Non Fiction

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

Jim Davidson reviews 'The Empire’s New Clothes: The myth of the Commonwealth' by Philip Murphy

Jim Davidson
28 November 2018

When I went to live in London in 1970, the dissolution of the British Empire had yet to reach its final stages. (While Fiji became independent that year, Hong Kong would not be transferred More

Michael Sexton reviews 'Stern Justice' by Adam Wakeling

Michael Sexton
27 November 2018

Justice or vengeance? This is always the question raised by war crimes trials, although it might be noted that they are a relatively recent historical phenomenon. Some were proposed at the More

Kate Murphy reviews 'Shifting the Boundaries: The University of Melbourne 1975–2015' by Carolyn Rasmussen

Kate Murphy
27 November 2018

During the 1960s and 1970s, student radicals protested that their places of learning were getting too close to industry and government. In 1970, Monash University students occupied the uni More

Nick Haslam reviews 'Out of My Head: On the trail of consciousness' by Tim Parks

Nick Haslam
27 November 2018

How does consciousness, the feeling of what happens, emerge from the object that Tim Parks describes in this engaging book as ‘a gruesome pinkish grey, vaguely intestinal lump’? Is min More

Billy Griffiths reviews 'Burning Planet' by Andrew C. Scott

Billy Griffiths
27 November 2018

A few years ago I walked through a burning landscape with a young archaeobotanist, Xavier. We were in Arnhem Land, and the local Indigenous landowners had lit a low-intensity fire – a co More

Gemma Betros reviews 'Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940–1950' by Agnès Poirier

Gemma Betros
27 November 2018

A country that fails its purge is about to fail its renovation,’ warned French-Algerian writer Albert Camus in a January 1945 editorial. Camus’ ominous edict, issued in the weeks follo More

Robert Dessaix reviews 'The Origins of Dislike' by Amit Chaudhuri

Robert Dessaix
27 November 2018

There is something oddly Jesuitical about this arresting, if not quite thrilling, collection of essays in defence of Modernism (and so modernity). It may be Krishna that Amit Chaudhuri cha More

Rémy Davison reviews 'Crashed' by Adam Tooze

Rémy Davidson
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

Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'The Man on the Mantelpiece: A memoir' by Marion May Campbell

Francesca Sasnaitis
26 November 2018

In 1952, Marion May Campbell’s father was killed in an apocalyptic accident when his World War II RAAF Dakota was knocked out of control by contact with a waterspout and was ‘unable to More

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