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Stephen Loosley

Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, is based on 18 taped interviews with US President Donald Trump, totalling nine hours and 41 minutes. In one of them, the author talks in terms of writing...

25 September 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Two years ago, Bob Woodward captured President Donald Trump revelling in a paroxysm of fear. ‘‘Real power is – I don’t even want to use the word – fear,’’ and that became the...

21 September 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Simon & Schuster, publisher of the memoir of Mary Trump, niece of President Donald Trump, and her account of family history and associated crimes, abuses, losses and pain, is thrilled with the book's...

20 July 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York moved to the lectern. It was the Cow Palace in San Francisco in the summer of 1964 and the event was the Republican National Convention. Rockefeller...

16 July 2020
 
Brendon O'Connor

Curtis Sittenfeld has a knack of putting her readers in uncomfortable places in her fiction. In her short story “Gender Studies” she puts you in the middle of a hotel tryst between a...

14 July 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

There is a time-honoured American expression that accurately describes John Bolton’s reflections on his 2018-19 tenure as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser: “It’s difficult to soar like an eagle when you have...

10 July 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

The key to understanding John Bolton is through his career and what he wanted to achieve with it. Bolton has served every Republican president since Ronald Reagan as Assistant Attorney General, then Assistant...

2 July 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

The Innocence Project in the US and elsewhere has become ­famous for addressing miscarriages of justice. Its legal teams challenge wrongful convictions that often are based on inadequate defence, false confessions or witness...

13 June 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

This article argues for a more nuanced approach to distilling the Dayton legacy, particularly when it is employed as a historical analogy. It highlights the usefulness of the Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) as...

19 May 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

Stephen Loosley reviews Michael Connelly's new crime thriller, The Night Fire

29 February 2020
 
Gorana Grgic

In the latest issue of the Brown Journal of World Affairs, Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy Dr Gorana Grgic discusses the legacy of the Kosovo intervention in the context of US...

25 February 2020
 
Bruce Wolpe

Senior Non-Resident Fellow Bruce Wolpe reviews Philip Rucker and Carole Leonnig's A Very Stable Genius for The Sydney Morning Herald. He describes a "stunning first draft of the history of the presidency of...

28 January 2020
 
Stephen Loosley

This is one of the great American political biographies of recent years, an extraordinary work that captures the mercurial American diplomat at his inspiring best and appalling worst. Internationally, only Andrew Roberts’s magnificent...

17 January 2020
 
Aaron Nyerges

USSC lecturer in American Studies Aaron Nyerges reviews Adina Hoffman's biography of Ben Hecht, one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters. The review was published by The Australian Book Review.

7 January 2020
 
Brendon O'Connor, David Smith

This book is a reference work with an encyclopedic range, offering contemporary and systematic comparisons between the United States and 17 other economically advanced, stable liberal democracies, as well as some more global...

20 December 2019
 
Bruce Wolpe

Anonymous is a coward. It was a singular act to take to the op-ed pages of The New York Times in September 2018. (‘‘I am part of the resistance inside the Trump Administration...

6 December 2019
 
Charles Edel

Senior Fellow Dr Charles Edel surveys four recent works examining the role, ambitions and trajectory of modern China. He finds that although Elizabeth Economy, Nadège Rolland, Sulmaan Wasif Khan, and Ma Jian all apply...

26 November 2019
 
Brendon O'Connor

This book argues against the tendency to see America as the worst or best nation and instead presents a case for seeing anti-Americanism as a counterproductive prejudice. There are many reasons to criticise...

25 June 2019
 
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
 
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