Non-Fiction Catalogue: December 2017

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in December 2017.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

New Osprey military history titles

Pirates: A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates
Johnson, Charles & Cordingly, David
Captain Charles Johnson’s General History of Pirates was one of the bestselling books of 1724, when it was first published. It provides a sweeping account of what has come to be called the Golden Age of Piracy. It went through four editions in two years, and without doubt owed a substantial part of its success to a dramatic writing style that vividly captures the realities of pirates’ savage existence. The book contains documentary evidence of events during the lives of its subjects. In the 270 years, since its original publication, Johnson’s work has come to be regarded as the classic study of one of the most popular subjects in maritime history.
History/piracy/naval warfare | PBK | $22.99

British Tank Crewman 1939–45 (Warrior 183)
Grant, Neil & Turner, Graham (illustrator)
Great Britain had introduced the tank to the world during World War I, and maintained its lead in armoured warfare with the ‘Experimental Mechanised Force’ during the late 1920s, watched with interest by German advocates of Blitzkrieg. Despite these successes, the Experimental Mechanised Force was disbanded in the 1930s, making Britain relatively unprepared for World War II, both in terms of armoured doctrine and equipment. This fully illustrated new study examines the men who crewed the tanks of Britain’s armoured force during World War II, which was only four battalions large, in 1939. It looks at the recruitment and training of the vast numbers of men required, their equipment, appearance and combat experience in every theatre of the war as the British armoured division sought to catch up with the German Panzers.
Military history | PBK | $22.99

Bell X-2 (X-Planes 6)
Davies, Peter E & Tooby, Adam (illustrator)
Even before the spectacular success of its X-1 rocket-powered aircraft in breaking the ‘sound barrier’, the adventurous Bell Aircraft Corporation was already pushing ahead with a parallel project to build a second aircraft capable of far higher speeds. The X-2 (or Model 52) explored the equally uncertain technology of swept-back wings. Now common in modern conventional fighter aircraft, the Bell X-2 was revolutionary in using this type of airframe to probe Mach 3 and research the effects of extreme aerodynamic friction heat on airframes. Although both X-2s were destroyed in crashes after only 20 flights, killing two test pilots, the knowledge gained from the programme was invaluable in developing aircraft that could safely fly at such speeds. Using stunning artwork and historical photographs, this is the story of the plane that ultimately made the Lockheed Blackbird and Concorde possible.
Aviation history | PBK | $24.99

Soviet Paratrooper vs Mujahideen Fighter: Afghanistan 1979–89 (Combat 29)
Campbell, David & Shumate, Johnny (illustrator)
In 1979, the Soviet Union moved from military ‘help’ to active intervention in Afghanistan. Four-fifths of the Afghan National Army deserted in the first year of the war, which, compounded with the spread and intensification of the rebellion led by the formidable guerrilla fighters of the Mujahideen, forced the Soviets to intensify their involvement. The Soviet army was in generally poor condition when the war started, but the troops of the airborne and air assault units were better trained and equipped. As a result, they developed aggressive, sometimes effective tactics against an enemy that refused to behave the way most Soviet commanders wished him to. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this absorbing study examines the origins, combat role and battlefield performance of the Soviet Union’s paratroopers and their Mujahideen adversaries during the long and bloody Soviet involvement in Afghanistan during the 1980s.
Military history | PBK | $24.99

USN Battleship vs IJN Battleship: The Pacific 1942–44 (Duel 83)
Stille, Mark & Gilliland, (illustrator) & Wright, Paul (illustrator)
In the build-up to World War II both the United States and Japan believed their battleships would play a central role in battle, but after the Pacific War began in December 1941, the role of the battleship proved to be much more limited than either side expected. There would be only two battleship vs battleship actions in the Pacific in World War II, both of which are assessed in this engaging study. At Guadalcanal in 1942, Kirishima faced two modern US battleships, USS Washington and USS South Dakota. In the Surigao Strait, in 1944, two World War I-era Japanese battleships, Yamashiro and Fuso, faced six American battleships supported by four heavy cruisers in history’s last-ever clash between battleships. Employing full-colour artwork, carefully selected archive photographs, and expert analysis, former US Navy Commander Mark E Stille examines the two head-to-head clashes between the battleships deployed by the United States and Japan in the struggle for control of the Pacific during World War II.
Naval history | PBK | $24.99

