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THE MANY ROOMS IN FRANK MOORHOUSE – MORE THAN WRITING

2024-03-25T09:51:31+11:0021 March 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

FRANK MOORHOUSE A LIFE By Catharine Lumby Allen & Unwin 2023 ISBN: 978 1 74237 224 2 RRP: $34.99 (PB)     As his friend and literary trustee Helen Lewis has recorded: “There were many rooms in Frank Moorhouse.” In this cute play on words, Lewis captured the many layered man she had known well. [...]

A PROFOUND RIVALRY: MENZIES VERSUS EVATT

2024-03-25T09:51:26+11:0021 March 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

MENZIES VERSUS EVATT – THE GREAT RIVALRY OF AUSTRALIAN POLITICS  By Anne Henderson Connor Court 2023 ISBN: 978 1 92281 56 06 RRP: $34.95 (PB) Reviewed by Nicholas Hasluck     At a banquet held in 1960 to farewell Sir William Slim upon the completion of his term as Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, [...]

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FROM THE BENCH

2024-03-25T09:40:28+11:0021 March 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

LAW, POLITICS AND INTELLIGENCE A LIFE OF ROBERT HOPE By Peter Edwards NewSouth 2020 ISBN: 978 1 742 235 370 RRP: $49.99 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson     In the age of post 9/11, it is hard to remember how security and intelligence was once so denigrated by the left intelligentsia and left wing [...]

A BELATED COMING OF AGE – FALLING IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL

2024-03-25T09:35:21+11:0021 March 2024|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

MY LIFE AS A JEW By Michael Gawenda Scribe 2023 ISBN: 978 1 761380 47 1 RRP: $35 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   As a memoir, Michael Gawenda’s My Life as a Jew is part autobiography, part confession, part analysis of historical and contemporary global antisemitism and part a journey of discovery. It is [...]

POLITICAL LIVES COMPARED – ARTHUR CALWELL & BRIAN HARRADINE

2023-12-07T09:20:18+11:005 December 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Arthur Calwell -  by James Franklin and Gerry O’Nolan Australian Biographical Monographs 20  Connor Court Publishing, 2023 ISBN:  9781922815811 RRP: $19.95       Brian Harradine – by Keith Harvey Australian Biographical Monographs 21 Connor Court Publishing, 2023 ISBN:  9781922815866 RRP: $19.95 Reviewed by Gerard Henderson   Judged by their electoral performances Arthur Calwell (1896-1973) [...]

THE FINAL SOLUTION – IN TWO PARTS

2023-12-05T14:36:46+11:005 December 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

HITLER, STALIN, MUM AND DAD - A FAMILY MEMOIR OF MIRACULOUS SURVIVAL by Daniel Finkelstein William Collins 2023 ISBN: 978 000 8483885-2 RRP: $34.99 (pb) By Anne Henderson It has been said that history is all too often written by the winners. While George Orwell opined that the most effective way to destroy people would [...]

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN HEROES OF THE PACIFIC WAR

2023-12-05T14:36:32+11:005 December 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

SISTERS IN CAPTIVITY SISTER BETTY JEFFREY OAM AND THE COURAGEOUS STORY OF AUSTRALIAN ARMY NURSES IN SUMATRA, 1942-1945 by Colin Burgess Simon & Schuster Australia, 2023 ISBN 9781761109089 RRP $34.99   Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald This fine book, Sisters in Captivity, is dedicated to “the heroic nurses who lived this story but never made it home”. Most [...]

HOW THE MALAYA CAMPAIGN BROUGHT DOWN AN AUSTRALIAN GENERAL

2023-12-05T14:36:59+11:0029 November 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

THE FALL OF GENERAL GORDON BENNETT By Brett Lodge Robinson Reynolds 2023 ISBN: 978 1 914973 55 0 RRP: $35 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson Brett Lodge’s The Fall of General Gordon Bennett (just released in a revised edition) is advertised as the “definitive biography”. In fact, Lodge has meticulously researched and brought to a [...]

CHINA’S GENOCIDE IN XINJIANG

2023-12-05T14:39:42+11:0029 November 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

THE PERFECT POLICE STATE - AN UNDERCOVER ODYSSEY INTO CHINA’S TERRIFYING SURVEILLANCE DYSTOPIA OF THE FUTURE by Geoffrey Cain PublicAffairs/Hachette Australia 2021; ISBN: 9781541757035; RRP: $49.99 (hb) *** NO ESCAPE – THE TRUE STORY OF CHINA’S GENOCIDE OF THE UYGHURS by Nury Turkel HarperCollins 2022; ISBN: 9781335469564; RRP: $USD 28.99 or $51.25 via an Australian [...]

THE SQUATTERS’ GRAB – WHERE IT ALL WENT WRONG

2023-12-05T17:33:59+11:0029 November 2023|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

THE SQUATTERS’ GRAB – WHERE IT ALL WENT WRONG By Wal Walker Wal Walker 2023 ISBN 978 0 646 99705 6 RRP: $36.95 (pb) Reviewed by Anne Henderson After a long campaign in Australia in 2023 over constitutional change and recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Australian constitution, reading Wal Walker’s The Squatters’ Grab – [...]

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