Varun Ghosh

Varun Ghosh reviews 'The World As It Is' by Ben Rhodes and 'Yes We (Still) Can' by Dan Pfeiffer

Varun Ghosh
28 November 2018

Gareth Evans diagnosed the affliction of leaving government as relevance deprivation syndrome. For those who worked in the Obama administration, leaving the White House must have presented More

Varun Ghosh reviews 'Fear: Trump in the White House' by Bob Woodward

Varun Ghosh
25 October 2018

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward opens with an astonishing incident. In September 2017, Gary Cohn, President Trump’s top economic adviser, removed a letter from th More

Varun Ghosh reviews 'Making a Meal of It: Writing about film' by Brian McFarlane

Varun Ghosh
25 May 2018

One of my favourite podcasts at the moment is called The Rewatchables. It deconstructs movies (mainly from the 1990s and 2000s) and offers an enjoyable mix of amusement, nostalgia More

Varun Ghosh reviews 'Collusion: How Russia helped Trump win the White House' by Luke Harding

Varun Ghosh
21 February 2018

It is now widely believed that Russia and its agents interfered with the 2016 US presidential election to help Donald Trump get elected ...

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Varun Ghosh reviews 'Born to Run' by Bruce Springsteen

Varun Ghosh
28 February 2017

‘I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I.’ Thus begins the captivating autobiography of Bruce Springsteen. No treacly guitar man’s reminiscence, Born to Run grapples with the trickier paradoxes of family, love, mental illness, and musical success. At turns confessional and unapologetic, sentimental a ... More

Varun Ghosh reviews 'Benaud: An appreciation' by Brian Matthews

Varun Ghosh
21 December 2016

For more than half a century, Richie Benaud (1930–2015) graced the game of cricket around the world. A dashing batsman and fierce leg-spinner, Benaud was the first ...

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Varun Ghosh reviews 'Born to Rule' by Paddy Manning

Varun Ghosh
25 November 2015

Since deposing Tony Abbott on 14 September 2015, Malcolm Turnbull has dominated Australian politics like a colossus. Turnbull's triumph, though long expected, happened quickly. The sense of national relief that followed was profound. The preceding eight years of Australian politics – scarcely the apotheosis of democratic governance – had produced intense public ... More

Varun Ghosh reviews 'The Stranger' by Chuck Todd

Varun Ghosh
29 April 2015

It is sometimes easy to forget that Barack Obama ascended from the Illinois state senate to the presidency of the United States in just over four years. It was a steep rise – exhilarating and unprecedented. Since assuming office in January 2009, the road has been rockier, and it is Obama’s seven years in office that form the subject of Chuck Todd’s The Stra ... More