British Destroyers 1939–45: Wartime-built classes (New Vanguard 253)
Konstam, Angus & Bryan, Tony (illustrator)
As the possibility of war loomed in the 1930s, the British Admiralty looked to update their fleet of destroyers to compete with the new ships being built by Germany and Japan, resulting in the commissioning of the powerful Tribal-class. These were followed by the designing of the first of several slightly smaller ships, which carried fewer guns than the Tribals, but were armed with a greatly enlarged suite of torpedoes. The first of these, the ‘J/K/M class’ was followed by a number of wartime variants, with slight changes to their weaponry to suit different wartime roles. Designed to combat enemy surface warships, aircraft and U-boats, the British built these destroyers to face off against anything the enemy could throw at them. Using a collection of contemporary photographs and beautiful colour artwork, this is a fascinating new study of the ships that formed the backbone of the Royal Navy during World War II.
Naval history | PBK | $21.99

Allied Jet Killers of World War II (Aircraft of the Aces 136)
Chapis, Stephen & Thomas, Andrew & Laurier, Jim (illustrator)
Allied fighter pilots began encountering German jets – principally, the outstanding Me 262 fighters – from the autumn of 1944. Stunned by the aircraft’s speed and rate of climb, it took USAAF and RAF units time to work out how to combat this deadly threat as the Luftwaffe targeted the medium and heavy bombers attacking targets across the Reich. A number of high-scoring aces from the Eighth Air Force (Drew, Glover, Meyer, Norley and Yeager, to name but a few) succeeded in claiming Me 262s, Me 163 and Ar 234s during the final months of the campaign, as did RAF aces like Tony Gaze and ‘Foob’ Fairbanks. The exploits of both famous and little-known pilots will be chronicled in this volume, detailing how they pushed their P-47s, P-51s, Spitfires and Tempests to the limits of their performance, in order to down the Luftwaffe’s ‘wonder weapons’.
Aviation history | PBK | $24.99

M113 APC 1960–75: US, ARVN, and Australian variants in Vietnam (New Vanguard 252)
Prenatt, Jamie & Morshead, Henry (illustrator) & Shumate, Johnny (illustrator)
The M113 is the most widely used and versatile armoured vehicle in the world. Fielded in 1960, as a simple ‘battlefield taxi’, over 80,000 M113s would see service with 50 nations around the world and 55 years later, many thousands are still in use. In addition to its original role of transporting troops across the battlefield, specialized versions perform a multitude of other functions including command and control, fire support, anti-tank and anti-aircraft defence, and casualty evacuation. This new fully illustrated study examines the service record of the M113 from its initial fielding through to the end of the Vietnam War. It will also describe the many US, South Vietnamese, and Australian variants of the M113 used in the Vietnam War as well as information on tactics, unit tables of organization and equipment, and a selection of engagements in which the M113 played a decisive role.
Military history | PBK | $22.99

