The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Saturday, July 28, 2012

What I am reading (China, subs, etc)

Currently pushing through the following: David Uren's the Kingdom and the Quarry (seems very well researched); Hugh White's influential Quarterly Essay, Power Shift (an extremely clear thinker); ASPI's Mind the Gap analysis of Australia's current submarine capability and future alternatives (dispassionate); Malcolm Turnbull's excellent op-ed in The Oz on China and Uren's book; the Kokoda Foundation's research report on the Future Submarine Project; and the contrasting Dibbs and Ergas op-eds on the same subject. You can buy Uren over at Amazon...