Politics

Nick Hordern reviews 'The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays'

Nicholas Hordern
21 January 2012

Simon Leys is the pen name of the distinguished academic Pierre Ryckmans, who came to notice, first as a sinologist, then as a critic and author. The essays in this collection, composed over more than three decades during which Ryckmans held appointments at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney, cover a wide range of subjects.

The e ... More

Sally Heath (ed.): Meanjin, Vol. 70, No. 4

William Heyward
21 January 2012

Forthright politics

William Heyward

 

Meanjin, Vol. 70, No. 4
edited by Sally Heath
Melbourne University Publishing, $24.99 pb, 208 pp, 0025-6293

 

The current issue of Meanjin is a forthright one. In her editorial, Sally Heath singles out the ... More

Frank Jackson reviews 'The Poor Relation' by Stuart Macintyre

Frank Jackson
23 December 2011

During the lead-up to the last United States presidential election, I found myself waiting for a train at the Princeton railway station with nothing to read. I picked up a copy of the student newspaper. Much of it was standard Bush bashing, intermingled with unrealistic expectations of what Obama might achieve. But one sentence in an editorial caught my eye: ‘It i ... More

Peter Hartcher: The Sweet Spot; and Frank Sartor: The Fog on the Hill

Joel Deane
25 November 2011

The trouble with Canberra

Joel Deane

 

THE SWEET SPOT: HOW AUSTRALIA MADE ITS OWN LUCK – AND COULD NOW THROW IT ALL AWAY
by Peter Hartcher
Black Inc., $29.95 pb, 288 pp, 9781863954976

 

THE FOG ON THE HILL: HOW NSW LABOR LOST ITS WAYMore

Anne Henderson: Joseph Lyons

David Day
24 November 2011

A belated biography of a durable prime minister

David Day

 

Joseph Lyons: The People’s Prime Minister
by Anne Henderson
New South, $49.95 hb, 480 pp, 9781742231426

 

This book is long overdue. It is eighty years since affable Joseph Lyons, often depi ... More

John Mearsheimer: Why Leaders Lie

Bruce Grant
24 November 2011

Nice doggie!

Bruce Grant

 

Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics
by John Mearsheimer
Duckworth Overlook, $29.99 hb, 148 pp, 9780715641569

 

Politics is a demanding profession that calls for skills of leadership and oratory, a ... More

Philip Flood: Dancing with Warriors

Richard Broinowski
24 November 2011

Looking back

Richard Broinowski

 

Dancing with Warriors
by Philip Flood
Australian Scholarly Publishing, $39.95 hb, 383 pp, 9781921875205

 

A current view among foreign policy academics is that the pursuit of Australia’s foreign interests is too impo ... More

Anna Krien: Into the Woods

Peter Mares
15 November 2011

An outsider’s journey through selective truths

Peter Mares

 

 

Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests
by Anna Krien
Black Inc., $29.95 pb, 311 pp, 9781863954877

 

On the day that I finished reading Into the Woods, I ... More

Mungo MacCallum: Punch and Ludy

Joel Deane
15 November 2011

‘Awful beyond parody’

Joel Deane

 

Punch and Judy: The Double Disillusion Election of 2010
by Mungo MacCallum
Black Inc., $22.95 pb, 246 pp, 9781863955119

 

The 2010 federal election fell on my wife’s birthday: 21 August. Being political tragics, ... More

David P. Forsythe: The Politics of Prisoner Abuse

Alison Broinowski
25 October 2011

Say and do

Alison Broinowski

 

The Politics of Prisoner Abuse: The United States and Enemy Prisoners after 9/11
by David P. Forsythe
Cambridge University Press, $34.95 pb, 331 pp, 9780521181105

 

JOAN If you tear me limb from limb until you separate ... More

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