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AAAAA - Works of fiction and poetry below in this sectionMarcus Andrew Hislop Clarke, (Fiction), For The Term Of His Natural Life. (First pub. 1874) Various editions and a full text is online in Australia - the grim world of the convict)
John Creasey (Novel), The Masters of Bow Street. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1974. [On policing].
J. M. Couper, (Poetry), The Book of Bligh. Melbourne University Press, 1969.
Daniel Defoe, (Novel), The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders. Edited, with an introduction by Juliet Mitchell. Ringwood, Australia, Penguin, 1978.
Dante, The Divine Comedy. Penguin Classics, 1968, translated and commentated by Dorothy L. Sayers.
Arabella Edge, (Novel) The Company: The Story of a Murderer. Picador, 2000, 371pp. (The latest in a line of fictions on the Dutch ship Batavia aground on the West Australian coast, 1629)*
The Great Southern Land becomes a fantasy-utopia in Gabriel de Foigny, The Southern Land, Known. (Translated by David Fausett.) Syracuse University Press, 1993.*
Alex Haley, (Novel), Roots. Richmond South, Victoria, Hutchinson of Australia. 1977.
James Michener, (Novel), Chesapeake. London, Corgi/Random House, 1979.
Henry Newbolt, Poems: Old and New. London, John Murray, 1917.
Michael Talbot, (Novel on the First Fleet), To The Ends of the Earth. Glasgow, Fontana/Collins, 1988.
Eric Willmot, (Novel), Pemulwoy: The Rainbow Warrior. Sydney, Weldon Publishers, 1987.
Mark Aarons, The Family File. Black Inc., 2010, 346pp. (Inside story of a family of noted Australian communists)
Mark Aarons, War Criminals Welcome: Australia, A Sanctuary for Fugitive War Criminals Since 1945. Black Inc., 2001, 649pp.*
A. Abram, An Abstract of the Grievances of Trade, etc. London, 1694.
A. Abram, An account of some transactions ... relating to the East India Company. London, 1693.
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Judith Mackrell, The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice. Thames and Hudson, 2017. (Modern art history in a watery Italian city)
David Hockney and Martin Gayford, A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen. Thames and Hudson, 2016.
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Waleed Aly, What's Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia. Quarterly Essay, 2010, 142pp.
Anon, John Julius Angerstein and Woodlands, 1774-1974: a Bicentenary exhibition celebrating the building of Woodlands by John Julius Angerstein, 17 September-5 November, 1974. London Borough of Greenwich, Woodlands Art Gallery, 1974.Anon, Maritime History, Anon, Harbours and Marine: Port and Harbour Developments in Queensland from 1824 to 1985. Dept. of Harbours and Marine, Queensland, 1986.*
Anon., London's Roll of Fame: Being Complementary Notes and Addresses from the City of London on Presentation of the Honorary Freedom of that City and on Other Occasions, to Royal Personages etc [scientists, explorers, etc] From the Close of the Reign of Geo II AD 1757 to 1884, With a Critical and Historical Introduction. London, Cassell and Co., 1884.
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Anon?, The Importance of the Sugar Colonies to Great Britain. London, 1731.
Anon?, 'Paper Money in Colonial Virginia', William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. XX, April 4, 1912., pp. 227ff.
Anon - The Nation of Islam, (Compilation), The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews. Vol. One. Boston, Mass, The Historical Research Department, The Nation of Islam, 1991 (Latimer Associates).
Anon-Not given, The Van Diemen´s Land Warriors... with an essay on Matthew Brady, the notorious outlaw. (One of the many Australian Historical Monographs produced by Dr. George Mackaness in Sydney, and in recent years marketed by Review Publications, Dubbo, NSW)
Prudence Black, Smile, Particularly in Bad Weather. UWA Publishing, 2017, 310pp. (History of air hostessing in Australia, reviewer finds it's a likable kind of history of an empowerment of women)
Brian Alexander, Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town. St Martin's Press, 2017, 307pp. (On how USA became non-great such that Donald Trump had to re-great it).
Henry Hemmings, M - Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster. Preface, 2017, 400pp.
Allan Gyngell, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942. La Trobe University Press, 2017, 352pp. (On Australia's "geopolitical anxieties".)
Nicholas Reynolds, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures. William Morrow, 2017.
Rebe Taylor, Into The Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity. Melbourne University Press, 2017.
Timothy Hyman, The World New Made: Reshaping Figurative Paintings in the Twentieth Century. Thames and Hudson, 2017, 256pp,
Wal Walker, Jane and D'Arcy: Jane Austen and D'Arcy Wentworth. Volume I: Folly is Not Always Folly. Aecana Trust, 2017, 430pp.(Ideas that Mr Darcy in Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, is based on Sydney ex-convict D'Arcy Wentworth as she'd had an affair with him. Whew, that's new!)
