for the first time a fair and balanced look at his time as commander of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) and II ANZAC Corps during World War I. While Godley is generally remembered as being a poor field commander, Terry Kinloch argues that he was in fact a capable one who had little or no ability to influence the failed battles at Gallipoli and Passchendaele that he is often seen as responsible for. Kinloch also presents, for the first time, a detailed account of Godley's long pre- and post-World War I career in the British Army. After the war Godley returned to the British Army, eventually reaching the rank of general before retiring in 1933. During his 48-year military career, he also served on operations in Rhodesia and South Africa, as a mounted infantry instructor, in the post-war British occupation force in Germany, and as the Governor of Gibraltar.

Daviborshch's Cart - Narrating the Holocaust in Australian War Crimes Trials (Hardcover): David Fraser Daviborshch's Cart - Narrating the Holocaust in Australian War Crimes Trials (Hardcover)
David Fraser
R1,211 R1,034 Discovery Miles 10 340 Save R177 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the spring of 1942, Nazi forces occupying the Ukraine launched a wave of executions targeting the region's remaining Jewish communities. These mass shootings were open, public, and intimate. Although the victims themselves could never testify against their killers, many eyewitnesses could and did identify the perpetrators. Among these communities, three local men from the villages of Serniki, Israylovka, and Gnivan were intimately implicated in such killing operations: Ivan Polyukhovich, a forester in the German-controlled administration; Heinrich Wagner, a Volksdeutscher liaison officer; and Mikolay Berezowsky, a member of the local police force. More than fifty years later, these three men were arrested and brought to trial in Australia for their alleged war crimes. Daviborshch's Cart is more than an account of Holocaust perpetrators who found a safe haven in postwar Australia. It is also the story of the Holocaust in the Ukraine, the War Crimes Act, Nazi policies, and the ways in which future generations translate history into law, archives into proof, and law into justice. Based on a review of previously unexamined historical and legal documents and transcripts, Daviborshch's Cart offers the first critical examination of Australian attempts to bring alleged Nazi criminals to justice.

Marshall Islands Legends and Stories (Paperback, illustrated edition): Daniel A Kelin Marshall Islands Legends and Stories (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Daniel A Kelin; Illustrated by Nashton T. Nashon
R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Daniel A. Kelin II preserves the qualities of oral storytelling in fifty stories recorded from eighteen storytellers on eight islands and atolls. This lively collection includes something for everyone: origin stories, tales of mejenkwaad and other demons, tricksters, disobedient children, wronged husbands, foolish suitors, and reunited families - all relaying the importance of traditional Marshallese values and customs. Profiles of the storytellers, a glossary, and a pronunciation guide enrich the collection.

Survivor Memorials - Remembering Trauma and Loss in Contemporary Australia (Paperback): Alison Atkinson-Phillips Survivor Memorials - Remembering Trauma and Loss in Contemporary Australia (Paperback)
Alison Atkinson-Phillips
R1,031 Discovery Miles 10 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is a book about memorials--specifically about a new type of memorial that commemorates experiences of survivors. These new memorials acknowledge loss and trauma that people have lived through, rather than died because of. It is also a book about why people feel the need to remember such difficult experiences. As such, it combines a topic that has strong scholarly interest with human stories of pain and resilience from Australia's recent history. The first half of the book outlines the emergence of this new genre of commemoration in three stages from the 1980s through the mid-2000s. The book includes six case study chapters, each of which tell the story of the development of a different Australian memorial.

Lost Cities of Ancient Lemuria & the Pacific (Paperback): David Hatcher Childress Lost Cities of Ancient Lemuria & the Pacific (Paperback)
David Hatcher Childress 1
R411 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R58 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Was there once a continent in the Pacific called Lemuria or Pacifica by ecologists, and Mu or Pan by the mystics? There is now ample mythological, geological and archaeological evidence to 'prove' that an advanced and ancient civilisation once lived in the central Pacific. Childress combs the Indian Ocean, Australia and the Pacific in search of the astonishing truth about mankind's past. Contains photos of the underwater city on Pompeii, explains how statues were levitated around Easter Island in a clockwise vortex movement; disappearing islands; Egyptians in Australia; and more.

Redefining the Bonds of Commonwealth, 1939-1948 - The Politics of Preference (Hardcover): F. McKenzie Redefining the Bonds of Commonwealth, 1939-1948 - The Politics of Preference (Hardcover)
F. McKenzie
R2,849 Discovery Miles 28 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This work is a path-breaking study of the changing attitudes of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa to Britain and the Commonwealth in the 1940s and the effect of those changes on their individual and collective standing in international affairs. The focus is imperial preference, the largest discriminatory tariff system in the world, and a potent symbol of Commonwealth unity.

