Paul Williams reviews Plots And Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull’s demise and Scott Morrison’s ascension by Niki Savva

Paul Williams
19 July 2019

It’s a challenge to navigate the maze of books published after an election as winners and losers pore over the entrails of victor More

Neal Blewett reviews 'Losing It' by Annabel Crabb, 'Loner: Inside a Labor tragedy' by Bernard Lagan, and 'The Latham Diaries' by Mark Latham

Neal Blewett
07 June 2019

Although you might not guess it from media comment, The Latham Diaries (MUP, $39.95 hb, 429 pp, 0522852157) is the most important book yet published on Labor’s wilderness y More

Raimond Gaita reviews 'The President of Good & Evil: The ethics of George W. Bush' by Peter Singer

Raimond Gaita
07 June 2019

On the face of it, this book represents a strange project: to elaborate for the reader’s consideration the moral beliefs of a man whom the author judges (and judged in advance, one suspe More

Rubik Roy reviews Dead Right: How neoliberalism ate itself and what comes next by Richard Denniss

Rubik Roy
23 May 2019

A spectre is haunting Australia, that of neo-liberalism. For the last thirty years, both major parties have subscribed to its tenets in order to propitiate big business. It is an ideology More

Varun Ghosh reviews Tired of Winning: A chronicle of American decline by Richard Cooke

Varun Ghosh
23 May 2019

Tired of Winning: A chronicle of American decline by journalist and essayist Richard Cooke begins with the shock of Donald Trump’s election on 8 November 2016. In New York’s L More

Michael Sexton reviews Robert Menzies: The art of politics by Troy Bramston

Michael Sexton
23 May 2019
There have been at least half a dozen previous biographies of Robert Menzies, but Troy Bramston’s new life of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister is arguably the most attractive co More

Rémy Davison reviews The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and world order by Hal Brands and Charles Edel

Rémy Davison
23 May 2019

'History repeats itself,’ Karl Marx wrote presciently in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. ‘The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.’ The central themes 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

'Why do politicians find tax justice so hard?' by Daniel Halliday

Daniel Halliday
21 April 2019

As part of his budget speech to the House of Representatives in April, Josh Frydenberg, the federal treasurer, announced that his suite of policy changes would ‘deliver better outcomes f More

Frank Bongiorno reviews From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia got compulsory voting by Judith Brett

Frank Bongiorno
18 April 2019

In July 1924, a Tasmanian senator from the conservative Nationalist Party, Herbert Payne, introduced a bill to bring about compulsory voting in Australian national elections. His proposal More

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