Tina K. Allen, Bill Gibson. New South. 2017. (Life, work and inventions of Bill Gibson, the doctor who was behind research on cochlear implants to reduce deafness)
Craig Wilcox, Badge Boot Button. NLA Publishing, 2017. (On history of use of uniforms in European Australia)
Paul Irish, Hidden in Plain View. New South, 2017. (Dispels myths about Aboriginals or lack of them in histories of the Sydney area, an effort to regain the truth.)
Roger Covell, Australia's Music: Themes of the New Society. Lyrebird Press, 2017. 323pp. (On history of music in Australia, and not very useful a reviewer thinks)
B. E. A new dictionary of terms, ancient and modern, of the canting crew. London, circa 1696.
Thomas Perkins Abernethy, Western lands and the American Revolution. New York, D. Appleton-Century Co., (University of Virginia, Institute for Research into the Social Sciences), 1937.
Willis J. Abbot, The Story Of Our Merchant Marine. (US history) New York, 1919.*
G. J. Abbott, 'Staple theory and Australian economic growth', Business Archives and History, Vol. 5, No. 2, August 1965., pp. 142-154.
G. J. Abbott, The Pastoral Age: A Re-Examination. South Melbourne, Macmillan/Dalgety Australia Ltd., 1971.
Bro. G. Abbott, History of the Lion and Lamb Lodge. nd.
G. J. Abbott, 'The Botany Bay decision', Journal of Australian Studies, No. 16, May 1985., pp. 21-41.G. J. Abbot and G. Little, (Eds.), The Respectable Sydney Merchant, A. B. Sparke of Tempe,. Sydney, Sydney University Press, 1976.
G. J. Abbott, and N. B. Nairn, (Eds.), Economic Growth of Australia, 1788-1821. Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 1969.
G. J. Abbott, 'A Note on the Volume of Treasury Bill Expenditure 1788-1821', Bulletin of the Business Archives Council of Australia, Vol. 6, No. 1, Feb. 1966, University of Sydney., pp. 81-84.
Peter Ackroyd, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination. Random House, 2002, 518pp.*Margaret I. Adam, 'The Highland Emigration of 1770', Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 16, pp. 280-293. c 1920?
Margaret I. Adam, 'The Causes of the Highland Emigrations of 1783-1803', Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 17, No. 66, January 1920., pp. 73-89.
J. T. Adams, Revolutionary New England, 1691-1776. Boston, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1925.
Paul Robert Adams, The Best Hated Man in Australia: The Life and Death of Percy Brookfield 1875-1921. details mislaid, 2010? (Life of a champion of the working class, vehement mining unionist and anti-conscriptionist)
Peter Adams, Fatal Necessity: British Intervention in New Zealand, 1830-1847. Oxford University Press, 1977.
Paul Adams and Christopher Lee, Frank Hardy and the Literature of Commitment. The Vulgar Press, 2003, 291pp.
W. J. Addison, (Ed.), Roll of the Graduates of the University of Glasgow. December 1727 to December 1897. Glasgow, Maclehose and Sons, Glasgow, Publishers to the University, 1898.
W. J. Addison, (Ed.), Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow, 1728-1858. Glasgow, 1913.
Doug Aiton and Terry Lane, The First Century: Australia´s Federal Elections Since Federation. Information Australia, 2000, 164pp.
S. Airlie, The Thistle and the Bamboo: The Life and Times of Sir. J. S. Lockhart. Hong Kong, 1989.
Ray Aitchison, The Americans in Australia. Melbourne, AE Press, 1986. *
Susan Alan and Emily McCulloch, The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. No details, 2006.
Frank Alcorta, Australia's Frontline: The Northern Territory's War. Allen and Unwin, 1992, 1200pp.
Kristen Alexander, Clive Caldwell, Air Ace. Allen and Unwin, 2006, 298pp.
Michael Alexander, Mrs Fraser on The Fatal Shore. London. Michael Joseph, 1971.
Robert C. Alberts, The Golden Voyage: The Life and Times of William Bingham. Boston, 1969.
Robert Aldrich, The French Presence in the South Pacific, 1842-1940. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
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Caroline Alexander, The Bounty. HarperCollins, 2003.
Robert G. Albion, Naval and Maritime History: An Annotated Bibliography. 4th Edn, Mystic, 1972.*
Robert G. Albion, William A. Baker and Benjamin W. Labaree, New England and The Sea. Middletown, 1972.*
R. G. Albion, 'New York Port and its Disappointed Rivals, 1815-1860', Journal of Business and Economic History, III, 1931., pp. 602-629. *
R. G. Albion, 'Yankee Domination of New York Port, 1820-1865', New England Quarterly, V, 1932., pp. 665-698. *
R. G. Albion, 'Commercial Fortunes in New York around 1850', New York History, XVI, 1935., pp. 156-168. (
R. G. Albion, 'The Primacy of the Port of New York, in A. C. Flick, (Ed.), History of the State of New York. VIII. 1937. Chapter V. *
Robert G. Albion, Forests and Sea Power: The Timber Problems of the Royal Navy, 1652-1862. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1926.
