Henry Kissinger: On China

Bruce Grant
23 August 2011

Kissinger on the Asian powerhouse

Bruce Grant


On China
by Henry Kissinger
Allen Lane, $49.95 hb, 586 pp, 9781846143465


Henry Kissinger has never seemed at home in the United States, although he has served in its highest councils and received its ri ... More

Nick Dyrenfurth: Heroes & Villains; and Nick Dyrenfurth and Frank Bongiorno: A Little History of the Australian Labor Party

Stuart Macintyre
23 August 2011

Labor’s long history and uncertain future

Stuart Macintyre


Heroes & Villains: The Rise and Fall of the Early Australian Labor Party
by Nick Dyrenfurth
Australian Scholarly Publishing, $44 pb, 281 pp, 9781921875007


A Little Histo ... More

Gideon Haigh reviews 'Sideshow: Dumbing down democracy' by Lindsay Tanner

Gideon Haigh
24 May 2011

Bill Clinton discouraged politicians from picking fights with people who bought their ink by the barrel. Mindful of that advice, Lindsay Tanner has waited until the end of a career dedicat More

Alison Broinowski reviews 'The Decline and Fall of the American Republic' by Bruce Ackerman

Alison Broinowski
24 May 2011

As people around the world watch events in the United States, many will agree that it is indeed an exceptional, if conflicted, nation. The sole superpower, with the world’s largest econo More

Clement Macintyre reviews 'The Lure of Politics: Geoff Gallop’s Government 2001–2006' by Lesley van Schoubroeck

Clement Macintyre
04 May 2011

A few months after the 2010 federal election, Geoff Gallop delivered the annual Hawke Lecture at the University of South Australia. In an address focused upon political engagement, he canv More

Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Culture Crisis: Anthropology and politics in Aboriginal Australia' edited by Jon Altman and Melinda Hinkson

Peter Menkhorst
04 May 2011

Anthropology’s significant contribution to both academic and applied research focused on Indigenous Australia has intensified over the last four decades. Among Aboriginal people and anth More

Warren Bonett (ed.): The Australian Book of Atheism

Timothy Roberts
19 April 2011

On the attack

Timothy Roberts


The Australian Book of Atheism
edited by Warren Bonett
Scribe, $35 pb, 442 pp, 9781921640766


Once mainly associated with shrill killjoys and desiccated reductionists, atheism has recently received a j ... More

Anthony Moran reviews 'Disconnected' by Andrew Leigh

Anthony Moran
14 April 2011

Since the mid 1990s, when Robert Putnam lionised the concept in his famous essay ‘Bowling Alone’, writing on ‘social capital’ has proliferated. It caught the eye of politicians, in More

Joel Deane reviews 'The Art of Great Speeches and Why We Remember Them' by Dennis Glover

Joel Deane
14 April 2011

At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do – it More

Robin Prior reviews 'Churchill’s Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made' by Richard Toye

Robin Prior
12 April 2011

Empires are out of fashion. The idea of one people ruling over another has had its day. The mention of any empire – with the possible exception of the Roman one, for which people still h More

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