FINEST CHINA

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I wrote Thunder from the Silent Zone some years ago, but much of it still resonates. I recently reviewed and compared the contributions from: Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? By Graham Allison Scribe, 384pp, $35 China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia By Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson La Trobe University Press, 256pp, $29.99 Will China Dominate the 21st Century? By Jonathan Fenby Polity Press, 144pp, $21.95 My Recent Book Review In The Australian

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CHRISTOPHER ANDREW AND THE STRANGE CASE OF ROGER HOLLIS

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  When Christopher Andrew’s Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 was published in late 2009, the Australian’s European correspondent, Peter Wilson, hailed it with a short piece headed “‘Mentally ill’ spycatcher more dangerous than KGB”. The spycatcher in question was Peter Wright, whose book, Spycatcher, the British government made strenuous efforts to suppress, only to be foiled in the Australian courts by the young Malcolm Turnbull. The book was published in Australia in 1987 (not 1985, as Wilson reported) and became a best-seller. Wilson’s piece was an eye catcher, because it concentrated exclusively on the question of…

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