• Red zone

    John West     |      June 16, 2021

    Peter Hartcher’s new book provides a forensic analysis of the deterioration in the Australia-China relationship, with insights and insider information to support his argument that Australia needs to toughen its protections against China.

  • The last winter of the Weimar Republic

    Open Forum     |      October 31, 2020

    “The gravediggers” is eloquent testimony to the collapse of Weimar Germany and what became inevitable when those charged with the custody of the German state failed to stand up to Adolf Hitler.

  • Law, politics and intelligence: a life of Robert Hope

    Stephen Loosley     |      September 24, 2020

    In Law, politics and intelligence: a life of Robert Hope, Peter Edwards delivers a masterclass in the governance, or lack of it, of Australia’s security and intelligence services in the post-war era.

  • Fighting the good fight

    Open Forum     |      July 26, 2020

    Giving the Devil His Due – Reflections of a Scientific Humanist, the latest book by American rationalist Michael Shermer, should be required reading for those who seek hope in reason in these troubled times.

  • The lack of leadership on climate change

    Mark Beeson     |      July 22, 2020

    Climate change is the quintessential, implacable and, by this stage, possibly unstoppable threat we all face. The consequences of failing to recognise this unambiguous reality are spelled out in Anatol Lieven’s new book.

  • Burn-in: a novel of the real robotic revolution

    John T. Watts     |      June 20, 2020

    If you’d enjoy a thoughtful exploration of the complex implications oft technology in national security, this book will be well worth your time.

  • Diary of an accidental activist

    Dennis Altman     |      September 15, 2019

    Denis Altman’s new book, Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist, accounts for his time in the US and draws comparisons between the American and Australian political state.