November 2018, issue no. 406

Robin Gerster reviews 'On War and Writing' by Samuel Hynes

Robin Gerster
26 September 2018

'Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier.’ Samuel Johnson’s aphorism was commended to me many years ago by Peter Ryan, then the long-serving publisher at Melbo More

Geoffrey Blainey reviews 'Pompey Elliott at War: In his own words' by Ross McMullin

Geoffrey Blainey
26 July 2018

General ‘Pompey’ Elliott was a famous Australian in 1918, half forgotten seventy years later, and is now a national military hero. This Anzac Day he stood high. On French soil he was p More

Carolyn Holbrook reviews 'The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia' by Christina Twomey

Carolyn Holbrook
25 June 2018

The director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, recently announced plans for a $500 million underground expansion of the memorial. In justifying the expenditure, Nelson claime More

James Walter reviews 'John Curtin’s War: Volume I' by John Edwards

James Walter
22 March 2018

John Curtin may be our most extensively documented prime minister. He is the subject of many biographies (including one by the author of the volume reviewed here) and countless chapters an More

Deborah Zion reviews 'Ethics Under Fire: Challenges for the Australian army' edited by Tom Frame and Albert Palazzo

Deborah Zion
03 January 2018

In July 1942 the Police Battalion 101 was ordered to murder all the older men, women, and children in Józefów, in Poland. Major Wilhelm Trapp, a member of the Nazi Party, led the battali More

Kevin Foster reviews 'No Front Line: Australia’s special forces at war in Afghanistan' by Chris Masters

Kevin Foster
19 December 2017

Few organisations defend their reputation more vigorously than the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Long since clasped to the national bosom, the ADF has no intention of being shoehorned ou More

Peter Morgan reviews 'Fracture: Life and culture in the West 1918–1938' by Phillip Blom

Peter Morgan
23 September 2016

In 1915 a young Englishman was repatriated from the Western front to Craiglockhart psychiatric hospital in Scotland. Traumatised and disillusioned, he would write ...

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Joy Damousi reviews 'Armenia, Australia and the Great War' by Vicken Babkenian and Peter Stanley

Joy Damousi
22 August 2016

The Armenian Genocide, which claimed an estimated 1.5 million lives, began in 1915. It continues to cause controversy today and is a hotly contested event; ...

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Lucas Grainger-Brown reviews 'Firing Line: Australia's path to war (Quarterly Essay 62) by James Brown

Lucas Grainger-Brown
25 July 2016

Australians must start 'thinking like hawks, while moving like doves', James Brown asserts in his viscerally illustrated but poorly argued Firing Line: Australia's path to war ... More

Alistair Thomson reviews 'Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia's Greek immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War' by Joy Damousi

Alistair Thomson
23 May 2016

When we talk about the importance of Australia's remembered wartime past, we mostly think of home-front experiences or Australians who went away ...

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