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Nick Fischer

Nick Fischer is the author of Spider Web: The birth of American anticommunism (2016).

Nick Fischer reviews 'Cold Tea for Brandy' by Joan Coxsedge

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
Now aged in her mid-seventies, the activist, artist and one-time parliamentarian Joan Coxsedge has penned her memoirs. Cold Tea for Brandy is as entertaining a read as her own varied life seems to have been. Decades of public advocacy, a firm – some would say a fixed – moral compass and an illustrator’s gift for precise impression have given Coxsedge a writing style to be admired. Her prose ... (read more)

Nick Fischer reviews 'Rebel Journalism: The writings of Wilfred Burchett' edited by George Burchett and Nick Shimmin

March 2008, no. 299 01 March 2008
Though he died a quarter of a century ago, the life and career of the Australian-born reporter Wilfred Burchett (1911–83) continue to attract significant critical attention. On the heels of Tom Heenan’s political biography, From Traveller to Traitor: The Life of Wilfred Burchett (2006), and Burchett’s re-released autobiography, also edited by Burchett’s son George and Nick Shimmin (2007), ... (read more)

Nick Fischer reviews 'Against the Grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian history and politics' edited by Stuart Macintyre and Sheila Fitzpatrick

November 2007, no. 296 01 November 2007
Against The Grain celebrates two iconoclastic Australian historians: Manning Clark and Brian Fitzpatrick. Comprising papers from a 2006 conference organised by two of their daughters, both distinguished academics, Against the Grain offers critical thoughts and reminiscences of family members, friends, colleagues, students and academic successors of the two men. ... (read more)