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Irwin Herrman

Irwin Herrman reviews 'A Suitable Piece of Real Estate' by Desmond Ball

May 1981, no. 30 01 May 1981
Finding the answers is often not half as important as asking the right questions. Desmond Ball has written an important book even though he raises more fundamental questions than he answers. The central question in A Suitable Piece of Real Estate is simply ‘What are the rights and responsibilities of a host country which allows installations of a foreign, albeit, friendly state, to be sited on ... (read more)

Irwin Herrman reviews 'Australia and Britain' edited by A.F Maddern and W.H. Morris-Jones

May 1981, no. 30 01 March 1981
This book of a dozen essays, with a foreword by Sir Kenneth Weare (his last substantial piece of writing before he died), concentrates on various aspects of the changing Anglo-Australian relationship. It is an enlightening collection, for most of the essays test and in some cases challenge the ‘conventional wisdom’ which pervades recent analyses of Australian life. This is especially useful t ... (read more)