Robert Greenhalgh Albion with Jennie Barnes Pope, The Rise of New York Port, 1815-1860. Hamden, Connecticut, Archon Books, 1961.Michael Akland, Henry Handel Richardson: A Life. (Australian author) Cambridge University Press, 2004, 326pp.
Olujok Akindemowo, Information Technology Law in Australia. Law Book. Co., 1999.
Alfred Owen Aldridge, Man of Reason: The Life of Thomas Paine. London, Cresset Press, 1959.
David Alexander, Retailing in England during the Industrial Revolution. London, University of London, Athlone Press, 1970.
B. W. E. Alford, W. D. and H. O. Wills and the Development of the UK Tobacco Industry, 1786-1965. London, Methuen, 1973.
D. G. C. Allan, 'The Society of Arts and Government, 1754-1800: Public Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in Eighteenth Century England', Eighteenth Century Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, Summer, 1974., pp. 434-452.
G. W. Allen, Our Navy and the West Indian Pirates. 1929 (US viewpoints) See also, F. B. C. Bradlee, Piracy in the West Indies and its Suppression. 1923.
Harry Allen (Ed.), William Bladnowski's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia. Aboriginal Studies Press, 2010, in various formats.
H. C. Allen, The Anglo-American Relationship since 1783. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1959. need to reread
J. Allen, Considerations on the Present State of the Intercourse between His Majesty's Sugar Colonies and the Dominions of the United States of America. London, 1784.
J. Allen, 'Port Essington: a successful limpet port?', Historical Studies, Vol. 15, Nos. 57-61, 1971-1973., pp. 341-360.
Kenneth S. Allen, That Bounty Bastard: The True Story of Capt William Bligh. London, Robert Hale and Co., 1976.
Sir Peter Allen, The Sunley Book of Royal Golf. London, Stanley Paul, 1989.
Fiona Allon, Renovation Nation: Our Obsession With Home. University New South Wales Press, 2008, 256pp.
M. Athar Ali, 'The Passing of Empire: the Mughal case', Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3, 1975., pp. 385-396.
Dennis Altman, Rehearsals for Change: Politics and Culture in Australia. API Network/Curtin University, 2004, 208pp.
Dr. Berthold Altmann, "Freemasonry and Political Parties In Germany", p. 278 of the American Masonic publication, New Age, May, 1955., cited by Paul Fisher, p. 205.
Fay Anderson and Sally Young, Shooting the Picture: Press Photography in Australia. Melbourne, The Miegunyah Press, 2017, 359pp.
Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath, Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting. Melbourne University Press, 2011, 501pp.
C. L. Anderson, Lincolnshire Convicts to Australia, Bermuda and Gibraltar: A Study of Two Thousand Convicts. Dunholm, Lincoln, Laece Books, 1993.
Virginia B. Anderson, Maritime Mystic. Mystic, 1962. (US maritime history)
Christopher Andrew, Secret Service: The Making of the British Intelligence Community. London, Heinemann, 1985.C. M. Andrews, The Colonial Period of American History. Four Vols. New Haven, 1934-1936.
Kenneth R. Andrews, (Ed.), The Last Voyage of Drake and Hawkins. Cambridge, Published for the Hakluyt Society at the University Press, 1972.
Kenneth R. Andrews, Trade, Plunder and Settlement: Maritime Enterprise and the Genesis of the British Empire, 1480-1630. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1984.
K. R. Andrews, `The English in the Caribbean, 1560-1620', pp. 103-123 in K. R. Andrews, N. P. Canny and P. E. H. Hair, (Eds.), The Westward Enterprise: English Activities in Ireland, the Atlantic and America, 1480-1650. Liverpool University Press, 1978.
Kenneth R. Andrews, Elizabethan Privateering: English Privateering during the Spanish War, 1585-1603. Cambridge at the University Press, 1964.
K. R. Andrews, 'Christopher Newport of Limehouse, Mariner', William and Mary Quarterly, Series 3, 11, 1954., pp. 28-41.
Kenneth R. Andrews, The Spanish Caribbean: Trade and Plunder, 1530-1630. London, Yale University Press, 1978.
Kenneth R. Andrews, Ships, Money and Politics: Seafaring and Naval Enterprise in the Reign of Charles I. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Noel Annan, Leslie Stephen: The Godless Victorian. London and Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1984. need to reread
Robyn Annear, Nothing But Gold: The Diggers of 1852. Text Publishing, 1999.*
Robyn Annear, Nothing But Gold: The Diggers of 1852. Text Publishing, 1999, 320pp.
