Category Archives: Good Books

Outback Magazine comments on my unusual book about Flynn of the Inland

BOOK REVIEW – OUTBACK MAGAZINE ISSUE 108 Aug/Sep 2016 A new take on John Flynn This is perhaps the most unusual book ever written about John Flynn, the legend of the inland who died in 1951. In addition to helping … Continue reading

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Man on Twenty Dollar Notes: Compton puts words in John Flynn’s mouth – Book Review by Ross Fitzgerald

Book review by Columnist for The Australian – Ross Fitzgerald (Published in The Weekend Australian, 9 July 2016) Decades ago, when I was a student at Melbourne High School, I was entranced by reading a battered biography of John Flynn, … Continue reading

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The Royals and the Nazi Salute

I was at Primary School when Hitler rose to power in the pre-war era of the 1930’s and thought of him as a big joke.

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CAESAR SPEAKS FROM THE GRAVE

Two thousand and sixty years after his assassination, Julius Caesar has a simple message for leaders of nations that they will ignore at their peril. When you rely on creating divisions in society as your prime means of remaining in power, your … Continue reading

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Reviewing the Challenges of 2015 – Economy – Environment – Religion

ECONOMY — ENVIRONMENT — RELIGION 2014 was not the greatest year in history. Be this as it may, the one element of life that will never be lost is Hope. This means that we can plan for 2015 to be … Continue reading

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Four Australian Icons under threat – no longer sacred, certain or permanent.

FLAG, ANZAC DAY, REEF, BUSH No longer is anything sacred or certain or permanent. Icons now have fleeting value and we are challenged either to defend them or create new ones that may adequately replace them. With this in mind, … Continue reading

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“Politics by the Book” – join me in debate on the value of politicians to the life of the nation.

It is fast becoming an essential building block of an aspirational political life to write a book about your career at a carefully chosen moment. By spinning your achievements, or arranging with a famous author to include you in a book, … Continue reading

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Voluntary Euthanasia

Voluntary Euthanasia — the issue that won’t go away There is an excellent book now in circulation called “At Liberty To Die — the battle for death with dignity in America”, which has been written by Howard Ball. It sets-out … Continue reading

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Peter Fitzsimons and the Republic

One of my life’s privileges is that I count Peter Fitzsimons as one of my friends, and I have enjoyed reading all of his books. His latest “Eureka” ranks with “Batavia” as his best. It is sub-titled “The Unfinished Revolution”. … Continue reading

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Good books about Gough Whitlam, former Indonesian President Sukarno, “American Stories” and “The Price of Inequality”

GOUGH WHITLAM will be remembered in history as our most controversial Prime Minister. The only one to come anywhere near him as a generator of political heat was Billy Hughes, yet they were utterly different. Whitlam had great intellect and … Continue reading

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Good books about Vladimir Putin, gangster Carl Williams and the novel “The Lifeboat”

I have spent several interesting days reading a new biography of Vladimir Putin. The authors are Chris Hutchins and Alexander Korobko, neither of whom give the impression of being fans of Putin, but come-up with a vision of a leader … Continue reading

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Beware the Social Distortion of Money.

The world’s most favoured and heated topic of conversation is money. It dominates every facet of life, and it is true to say that most people handle it badly. Governments manage it particularly poorly, as I have mentioned often in … Continue reading

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Good books about The Great Gatsby, Waltzing Matilda, coal mining and the ruins of European Empires.

I read somewhere that Baz Luhrmann is making a new movie based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book “The Great Gatsby”.  Having known for a long time that this novel is regarded by Americans as one of the great books of … Continue reading

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Good books about the brain changing itself, the Marmalade Files, the influence of Jewish people and how much wealth is enough.

In my humble view, the book of the month is one written about the human brain. Entitled The Brain That Changes Itself, and written by Norman Doidge, it was recommended to me by an old friend, John Herron, former Senator, … Continue reading

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Good Books about Rupert Murdoch, Harry Belafonte,The Dead Sea Deception and Great Expectations of our Angry Nation

After penning my article regarding the decadence of entitlement, I received a number of emails suggesting that I buy the most recent edition of Quarterly Essay and read Laura Tingle’s thoughts on the same issue. It is entitled “Great Expectations … Continue reading

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