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Tim Rowse reviews Upheaval: How nations cope with crisis and change by Jared Diamond

Tim Rowse
26 July 2019

Individuals have crises; dealing with them sometimes makes a person stronger. Perhaps nation-states are similar: crises make them stronger and better. But is humanity as a whole like this? More

Glyn Davis reviews Winners Take All: The elite charade of changing the world by Anand Giridharadas

Glyn Davis
23 May 2019

From McKinsey analyst to honoured author, New York Times correspondent, familiar face on MSNBC. Awarded a prestigious Henry Crown Fellowship at Aspen, invited onto private planes amid discussion of drinking-w More

Deb Anderson reviews The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Deb Anderson
22 April 2019

Be afraid. ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’, the viral article published in New York magazine (2017) that was both fêted and scorned for its visceral bluntness, has grown out and up More

David Rolph reviews The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

David Rolph
22 April 2019

In 1987, Allan Bloom published his best-selling book, The Closing of the American Mind. The American mind must have remained sufficiently open to allow it, three decades hence, to More

Alison Broinowski reviews Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the present by Christopher Harding

Alison Broinowski
25 March 2019

Our tutor in Japanese conversation at the Australian National University in 1968, rather than listen to us mangling his language, used to write the kanji for all the political factions on More

Simon Tormey reviews Whiteshift: Populism, immigration, and the future of white majorities by Eric Kaufmann

Simon Tormey
25 March 2019

In the wake of the unexpected Brexit and Trump votes in 2016, academics and commentators have been scratching their heads trying to work out what these extraordinary events represent. The More

Rémy Davison reviews A Certain Idea of France: The life of Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson

Rémy Davison
22 February 2019

There is a scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail outside a castle, brimming with French men-at-arms, who taunt King Arthur and his knights remorselessly, while the Britons are More

Kyle Wilson reviews 'The Secret World: A history of intelligence' by Christopher Andrew

Kyle Wilson
18 December 2018

The world’s best-known espionage officer, Vladimir Putin, would relish Christopher Andrew’s account of the role of his fellow practitioners at the 1816 Congress of Vienna. The secret s More

Simon Tormey reviews 'The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A twentieth-century history' by David Edgerton

Simon Tormey
18 December 2018
As we await the fate of the United Kingdom in its tortuous process of extricating itself from the European Union, what better time to produce a provocatively titled text purporting to trace n More

Rémy Davison reviews 'Crashed' by Adam Tooze

Rémy Davison
26 November 2018

In 1996 the pre-eminent political economist Susan Strange published her final book, The Retreat of the State. Strange had dedicated most of her career to studying the ability of t More

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