Phil Shannon

Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping

by Judith Levine

Free Press, 2006

274 pages, $39.95 (hb)

As a schoolboy, Maximilien Robespierre gave a speech of welcome for King Louis XVI in a 1775 coronation ceremony at his college in Paris. Eighteen years later, Louis was decapitated by Robespierre’s revolutionary government. What, asks Ruth Scurr in her biography of Robespierre, had turned the dutiful student into a regicide, whose name in conventional history has left behind “no trace but terror”?

Kylie Tennant: A Life

By Jane Grant

National Library of Australia, 2006

156 pages, $24.95 (pb)

Comrade Roberts: Recollections of a Trotskyite

By Kenneth Gee

Desert Pea Press, 2006

207 pages, $29.95 (pb)

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

By Barbara Ehrenreich

Granta Books, 2005

237 pages, $24.95 (pb)

American Hoax: Undercover in the USA (sort of)

By Charles Firth

Pan Macmillan, 2006

272 pages

$32.95 (pb)

As Used on the Famous Mandela: Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade

By Mark Thomas

Ebury Press, 2006

339 pages, $35 (pb)

Rumpole and the reign of terror

By John Mortimer

Penguin/Viking, 2006

184 pages, $39.95 (hb)

Asbestos House: The Secret History of James Hardie IndustriesBy Gideon HaighScribe, 2006442 pages, $39.95 (pb)

The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and his Backyard Nuclear ReactorBy Ken SilversteinFourth Estate, 2004$29.95 (pb) David Hahn could have been taken for a typical US teenager in the 1990s. He loved driving


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