Jagdgeschwader 1 ‘Oesau’ Aces 1939–45 (Aircraft of the Aces 134)
Forsyth, Robert & Laurier, Jim
Formed shortly after the outbreak of World War II, and equipped with Messerschmitt Bf 109Es, Jagdgeschwader 1 was initially tasked to defend the regional North Sea and Baltic coastal areas and Germany’s main port cities and naval bases. The greatest task for JG 1 though came after 1942, in its defence of the Reich against the US Eighth Air Force’s B-17s and B-24s, bearing the brunt of defence against increasingly regular, larger and deep penetrating USAAF daylight bomber raids with fighter escort. Levels of attrition subsequently grew, but so did experience among the leading aces, who were often the subject of propaganda films and literature. Many of Germany’s most famous World War II aces flew with JG 1, including Herbert Ihlefeld (132 victories), Heinz Bär (220) and Walter Oesau (127), piloting Bf 109Es, Fw 190s and the Heinkel 162 jet fighter. Packed with photographs and profile artwork and revealing first-hand accounts, this is the compelling story of the Luftwaffe fighter pilots, who battled to defend the skies of Germany.
Aviation history | PBK | $24.99

 

Non-fiction

The Element in the Room
Arney, Helen & Mould, Steve
Why is it impossible to spin your right foot clockwise, while you draw a six with your right hand? Can you extract DNA from a strawberry daiquiri? Would you make love like a praying mantis? Should you book a holiday on Earth 2.0? The Element in the Room will take you on a rib-tickling, experiment-fuelled adventure to explain everyday science that is staring you in the face. If you are sci-curious, pi-curious or just the-end-is-nigh-curious then this is the book for you.
Science | HC | $29.99

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
Balcombe, Jonathan
What’s the truth behind the old adage that goldfish have a three-second memory? Do fishes think? Can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? Myth-busting biologist and animal behaviour expert Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea, through streams and estuaries to the other side of the aquarium glass to answer these questions and more. He upends our assumptions, revealing that fish are far from the unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines so many of us assume them to be. They are, in fact, sentient, aware, social and even Machiavellian – in other words, rather like us.
Biology/animal behaviour | PBK | $19.99

Beyond the Map: Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias
Bonnett, Alastair
Geography is getting stranger. Out there, fleets of new islands are under construction and micro-nations are struggling into the light. As new borders and boundaries ebb and flow with increasing speed, it feels as if our old maps are being discarded, redrawn or torn up. Alastair Bonnett uncovers the stories of thirty-nine extraordinary places, each of which challenges us to re-imagine the world around us. From emerging islands, disruptive enclaves and bold utopian visions to uncanny ruins, ghostly tunnels and hidden landscapes – these are destinations that lie beyond ordinary coordinates.
Geography/cartography | HC | $29.99

Global Discontents: Conversations on the rising threats to democracy
Chomsky, Noam
What kind of world are we leaving to our grandchildren? How are the discontents kindled today likely to blaze and explode tomorrow? From escalating climate change to the devastation in Syria, pandemic state surveillance to looming nuclear war, Noam Chomsky takes stock of the world today. Over the course of ten conversations with long-time collaborator David Barsamian, spanning 2013–16, Chomsky argues in favour of radical changes to a system that cannot possibly cope with what awaits tomorrow.
Society/culture | TP | $29.99

Courage in the Skies: The untold story of Qantas, its brave men and women and their extraordinary role in World War II
Eames, Jim
This is the extraordinary and little-known story of Qantas’ significant role during World War II, particularly in its campaigns against the Japanese. Between 1942 and 1943, Qantas lost eight aircraft during its involvement in Australia’s war against the Japanese. Over sixty passengers and crew died as a result. Yet, Qantas’ exemplary contribution to Australia’s war effort and the courage of its people in those difficult times has been forgotten. Courage in the Skies is the remarkable story of Qantas at war and the truly heroic deeds of its crew and ground staff as the Japanese advanced towards Australia. Flying unarmed planes through war zones and at times under enemy fire, the airline supplied the front lines, evacuated the wounded and undertook surprising escapes, including carrying more than forty anxious civilians on the last aircraft to leave besieged Singapore. Absorbing, spirited, and fast paced; above all, this is a story of an extraordinary group of Australians who confronted the dark days of World War II with bravery, commitment and initiative. They just happened to be Qantas people. ‘In this most readable book, Jim Eames captures the experiences of a small band of brave, professional and pioneering aircrew who confronted the dangers of war, the challenges of unforgiving oceanic and tropical weather and the uncertainty of navigation in unarmed flying boats and conventional aircraft.’ – Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret).
Aviation/military history | TP | $29.99