He Was My Father (Paperback): Harry Hill He Was My Father (Paperback)
Harry Hill
R330 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R97 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Harry was 13 when his father died. He has reconstructed his father's life, and where information was spare, has carefully researched how such people lived. Discovering harsh the life of a stockman , a shearer and a general labourer. Harry has illuminated his father's life with material such as letters home from the battlefront, photographs, including those of such necessities as snake bit kits. Clem Hill's life was one of hard work, harsh conditions, tempered by his skill as a bushman. During his military service Clem was wounded three times and it was only when his arm and shoulder were shattered that he was considered unfit for service. The severe wounds he received affected him for the rest of his life (one arm being rendered almost useless). This is a picture of life in rural Australia before, during and after World War 1 and during the Depression.

Up Came a Squatter - Niel Black of Glenormiston, 1839-1880 (Paperback): Maggie Black Up Came a Squatter - Niel Black of Glenormiston, 1839-1880 (Paperback)
Maggie Black
R723 R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Save R39 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Niel Black, a Scot from Argyllshire, arrived in Melbourne in September intending to make his fortune. Ambitious and determined, Black became one of the most successful and energetic squatters in the Western District of Victoria - a livestock breeder and a Member of the Legislative Council. He was also a correspondent extraordinaire, and his letters to family, fellow pastoralists, colonial officials, and his chief UK business partner, Thomas Steuart Gladstone (and first cousin of the British prime minister), offer a unique insight into the time. Black's letters and journals, now held at the State Library Victoria, are the inspiration for this revelatory book written by his great-granddaughter. Battles with local Aboriginal people, other settlers, Commissioners of Crown Lands and bush-fires, along with droughts, family feuds, multiple trips back to Scotland to find a wife and Black's rise to gentrified excess are all vividly brought to life.

CRABS Coloring Book For Kids - The Ocean Animal To Get Creative, Be Inspired, Have Fun, and Chill Out Coloring Book For Kids... CRABS Coloring Book For Kids - The Ocean Animal To Get Creative, Be Inspired, Have Fun, and Chill Out Coloring Book For Kids (Paperback)
Rowan Pascall
R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Lost Ocean Sea Life coloring book For Adults - Simple, Unique & Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) (Paperback):... Lost Ocean Sea Life coloring book For Adults - Simple, Unique & Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book (Adult Coloring) (Paperback)
Dakota Jenning
R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sea Life The Under Ocean Kids Coloring Book - Easy, Simple And Beautiful The Under Ocean Coloring Book (Kids Coloring)... Sea Life The Under Ocean Kids Coloring Book - Easy, Simple And Beautiful The Under Ocean Coloring Book (Kids Coloring) (Paperback)
Camelia Gregory
R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Unrestricted Warfare - How a New Breed of Officers Led the Submarine Force to Victory in World War II (Hardcover): James F... Unrestricted Warfare - How a New Breed of Officers Led the Submarine Force to Victory in World War II (Hardcover)
James F Derose
R827 R661 Discovery Miles 6 610 Save R166 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Unrestricted Warfare reveals the dramatic story of the harsh baptism by fire faced by U.S. submarine commanders in World War II. The first skippers went to battle hamstrung by conservative peacetime training and plagued by defective torpedoes. Drawing extensively from now declassified files, Japanese archives, and the testimony of surviving veterans, James DeRose has written a fascinating account of the men and vessels responsible for the only successful submarine campaign of the war. They clearly charted a new course to victory in the Pacific.

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"James DeRose has done an excellent job–– surprisingly so, in view of his lack of true WWII submarine experience. He obviously contacted everyone he could find who served on one of the three boats he concentrated on, and he read, as well, everything he could find that was written about them. . . . DeRose shines by his interpretation of events as the Japanese must have seen them. . . . His reconstruction of how Wahoo came to her end may well be pretty close to correct. . . . He does the same with Tang."–CAPTAIN EDWARD L. BEACH, USN author of Submarine! and Run Silent, Run Deep

"An outstanding addition to the literature of the Silent Service. . . . The depth of research is wonderful. . . . This is fine history . . . that rivals Blair’s Silent Victory."–PAUL CROZIER, sitemaster, "Legends of the Deep" (www.warfish.com) Web site on the USS Wahoo

"I knew all of the book’s main characters quite well. . . . I am also completely familiar with submarine operations in the Pacific. With that background I couldn’t fail to thoroughly enjoy DeRose’s book. It is well written and has the right feel."–CHESTER W. NIMITZ JR., rear admiral, USN (Ret.)

