Australian politics, society & culture


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The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
By David Marr
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The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence
By David McKnight
The Rhodes Scholarship is slowly embracing diversity
By Zoë Morrison
The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship
By Tom Griffiths
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Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
By Martin Krygier
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The life and legacy of Roald Dahl
By Anwen Crawford
How should Australians commemorate their battles in other countries?
By Mungo MacCallum
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Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel’ is a thoughtful look at some of Australia’s most prominent historians
By Barry Hill
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Nobel Prize–winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich brings together an extraordinarily diverse group of Russian voices
By Anna Goldsworthy
The boat cruise commentary had everything – except indigenous Tasmania
By Bruce Pascoe
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NewSouth Publishing; $29.99
By Mark McKenna
China since the other Malcolm
By Robert Drewe
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
An ideology of savagery
By Robert Manne
Australia’s changing place in Britain’s EU deliberations
By Stuart Ward
Can Malcolm Turnbull survive on optimism alone?
By Judith Brett
Melbourne Museum’s Thomas Rich has devoted more than 30 years to Australia’s polar dinosaurs
By Chloe Hooper
The notorious island has been a site of incarceration, occupation and, now, “extreme gardening”
By Sophie Cunningham
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Alan Moorehead, Australia’s forgotten literary giant
By Thornton McCamish