'Triumph and Demise' by Paul Kelly

'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

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’.

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Published in November 2014, no. 366
James Walter

James Walter

James Walter is professor of politics at Monash University, and has published widely on leadership, biography, and political ideas. His last book was What Were They Thinking? The Politics of Ideas in Australia (UNSW Press, 2010).

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