The Last Templar In 1307 King Philip the Fair of France and Pope Clement V brought to trial one of the most powerful institutions of the medieval world: the Order of the Knights of the Temple. Alain Demurger reopens the case and tells the story of the Order's Grand Master, Jacques de Molay. He examines the arrests, the trials, the transcripts of the inquisitions and Molay's own devastating confession in this study of one of the most gruesome episodes of European history. Avail. Wav Depot.
Aboriginal Australians In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society. Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Avail. Waverley Depot
Hitler's Pope. Backed by a wealth of new research, John Cornwell tells for the first time the story of the World War II career of Eugenio Pacelli, the man who was Pope Pius XII, arguably the most dangerous churchman in modern history. In the first decade of the century, as a brilliant young Vatican lawyer, Pacelli helped shape a new ideology of unprecedented papal power in Germany. In 1933 Hitler became his negotiating partner...Available Waverley Depot
The Ballad of Les Darcy. "Put Les Darcy in a uniform and the men of Australia will march to hell behind him." That was the message Australia's great "Blacksmith Boxer" was getting, as debate about conscription raged in the middle of World War I. The problem was that Les Darcy didn't want to march at the fore of such a procession, nor to such a destination. He wanted to continue what he had been doing becoming a great boxer, and lifting his entire family out of poverty as he did so. Avail…
How to Make Gravy. A memoir in a hundred songs classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. This extraordinary book had its genesis in a series of concerts first staged in 2004. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, 100 of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them, and from those little tales grew "How to Make Gravy," a memoir like no other. Available Waverley Depot
Transformation of the Psyche is organized around 22 illuminated paintings from the early Renaissance alchemical manuscript the Splendor Solis. Transformation of the Psyche does not simply explain or analyze the pictures, but invites the reader to participate in the creative and transforming process evoked by these images. Avail as PDF
Transcending the Economy explores the reasons why our economy fails to provide a more fulfilling way of life. As an alternative, Perelman develops Charles Fourier's concept of passionate labor. Using examples ranging from wartime selflessness to blood donations and computer programming, he demonstrates that passionate labor has the potential to elevate both human performance and satisfaction well beyond the shallow limits imposed by markets. Avail as PDF
Seven Life Lessons of Chaos If you have ever felt your life was out of control and headed toward chaos, science has an important message: Life is chaos, and that's a very exciting thing! In this eye-opening book, John Briggs and F. David Peat reveal seven enlightening lessons for embracing the chaos of daily life. Avail. as PDF
The Good Soldier Svejk. Jaroslav Ha'ek's world-famous satirical farce A soldier in the First World War who never actually sees any combat, Josef Evejk is "The Good Soldier's" awkward protagonist - and none of the other characters can quite decide whether his bumbling efforts to get to the front are genuine or not. Often portrayed as one of the first anti-war novels, Ha'ek's classic satire is a tour-de-force of modernist writing.. Available Waverley Depot
Generals Die in Bed. Originally published in 1930, the landmark novel was one of the first to shatter the world's illusion that war is a glorious endeavor. Instead, this chilling first-hand account brought readers face to face with the brutal, ugly realities of life in the trenches. As an eager new recruit, the narrator is catapulted into a nightmarish scenario of mud and fear, rat- and lice-infested decay, and vicious, wholesale killing. Available Waverley Depot
A War Too Far There are few today who can claim that the US occupation of Iraq has been a success, for Iraq or the US. A War Too Far takes this on by looking back on the many unanswered questions about the invasion itself. What was the real reason for the Iraq War? World-renowned security expert Paul Rogers tackles these questions, offering a uniquely insightful analysis of events during and after the war. Available as PDF.
The Digital Economy Information technologies (IT) shape economic space, but we have no clear map of the cyber economy since the "digital revolution" began in the early 1970s. The Digital Economy offers an up-to-date, critical synthesis that links the various aspects of the digital or cyber economy from the perspective of real firms. Available as PDF.
The Cotton-Pickers. The background of The Cotton-Pickers, set in Mexico in the 1920s, is the struggle of the emerging trade unions to end the exploitation of hungry laborers. Gales, a laconic American drifter, turns his hand to anything for a meal and a flea-bitten bunk. Opposing exploitation, he leaves behind him a trail of rebellion. Underlying this lively and funny tale of his adventures is a powerful study of social injustice. Available as PDF. Notification via Facebook
The Greatest Game Ever Played. THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED is the story of Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon, who in pursuit of their passion for a game that captivated them as children, broke down rigid social barriers that made their sport accessible to everyone on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, positioning golf as one of the most widely played games in the world. Available Waverley Depot
Virtual Light. Now, with his most fascinating novel to date, Gibson looks into our very near future, bringing it into sharp and darkly comic focus. Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, 2005, the uneasy sister-states of Northern and Southern California, in a nation and society still divided along seismic fault lines of wealth and power...chasms seldom crossed except in fear, exploitation, or violence. Available Waverley Depot
The Sacred and the Profane A highly original work on spirituality by noted historian Mircea Eliade observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred. An exhaustive exploration of the sacred as it has manifested in space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself and buttresses his expansive view of the human experience." Avail. as PDF and Wav Depot