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Beautiful Lies
Author: Tony Griffiths

ISBN: 9781862545908
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30 June 2005
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5 x 2.1
Description:
Phillip Knightley, reviewing the first edition of this book almost thirty years ago in the Times Literary Supplement wrote:

'No other book that I know describes so succinctly the forces that in less than forty years turned Australia from a vassal of the United Kingdom into an independent power, which, if it owes any allegiance, owes it politically to the United States and economically to Japan.

'While the relationship between social change and political power has remained constant in Australia since the second world war, the author believes that all the TLS would have to do in the third millennium is change the word "Japan" for "China".

'Mark Twain observed more than a century ago that Australian history is "always picturesque; indeed, it is so curious and strange, that it is itself the chiefest novelty the country has to offer and so pushes the other novelties into second and third place. It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies; and all of a fresh new sort, no mouldy old stale ones. It is full of surprises and adventures, and inconguities, and cont...

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