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George Munster

George Munster (1925–84) was born in Vienna and came to Australia in 1939 following the Anschluss. In 1958 he founded the fortnightly Nation. He later worked on its offshoot Nation Review. His best-known book was the posthumous The Paper Prince (1985), about Rupert Murdoch.

George Munster reviews 'Drug Traffic, narcotics and organized crime in Australia' by Alfred W. McCoy

October 1980, no. 25 01 October 1980
A gap of eight years is a big slice in a writer’s life: at the end, a changed man speaks in a different context. Al McCoy’s Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (1972) and his Drug Traffic: Narcotics and Organized Crime in Australia (1980) have the same publisher and the same villain, but they are very different books. With Politics, an anti-war graduate student dealt a body blow to the CIA f ... (read more)

George Munster reviews 'One More Nail' by C. R. Kelly

May 1979, no. 10 01 May 1997
Bert Kelly has had three careers and one idea. He was a farmer by inheritance and turned himself into an agricultural whiz who could pick flaws in subsidised projects from the Ord River to Kathmandu. He was a federal politician for eighteen years, holding the blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Wakefield and scraping a couple of ministries under John Gorton. And he has become widely known as a folksy colu ... (read more)

George Munster reviews 'The Things We Did Last Summer' by Bob Ellis, '31 Days to Power' by Robert Haupt with Michelle Grattan, 'Time of Testing' by Craig McGregor, and 'Gamble for Power' by Anne Summers

June 1983, no. 51 01 June 1983
‘In fifty years’ time,’ Robert Haupt and Michelle Grattan write in 31 Days to Power, ‘historians will look at the 1983 elections, see that inflation, unemployment and interest rates were at high levels compared to the past, and conclude that Fraser could never have won’. Anxious to know which of these three economic scourges most assisted Bob Hawke and unable to wait for half a cen ... (read more)