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            VIETNAM ANZACS: Australians and New Zealanders in the Vietnam War
               

            VIETNAM ANZACS: Australians and New Zealanders in the Vietnam War (Hardback)

            By Howell, Tony

            • RRP: $86.00
            • $86.00
            • Pub Date
              15 Jun 21

            This book is a commentary on the ANZAC forces involvement in the second Indo-China (Vietnam) War during the period 1965 to 1971.

            ISBN 9780995121928
            Published NZ 15 Jun 2021
            Publisher John Douglas Publishing
            Interest Age General Audience
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            The Pianist of Yarmouk

            The Pianist of Yarmouk (Paperback)

            By Ahmad, Aeham

            • RRP: $28.00
            • $21.00
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            One morning on the outskirts of Damascus, two starving friends are walking through their desolate city and come across a familiar street that has been turned to rubble, concrete bridges towering above them like tombs and houses turned inside out. Aeham turns to the only comfort h...e has left and pushes his piano into the street to play a song of hope to his fellow Syrians. It is a song that will reach far beyond the streets of his home and carry consequences he could never have dreamed of. This tender and poetic account of Aeham's experiences, from losing his city, friends and family to leaving his country and finding safety, will move readers with its raw and candid emotion. This is a gripping portrait of a man's search for solace and of a country that has been fiercely torn apart.
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            ISBN 9780241347522
            Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age General Audience
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            The Spymaster of Baghdad: The Untold Story of the Elite Intelligence Cell that Turned the Tide against ISIS
             

            The Spymaster of Baghdad: The Untold Story of the Elite Intelligence Cell that Turned the Tide against ISIS (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Coker, Margaret

            • RRP: $40.00
            • $30.00
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            • Pub Date
              2 Mar 21

            The driver was sweating as his explosive-filled pickup truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighbourhood bustling with open-air markets. And he had another reason for panic - he was a spy who thought his cover had been blown. The Spymaster of Baghdad is the g...ripping story of the top-secret Iraqi intelligence unit that infiltrated the Islamic State. The information they gathered, more so than that of any foreign power, turned the tide against the insurgency. Set against the backdrop of the most brutal conflict of recent decades, we chart the spymaster's struggle to develop the Falcons from scratch in challenging circumstances following the American invasion of Iraq. But at the heart of the book is the fraught relationship of two of his agents - the Sudani brothers: one undercover in ISIS for 16 long months, the other his handler. We follow their emotional journey in this page-turning story of family, unlikely heroes and unbelievable courage. The unprecedented access to the whole cast of characters, from bomb-makers through spy chiefs, is remarkable. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Coker challenges the conventional view that western coalition forces defeated ISIS and we see that victory was down to old-fashioned spy craft. The Spymaster of Baghdad is compulsive, shocking and explosive reading. *** Margaret Coker is an investigative journalist. She has lived and worked in Iraq and the wider Middle East since 2003. An ex-Baghdad Bureau Chief for the New York Times, she honed her reporting skills at The Wall Street Journal where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as part of a team chronicling Turkey's failed coup, political purges and teetering democracy. Her coverage of national security issues won the Overseas Press Club Award and the Edwin M. Hood Prize from the National Press Club, America's top prize for diplomatic reporting. This is her first book.
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            ISBN 9780241409107
            Released NZ 2 Mar 2021
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Topgun

            Topgun (Paperback)

            By Pedersen, Dan

            • RRP: $24.00
            • $18.00
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            • Delayed Release

            Top Gun became a household name with the worldwide success of the film of the same title. The 1986 blockbuster starring Tom Cruise as a hotshot U.S. Navy fighter pilot was so popular (drawing $356 million worldwide) that recruiters set up desks in theaters that were showing it, l...ooking to attract the next generation of combat aviators. The movie did for Navy pilots what The Right Stuff did for astronauts. With the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the real TOPGUN-as the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons program was known-approaching in 2019, and with Jerry Bruckheimer's sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, set to shoot next year, this is the time to publish the real story of the actual risk takers, disruptors, and innovators who revolutionized the art of aerial combat and created the center for excellence and incubator of leadership that thrives to this day. Here is the inside story of TOPGUN, told by the man who was picked to lead it at the start, from war to peace and back to war again, on and off the flight line, and through all six of our decades. Though Pedersen was a part of it at the beginning, some other great pilots carried on our work and he is eager to pay them tribute and make the book a celebration of our whole community. It's a great story, full of interesting characters and exciting history that American should know.
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            ISBN 9781405943826
            Released NZ 2 Jun 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Queens of Jerusalem: The Women Who Dared to Rule