"A. V", An essay for regulating the coin. 2nd Edn., 1696.
Roger Anstey and P. E. How, (Eds.), Liverpool, The African Slave Trade and Abolition. Vol. 2. Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1976.
H. A. Antrobus, A History of the Assam Company, 1839-1953. Edinburgh, Constable, 1957.
William C. Appleton, A Cycle of Cathay: The Chinese Vogue in England During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. New York, Columbia University Press, 1951. need to reread
Christian Appy, Vietnam: The Definitive Oral History, Told from All Sides. Ebury Press/Random House, 2007, 574pp.
Jeff Apter, Up from Down Under: How Australian Music Changed the World. nd, 2013.
Jeff Apter, Johnny O'Keefe. Hachette, 2013.
Sippanah Arasaratnam, 'Trade and political dominion in South India, 1750-1790: changing British-Indian relationships', Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1, 1979., pp. 19-40.
Sippanah Arasaratnam, Maritime Commerce and English Power. Aldershot, England, Variorum, 1996.
M. Athar Ali, The Passing of Empire: the Mughal Case. Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 9. 3, 1975.
Mujeeb Ashraf, Muslim Attitudes Towards British Rule and Western Culture in India. Delhi. Idarh-I Adabiyat-I-Delhi. 1982.
Leonie J. Archer (Ed.), Slavery and Other Forms of Unfree Labour. New York, Routledge, 1988.
Fred Argy, Where To From Here? Australian Egalitarianism. Allen and Unwin, 2003.
Gilbert Armitage, The History of the Bow Street Runners, 1729-1829. London, Wishart and Co., nd.
Patrick H. Armstrong, Darwin's Luck. Continuum, 2009, 195pp. (On evolutionist Charles Darwin)
William Armstrong, The Aristocracy of New York: Who They Are, and What they Were: Being a Social and Business History of the City for Many Years. 1848. *
Herbert Asbury, The Gangs of New York. 1928. *
David Ascoli, The Queen's Peace: The Origins and Development of the Metropolitan Police, 1829-1979. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1979.
M. P. Ashley, Financial and Commercial Policy Under The Cromwellian Protectorate. Oxford. 1934. [Noted in R. Davis, Rise of the English Shipping Industry, p. 306.]
Paul Ashton, The Accidental City: Planning Sydney Since 1788. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, 1993.
Kate Askew, Dot.Bomb Australia. Allen and Unwin, 2011, 316pp. (How Australians reacted after the 1990s advent of the Internet, seemingly by giving old-fashioned good business sense the shove!)
A. Aspinall, The Early English Trade Unions: Documents from the Home Office Papers in the Public Record Office. London, The Batchworth Press, 1949.
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John F. Atchison, 'Archives of a joint-stock company: the Australian Agricultural Company; its system of administration and its records, 1824-1970', Archives and Manuscripts, The Journal of the Archives Section of the Library Association of Australia , Vol. 4, No. 3, November 1970., pp. 21-32.
John F. Atchison, 'The later period in the history of the Australian Agricultural Company', Armidale and District Historical Society Journal, No. 37, 1994., pp. 33-54.
Barbara Atkins, 'Australia's place in the "swing to the East", 1788-1810: addendum', Historical Studies, Australia and New Zealand, Vol. 8, No. 31, 1958., pp. 315-318.
Alan Atkinson, The Europeans in Australia: A History. Vol. 2. Oxford University Press, 2004. 440pp.
Alan Atkinson, Three Weeks in Bali: A Personal Account of the Bali Bombing. ABC Books, 2003, 111pp. (An Australian journalist, not the Australian historian of same name.)
Alan Atkinson, 'Jeremy Bentham and the Rum Rebellion', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 64, Part 1, June 1978., pp. 1-13.
Alan Atkinson, 'John Macarthur before Australia knew him', Journal of Australian Studies, No. 4, June 1979., pp. 22-37.
Alan Atkinson, 'Beating the Bounds with Lord Sydney, Evan Nepean and others', Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 25, No. 99, October 1992., pp. 217-219.
Alan Atkinson, 'The Free-Born Englishman Transported: Convict Rights as a Measure of Eighteenth Century Empire', Past and Present, No. 144, August 1994., pp. 88-115.
Alan Atkinson, 'State and Empire and Convict Transportation, 1718-1812', pp. 31ff in Carl Bridge (Ed.), New Perspectives in Australian History. London, Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 1990.
Alan Atkinson, 'The First Plans for Governing New South Wales, 1786-87', Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 24, No. 94, April 1990., pp. 22-40
Alan Atkinson, 'The Convict Republic', The Push From The Bush: A Bulletin of Social History, No. 18, October 1984., pp. 66-84.
