By Andras Gyorgy, 30 November 2007
There is fortunate timing to the Library of America’s bringing out in two volumes Edmund Wilson’s Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s & 30s and Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s & 40s.Their publication may help dispel the mausoleum feel to the comments Wilson receives with every appearance of his own writings or writings about him. He was, many reviewers insist, America’s preeminent “man of letters,” with the word “last” added to drive the final nail in the coffin housing a man of action, as he was in reality for the early, most productive and interesting decades of his life.
Bolsheviks in Power - Professor Alexander Rabinowitch’s important study of the first year of soviet power
By Frederick Choate and David North, 9 November 2007
The following review is also available as a pdf.
By Christie Schaefer, 25 October 2007
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks, Three Rivers Press (CA), $14.95
By Ann Talbot, 6 October 2007
El Escudo de la Republica by Angel Viñas (Barcelona: Critica, 2007)
By Robert Maxwell, 20 September 2007
James Lee Burke, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Simon & Schuster and Jesus Out to Sea, Simon & Schuster
James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928, by Bryan D. Palmer. University of Illinois Press, 2007, 542 pp.
By Fred Mazelis and Tom Mackaman, 18 September 2007
The publication of a biography of James P. Cannon, one of the leading figures of early American Communism and the founder, in 1928, of the American Trotskyist movement, is a major event.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 August 2007
Rolf Gössner, Menschenrechte in Zeiten des Terrors—Kollateralschäden an der “Heimatfront”(Human Rights in Times of Terror—Collateral Damage on the “Home Front”), Konkret Verlag, Hamburg: 2007, 288 pages, €17
By Sandy English, 1 August 2007
The Road by Cormac McCarthy, New York: Random House, 2006, 287 pp. The Pesthouse by Jim Crace, New York: Doubleday, 2007, 255 pp.
By Jonathan Keane, 15 May 2007
Scott Reynolds Nelson, Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry: The Untold Story of an American Legend, New York, Oxford University Press 2006, 214 pp.
By Gabriela Zabala-Notaras and Ismet Redzovic, 8 May 2007
Richard Flanagan, The Unknown Terrorist, Sydney, Picador 2006, 325 pp.
A lesson from history regarding Mr. Blair
By Ann Talbot, 20 March 2007
Edward Pearce The Great Man, Sir Robert Walpole: Scoundrel, Genius and Britain’s First Prime Minister (London: Jonathan Cape, 2007) 352 pp.
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, by Daniel Dennett, Viking Adult, 2006, 464 pages, $26
By James Brookfield, 6 November 2006
American philosopher Daniel Dennett’s latest book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, was attacked from the right last February in the pages of the New York Times Book Review by Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of The New Republic.
By Jonathan Keane, 5 October 2006
The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty, by William Hogeland, Scribner, 2006, 302 pages
By Charles Bogle, 31 August 2006
Washington’s Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer, 543 pages, Oxford University Press, 2004, $17.95
By David Walsh, 25 August 2006
John Updike, Terrorist, New York, Alfred A. Knopf 2006, 310 pp.
A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin
By Shannon Jones, 11 August 2006
A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin (Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2006), 400 pages
Pretty Birds by Scott Simon, Australia, Hodder 2005, 351pp.
By Gabriela Zabala-Notaras and Ismet Redzovic, 26 June 2006
Scott Simon is an American journalist who has covered 10 wars from El Salvador to Iraq, and hosts US National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Saturday.” He became a Quaker and a pacifist in the 1960s but, in a similar fashion to a variety of erstwhile liberals, radicals and lefts—such as Susan Sontag, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Jurgen Habermas and others—jumped on the militarist band-wagon during the Balkan conflicts in the early 1990s, after concluding that “all the best people can be killed by all the worst ones.”
By Sandy English, 9 May 2006
E.L. Doctorow, Sweet Land Stories, New York, Random House 2004, 147 pp.
9 May 2006
The following is a selection of letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on “Hegel, Marx, Engels, and the origins of Marxism”, a review of Tom Rockmore’s book Marx after Marxism: The Philosophy of Karl Marx.
