Phil Shannon

The Deserter’s Tale: Why I Walked Away From the War in Iraq

By Joshua Key

Text Publishing, 2007

224 pages, $32.95 (pb)

The Monster at our Door: The Global Threat of Bird Flu

By Mike Davis

The New Press, 2006

216 pages, $22 (pb)

A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War to the War on Terror

By Alfred W. McCoy

Metropolitan Books, 2006

290 pages, $38.95 (hb)

American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib & Beyond

By Michael Otterman

Melbourne University Press, 2007

285 pages, $24.95 (pb)

Foul! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote Rigging and Ticket Scandals

By Andrew Jennings

HarperSport, 2006

386 pages, $32.95 (pb)

This is the ABC: The Australian Broadcasting Commission 1932-1983

By K.S. Inglis


Black Inc., 2006

525 pages, $39.95 (pb)

John Brown, Abolitionist

By David S. Reynolds

Vintage Books, 2006

578 pages, $34.95 (pb)

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)

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