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Book review
Thomas Adams

In the introduction to Working, his monumental 1972 collection of oral histories on how Americans think about work, the great journalist Studs Terkel wrote that work ‘‘is, by its very nature, about...

24 June 2019
 
Book review
Bruce Wolpe

Is Donald Trump going to destroy himself? Will Jared and Ivanka eventually complete their takeover of the White House and rule the world? Will Steve Bannon – the Trump whisperer and chief political...

24 June 2019
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

Don Winslow first established himself as a writer of uncommon insight and persuasive power with his 2006 thriller, The Winter of Frankie Machine. Its impact alone brought New York-born, California-based Winslow to...

25 May 2019
 
Book chapter
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Charles Edel and Hal Brands write in The American Interest on the lessons to be drawn from the Versailles settlement a century ago. They examine why the world's democracies were so...

31 January 2019
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a first-class American presidential historian. Her new book, Leadership: Lessons from the Presidents for Turbulent Times, could not be better timed. American voters went to the polls this...

12 November 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

In the terminal phase of Richard Nixon’s presidency, in the American summer of 1974, defence secretary James Schlesinger worried that Nixon’s mental decline would lead to a nuclear incident. By this point, secretary...

15 October 2018
 
Book review
Bruce Wolpe

After Donald Trump was inaugurated, Washington speculated: Might we see from Bob Woodward, given the volcanic eruption of power and chaos that engulfed Trump from the moment he took the oath of office...

21 September 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

Stephen Loosley reviews Pulitzer prize-­winning historian Jon Meacham's new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.

18 August 2018
 
Book chapter
Rodney Taveira

USSC lecturer in American studies Dr Rodney Taveira authored the chapter The Divine Violence of Underworld USA in the book The Big Somewhere: Essays on James Ellroy's Noir World.

James Ellroy's identity as...

20 July 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

Arizona Republican John McCain is among the most powerful people to have occupied a US Senate seat. An undoubted war hero ­(despite the trashing of his reputation by Donald Trump) who suffered mightily...

16 July 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

On the evening of the first day of the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862, the Union forces at Pittsburgh Landing reflected the partial rout that had been suffered. As reinforcements were ferried...

13 June 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

Earlier this year, I reviewed Michael Wolff’s sensational, lacerating book on the Trump ­administration, Fire and Fury. Some claimed the book would bring down Donald Trump. It did not, of course. It has...

14 May 2018
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

USSC visiting fellow Stephen Loosley reviews Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury for The Australian. Loosley writes that Wolff's account of the first year of the presidency is lightweight but engaging.

13 January 2018
 
Journal article
Dougal Robinson

In the latest edition of the Security Challenges journal, USSC research fellow Dougal Robinson describes how relations between the United States and Australia have stabilised after the infamous Trump-Turnbull phone call in January...

5 December 2017
 
Journal article
Rodney Taveira

The state institutions portrayed in the HBO crime procedural True Detective are innately and structurally corrupt. Local mayors’, state governors’, and district attorneys’ offices, city and county police, and sheriff’s departments commit and...

24 November 2017
 
Book review
Charles Edel

Jeremi Suri’s The Impossible Presidency grounds contemporary debates about the presidency in a historical understanding of the office — and shows why its recent occupants don’t measure up.

26 October 2017
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

This is a moving book in which the defeated­ Democrat, Hillary Rodham Clinton, muses on the outcome of last year’s US presidential election. It’s about the success of Donald Trump as well as...

14 October 2017
 
Journal article
Rodney Taveira, Aaron Nyerges

Ever since billionaire Donald Trump declared his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in June 2015, politicians (both Democratic and Republican), the media, and the global public have expressed an escalating concern...

15 July 2017
 
Journal article
Rodney Taveira, Aaron Nyerges

In late 2014, a film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco found itself at the center of a political and corporate crisis. The film, entitled The Interview, featured the duo as tabloid journalists recruited...

30 June 2017
 
Book review
Stephen Loosley

USSC visiting fellow Stephen Loosley reviews Craig Collie’s book Code Breakers for The Australian.

22 April 2017