A review of Marx After Marxism: The Philosophy of Karl Marx by Tom Rockmore
By David North, 3 May 2006
The following is second of a two-part series. The first part can be read here.
A review of Marx After Marxism: The Philosophy of Karl Marx by Tom Rockmore
By David North, 2 May 2006
The following is the first of a two-part series. The second part will be posted tomorrow.
The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History
By Ann Talbot, 18 April 2006
Peter Heather, The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History, (London: Macmillan, 2005)
By Tom Carter, 17 April 2006
Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography, by Joachim Garff, translated by Bruce H. Kirmmse. 867 pages, Princeton University Press, $35
Degenerates and Perverts: The 1939 Herald Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art, by Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller, Miegunyah Press
By John Christian and Richard Phillips, 28 March 2006
Degenerates and Perverts, a richly illustrated 306-page book by Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller, examines the 1939 Herald Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art and its impact on Australian artistic and social life. Accurate information about the impact of this landmark event in local cultural history is long overdue.
The Secret River, by Kate Grenville, Text Publishing, 2005
By Mary Beadnell, 7 March 2006
Australian author Kate Grenville’s recently published historical novel, The Secret River, is a serious work and one that reveals some important truths about Australia’s past.
By Gabriela Zabala-Notaras, 13 February 2006
My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey, Random House, Australia 2003
By Joe Kay, 9 February 2006
The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney, Basic Books, New York, 2005, 351 pp., US$24.95, CAN$34.95
Children of the Lucky Country? How Australian society has turned its back on children and why children matter, by Fiona Stanley, Sue Richardson and Margot Prior, Macmillan, Sydney 2005.
By Erika Zimmer, 30 January 2006
Child health research professor Fiona Stanley, whom the Howard government named Australian of the Year in 2003, has co-authored Children of the Lucky Country? a work that brings together wide-ranging data concerning Australian children, including economic, physical and mental health indicators.
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood and How it Changed America by John M. Barry
By Shannon Jones, 27 January 2006
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi flood and how it changed America, by John M. Barry, Touchstone 1998
Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich
By Clare Dennis, 28 December 2005
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, by Barbara Ehrenreich, Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt 2005
Tony Evans, The Politics of Human Rights: A global perspective
By Ann Talbot, 24 December 2005
Tony Evans, The Politics of Human Rights: A global perspective, Pluto Press, 2005
God Under Howard by Marion Maddox
By Laura Tiernan, 5 December 2005
A recently published book charting the rise of Christian fundamentalism in Australia offers a timely examination of what has become a striking feature of contemporary political life. Marion Maddox, a religious studies scholar at New Zealand’s Victoria University, looks at the creeping influence of the religious right and its role in the political “success” of Prime Minister John Howard.
Another country, edited by Rosie Scott and Thomas Keneally, Halstead Press and the Sydney branch of PEN
By Gabriela Zabala-Notaras, 24 November 2005
Another Country is a valuable collection of writings by asylum seekers and refugees who have been held in Australian immigration prisons under the government’s mandatory detention policies. Edited by acclaimed local novelist Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s List) and Rosie Scott, a New Zealand writer, the book was initiated by the Sydney branch of PEN, the international association of poets, essayists and novelists formed in 1921 to defend freedom of expression.
By Gabriela Zabala-Notaras and Ismet Redzovic, 16 November 2005
Dead Europe, by Christos Tsiolkas, Sydney: Random House, 2005, 411 pp.
By Sandy English, 10 November 2005
War Trash, by Ha Jin, New York: Pantheon Books, 2004, 352 pp.
By Ann Talbot, 5 November 2005
E.H. Gombrich, A Little History of the World, translated by Caroline Mustill, Yale, £14.99
By Shannon Jones, 5 July 2005
Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President, by Harold Holzer, Simon & Schuster (2004) ISBN 0-7432-2466-3
Dirt Cheap, Life at the wrong end of the job market by Elisabeth Wynhausen, Macmillan, Sydney 2005
By Laura Tiernan, 6 June 2005
In late 2002, Elizabeth Wynhausen, a senior journalist on Rupert Murdoch’s Australian, took unpaid leave and began a nine-month undercover assignment in the ranks of the working poor. Her book, Dirt Cheap, Life at the wrong end of the job market, provides a glimpse of social reality for millions of people in casual and low-wage jobs, now the fastest-growing section of the Australian workforce.
