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"Political organizing the anti-authoritarian way" (review of Chris Dixon, Another Politics: Talking across Today’s Transformative Movements), Anarchist Studies, in press.

"Secrecy, democracy and war: a review" (review of Scott Horton, Lords of Secrecy), Secrecy and Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, November 2016, Article 10, pp. 1-11

"A look at the newest additions to the nonviolence canon" (review of five books on nonviolence), Waging Nonviolence, 23 August 2016

Review of Derek Maitland, The Fatal Line, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 87, July 2016, pp. 9-10

Review of Mark Hertsgaard, Bravehearts, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 87, July 2016, pp. 10-11

Review of Kevin Barry, Vaccine Whistleblower, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 87, July 2016, pp. 11-12

"Scholarship vs academia" (review of Wilfred Cude, Weapons of Mass Disruption: An Academic Whistleblower's Tale), in Australian Universities' Review, Vol. 58, No. 1, 2016, pp. 83-84

Review of Daniel P. Ritter, The Iron Cage of Liberalism: International Politics and Unarmed Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, in Journal of Resistance Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2015, pp. 188-198

Review of Maciej Bartkowski, Nonviolent Civilian Defense to Counter Russian Hybrid Warfare, in Journal of Resistance Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2015, pp. 201-202

Review of April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle (editors), A Guide to Civil Resistance, in Journal of Peace Research Book Notes, 21 October 2015.

Review of Scott Horton, Lords of Secrecy, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 83, July 2015, pp. 3-5

"When nonviolent action is the last resort" (review of Véronique Dudouet, editor, Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation), openDemocracy, 27 May 2015

"Popular action against corruption" (review of Shaazka Beyerle, Curtailing Corruption), openDemocracy, 22 October 2014

Brian Martin. Prosperity through self-management. Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, #61, Winter 2014, pp. 39-43, 30. Essay review of Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Why Nations Fail

Review of Margaret Heffernan, Willful Blindness, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 76, October 2013, pp. 14-15

"Grassroots social change: lessons from an anarchist organizer" (review of Chris Crass, Towards Collective Liberation), on Znet, 11 August 2013

Review of Sibel Edmonds, Classified Woman, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 75, July 2013, pp. 11-14

Review of Richard N. Côté, In Search of Gentle Death: The Fight for your Right to Die with Dignity, in Prometheus, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2013, pp. 75-77

Review of Eveline Lubbers, Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 74, April 2013, pp. 8-9

Review of Robert G. Vaughn, The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 74, April 2013, pp. 9-11

"Kahneman in practice", review of Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow, in Prometheus, Vol. 30, No. 4, December 2012, pp. 457-460

Review of Erica Chenoweth and Maria J Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, in Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, Vol. 4, Issue 1, May 2012, pp. 371-374

Review of Paul Feyerabend, The Tyranny of Science, in International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2012, pp. 118-121

"Rogues and bureaucracies", review of James Dunbar, Prasuna Reddy and Stephen May, Deadly Healthcare, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 68, October 2011, pp. 9-10

"Blowing the whistle on the world's largest financial fraud", review of Harry Markopolos, No One Would Listen, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 65, January 2011, pp. 13-15

Review of Diana Denham and the C.A.S.A. Collective (eds), Teaching Rebellion: Stories from the Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca, in Anarchist Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2010, pp. 118-119

Review of Eve Hillary, Sarah's Last Wish, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 64, October 2010, pp. 10-12

Review of R. Allan Freeze and Jay H. Lehr, The Fluoride Wars: How a Modest Public Health Measure Became America's Longest-Running Political Melodrama, in Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Volume 84, Number 2, Summer 2010, pp. 314-315

"What teachers and students think about plagiarism", review of Wendy Sutherland-Smith, Plagiarism, the Internet and Student Learning: Improving Academic Integrity, written for Plagiary.

Review of Glen McNamara, Dirty Work, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 63, July 2010, pp. 13-14

"Don't be gagged", review of Greg Ogle, Gagged, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 61, January 2010, pp. 9-11

Review of Barbara Müller, The Balkan Peace Team 1994-2001, in Gandhi Marg, Volume 31, Number 2, July-September 2009, pp. 379-381

"Surviving as an outsider", commentary on Leonard Felder, Fitting in is overrated, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 60, October 2009, pp. 13-14.

Review of Miriam Shuchman, The Drug Trial: Nancy Olivieri and the Science Scandal that Rocked the Hospital for Sick Children, in Scientia Canadensis, Vol. 31, Nos. 1-2, 2008, pp. 217-220.