Alan Atkinson, 'The British Whigs and the Rum Rebellion', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 66, Part. 2, September 1980., pp. 73-90.
Alan Atkinson, 'Whigs and Tories and Botany Bay', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 61, Part 5, March 1975., pp. 288-310.
Alan Atkinson, 'Botany Bay: A Counter Riposte', Australian Economic History Review, Vol. 17, 1977., pp. 78-82. [An Answer to Ged Martin and Alan Frost; in the same volume, Alan Frost, 'Botany Bay: A Further Comment', pp. 64-97.] See also, Ged Martin, 'Economic motives behind the founding of Botany Bay', Australian Economic History Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, September 1976., pp. 128-143.
Alan Atkinson, 'The little revolution in New South Wales, 1808', International History Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, February 1990., pp. 65-75.
Alan Atkinson, The Europeans in Australia, Vol. 1: The Beginning. Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1997.
Bain Attwood with Helen Doyle, Possession: Batman's Treaty and the Matter of History. The Miengunyah Press 2009, 415pp.
Bain Attwood and Stephen Foster, (Eds.), Frontier Conflict: The Australian Experience. National Museum of Australia, 2003, 232pp. *
Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus, The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights: A Documentary History. Alen and Unwin, 1999.
Helen Auger, The Secret War of Independence. New York, 1955.
Peter Aughton, Endeavour: The Story of Captain Cook's First Great Epic Voyage. The Windrush Press, 1999.
M. Austin, The Army In Australia, 1840-1850: Prelude to the Golden Years. Canberra, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1979.Marian Aveling, 'Gender in Early New South Wales Society', Push From The Bush, No. 24, April 1897., pp. 31-32.
Professor Edward S. Ayensu, Ashanti Gold: The African Legacy of the World's Most Precious Metal. Accra, Ghana, Ashanti Goldfields, 1997.
Philip Ayres, Prince of the Church: Patrick Francis Moran, 1830-1991. Melbourne, the Miengunyah Press, 367pp.
|Music - Jeff Sparrow, No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson. Scribe, 2017, 292pp.|
|Stephen Fry, Mythos. 2017. (On Ancient Greek Mythology.) // Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology. Bloomsbury, 2017, 304pp.|
The history websites on this domain now have a companion website on a new domain, at Merchant Networks Project, produced by Dan Byrnes and Ken Cozens (of London).
This website has become a major exercise in economic and maritime history, with some attention to Sydney, to Eastern Australia.
Below are items still uncollected
History, General: Robert Tombs, The English and their History. Allen Lane, 2015, 1024pp.
"The economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way round." Gaylord Nelson.
This table is a new feature for this domain. The webmaster and several of his friends are convinced that lifestyles are going to change in the foreseeable future, whether we like it or not. Some changes to how we live can be guided by choice, other likely changes are going to be imposed by nature and circumstances. Some valued old notions are going to have to be discarded, but which ones?
Here is a good theme. It's from an environmental activist. Barbara Finch (via Gaylord Nelson, January 2009), of Armidale NSW Australia - where this website lives - "The economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way round, and we can't put the environmental crisis on the back burner." Barbara Finch (via Gaylord Nelson).
So what happens when we put concern about environmental issues on the front-burner? (Remarks here are by the Editor unless otherwise indicated)
Africa: A continent where in many areas, so-called grown men can't supply themselves or their families/children with clean, disease-free water and other basic necessities of life, particularly not, education. Tribalism notwithstanding, there is something wrong here with the contemporary, allowable definitions of "grown men" in Africa that African women, in particular, need to look at. A great deal needs to change if African countries wish to continue to receive what aid and charity they do receive from other countries. More so if climate-change problems assail any variety of regions in Africa. (Enough said - Ed.)
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On insanity in the USA: "How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?" - Paul Sweeney (From Wordsmith, 2008)
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Phones, mobile: Trick question: What is a mobile phone, really, at bottom? Particularly with the case of teenager users. Answer: A mobile phone is merely a set of electronically-working worry beads.
Politics (left and right, the need for a new type of dialogue): Former Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett writes in crikey.com of 3 Feb 2009: "The political terms 'Left wing' and 'Right wing' were already in serious need of being totally re-defined, if not dropped altogether, given how much they have been twisted, distorted, inverted and conflated over the past few decades." And quite right too! - Ed
Reality TV: There is no such thing as Reality TV. Bravely resist anyone who tries to tell you there is. There is no such thing as a star of reality TV, but unfortunately there are amazingly gullible TV audiences. Oxymoron here, with the emphasis on "moron". By definition, anything on TV has been removed from reality by a thing called a camera. But speaking of TV, and comedy series, there has been on international TV, and re-screened, a long-running US series on a group of lovably madcap medicos serving during the Koran War (MASH). If the Korean War was so funny, why is today's world software industry immune from such satire? Today, on a daily basis, computer users are subjected to the non-lovable madness of madcap computer programmers, but there is no TV series about the resulting madcap frustrations of computer-using! Why is this? Maybe the Reality TV people can take care of this?