"Sail with American submariners into tightly guarded Japanese home waters; undergo the horror of a depth charge attack; experience the thrill of victory with some of the U.S. Navy’s ace submarine skippers. All this––and much more––is contained in James F. DeRose’s compelling Unrestricted Warfare. No one interested in the naval side of World War II should be without it."–NATHAN MILLER author of War at Sea: A Naval History of World War II

Darwin 1942 - The Japanese attack on Australia (Paperback): Bobby R. Alford Darwin 1942 - The Japanese attack on Australia (Paperback)
Bobby R. Alford; Illustrated by Jim Laurier
R392 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R62 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following the devastating raids on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, lightning advances by Japanese forces throughout the Pacific and the Far East, and a desperate battle by the Allied command in the Dutch East Indies, it became evident that an attack on Australia was more a matter of 'when' and not 'if'. On 19 February, just eleven weeks after the attacks on Pearl Harbor and two weeks after the fall of Singapore, the same Japanese battle group that had attacked Hawaii was ordered to attack the ill-prepared and under-defended Australian port of Darwin. Publishing 75 years after this little-known yet devastating attack, this fully illustrated study details what happened on that dramatic day in 1942 with the help of contemporary photographs, maps, and profiles of the commanders and machines involved in the assault.

Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (Paperback): Jane Lydon Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire (Paperback)
Jane Lydon
R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With their power to create a sense of proximity and empathy, photographs have long been a crucial means of exchanging ideas between people across the globe; this book explores the role of photography in shaping ideas about race and difference from the 1840s to the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights. Focusing on Australian experience in a global context, a rich selection of case studies - drawing on a range of visual genres, from portraiture to ethnographic to scientific photographs - show how photographic encounters between Aboriginals, missionaries, scientists, photographers and writers fuelled international debates about morality, law, politics and human rights.Drawing on new archival research, Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire is essential reading for students and scholars of race, visuality and the histories of empire and human rights.

Dispossession and the Environment - Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea (Hardcover): Paige West Dispossession and the Environment - Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea (Hardcover)
Paige West
R1,858 R1,719 Discovery Miles 17 190 Save R139 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When journalists, developers, surf tourists, and conservation NGOs cast Papua New Guineans as living in a prior nature and prior culture, they devalue their knowledge and practice, facilitating their dispossession. Paige West's searing study reveals how a range of actors produce and reinforce inequalities in today's globalized world. She shows how racist rhetorics of representation underlie all uneven patterns of development and seeks a more robust understanding of the ideological work that capital requires for constant regeneration.

New Zealand Infantryman vs German Motorcycle Soldier - Greece and Crete 1941 (Paperback): David Greentree New Zealand Infantryman vs German Motorcycle Soldier - Greece and Crete 1941 (Paperback)
David Greentree; Illustrated by Adam Hook
R339 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R52 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In April 1941, as Churchill strove to counter the German threat to the Balkans, New Zealand troops were hastily committed to combat in the wake of the German invasion of Greece where they would face off against the German Kradschutzen - motorcycle troops. Examining three major encounters in detail with the help of maps and contemporary photographs, this lively study shows how the New Zealanders used all their courage and ingenuity to counter the mobile and well-trained motorcycle forces opposing them in the mountains and plains of Greece and Crete. Featuring specially commissioned artwork and drawing upon first-hand accounts, this exciting account pits New Zealand's infantrymen against Germany's motorcycle troops at the height of World War II in the Mediterranean theatre, assessing the origins, doctrine and combat performance of both sides.

The Killing Streets - Uncovering Australia's first serial murderer (Paperback): Tanya Bretherton The Killing Streets - Uncovering Australia's first serial murderer (Paperback)
Tanya Bretherton
R508 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R87 (17%) Out of stock

From the acclaimed author of THE SUITCASE BABY and THE SUICIDE BRIDE, the story of a series of horrific murders that began in 1930s Sydney - and a killer who remained at large for over two decades. In December 1932, as the Depression tightened its grip, the body of a woman was found in Queens Park, Sydney. It was a popular park. There were houses in plain view. Yet this woman had been violently murdered without anyone noticing. Other equally brutal and shocking murders of women in public places were to follow. Australia's first serial killer was at large. Police failed to notice the similarities between the victims until the death of one young woman - an aspiring Olympic swimmer - made the whole city take notice. On scant evidence, the unassuming Eric Craig was arrested. But the killings didn't stop... This compelling story of a city crippled by fear and a failing economy, of a killer at large as panic abounds, is also the story of what happens when victims aren't perfect and neither are suspects, and when a rush to judgement replaces the call of reason.

