BookReviews

From Nixon to Reagan

Reviewed by Jonathan Bradley

“Melodrama is the fundamental mode of popular American moving pictures,” the film scholar Linda Williams once argued. Even if Hollywood movies were superficially realistic, she said, this was mere effect in service of a style that was “a peculiarly democratic and American form.”… more»

A book about nothing

Reviewed by Mary Kissel

Are Americans ageists? Misogynists? Are they too parochial to appreciate the accomplishments of a great secretary of state in far-flung lands? The political left is puzzling over why Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her four years running the State Department, Hard Choices, has fallen from atop the New York Times’ best-seller… more»

Strategic overreach

Reviewed by Hugh White

For a long time Australia’s alliance with America was one of the most contested issues in Australian political and public life. The debates really began in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when a US Navy communication station built at North West Cape drew Australia closer into the global strategy… more»

Establishmentarian or insurgent

Reviewed by Derek Parker

If nasty words could inflict wounds, then Rupert Murdoch would have died a grisly death long ago. But he continues to power onwards and upwards, some skin and blood lost in the past few years, but nothing fatal.… more»

Discovering America

Reviewed by Jonathan Bradley

Slavery, Barack Obama said in his 18 March 2008 speech “A More Perfect Union,” known in the common parlance as the “race speech,” was America’s “original sin.” The future president was echoing thinkers who had come before him; Thomas Jefferson conceived of the institution as a wolf the United States… more»

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