Father’s Day picks for history buffs

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If your Dad or Grandpa is a history buff, this is the perfect Father’s Day list for you. From hidden Federation history, to the birth of the atomic bomb, and the history of Australian suburbia – there’s something for every reader.

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The Last Bushrangers

 

The story of Australia’s last bushranging gang – the murderous Kenniffs.

The story of the Kenniffs has fascinated Mike Munro for decades – ever since he found out these last bushrangers were his family. If not for Mike’s grandfather illegally changing his name in shame from Kenniff to Munro, this major figure in Australian television would be known to us as Mike Kenniff.

But who were Mike’s relatives? What drove them to their life of crime? And were the brothers really responsible for such terrible murders?

In answering these questions Mike Munro takes us back to the dawn of Federation. This is a story that is both gripping and personal, and an insight into an Australia just coming of age.


The Basis of Everything

 

Before the Manhattan Project, before nuclear warfare and the horrors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Chernobyl, there was the twentieth century’s great scientific quest to fathom the secrets of the atom. It was through that search for the inner workings of matter that a unique friendship was forged, a partnership that defied academic orthodoxy and altered the course of history.

The Basis of Everything is the story of the coming of the atomic bomb, and how the unlikely union of two scientists – Ernest Rutherford, the son of a New Zealand farmer, and Mark Oliphant, a peace-loving vegetarian from a tiny Australian hills village – would change the world.


 

 

The Land Before Avocado Richard Glover

A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be – and just how far we have come.

‘It was simpler time’. We had more fun back then’. ‘Everyone could afford a house’.

There’s plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like?

In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It’s a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and, now and then, surprisingly appealing.

It’s the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late ’60s and early ’70s.


By Sea and Stars

 

Dazzling, poetic and vivid storytelling from one of Australia’s greatest writers, which tells the bloody, brutal and enthralling story of the epic journey of the First Fleet.

Drawing from historical sources of the time, including letters and journals, Trent Dalton, one of Australia’s best writers, brings this epic voyage, and the people who went on it, to vivid life.

This is not dry history of dates and names. These are gripping stories of real people, from the lowest to the highest. From terrified nine year old chimney sweep and convict John Hudson to conscientious Lieutenant Ralph Clark, pining after his wife and son, to the brave and determined Captain-General Arthur Phillip, the brightest star of the British Navy: these are the people who made the voyage, and these are their stories – of death, duty, glory, lust, violence, escape, mutiny – and a great southern land …

 


Brabham

 

 

The story of Australia’s greatest motoring hero.

Sir Jack Brabham was unique in the world of motor racing. He was the boy from Sydney who took on the elite of motor racing and won three F1 world championships, the last one in a car not only built by his own Brabham company, but with an Australian engine he’d helped develop.

In this first ever book-length biography of Jack Brabham, his extraordinary accomplishments are laid out with new commentary from his rivals, colleagues, employees and long-time engineering partner Ron Tauranac. And, with the help of his sons Geoffrey and David, it represents the first major attempt to unravel the enigma who became known as ‘Black Jack’.

 


Hoop Dreams

 

Ever since Luc Longley lit up the court as the first Australian to play in the NBA in 1991, Australians have made an indelible impact on the world’s best basketball competition. Longley’s journey from Perth to the NBA, alongside Michael Jordan at the Chicago Bulls, paved the way for a generation of players to follow in his footsteps.

Hoop Dreams Down Under documents the behind-the-scenes stories of twenty Australian men and five women who have played on basketball’s greatest stage. From surprise success stories like Matthew Dellavedova to No. 1 Draft picks like Ben Simmons and Andrew Bogut, and indisputable champions like Lauren Jackson, these are compelling success stories of Down Under talent that has made it to the top.

 

 


 

Based on eyewitness accounts and newly discovered archival material, Chasing the Moon reveals the unknown stories of the individuals who made the Moon landing a possibility, from inspirational science fiction writer Arthur C. Clark and controversial engineer Wernher von Braun, to pioneers like mathematician Poppy Northcutt and astronaut Edward Dwight. It vividly revisits the dawn of the Space Age, a heady time of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama.

In a world divided by the ideological struggles of the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, more than one-fifth of the people on the planet paused to watch the live transmission of the Apollo 11 mission. To watch as humanity took a giant leap forward.

 

 

 


 

 

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