            Queens of Jerusalem: The Women Who Dared to Rule (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Pangonis, Katherine

            • RRP: $37.99
            • $29.63
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            Debut by an exciting young narrative historian - a revisionist history of Medieval Palestine

            ISBN 9781474614085
            Released NZ 23 Feb 2021
            Publisher Orion Publishing
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            The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives
             

            The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives (Hardback)

            By Harding, Christopher

            • RRP: $80.99
            • $60.53
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            • Internationally sourced

            Chris Harding's enormously enjoyable new book distils Japan's long, complex and fascinating history into the stories of twenty remarkable individuals. These vivid and entertaining portraits take the reader from the earliest written accounts of Japan right through to the life of t...he current Empress, Masako. We encounter shamans and warlords, poets and revolutionaries, scientists, artists and adventurers - each offering insights of their own into this extraordinary place. For anyone new to Japan, this book is the ideal introduction. For anyone already deeply involved with it, this is a book filled with surprises and pleasures.
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            ISBN 9780241434505
            Released NZ 12 Feb 2021
            Publisher Penguin
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            Imperial China: The Definitive Visual History

            Imperial China: The Definitive Visual History (Hardback)

            By DK

            • RRP: $70.00
            • $52.50
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            Explore the long and rich history of China's great dynasties. From the clans and legends of prehistory to the last Qing emperor, this book brings China's imperial history to life through its pivotal events, political forces, and powerful people, in a stunning collaboration betwee...n British and Chinese publishing houses. Covering more than 5,000 years and featuring images of artifacts not previously published outside of China, this definitive visual guide will captivate readers with the key events that shaped Chinese history and laid the foundations of modern China. Starting with China's prehistory and early humans, Imperial China sets the scene for the coming of age of China's first dynasty under feudal rule, and reveals how the warring states of Bronze-Age China gave birth to the emperor-led dynasties - and China's imperial age. With illuminating features on important historical figures, cultural achievements, and philosophy - such as the rise of Confucianism and the silk and tea trades - Imperial China explores how the Chinese empire flourished and fell over the course of two millennia as emperor replaced emperor and dynasty replaced dynasty - from the unifying first emperor Qin Shi Huang and the golden ages of Tang and Song, to the foreign intrusions of the Mongols and the West and the final Manchu Qing dynasty. With stunning photography of art and artefacts that bring key events to life, this exquisite and comprehensive history is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about China's enchanting and extraordinary heritage.
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            ISBN 9780241388327
            Released NZ 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishers
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            The Story of China: A portrait of a civilisation and its people
             

            The Story of China: A portrait of a civilisation and its people (Hardback)

            By Wood, Michael

            • RRP: $59.99
            • $46.79
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            A single-volume history told in a new way: mingling grand sweep narrative with deep-core, local, personal stories - all woven together with landscape history and the author's own travel journals.

            ISBN 9781471176012
            Released NZ 1 Nov 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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            Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment
             

            Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment (Hardback)

            By Padnos, Theo

            • RRP: $49.99
            • $38.99
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            • Pub Date
              7 Apr 21

            An award-winning journalist's searing, extraordinary account of being kidnapped and tortured in Syria by al Qaeda for two years-a revelatory memoir about war, human nature, and endurance.

            ISBN 9781982120825
            Released NZ 7 Apr 2021
            Publisher Simon & Schuster
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            The Story of China: A portrait of a civilisation and its people
             

            The Story of China: A portrait of a civilisation and its people (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Export / Airside)

            By Wood, Michael

            • RRP: $39.99
            • $31.19
            • Save $8.80
            • Pub Date
              7 Jul 21

            A single-volume history told in a new way: mingling grand sweep narrative with deep-core, local, personal stories - all woven together with landscape history and the author's own travel journals.

            ISBN 9781471175992
            Released NZ 7 Jul 2021
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
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