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Thursday, 24th July 2014

API Review of Books

Altitude BirdIssue 44
Features reviews by Kathleen Broderick, Linn Miller, Christine Choo, Bill Thorpe, David Ritter, Eve Vincent, Stephanie Bishop, Alison Miles, Richard Kay, Amanda Day, Bernard Whimpress, Mads Clausen, Marion May Campbell, Sylvia Alston, Catie Gilchrist, Eva Chapman, Lucy Dougan, Stephen Lawrence and Nathanael O'Reilly. Click here for more details.


Altitude BirdPopular Music: Practices, Formations and Change - Australian Perspectives
The papers collected here in this special edition of Altitude offer a brief snapshot of popular music research broadly connected with Australia. The essays demonstrate the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used by researchers in the fields of popular music studies and cultural studies to explore themes of popular music practice, formation and change in an Australian context. Click here for more details.

Network Scholars

The leadership contest

  • David Adams
    The election was dubbed by many as a leadership contest. This chapter examines this contest between John Howard and Kim Beazley from four angles. Firstly, it examines public perceptions of the two leaders. Secondly, it notes the actions and words of the two leaders in the campaign and before. What claims did they make about their own leadership qualities and those of their rival? Thirdly, what did those observing the election — commentators and other public figures — have to say about the two men? If this was a leadership election it was also an election where many people bemoaned ...
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Network Review of Books

In Sunshine Or In Shadow (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Emily Potter in the April 2003 issue.
    It is rare to feel let down by a book in its first page, but Martin Flanagan's prologue to In Sunshine or in Shadow, for this reader at least, affected just that. The beautiful ambiguity of the title, a suggestion of perhaps irresolvable complexity, seems undercut by Flanagan's gesture towards his memoir's genesis, written, he recalls, in 'that uniquely Australian spirit of optimism'. Why initiate a narrative which seeks so ardently to move away from easily consumable understandings the past and indigenous/non-indigenous relations in Australia with just that kind of comfortable cliché? The ... read more.

Patrick White, Painter Manque: Painting, Painters and their Influence on his Writing (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Sue Bond in the March 2003 issue.
    The dustcover of this book features Roy de Maistre's Figure by Bath, the title is in bold black against a white background, and there is a quotation from Patrick White on the back about him seeing what he writes, and wanting to almost consume Goya's works. There are two inserts of paintings and photographs, one in colour and one in black and white, a list of White's gifts to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, bibliography, notes and index. It is a thorough and stylish production. It is evident from Helen Verity Hewitt's research that White would have preferred to have been a painter, and he ... read more.

The New Nuclear Danger: George W Bush's Military-Industrial Complex (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Eliza Matthews in the November 2002 issue.
    Severe criticism of President George W. Bush and his administration were inevitable from the moment he entered the White House, partially because of his controversial ascension to the presidency and also due to his appointment of many of his father's former staff (who have been accused of retaining a cold war mentality) to positions of great influence. Helen Caldicott's book, however, does not seem to be a reasoned, unbiased nor sensible critique of Bush's role in the nuclear regime. Much of the first half focuses on the technical aspects of nuclear weapons rather than the international ... read more.

Blood, Sweat and Welfare: a history of white bosses and Aboriginal pastoral workers (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Shirleene Robinson in the August 2002 issue.
    Mary Anne Jebb's book, Blood, Sweat and Welfare, an historical examination of Aboriginal workers in Western Australia's pastoral industry, was released earlier this year to considerable critical acclaim. It has already won both the 2001 Western Australian History Foundation Award and an Australian Historical Association Centenary of Federation Award. Australia's premier historian of race relations, Henry Reynolds, has even referred to it as 'one of the best books currently available about race relations on the pastoral frontier'. Given the heady praise that preceded this book, I was most ... read more.

Third Take: Australian Film-Makers Talk (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Rick Rutjens in the December 2002 issue.
    Third Take is the second collection of writings and memoirs on the Australian film industry edited by Raffaele Caputo and Geoff Burton. Like Second Take before it, Third Take is based on John Boorman and Walter Donahue's Projections anthologies; both are collections of writings on (and often by) filmmakers and their work. With some most notable names in the list of contributors -- De Heer, Noyce, O'Rourke, Ellis, Hunter, Dominik, Weir, and Minghella, amongst others -- this book is something of a must for Australian film buffs and filmgoers. The musings of the various filmmakers are ... read more.

My Dear Emma (2002)

  • imageReviewed by Julie Ustinoff in the June 2003 issue.
    My Dear Emma is the diary of a journey undertaken by London architect, Robert Emeric Tyler and his nineteen year old son, Bobby on their journey to Western Australia between August 1895 and March 1896. It consists of a substantial number of letters written by Tyler to his wife Emma, who remained at home in London with their other children and family members. Tyler's personal correspondence is supported by a number of sketches made by him on his journey, along with additional margin entries added later when he was back home in England. My Dear Emma also boasts a substantial number of ... read more.

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