Politics

Max Holleran reviews 'Fortress America: How we embraced fear and abandoned democracy' by Elaine Tyler May

Max Holleran
26 April 2018

On a Saturday afternoon shortly before Christmas in 1984, Bernhard Goetz was riding the New York City subway. Goetz, who is white, was approached by four black screwdriver-wielding teenage More

Andrew Broertjes reviews 'Franklin D. Roosevelt: A political life' by Robert Dallek

Andrew Broertjes
26 April 2018

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is consistently ranked alongside George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest presidents of the United States. His greatness rests on two pillars. More

Ross McKibbin reviews 'Fall Out: A year of political mayhem' by Tim Shipman

Ross McKibbin
26 April 2018

At present it is virtually impossible to make any confident prediction about the future of British politics, or indeed of the British state. The future lies in a fog where shadowy figures More

Billy Griffiths reviews 'This Time: Australia’s republican past and future' by Benjamin T. Jones

Billy Griffiths
26 April 2018

In the lead-up to the 1999 republic referendum, historian John Hirst published a short guide to Australian democracy and law. ‘This is not a textbook,’ he wrote in the preface; rather, More

Rémy Davison reviews 'America Looks to Australia: The hidden role of Richard Casey in the creation of the Australia–America alliance, 1940–1942' by James Prior

Rémy Davidson
26 March 2018

Duumvirates frequently dominate politics, irrespective of whether they are partners or rivals: Napoleon and Talleyrand; Nixon and Kissinger; Mao and Deng. But few second bananas survive hi More

Geoffrey Blainey reviews 'Three Duties and Talleyrand’s Dictum: Keith Waller: Portrait of a working diplomat' by Alan Fewster

Geoffrey Blainey
26 March 2018

Keith Waller was one of the top ambassadors in a period when Australia urgently needed them. During the Cold War, he served in Moscow and then Washington, where a skilled resident diplomat More

James Walter reviews 'John Curtin’s War: Volume I' by John Edwards

James Walter
22 March 2018

John Curtin may be our most extensively documented prime minister. He is the subject of many biographies (including one by the author of the volume reviewed here) and countless chapters an More

Neal Blewett reviews 'Not for the Faint-hearted: A personal reflection on life, politics and purpose' by Kevin Rudd

Neal Blewett
05 March 2018

It has already become a cliché: Kevin Rudd’s memoir, 'Not for the Faint-Hearted', is not for the faint-hearted. More than 600 densely packed pages long, it contains some 230,000 words a More

David Fettling reviews 'Blood and Silk: Power and conflict in modern Southeast Asia' by Michael Vatikiotis

David Fettling
22 February 2018

Australians, Chris Bowen lamented recently, pay lip service to Asia. While millions of us visit every year, it is too easy to skim across the region’s surface. Few Australians speak Asia 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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