Reactions (Elements 03)
Gray, Theodore
At last, we’ve reached Reactions, in which Gray, once again, puts his photography and storytelling to work demonstrating how molecules interact in ways that are essential to our very existence. The book begins with a brief recap of elements and molecules and then goes on to explain important concepts that characterise a chemical reaction, including Energy, Entropy, and Time. It is then organised by type of reaction including Combustion, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Oxidation, and Fermentation. A special section dedicated to chemical cycles includes: The Carbon Cycle, The Iron Cycle, and The Lime Cycle.
Science/photography | HC | $42.99

Blackbird: The Untouchable Spy Plane
Hamilton-Paterson, James
The American ‘spy’ aircraft, the SR-71 ‘Blackbird’ was deliberately designed to be the world’s fastest and highest-flying aircraft and has never been approached since. It was conceived in the late 1950s by Lockheed Martin’s highly secret ‘Skunk Works’ team under one of the most (possibly the most) brilliant aero designers of all time, Clarence ‘Kelly’ Johnson. Once fully developed, in around 1963/4, the Blackbird represented the apogee of jet-powered flight. It could fly at well over three times the speed of sound above 85,000 feet and had an unrefuelled range of 3,200 nautical miles. It flew with great success until 1998 (with NASA 1999). Despite extensive use over Vietnam and later battlefields none was ever shot down (unlike the U2, in the Gary Powers’ incident). The Blackbird’s capabilities seem unlikely ever to be exceeded. It was retired because its job could be done by satellites, and in today’s steady trend towards unmanned military aircraft it is improbable that anyone will ever again need to design a jet aircraft capable of such speed.
Aviation | HC | $34.99

Paperbacks From Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction
Hendrix, Grady
Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ’80s… if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. It’s an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles. You’ll find familiar authors, like V C Andrews and R L Stine, and many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Plus, recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time, and which should stay buried.
Literary history | PBK | $39.99

The Original Area Mazes
Inaba, Naoki & Murakami, Ryoichi
It’s the best kind of puzzle: The rules are simple – but getting the answer can take all your creativity. Your quest is to navigate a network of rectangles to find a missing value, using just a few ‘givens’. No complex math is required! Just remember: To find an area, multiply the lengths of the sides. The inventor of area mazes, master puzzle-maker Naobi Inaba, has selected 100 of his best mazes and organized them into five levels of difficulty. Try it for yourself – you’ll be hooked, in no time!
Puzzles | PBK | $17.99

Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis
Monbiot, George
A toxic ideology of extreme competition and individualism has come to dominate our world. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better future. George Monbiot shows how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as the supreme altruists and co-operators. He shows how we can build on these findings to create a new politics: a ‘politics of belonging’. Both democracy and economic life can be radically reorganized from the bottom up, enabling us to take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions for a better society.
Society/politics | TP | $24.99

Absolutely on Music
Murakami, Haruki & Ozawa, Seiji
Haruki Murakami’s passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, Murakami fulfils a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest. They discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more.
Music | PBK | $24.99

Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us
Neiwert, David
The orca is one of earth’s most intelligent animals. Remarkably sophisticated, they have languages and cultures and even long-term memories. Their capacity for echolocation is nothing short of a sixth sense. Despite their label as ‘killer whales’ they are often benign and gentle, which makes the story of the captive-orca industry and the endangerment of their population around the world that much more tragic.
Biology/natural history | PBK | $19.99

Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? More Puzzles in Classic Fiction
Sutherland, John
How does Magwitch swim to shore with a great iron on his leg? Where does Fanny Hill keep her contraceptives? Whose side is Hawkeye on? And how does Clarissa Dalloway get home so quickly? John Sutherland plays literary detective and investigates 32 literary conundrums, ranging from Daniel Defoe to Virginia Woolf. A revised edition.
Literary criticism/puzzles | PBK | $19.99

