THE GOD THAT FAILED – STUART MACINTYRE’S COMMUNIST PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

2022-04-29T12:03:14+10:0028 April 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , |

THE PARTY – THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF AUSTRALIA FROM HEYDAY TO RECKONING  by Stuart MacIntyre Allen & Unwin 2022, ISBN: 9781760875183 RRP $49.99 Reviewed by Keith Harvey   The Party is Stuart MacIntyre’s second volume of his history of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA). It will also be his last as, sadly, he died of [...]

ROBERT MENZIES AT THE MICROPHONE

2022-04-28T15:51:35+10:0028 April 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , , |

MENZIES: THE FORGOTTEN SPEECHES  By David Furse-Roberts Jeparit Press, 2017 ISBN-10: ‎ 1925501507 ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1925501506 RRP: $68.44 (HB) Reviewed by Paul Henderson   This book is about many of the forgotten speeches and broadcasts produced  by Australia’s longest serving prime minister, Robert Menzies. Before they were recently published, they have been preserved in the basement of [...]

A PERSONAL VENDETTA IN AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY

2022-04-29T09:52:28+10:0028 April 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , |

LAVARACK: RIVAL GENERAL By Brett Lodge Robinson Reynolds London 2021 ISBN: 978 1 914973 50 5 RRP: $32.95 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   He held a distinguished military record in World War I and rose in the ranks, taking time after the war to remain in Britain with the Australian Imperial Force. When John [...]

WHEN FAITH RULED AUSTRALIA

2022-04-28T15:51:50+10:0028 April 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , |

GOD AND MENZIES - THE FAITH THAT SHAPED A PRIME MINISTER AND HIS NATION by David Furse-Roberts Jeparit Press, 2021 ISBN: 9781922449641 RRP: $34.95 (pb) Reviewed by Paul Henderson   Probably, there have been more biographies written about Sir Robert Menzies than any other Australian politician. This is not surprising in that he is the [...]

THE FLIPPING OF A COIN – AND THE SEARCH FOR ANSWERS

2022-04-28T15:51:51+10:0028 April 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , |

TOM STOPPARD – A LIFE By Hermione Lee Faber & Faber 2020 ISBN: 978 0 571 31443 0 RRP: $59.99 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   It’s a big book, a bit short of 1000 pages with notes and index taken into account. At times, it seems to offer up compendium qualities as the biographer’s [...]

STANDING DOWN AND SELLING OUT

2022-02-01T11:28:18+11:0031 January 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , |

TRAITOR KING - THE SCANDALOUS EXILE OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR By Andrew Lownie Bonnier Books UK 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78870 487 8 RRP: $32.99 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   In his Traitor King – The Scandalous Exile of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, author Andrew Lownie quotes British writer [...]

LIGHT AND DARK – FRANCE AND THE FRENCH UNCOVERED

2022-02-01T11:37:34+11:0024 January 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , |

MISS DIOR A STORY OF COURAGE AND COUTURE By Justine Picardie Faber & Faber 2021 ISBN: 978 0 571 35652 2 RRP: $40 (HB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   Justine Picardie opens her Miss Dior A Story of Courage and Couture with the words: “This is the story of a ghost who walked into my [...]

AN UNSENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

2022-02-01T11:42:36+11:0021 January 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , |

SINK OR SWIM A MEMOIR By Saxby Pridmore Austin Macauley Publishers 2021 ISBN: 9781528910811 RRP: $ 21.46 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   Sink or Swim A Memoir by Saxby Pridmore AM is at times an eccentric read. At other moments it is piercingly descriptive with sentences those of a poet – short, unexpected and [...]

FROM THE RIGHT, A LOOK AT THE LEFT

2022-02-01T11:42:44+11:0019 January 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , |

A LONG VIEW FROM THE LEFT  by Max Ogden Bad Apple Press, 2020 ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08LVBZZN5 RRP: $32.99 (pb) Reviewed by Keith Harvey   A Long View From The Left, subtitled: “From the CPA to the ALP, a lifetime of fighting for Australian workers’ rights by unionist and Communist Party of Australia (CPA) activist [...]

A QUEST FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE

2022-02-01T13:16:02+11:0014 January 2022|Categories: Review|Tags: , , |

EAST WEST STREET – ON THE ORIGINS OF GENOCIDE AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY By Philippe Sands Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2017 ISBN: 9781474601917 RRP: $24.99 (PB) Reviewed by Anne Henderson   This is a monumental work that reads like a detective novel and impacts emotionally and intellectually with tsunami like effect. Readers who finish the book [...]

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