Harvard University Press, 2005, 715 pages
By Fred Williams, 3 June 2005
The following is the second part of a two-part article. Part one was posted Wednesday, June 2.
Harvard University Press, 2005, 715 pages
By Fred Williams, 2 June 2005
The following is the first part of a two-part article. The second and concluding part will posted Friday, June 3.
The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in the Age of Terror by Michael Ignatieff, Edinburgh University Press 2004
By Richard Hoffman, 24 May 2005
The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in the Age of Terror by Michael Ignatieff was received with great fanfare in liberal circles when published last year. It purports to canvass important political and legal issues arising out of the new “age of terror”. In reality, Ignatieff’s book is a shoddy piece of hack work that expresses, more than anything, the sharp shift to the right in what once constituted liberalism in the United States.
Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon shapes and censors the movies by David L. Robb
By Mile Klindo and Richard Phillips, 14 March 2005
Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon shapes and censors the movies by David L. Robb, a former journalist for Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, is a timely work. Published in 2004, a year after the US-led occupation of Iraq, it exposes one of the dark secrets of American movies—military interference in film production and Hollywood’s acquiescence to it.
By Sandy English, 17 February 2005
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, New York: Doubleday, 2003, 376 pp.
By Tom Mackaman, 27 January 2005
Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, by David Von Drehle (2003, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York)
By Joanne Laurier, 3 January 2005
The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to do About it by Marcia Angell M.D., published by Random House, 304 pp.; Overdosed America: the Broken Promise of American Medicine, by John Abramson, M.D., published by Harper Collins, 332 pp.
By Rick Kelly, 18 December 2004
Washington Gone Crazy: Senator Pat McCarran and the Great American Communist Hunt, Michael J. Ybarra, Steerforth Press, 2004
Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire by Niall Ferguson, Penguin Press, 2004, ISBN 0-713-99615-3
By Ann Talbot, 9 December 2004
This is the conclusion of a three-part review
Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire by Niall Ferguson, Penguin Press, 2004, ISBN 0-713-99615-3
By Ann Talbot, 8 December 2004
This is the second of a three-part review
Niall Ferguson, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, Penguin Press, 2004, ISBN 0-713-99615-3
By Ann Talbot, 7 December 2004
This is the first of a three-part review.
By Niall Green, 17 November 2004
When the Bulbul Stopped Singing by Raja Shehadeh, Profile Books Ltd, London, 2003
An indictment of Germany’s refugee policy
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 1 November 2004
They Were in Search of Life. Suicide: the Consequences of German Deportation Policies. (Sie Suchten das Leben. Suizide als Folge Deutscher Abschiebepolitik), Heike Herzog and Eva Wälde, Hamburg/Münster, Unrast Verlag, 2004. ISBN 3-89771-810-3
By Harvey Thompson, 9 September 2004
This is the final article in a three-part series reviewing recent older children’s fiction. Part 1 was published on September 7 and Part 2 was posted September 8.
By Harvey Thompson, 8 September 2004
This is the second in a three-part series reviewing recent older children’s fiction. Part 1 was published on September 7.
By Harvey Thompson, 7 September 2004
This is the first of a three-part series reviewing recent older children’s fiction.
By Sandy English, 6 September 2004
The Best American Short Stories 2003, edited by Walter Mosley, New York: Houghton Mifflin
By Jean Shaoul, 21 August 2004
Bad News from Israel: Greg Philo and Mike Berry, Pluto Press, London, 2004
By Nancy Russell, 13 August 2004
The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk: Why I Refused to Testify Against the Clintons & What I Learned in Jail, by Susan McDougal with Pat Harris. Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York. 2003. Paperback Edition 2004.
By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2004
Who Runs This Place? The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century by Anthony Sampson, published by John Murray
By Robert Stevens, 3 August 2004
Who Runs This Place? The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century, by Anthony Sampson, published by John Murray.