"Resisting micromanagement", review of Harry E. Chambers, My Way or the Highway: The Micromanagement Survival Guide, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 56, October 2008, pp. 13-14.

"The David Kelly mystery", review of Norman Baker, The Strange Death of David Kelly, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 55, July 2008, pp. 14-15.

Review of Kathleen D. Ryan, Daniel K. Oestreich and George A. Orr III, The Courageous Messenger: How to Successfully Speak Up at Work, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 54, April 2008, pp. 8-9.

Review of Fay Anderson, An Historian's Life: Max Crawford and the Politics of Academic Freedom, and Clive Hamilton and Sarah Maddison (eds), Silencing Dissent: How the Australian Government is Controlling Public Opinion and Stifling Debate, in Labour History, No. 93, November 2007, pp. 224-226.

"Pathways to future", review of David Hess, Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry: Activism, Innovation, and the Environment in an Era of Globalization, in Chain Reaction, Issue #101, December 2007, pp. 45-46.

Review of Kurt Schock, Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies, in Peace & Change, volume 32, number 1, January 2007, pp. 99-101.

"The courage of a 'filthy rat' ", review of Simon Illingworth, Filthy Rat, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 49, January 2007, pp. 8-9.

Review of April Carter, Direct Action and Democracy Today, in Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 43, No. 4, July 2006, p. 492.

Review of Michael Randle, ed, Challenge to Nonviolence, in Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 41, No. 5, September 2004, p. 645.

"Dissent and whistleblowing", review of Cass R. Sunstein, Why Societies Need Dissent, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 39, September 2004, pp. 13-14.

"Dealing with political crime", review of Jeffrey Ian Ross, The Dynamics of Political Crime, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 35, October 2003, pp. 7-8.

Review of Krishna Mallick and Doris Hunter, eds, An Anthology of Nonviolence: Historical and Contemporary Voices, in Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 40, No. 5, September 2003, p. 613.

"The legacy of the Pentagon Papers", review of Daniel Ellsberg, Secrets, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 34, July 2003, p. 11.

"Chopped out of the news", review of Kristina Borjesson (ed.), Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 33, April 2003, pp. 6-7.

"What you won't see on TV", review of Chris Masters, Not for Publication, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 32, January 2003, p. 6.

"What did that degree do to you?", review of Wilfred Cude, The Ph.D. Trap Revisited, and Jeff Schmidt, Disciplined Minds, in Higher Education Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring 2002, pp. 67-73.

"What's the meaning of whistleblowing?", review of C. Fred Alford, Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), January 2002, pp. 6-7.

Review of Jeff Schmidt's Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System that Shapes their Lives, in Workplace: The Journal for Academic Labor, Vol. 4, No. 2, February 2002.

"Are doctorates worthwhile?", review of Wilfred Cude, The Ph.D. Trap Revisited, in Australian Universities' Review, Vol. 44, Nos. 1&2, 2001, pp. 37-38.

Review of Jeff Schmidt's Disciplined Minds: A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System that Shapes their Lives, in Radical Teacher, No. 62, 2001, pp. 40-43.

Review of Roland Bleiker, Popular Dissent, Human Agency and Global Politics, in Social Alternatives, Vol. 20, No. 1, January 2001, pp. 68-70.

Review of books on bullying at work, in Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2000, pp. 401-408.

Review of Ronald V. Bettig, Copyrighting Culture; Rosemary J. Coombe, The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties; Debora J. Halbert, Intellectual Property in the Information Age; Seth Shulman, Owning the Future, in Prometheus, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2000, pp. 93-99.

Review of Edward Hooper, The River: A Journey Back to the Source of HIV and AIDS, in New Genetics and Society, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2000, pp. 106-107.

"Searching for the origin of AIDS", review of Edward Hooper, The River: A Journey Back to the Source of HIV and AIDS, in Science as Culture, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2000, pp. 109-113.

"Want to get rid of an annoying academic?", review of Kenneith Westhues, Eliminating Professors, in Campus Review, Vol. 9, No. 38, 6-12 October 1999, p. 12.

"Surviving work abuse," review of Judith Wyatt and Chauncey Hare, Work Abuse: How to Recognize and Survive It, in The Whistle, November 1998, p. 14. Modified versions of the same review appear as "Surviving work abuse without self-destructing," Campus Review, Vol. 8, No. 43, 4-10 November 1998, p. 12; "Surviving in the organisation," Nonviolence Today, No. 61, January-February 1999, pp. 12-14.

Review of John T. Sanders and Jan Narveson (eds.), For and Against the State: New Philosophical Readings, in Social Anarchism, No. 25, 1998, pp. 74-77.