Into the Dark House - Australian and American National Character Through the Close of the Great Frontier (Paperback): Jim W... Into the Dark House - Australian and American National Character Through the Close of the Great Frontier (Paperback)
Jim W Potter
R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Captain Cook Was Here (Hardcover): Maria Nugent Captain Cook Was Here (Hardcover)
Maria Nugent
R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is a dramatic and lively account of the encounters between Captain Cook, his crew and the Indigenous people of Australia during the Endeavour's first landing at Botany Bay, on Australia's east coast in 1770. These encounters were marked by poise, fragility, humanity, intrigue, fear, confusion and regret. The book brings together for the first time all the known surviving objects collected, and all the visual material produced, during Cook's time on shore, and incorporates them into the history told. The story about cross-cultural encounters in 1770 is complemented by stories told in art, word and performance by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians over two centuries or more. The book includes a rich store of historical and contemporary visual images, which are used to show the way in which the meanings and interpretations of these encounters have changed over time.

Governing Natives - Indirect Rule and Settler Colonialism in Australia's North (Hardcover): Ben Silverstein Governing Natives - Indirect Rule and Settler Colonialism in Australia's North (Hardcover)
Ben Silverstein
R1,966 Discovery Miles 19 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the 1930s, a series of crises transformed relationships between settlers and Aboriginal people in Australia's Northern Territory. By the late 1930s, Australian settlers were coming to understand the Northern Territory as a colonial formation requiring a new form of government. Responding to crises of social reproduction, public power, and legitimacy, they re-thought the scope of settler colonial government by drawing on both the art of indirect rule and on a representational economy of Indigenous elimination to develop a new political dispensation that sought to incorporate and consume Indigenous production and sovereignties. This book locates Aboriginal history within imperial history, situating the settler colonial politics of Indigeneity in a broader governmental context. -- .

How "Natives" Think - About Captain Cook, For Example (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Marshall Sahlins How "Natives" Think - About Captain Cook, For Example (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Marshall Sahlins
R753 Discovery Miles 7 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Western scholars write about non-Western societies, do they inevitably perpetuate the myths of European imperialism? Can they ever articulate the meanings and logics of non-Western peoples? Who has the right to speak for whom? Questions such as these are debated in this text. Marshall Sahlins addresses these issues head on, while building a case for the ability of anthropologists working in the Western tradition to understand other cultures. In recent years, these questions have arisen in debates over the death and deification of Captain James Cook on Hawaii Island in 1779. Did the Hawaiians truly receive Cook as a manifestation of their own god Lono? Or were they too pragmatic, too worldly-wise to accept the foreigner as a god? Moreover, can a "non-native" scholar give voice to a "native" point of view? This volume seeks to go far beyond specialized debates about the alleged superiority of Western traditions. The culmination of Sahlins's ethnohistorical research on Hawaii, is a reaffirmation for understanding difference.

The Europeans in Australia - Volume Three - Nation (Paperback): Alan Atkinson The Europeans in Australia - Volume Three - Nation (Paperback)
Alan Atkinson
R738 R699 Discovery Miles 6 990 Save R39 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the second installment in the acclaimed three-volume history of Australia. Atkinson's aim is to show what the European did with Australia--and why they did it--what drove them, what troubled them--during the first four or five generations of colonization, up to the end of the Great War. This volume takes the story from around 1815 to the early l870s. Atkinson tells of the expansion and enrichment of the colonies and the emergence of democracy.

Taking Hawaii - How Thirteen Honolulu Businessmen Overthrew the Queen of Hawaii in 1893, With a Bluff (Paperback): Stephen... Taking Hawaii - How Thirteen Honolulu Businessmen Overthrew the Queen of Hawaii in 1893, With a Bluff (Paperback)
Stephen Dando-Collins
R515 R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Save R87 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On a January afternoon in 1893, men hunkered down behind sandbagged emplacements in the streets of Honolulu, with rifles, machine guns, and cannon ready to open fire. Troops and police loyal to the queen of the sovereign nation of Hawaii faced off against a small number of rebel Honolulu businessmen-American, British, German, and Australian. In between them stood hundreds of heavily armed United States sailors and marines. Just after 2:00 p.m., the first shot was fired, and a military coup began. This is the true, tragic, and at times amazing story of the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii and her government. It's also the story of a five-year police state regime in Hawaii following the overthrow, an attempted counter-coup by Hawaiians in 1895, and of how Hawaii became a United States possession. In Taking Hawaii, award-winning author Stephen Dando-Collins (Standing Bear Is a Person, Legions of Rome, Tycoon's War) reveals previously little-known facts uncovered during years of research on several continents, in the most dramatic and comprehensive chronicle of the end of Hawaii's monarchy ever published. Using scores of firsthand accounts, this often minute-by-minute narrative also shows for the first time how the queen's overthrow teetered on a knife's edge, only to come about purely through bluff. Taking Hawaii reads like an exciting novel, yet this tale of a grab for power, of misjudgment and injustice, truly took place. Judge for yourself whether you think the queen of Hawaii was wronged, or was wrong.

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