Tales of a Kremlin Digger, by Elena Tregubova
By Vladimir Volkov, 23 June 2004
The political journalism of post-Soviet Russia has given rise to dozens of books. The majority of them are written in a boring, turgid style. Some are fixated on the latest scandals. Others concentrate on matters known only to a narrow circle of people, with the authors striving not so much to provide a general picture and analysis of events as to successfully “sell” their “insider” information to the public and make the strongest possible impression.
By Shannon Jones, 2 June 2004
Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, by Allen C. Guelzo (Simon & Schuster, 2004)
Power Play: The Fight to Control the World’s Electricity by Sharon Beder
By Joanne Laurier, 7 April 2004
Power Play: The Fight to Control the World’s Electricity by Sharon Beder; 400 pages; New York: The New Press, 2003
The Real World Economic Outlook 2003 The Legacy of Globalization: Debt and Deflation, Anne Pettifor (editor), Palgrave Macmillan
By Nick Beams, 10 February 2004
This book, written as a challenge to the World Economic Outlook reports issued by the International Monetary Fund and comprising a collection of articles critical of the dominant economic order, is a useful publication from two standpoints.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 February 2004
Absolute Friends, by John le Carré, 455 pages, Boston: Little, Brown, 2003
By E. Galen, 3 February 2004
The is the concluding part of a two-part review of Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner (University of California Press, 2002). The first part was posted on February 2.
By E. Galen, 2 February 2004
Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner, University of California Press
By Sandy English, 15 January 2004
Roscoe by William Kennedy, New York: Penguin, 2002, 294 pp.
The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
By Sandy English, 5 November 2003
The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer, New York, Hyperion, 2002.
A moving novel exploring the Rwanda tragedy
By Linda Slattery, 4 November 2003
Gil Courtemanche, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, ISBN: 1400041074, Canongate Books Ltd., 2003, Patricia Claxton (trans.).
By Joanne Laurier, 17 October 2003
Former United Nations chief weapons inspector Scott Ritter’s latest book, Frontier Justice: Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwhacking of America, is a scathing critique of the Bush administration’s main pretext for the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Fury by Salman Rushdie
By Gabriela Notaras, 12 September 2003
Fury, Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, is an abysmal work. The book purports to explore the personal demons or “furies”, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, murder, rape, incest and other social ills, which Rushdie claims torment and sometimes inspire various individuals in New York City.
By our correspondent, 3 September 2003
Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence, one of the most popular books by an Australian Aboriginal writer, has now been translated and published in France. Written by Doris Pilkington in 1996, and subsequently produced as a film last year by director Phillip Noyce, it tells the story of the forcible removal of three young mixed-race Aboriginal girls from their families by government officials in the early 1930s. Thousands of Aboriginal children were subjected to this cruel government policy in the first seven decades of the twentieth century.
Jonathan Israel, Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750 Oxford University Press
By Ann Talbot, 26 August 2003
I last reviewed Jonathan Israel’s Radical Enlightenment on this site in 2001 just after it came out in hardback. Why return to it now? The book itself would justify another review since it is a large and rich work that delves deeply into early Enlightenment history and repays reading and rereading. There is always something more to find in it. A first impression of such a book will inevitably represent a limited judgement and fail to do it complete justice. It is also now out in paperback.
By Carl Bronski, 14 August 2003
Well Of Lies: The Walkerton Water Tragedy by Colin N. Perkel, McLelland & Stewart Ltd, 2002.
Bush’s Brain and Boy Genius
By Joanne Laurier, 19 July 2003
Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential by James Moore and Wayne Slater; Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid and Carl M. Cannon
God, Locke and Equality by Jeremy Waldron
By Ann Talbot, 16 June 2003
Professor Jeremy Waldron’s latest book is an examination of the theory of equality put forward by the seventeenth century English philosopher John Locke. This is a subject that is highly relevant today as the widening social gulf between the super rich and the rest of the population increasingly undermines the political institutions that have been based on the maintenance of at least a measure of social and economic equality.
