Paul Kelly’s considerable research ability, enviable political knowledge, narrative skill, and indulgence in polemics all figure in his new book. The former qualities make it a must-read for the politically engaged; the latter is so pronounced that such readers may succumb to frustration and throw the book at the wall before reaching the valuable final chapter where at last we arrive at a coherent account of the systemic roots of ‘the Australian crisis’.
'Triumph and Demise' by Paul Kelly
TRIUMPH AND DEMISE: THE BROKEN PROMISE OF A LABOR GENERATION
by Paul Kelly
Melbourne University Press, $49.99 hb, 560 pp, 9780522862102
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