Is Heathcliff a Murderer? Puzzles in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Sutherland, John
Does Becky kill Jos at the end of Vanity Fair? Why does no one notice that Hetty is pregnant in Adam Bede? How, exactly, does Victor Frankenstein make his monster? Readers of Victorian fiction often find themselves tripping up on seeming anomalies, enigmas and mysteries in their favourite novels. John Sutherland investigates 34 conundrums of nineteenth-century fiction, paying homage to the most rewarding of critical activities: close reading and the pleasures of good-natured pedantry. A revised edition.
Literary criticism/puzzles | PBK | $19.99

Who Is Dracula’s Father? And Other Puzzles in Bram Stoker’s Gothic Masterpiece
Sutherland, John
When it was first published in 1897 – 120 years ago – Irish author Bram Stoker’s Dracula was ranked by the Daily Mail, above work by Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe… as well as Wuthering Heights. Yet, it never made Stoker any money. Since 1931’s film Nosferatu the Vampire, however, it has never been out of print and is legendary among fans of the dark, macabre and mysterious… Critic John Sutherland, a Dracula fan since childhood, explores the enigmas and puzzles of this towering giant of gothic novels such as: Who was Dracula’s father? Why does the Count come to England? Does the Count actually give Jonathan a ‘love bite’? Why does every country we know of have a vampire legend? And, finally – how long is it… before we’re all vampires?
Literary criticism/puzzles | PBK | $22.99

There It Is Again: Collected Writings
Watson, Don
Historian, essayist, speechwriter, humourist, anti-cant crusader; Don Watson has a gift for luring us to the nub of a matter, or at least to a new view of it, there to grin or grind our teeth at the spectacle. Over the years Don Watson has written on politics and politicians in Australia and the USA, sport, nature, history, culture, crimes against speech, and military commemorations. Sometimes he writes in celebration of a moment or a creature of beauty; at other times, because something or someone gets on his goat – or up it, as young folk say these days. At the heart of all of his work is the belief that, more than just about anything else – more even than free markets or lifestyle choices – in a civilised society, words matter.
Literary essays | TP | $34.99

Norse Myths and Legends
Whittock, Martyn & Hannah
While the main focus of the book is on telling the stories, some scene-setting is provided at the beginning and each chapter also contains a section of commentary to explain what is going on and its significance. The Norse myths have gained widespread attention in the English-speaking world, partly through a Scandinavian diaspora (especially in the USA), and partly through a great interest in the myths and legends which lie behind Viking activity. Tolkien’s ‘Middle Earth’, too, as seen in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films is heavily indebted to Germanic/Norse mythology. The Whittocks’ book fills a gap in the market between academic publications and the interest-generating (but confusing) products of Hollywood and comic culture. This is an accessible book, which both provides a retelling of these dramatic stories; and also sets them in context, so that their place within the Viking world can be understood. The book explores Norse myths (stories, usually religious, which explain origins, why things are as they are, the nature of the spiritual) and legends (stories which attempt to explain historical events, and which may involve historical characters, but which are told in a non-historical way, and which often include supernatural events).
Folklore/myths and legends | TP | $35.00

Explorer’s Atlas: Facts for the Incurably Curious
Wilkowiecki, Piotr & Gaszynski, Michal
Feed your imagination and go on an adventure with this unusual atlas which is illustrated with a wealth of quirky facts and curiosities from around the world. Uncover hidden secrets on every page – from world cultures to history, the economy to nature, geography to sporting events and following the trails of great explorers. Be inspired and surprised by carefully selected and composed text, with icons, graphics and routes that will make you see the world through different eyes. Plan your next adventure, or revisit where you have been already – Explorer’s Atlas has been created for travellers, map lovers and adventurers of any age.
Reference | HC | $39.99