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Tax: Do not expect taxes to fall. As populations expand, environmental heath or repair will not be cheap to deliver or maintain. Expect to be asked to pay more tax. (The long run of the US Republican Party's fantasies about tax cuts is over. Repeat, over. What the USA badly needs to do is develop a Fed-led notion of national commonwealth in which all can share equitably.)
Water: Expect to see conflict or outright wars over water and water rights in a variety of countries. Expect to see less emphasis on the world's "holy rivers" and more emphasis on healthy, unpolluted rivers. Worry about the Murray River, Australia. Worry about the Mekong River, South East Asia. Worry about the Colorado River, USA.
Wealth: Notions of wealth and its use may change. Personal wealth may mean greater possession of political power (which activists will try to monitor). Notions of community wealth will change and environmental health will be more valued.
Worry beads: Modern-day version, see Phone, Mobile, above.
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Zimbabwe: Who else by 2008 wants to see Mugabe and his henchmen exiled to Iceland while they prepare their defence after being charged by an outraged world for crimes against humanity?
James Colman, The House That Jack Built: Jack Mundey Green Bans Hero. NewSouth, 2016.
// // Liam Houlihan, Once Upon A Time In Melbourne. Victory Books, 2015, 391pp. (Lives of crime in Melbourne.) // Charles Stitz, (Ed.), Australian Book Collectors: Some Noted Australian Book Collectors and Collections of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. (Various volumes, $375 for the set, arcane stuff for collectors' collectors.) // Mandy Sayer, Australian Gypsies: Their Secret Story. New South, 2017, 299pp. // Duncan McNab, Roger Rogerson: From Decorated Policeman to Convicted Criminal - The Inside Story. Hachette, 2016. // Clive Small and Tom Gilling, The Dark Side. Allen and Unwin, 2017. (On drug trafficking in Australia)
ecology: Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries From a Secret World. Black Inc, 2016.
Religion: Meshel Laurie, Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy. 2017. //Robin M. Jensen, The Cross: History Art, and Controversy. The Belknap Press, 2017, 280pp.
Jane Gleeson-White, Six Capitals: The Revolution Capitalism Has to Have - or Can Accountants Save The Planet? Allen and Unwin, 2015. 342pp. //
Don Watson, Enemy Within: American Politics in the Time of Trump. Quarterly Essay, September 2016. // David Cay Johnston, The Making of Donald Trump. Hardie Grant, 2016. // Niall Ferguson, Kissinger 1923-1968: The Idealist. Allen lane, 2016. // Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hilary Clinton's Doomed Campaign. Crown, 2017. // Susan Bordo, The Destruction of Hillary Clinton. Text, 2017.
Sarah Chaney, Psyche on the Skin: A History of Self Harm. Reaktion Books, 2017, 320pp.
Jonathan Tapan, Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and What it Means for All of Us. Macmillan, 2017, 308pp.
Adam Alter, Irresistible: Why We Can't Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching. Bodley Head, 2017, 354pp. (Ideas that predatory capitalism has harnessed modern "big tech" in order to harass humanity yet again.)
economics: Catherine Eagleton and Jonathan Williams with Joe Cribb and Elizabeth Errington, Money: A History. The British Museum Press, 2013 reprint,
Politics, Australian: Allan Gyngell, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World Since 1942. La Trobe University Press/Black Inc, 2017.
politics: Pippa Norris and Andrea Abel van Es, (Eds.), Checkbook Elections: Political Finance in Comparative Perspective. Oxford University Press, 2016.
glam: Brian Jay Jones, George Lucas, A Life. Headline, 2017, 500pp
Robert Gerwarth, The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923. Allen lane, 2016.
Roy Hattersley, The Catholics: The Church and Its People in Britain and Ireland from the Reformation to the Present Day. Chatto and Windus, 2017, 625pp.
Bob Irwin with Amanda French, The Last Crocodile Hunter: A Father and Son Legacy. Allen and Unwin, 2016.
Joseph Jebelli, In Pursuit of Memory. John Murray, 2017. (On Alzheimer's Disease.)
Victor Klemperer, Munich 1919: Diary of a Revolution. Polity, 2017.
Jean Kennedy, The Nine of Us Growing Up Kennedy. HarperCollins, 2017, 272pp.
Mary S. Lovell, The Riviera Set: 1920-1960: The Golden Years of Glamour and Excess. Hachette, 2017.