"The is and the ought," review of David B. Resnik, The Ethics of Science: An Introduction, in Nature, Vol. 394, 30 July 1998, pp. 437-438.

"Creating rebels," review of Frank J. Sulloway, Born to Rebel, in Freedom, Vol. 58, No. 22, 15 November 1997, pp. 4-5.

"The social shaping of technology continues," review of Donald MacKenzie, Knowing Machines: Essays on Technical Change, in Metascience, Issue 11, 1997, pp. 214-217.

"Speak out -- and when you're sued just bite back", review of George W. Pring and Penelope Canan, SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out, in The Republican, 15-21 August 1997, pp. 17-18.

"Nonviolent defence: Robert Burrowes' approach," review of Robert Burrowes, The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense, in Nonviolence Today, No. 55, July/August 1997, pp. 19-22; a shortened version appeared in Gandhi Marg, Vol. 19, No. 1, April-June 1997, pp. 107-112.

"Spying on your calls," review of Nicky Hager, Secret Power: New Zealand's Role in the International Spy Network, in Green Left Weekly, 30 July 1997, p. 27.

Critique of violent rationales. A review article of Howard Ryan, Critique of Nonviolent Politics: From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement, in Pacifica Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1997, pp. 83-91; reprinted in Nonviolence Today, No. 55, July/August 1997, pp. 15-19.

Brian Martin. Social construction of an 'attack on science'. Social Studies of Science, Vol. 26, No. 1, February 1996, pp. 161-173. Essay review of Paul Gross and Norman Levitt, Higher Superstition.

Review of Susan Wright, Molecular Politics: Developing American and British Regulatory Policy for Genetic Engineering, 1972-1982, in Politics and the Life Sciences, Vol. 15, No. 2, September 1996, pp. 346-347.

"Technological determinism revisited", review of Merritt Roe Smith and Leo Marx (eds.), Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism, in Metascience, Issue 9, 1996, pp. 158-160.

"Danger zone for unis under siege", review of Academic Freedom 3: Education and Human Rights, in Australian, 6 March 1996, p. 25.

"Sexual harassment and nonviolent action", review of Martha J. Langelan, Back Off! How to Confront andStop Sexual Harassment and Harassers, in Nonviolence Today, No. 48, January/February 1996, pp. 8-9.

"What to do about academic freedom?", review of Conrad Russell, Academic Freedom, in Australian Universities' Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, 1995, p. 77.

"A scientist's view of pseudoscience", review of Michael W. Friedlander, At the Fringes of Science, in Metascience, Issue 8, 1995, pp. 113-114.

Review of Michael Shuman and Julia Sweig (eds.), Conditions of Peace: An Inquiry and Roger C. Peace III, A Just and Lasting Peace: The U.S. Peace Movement from the Cold War to Desert Storm, in Social Anarchism, No. 20, 1995, pp. 99-102.

"How to create your own money", review of Thomas H. Greco, Jr., New Money for Healthy Communities, in Green Left, 16 November 1994, p. 25.

Review of Michael Randle, Civil Resistance, in Social Alternatives, Vol. 13, Nos. 3 & 4, October 1994, p. 59.

"How ideas are shaped", review of Christopher Simpson, Science of Coercion: Communication Research and Psychological Warfare 1945-1960, in Green Left, 14 September 1994, p. 28.

Essay review of Patricia Meehan, The Unnecessary War, in Nonviolence Today, No. 39, July/August 1994, pp. 16-18.

"Crimes of authority and obedience", review of Ronald D. Crelinsten and Alex P. Schmid (eds.), The Politics of Pain: Torturers and their Masters, in Green Left, 18 May 1994, p. 29.

"Rewards aren't academic", review of Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, As, Praise, and other Bribes, in Campus Review, 5-11 May 1994, p. 8.

Review of Michael Bess, Realism, Utopia, and the Mushroom Cloud: Four Activist Intellectuals and their Strategies for Peace, 1945-1989: Louise Weiss (France), Leo Szilard (USA), E. P. Thompson (England), Danilo Dolci (Italy), in Scientists for Global Responsibility Update, No. 6, Summer 1994, pp. 13-14.

Review of Gary Smith and StJohn Kettle (eds.), Threats Without Enemies: Rethinking Australia's Security, in Social Alternatives, Vol. 12, No. 3, October 1993, pp. 54-55.

Review of Joop van der Pligt, Nuclear Energy and the Public, in Scientists for Global Responsibility Update, No. 3, August 1993, p. 11.

