Robert O'Neill reviews 'Hanoi's War'

Robert O'Neill
27 February 2014

Although the Vietnam War ended thirty-nine years ago, we have had to wait until now for a full and rigorous scholarly analysis of Hanoi’s policies during that war. Much important material from the war years survived in the archives of the former North Vietnamese ministries, but for a long time it was off limits to Westerners. Gradually, over the past twenty years, ... More

Stephanie Owen Reeder reviews new picture books addressing war

Stephanie Owen Reeder
27 June 2013

Depicting war in a picture book requires a deft hand. Historical imperatives need to be considered, while also avoiding glorifying war for a young and impressionable audience. Ideally, such books should promote informed discussion rather than mindless militarism.

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Nick Hordern reviews 'Exit Wounds'

Nicholas Hordern
28 November 2012

To go into any bookshop, if you can still find one, is to be amazed at the space devoted to militaria: endless shelves of books not just about the two world wars and Vietnam, but all wars in all times. This vicarious fascination with war echoes another phenomenon of our time: the rise of overt public respect for soldiers.

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Craig Wilcox reviews 'Boredom is the Enemy '

Craig Wilcox
25 September 2012

W hat book would you want to read in hell, or in one of humanity’s remarkably competent imitations of it? Tristram Shandy seemed about right to one young Yorkshireman who reached the Western Front in 1915. A year later he found an anthology for soldiers edited by Robert Bridges, the poet laureate, but it seemed so lofty in purpose, so earnest in its moral ... More

Andrew Linklater: The Problem of Harm in World Politics

NAJ Taylor
22 May 2012

N.A.J. Taylor


The Problem of Harm in World Politics: Theoretical Investigations
by Andrew Linklater
Cambridge University Press, $35.95 pb, 320 pp, 9780521179843


Violent and non-violent harm is endured, inflicted, and internalised by all people at different ti ... More

Robin Prior reviews 'Anzac’s Dirty Dozen'

Robin Prior
23 April 2012

This book is the second in a series compiled by a group of Canberra academics on the distortions they perceive to surround the writing of military history in this country. Before the book itself is tackled, a word should be said about the titles they have chosen for their two volumes. The first (published in 2010) is called Zombie Myths of Australian Military Hi ... More

Tanya Crothers (ed.): We Talked of Other Things

Graeme Powell
27 February 2012

The remarkable translator of Erich Maria Remarque

Graeme Powell


edited by Tanya Crothers
Longueville Media, $55 hb, 448 pp, 9780987057013


Arthur Wheen, a nineteen-year-old ... More

Robin Prior reviews 'All Hell Let Loose'

Robin Prior
23 January 2012

It is a brave undertaking to write a single-volume history of World War II. As Max Hastings notes, we already have many good books in this category: Weinberg, A World At Arms: A Global History of World War II (1994); Calvocoressi, Wint, and Pritchard, Total War: The Causes and Courses of the Second World War (1989); Millett and Murray, A War To ... More

David Day on 'The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing'

David Day
20 January 2012

War is one of the great paradoxes of Australia. Why should a people occupying a continent so far from the world’s trouble spots have spent so much of their history dying in often distant wars? It is one of the questions that drew me to the study of Australian history. I am little the wiser after reading this collection of Australian war writing. This is partly bec ... 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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