// Roger Neill, Divas. NewSouth, 2016. (On the life of singer Dame Nellie Melba.) // Steve Kilbey, Something Quite Peculiar: Man of The Church. The Music. The Mayhem. Hardie Grant, 2015, 272pp. // Clinton Walker, Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music. (Foreword by Paul Kelly). Verse Chorus Press, 2015.
Alistair Lawrence, Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World. Bloomsbury, 2017.
Australian history, John Fahey, Australia's First Spies: The Remarkable Story of Australia's Intelligence Operations. 1901-1945. Allen and Unwin, 2018, 456pp.
Michael Perrott, (Translated by Lauren Elkin), The Bedroom: An Intimate History. Yale, 2018.Scott Bevan, The Harbour. Simon and Schuster, 2018.
Clare Wright, You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World. Text, 2018, 560pp.
Gabrielle Chan, Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up. Vintage, 2018.
Greg Barns, Rise of the Right. Hardie Grant, 2019.
Ann Blainey, King of the Air: The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith. Black Inc, 2019.
Elizabeth Malcolm and Dianna Hall, A New History of the Irish in Australia. NewSouth, 2019.
Sally McManus, On Fairness. MUP, 2019. (The views of a union-movement heavyweight.)
Sean O'Hanlon, City Life: The New Urban Australia. NewSouth, 2018.Tim Fischer, Steam Australia: Locomotives that Galvanised the Nation. NLA Publishing, 2018.
Robert Wainwright, Rocky Road. Allen and Unwin, 2018, 424pp. (A history of Australia's famous chocolate family, Lea.)
Sally Young, Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia's Newspaper Empires. UNSW Press, 2019.
Pam Menzies, Port Kembla: A Memoir. Arcadia, 2019. (Local history.)
David Graber, Bullshit Jobs: A Theory. Allen Lane, 2018, 333pp.
Jennifer Rayner, Blue Collar Frayed: Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy. Black Inc., 2018, 147pp.
Peter Mares, No Place Like Home. Text, 2018. (On house/home affordability etc.)
Sport, Australian: Michael Sexton, Chappell's Last Stand. Affirm, 2017.
Australian politics: Nyunggai Warren Mundine, Warren Mundine in Black and White. Pantera Press, 2018.
Gareth Evans, Incorrigible Optimist. Melbourne University Press, 2018.
John Edwards, John Curtin's War: Vol 1: The Coming of War in the Pacific and Reinventing Australia. Viking, 2018, 538pp.
Louis Nowra, Woolloomooloo: A Biography. NewSouth, 2017. 334pp.
History, Australia, Peter Latz, Blind Moses: Aranda Man of High Degree and Christian Evangelist. IAD Press, 2015, 179pp. // John Blaxland, The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO, 1963-1975. Allen and Unwin, 2017. // James Button, Comeback: The Fall and Rise of Geelong. MUP, 2016. (About football.) // Richard James, Australia's War With France. Big Sky, 2017. // Peter Fitzsimons, Burke and Willes. 2017. // Clive James, Play All. Yale University Press, 2016. (A critic's view of the rise and rise of good quality drama on TV) // Fay Anderson and Sally Young, Shooting the Picture. Miegunyah Press, 2016 (A history of newspaper photography in Australia.) // Meredith Burgmann, Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files. New South, 2014. (On life for Australias spies.) // Christian Ryan, The Best Music Writing Under The Australian Sun. Hardie Grant, 2014. // Judith Wright, The Coral Battleground. Spinifex, 2014. (On Wright's campaign to help protect The Great Barrier Reef.) // John Howard, The Menzies Era: The Years That Shaped Modern Australia. HarperCollins, 2014. // Tim Low, Where Song Began: Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World. Viking, 2014. // Ben Hills, Stop The Presses. ABC Books, 2014. (On the Internet-driven dilemmas of the newspaper industry) // Ruth Rae, Tony Windsor. Allen and Unwin, 2014. // Caroline Ford, Sydney Beaches, A History. New South, 2014. // Shaun Greenhalgh, A Forger's Tale: The Memoir of One of Britain's Most Successful and Infamous Art Forgers. Allen and Unwin, 2017, 384pp. // Sarah Goldman, Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force. HarperCollins, 2017, 344pp. // Cordelia Fine, Testosterone Rex: Unmaking The Myths of Our Gendered Minds. Icon Books, 2017, 256pp. (On gender and our social roles.) ///Alec Rylie, Protestants: The Radicals Who Made the Modern World. HarperCollins, 2017. // religious history, Robin M. Jensen, The Cross: History, Art and Controversy. The Belknap Press, 2017, 280pp. // Aust media history, Nigel Giles, Number 96. Melbourne Books, 2017. (On the 1000-or-so episodes of this popular Australian TV miniseries.) ///Peter Robertson, Radio Astronomer: John Bolton and a New Window on the Universe. New South, 2017, 432pp. // Erika Rappaport, A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World. Princeton University Press, 2017. // Ken Gelder and Rachel Weaver, The Colonial Journals and the Emergence of Australian Literary Culture. UWA Publishing, 2014. // Ken Gelder and Rachel Weaver, Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial Economy. Sydney University Press, 2017, 153pp. // Steve Harris, The Prince and the Assassin: Australia's First Royal Tour and the Portent of World Terror. Melbourne Books, 2017, 326pp. /// Graeme Davison, City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia. NewSouth, 2016. // Nick Horne, (Ed.), Donald Horne: Selected Writings. La Trobe University Press, 2017. 