By Alex Lefebvre, 2 May 2003
French novelist Michel Houellebecq has acquired celebrity status in France and, increasingly, abroad as a well-established literary shock jock. His latest novel, Plateforme, has the merit of clearly exposing this outlook’s artistic emptiness and repugnant social content. From glorifying sexual oppression and mass murder to embracing the glossy emptiness of travel brochures, Houellebecq stirs up all that is horrifying, diseased or sterile in modern life.
By Nancy Russell, 18 April 2003
Henry Ford and the Jews: the Mass Production of Hate by Neil Baldwin, Public Affairs. New York. 2001, paperback release December 17, 2002
Interview with Morris Gleitzman, author of Boy Overboard
By Kaye Tucker, 16 April 2003
Morris Gleitzman, author of Boy Overboard , a children’s novel based on a fictional account of the journey of Afghan child refugees [See: Nurturing a sense of fairness and humanity], spoke with Kaye Tucker last month about his work.
By Robert Stevens, 10 April 2003
Iraq: A report from the inside , by Dilip Hiro, published by Granta (ISBN 1-86207-627-8)
Richard Russo’s Empire Falls
By Sandy English, 28 March 2003
Richard Russo, Empire Falls , New York: Random House, 2001
Growth of police-state measures in Germany
By Marius Heuser, 14 March 2003
Heribert Prantl, Suspicious: The authoritarian state and the politics of domestic insecurity, published by Europa 2002, ISBN: 3-203-81041-7
Bush at War, by Bob Woodward, 2002, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY.
By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2003
This is the latest in a series of behind-the-scenes books by the Washington Post journalist of Watergate fame. Over the past 16 years Woodward has cranked out a half dozen such volumes on the major institutions of official Washington. The CIA, the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, the Clinton White House and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan have all received this largely adulatory treatment, and now it is the turn of the Bush administration, in a retelling of the 100 days which followed the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman, Puffin Books
By Kaye Tucker, 4 March 2003
Before the US-led attack on Afghanistan in 2001, many Afghan families made hazardous journeys to Australia, clinging to the hope that they would find a country willing to give them political asylum and shelter. Rather than welcome and charity, the refugees were met with callous indifference or outright hostility from the Australian government.
By Shannon Jones, 13 February 2003
The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power, Max Boot, Basic Books, 2002
The Death Ship by Ret Marut/B. Traven
By Paul McCarten, 9 September 2002
Sadly, these days B. Traven and his many novels have been assigned to relative obscurity in the world of literature and politics. Traven was but one of the many aliases used by this mysterious author, adventurer and revolutionary. Many historians have tried to uncover the secret behind Traven’s identity, some suggesting he was the illegitimate son of Kaiser Wilhelm II, others that he was a theology student from Cincinnati in the US. Whatever his precise origins, Traven always shunned publicity, preferring to let his novels be judged by the ideas contained within.
The Einstein File: J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret War Against the World’s Most Famous Scientist, by Fred Jerome. St. Martin’s Press, 2002. 348 pages. ISBN 0-312-28856-5
By Alan Whyte and Peter Daniels, 3 September 2002
A 22-year campaign of spying and slander by the FBI against Albert Einstein is traced in this recently published book.
Robert Cooper, The postmodern state and the world order, Demos, Second Edition 2000, ISBN 1-84180-010-4 Re-ordering the world—the long-term implications of 11 September, Foreign Policy Centre, 2002, ISBN 1-903558-10-7
27 April 2002
Foreign Office Adviser Robert Cooper’s call last month for the development of a “new imperialism” initially caused outrage amongst sections of the press and some Labour MPs. That one of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s closest foreign policy advisers could make such an unabashed appeal was considered at best ill-judged. Especially after the UK government, fresh from its involvement in the US led war against Afghanistan, was involved in talks with the Bush administration on renewing its war against Iraq.
by John Ashton and Ian Ferguson, Mainstream Publishing, 2002, ISBN 1840183896
By Steve James, 24 April 2002
John Ashton’s and Ian Ferguson’s work on the circumstances surrounding the destruction on December 21, 1988, of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland is worthy of careful study. It raises serious doubts, not only regarding the recent conviction of the Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, now incarcerated in Barlinnie jail, Glasgow, but over the entire official presentation of events before and after the crash, from 1988 to the present day. They give indicators as to how the full facts regarding the atrocity which killed 270, perhaps 271, people might be uncovered and conclude with a series of searching questions which any genuinely independent inquiry into the Lockerbie disaster should direct toward various governments, intelligence services, and individuals.
