Whitlam, the 1960s and the program

The cyclones of the late 1960s and early 1970s didn’t shape the Whitlam government as much as gentler breezes that began blowing in the 1950s and early 1960s, writes Frank Bongiorno in this extract from The Whitlam Legacy

16 Dec 13 | Comments (2)

Refugees making history

Klaus Neumann reviews two books that put displaced people at the heart of contemporary history

09 Dec 13 | Comments (1)

Debunking Mawson

In his desire to find the evil in Douglas Mawson, David Day overlooks the awkward tenderness and vulnerability that may lie at the heart of this flawed and driven man, writes Tom Griffiths

03 Dec 13 | Comments (0)

The very heart of history

Three biographies reveal twentieth-century Australians in the thick of things, writes Frank Bongiorno

15 Nov 13 | Comments (5)

History, heritage and the ageing dictator

Uzbekistan is still writing and rewriting its own history, reports a recently returned R.J.B. Bosworth

31 Oct 13 | Comments (1)

A moment when everything seemed possible

David G. Marr describes the genesis of his new book, a detailed look at a turning point in modern Vietnamese history

10 Oct 13 | Comments (0)

The man who volunteered for Auschwitz

John Besemeres reviews a remarkable book and recounts the career of its equally remarkable author

03 Oct 13 | Comments (0)

Casey, the dirt boys and the grey material

A cross-dressing MI6 agent and a shadowy British anti-communist propaganda outfit were key players in the development of Australia’s cold war “soft diplomacy” program. More than fifty years later, as Alan Fewster reports, elements of their legacy remain

02 Sep 13 | Comments (0)