2017. // Mark Aarons with John Grenville, The Show: Another Side of Santamaria's Movement. Scribe, 2017. // Grantlee Kieza, Mrs Kelly: The Astonishing Life of Ned Kelly's Mother. ABC Books, 2017. // Gregory Bryan, Mates: The Friendship that Sustained Henry Lawson. New Holland, 2017. // Lesley Potter, Mistress of Her Profession: Colonial Midwives of Sydney, 1788-1901. Anchor Books, 2017, 174pp. // Jennifer Harrison, Shackled: Female Convicts at Moreton Bay, 1826-1839. Anchor Books, 2016, 271pp,
US politics: Patrick J. Buchanan, Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles that Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. Random House, 2017. 436pp.
On North Korea: Bandi, The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from North Korea. Serpent's Tail, 2017. (Fiction outlining the dire risks of writing short stories in "the hermit kingdom", North Korea.)
On China, Graham Allison, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides Trap? Scribe, 2017, 384pp. Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson, China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia. La Trobe University Press, 2017, 256pp. Jonathan Fenby, Will China Dominate the 21st Century? Polity Press, 2017, 144pp.
Helen Hayward, A Slow Childhood: Notes on Thoughtful Parenting. Edita, 2017.// Alan Schwarz, ADHD Nation. Little, Brown, 2016. // Alison Gopnik, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us about the Relationship Between Parents and Children. Bodley Head, 2016.
History not-Australia, // Mary Beard, Women and Power: A Manifesto. Profile, 2018. // Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harvell Secker, 2016/ // Victor Sebestyen, Lenin The Dictator. Orion, 2017. // Hannah Jewell, 100 Nasty Women of History. Hodder and Stoughton, 2018/ // Charlotte Rappaport, Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917. Hutchinson, 2017. /// Jonathan Eig, Ali: A Life. Simon and Schuster, 2017. (Life of boxer Muhammed Ali/Cassius Clay.) // Alexander Rose, Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring. Bantam Books, 2006. // Ron Chernow, Grant. 2017 (On US Civil War General Ulysses Grant) (Chernow also has out a book on early US politician killed in a duel in 1804 with Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton.)
Jihadism: Shiraz Maher, Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea. Penguin, 2018. 292pp.
US politics: Eliot Abrams, Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring. Cambridge University Press, 2018, 295pp. // Chris Matthew, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit. Simon and Schuster, 397pp. // Mark Bray, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. MUP, 2018, 288pp. // Nancy McLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Plan for America. Scribe, 2018.
Feminism: Samantha Brett and Steph Adams, The Game Changers. 2017. (The lowdown from experts on how to become an interesting and successful female boss). ///Amal Awad, Beyond Veiled Cliches: The Real Lives of Arab Women. Vintage, 2017. 289pp. John Safran, Depends What You Mean by Extremist. Going Rogue with the Australian Deplorables. Hamish Hamilton, 2017, 287pp. Sami Shah, The Islamic Republic of Australia: Muslims Down Under, From Hijabs to Jihad and Everything in Between. ABC Books, 2017, 274pp. (On the good Moslem/bad Moslem divide in Australia today.)
Music: Richard F. Thomas, Why Dylan Matters. William Collins, 2018, 358pp. (A breakout says: Dylan captures nothing less than "the essence of what it means to be human".)
Mark Ribowsky, Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams. Norton, 2017, 496pp.
Music: Brian Wilson, I am Brian Wilson: A Memoir. (With Ben Greenman.) Hachette, 2016.
Mike Love, Good Vibrations" My Life as a Beach Boy. Faber and Faber, 2016.
Science: Muhammed Yunus, A World of Three Zeroes. 2017. // Compilation, How to be Human. 2017.
Michael Sims, Arthur & Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes. Bloomsbury, 2017, 256pp.
Anne Trubeck, The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting. Bloomsbury, 2016.
George James Firmage, (Ed.), e. e. cummings: Complete Poems 1904-1962. Norton, 2016.) Emily Dickinson, Envelope Poems: Norton, 2016.
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