"Power and corruption", review of David Kipnis, The Powerholders and Technology and Power, in Freedom, Vol. 53, No. 16, 8 August 1992, p. 4 and Anarchist Age Monthly Review, No. 22, October 1992, p. 29.

Review of Carl Boggs, Social Movements and Political Power: Emerging Forms of Radicalism in the West, in Social Anarchism, No. 17, 1992, pp. 49-52.

"Learning about 'nonviolent struggle': lessons from Steven Huxley," essay review of Steven Huxley, Constitutionalist Insurgency in Finland, in Nonviolence Today, No. 22, August-September 1991, pp. 11-14.

Review of Robert A. Irwin, Building a Peace System, in Nonviolence Today, No. 20, April/May 1991, p. 20.

Review of Article 19, Starving in Silence: A Report on Famine and Censorship, in Nonviolence Today, No. 18, December 1990-January 1991, p. 21 and in Chain Reaction, No. 65, March 1992, p. 45.

Review of Liane Ellison Norman, Hammer of Justice: Molly Rush and the Plowshares Eight, in Nonviolence Today, No. 17, October-November 1990, pp. 20-21.

Brian Martin. Left or left behind?: Heller and Feher on the peace movement. Monthly Review, Vol. 41, No. 8, January 1990, pp. 56-62. Essay review of Doomsday or Deterrence? by Agnes Heller and Ferenc Feher.

Review of John Burnheim, Is Democracy Possible?, in Social Anarchism, No. 15, 1990, pp. 78-81.

"Biology as dogma," review of Harold Hillman, Letter to Students of Biology of the 21st Century, in Age Monthly Review, Vol. 9, No. 4, p. 13 (July 1989).

Review of Richard T. Sylves, The Nuclear Oracles, in Metascience, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 119-120 (1989).

Review of Margaret A. Strom (ed.), Societal Issues: Scientific Viewpoints, in Metascience, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 102-104 (1989).

"The pitfalls of nonviolent revolution," review of Geoffrey Ostergaard, Nonviolent Revolution in India, in Nonviolence Today, No. 2, pp. 16-17 (April-May 1988).

Review of Alex P. Schmid, Social Defence and Soviet Military Power, in Nonviolence Today, No. 1, pp. 18-19 (February-March 1988); also in Civilian-Based Defense: News & Opinion, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 6-11 (May 1988).

"Single-sex educational strategies challenged," review of Jane Kenway and Sue Willis, 'Feminist single-sex educational strategies', Discourse, in WISENET (Journal of the Women in Science Enquiry Network), No. 14, pp. 22 (February 1988).

Review of Charles Sutcliffe, The Dangers of Low Level Radiation, in Metascience, Vol. 6, No. 1, p. 52 (1988).

Review of Gail Skidmore and Theodore Jurgen Spahn, From Radical Left to Extreme Right, in Riverina Library Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 16-17 (Spring 1988).

Review of Reviewing Academic Performance, script for ABC Science Bookshop, broadcast 15 February 1987.

Review of Gene Sharp, Making Europe Unconquerable, in Social Anarchism, No. 12, pp. 54-56 (1986-1987).

Review of David Collingridge, Technology in the Policy Process, in Prometheus, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 267-268 (December 1984).

Review of M. Denborough (ed.), Australia and Nuclear War, in Australian Physicist, Vol. 21, p. 242 (November 1984).

Review of Roger J. Williams, The Prevention of Alcoholism through Nutrition, in Limestone Review, p. 11 (4 October 1984).

Review of Jim Falk, Global Fission, in Politics, Vol. 18, No. 1, p. 143 (May 1983).

Review of Les Levidow and Bob Young (eds.), Science, Technology and the Labour Process, in Bogong, Vol. 3, No. 4, p. 14 (June-July 1982).

"Useful work, but need for a broader perspective," review of D. A. V. Fischer, Nuclear Issues, in ANU Reporter, Vol. 13, No. 4, p. 6 (9 April 1982).

Review of Witold Rybczynski, Paper Heroes, in Chain Reaction, No. 27, pp. 38-39 (Autumn 1982).

"Bombs in paradise," review of Jim Albertini et al., The Dark Side of Paradise, in Bogong, Vol. 1, No. 7-8, p. 15 (December 1980--February 1981).

Review of Ray Reece, The Sun Betrayed, in Chain Reaction, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 36-38 (August-September 1980).

Review of Herman T. Epstein, A Strategy for Education, in Vestes, Vol. 17, pp. 113-114 (1974).

 

Journal review

"Open Channels", review of Science and Engineering Ethics, in Nature, Vol. 383, 5 September 1996, p. 42.