By E. Galen, 17 April 2002
Base Instincts: What Makes Killers Kill? , by Jonathan H. Pincus, M.D., W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY, 2001
The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville, Pan MacMillan Australia, ISBN 0-330-36206-2
By Gabriela Notaras, 15 April 2002
Kate Grenville is a critically acclaimed Australian novelist who briefly worked in the film industry before taking up writing seriously in the late 1970s. Most of her books attempt to explore inequality between the sexes in relationships, family life and society in general.
Alice Munro’s short stories
By Sandy English, 9 April 2002
Alice Munro, The Love of a Good Woman, New York:Alfred A Knopf, 1998
Trapped in Moscow: Exile and Stalinist Persecution, by Reinhard Müller
By Alexander Boulerian, 16 March 2002
Menschenfalle Moskau: Exil und Stalinistische Verfolgung (Trapped in Moscow: Exile and Stalinist Persecution), by Reinhard Müller, Hamburg 2001
The failure of reformism, not socialism
By Shannon Jones, 6 March 2002
It didn’t happen here: Why socialism failed in the United States, by Seymour Martin Lipset and Gary Marks, WW Norton & Company 2000
By Jörg Victor, 8 December 2001
The book Blind in the right eye—The fascist roots of the BKA * examines the post-war establishment of Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt (BKA, Federal Criminal Police Office) and its roots within the fascist Third Reich. (The BKA is the equivalent of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation). The author, Dieter Schenk, who himself worked for nine years in the BKA, refutes the view that the organisation is basically non-political and free from any sort of responsibility for crimes committed during the Nazi regime: “In 1959 the leadership of the BKA consisted of 47 officials—only two of whom were not involved in the activities of the fascists”.
Border Crossing, by Pat Barker Published by the Penguin Group (Viking), ISBN (hardback) 0-670-87841-3 (paperback) 0-670-89315-3
By Harvey Thompson, 7 November 2001
Border Crossing begins as child-psychologist Tom Seymour rescues a young man from drowning while out walking near a lake. The young man turns out to be Danny Miller, who was convicted as a ten-year-old child of murder and at whose trial Tom had given evidence.
Carnegie Medal for children’s fiction:
By Harvey Thompson, 5 October 2001
The Other Side of Truth, ISBN 0-14-130476-6, Puffin Books, 2000, £4.99 (The book is expected to be released in the US Oct/Nov 2001)
30 August 2001
Augusto Pinochet: 503 Days Trapped in London (Augusto Pinochet: 503 Días Atrapado en Londres) By Mónica Pérez and Felipe Gerdtzen Editorial Los Andes, Santiago de Chile ISBN 956-7849-14-5
Borderline: Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers by Peter Mares, University of New South Wales Press, ISBN 0 86840 746 1
By Jake Skeers, 11 August 2001
In recent years, differences have emerged in Australian ruling circles over the policy of compulsorily detaining asylum seekers, sometimes for years, until they exhaust their avenues of appeal against denial of refugee status. Violent repression, including the use of mass arrests, water cannon, tear gas and solitary confinement, has failed to quell the growing unrest in the overcrowded camps—expressed in hunger strikes, mass breakouts and increasingly determined protests—and this has fuelled concerns within the media and political establishment that damage is being done to Australia’s international reputation.
Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity1650-1750, by Jonathan I. Israel, Oxford University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-19-820608-9, £30.00
7 August 2001
To talk favourably of the Enlightenment has become something of a taboo in recent years. Some writers deny its existence, while others present it as a reactionary development. It is therefore refreshing to find a serious treatment of the intellectual trends of the late 17th and early 18th century that is not afraid to identify the Enlightenment as a progressive movement, which is associated with the rise of rational thought and a belief in equality and democracy.