June–July 2019, issue no. 412
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Bedlam at Botany Bay
Alan Atkinson on James Dunk's history of New South Wales
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Rémy Davison reviews The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and world order by Hal Brands and Charles Edel
'History repeats itself,’ Karl Marx wrote presciently in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. ‘The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.’ The central themes of Hal Brands and Charles Edel’s The Lessons of Tragedy are clear. In the developed world, we are complacent about world order, democracy, and civil society ...
Michael McGirr reviews King of the Air: The turbulent life of Charles Kingsford Smith by Ann Blainey
People spent a lot of time looking for the pioneering aviator Charles Kingsford Smith. When he disappeared for the final time in 1935 just south of Myanmar, then known as Burma, he was just thirty-eight but felt ancient. Hopeful rescuers came from far and wide, but their efforts were not rewarded ...
Christina Twomey reviews Contesting Australian History: Essays in honour of Marilyn Lake edited by Joy Damousi and Judith Smart
Marilyn Lake is without doubt one of the most influential historians in and of Australia in the last thirty years. ‘SIGN. US. UP’ writes Clare Corbould, one of the contributors to this festschrift, when describing the reaction of her postgraduate self and friends to seeing Lake sweep through the crowd at a history conference in the late 1990s ...
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• Johanna Leggatt on City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham
• Peter Rose reviews On David Malouf by Nam Le
• Beejay Silcox on the lure of dystopian fiction in the age of Trump
• Daniel Halliday on why politicians find tax justice so hard
• Paul Giles on Ian McEwan's latest sci-fi-inspired Machines Like Me
April 2019, no. 410
• Hypocrisy in the Vatican in Frédéric Martel's new book
• Alecia Simmonds on misogyny and malice in Married at First Sight
• Paul Giles on Gerald Murnane's revised novel A Season on Earth
• Andrea Goldsmith's new book Invented Lives
• Sheila Fitzpatrick on Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill in The Kremlin Letters