war

Amos Oz: Scenes from Village Life

Colin Golvan
27 September 2011

The redemptive power of dreams

Colin Golvan

 

Scenes from Village Life
by Amos Oz
Chatto & Windus, $29.95 hb, 265 pp, 9780701185503

 

Amos Oz, who is at the pinnacle of Israeli writing, epitomises the role of writer as a voice of hope, a moral guid ... More

Tariq Ali: The Obama Syndrome

Dennis Altman
27 September 2011

Trashing Obama

Dennis Altman

 

The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad
by Tariq Ali
Verso, $29.95 pb, 219 pp, 9781844677573

 

Tariq Ali, proclaims the Guardian, ‘has been a leading figure of the international left since the 60s’. ... More

Peter Pierce: 'P.O.W.: Australian Prisoners of War in Hitler’s Reich'

Peter Pierce
29 June 2011

Of the fate of Australian prisoners of war in the hands of the Japanese during World War II, the literature – memoir, fiction, history – is voluminous. There were 21,652 of them, of whom thirty-five per cent, or 7780, perished. A good deal has also been written of enemy prisoners – Japanese, German, Italian – who were held in camps in this country, and in pa ... More

Elisabeth Holdsworth on 'All Day Long the Noise of Battle'

Elisabeth Holdsworth
24 May 2011

The title of this new book on the Vietnam War comes from the final verse cycle of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King (1869). As Arthur lies dying, he reflects ‘that we / Shall never more ... Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds’. This Arthurian borrowing for the title of a book about an obscure battle fought by Australians in Vietnam during the 19 ... More

Robin Prior: Received versions of the Great War

Robin Prior
21 April 2011

Michael McKernan states in his introduction to his short book on Gallipoli that he is dissatisfied with much writing on military history. He writes: ‘Military history is often presented as a thing of maps and statistics, a brutal narrative based on the deployments and motives of commanders with a score sheet of those who performed well and those who failed. In thi ... More

Stephen Mansfield reviews 'Crack Hardy'

Stephen Mansfield
21 April 2011

While explorations of Australia at war have never been short on ‘male stories’, the prevalence of the masculine frame may yet increase in coming years as part of the ongoing examination of competing forms of manhood in this country, as evidenced by the upcoming symposium ‘Embattled Men: Masculinity and War’ at the Australian National University. The publicit ... More

Stuart Macintyre reviews 'Curtin’s Empire'

Stuart Macintyre
24 March 2011

‘A peculiar bloke, Jack; you never knew him. You couldn’t get close to him.’ Reg Pollard, who was one of the abler members of the Labor Caucus in the 1940s, confessed his puzzlement to Lloyd Ross as Curtin’s biographer gathered personal testimony.

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