ANZAC: THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY by by Carolyn Holbrook

Reviewed by
March 2015, no. 369
Joan Beaumont reviews 'Anzac' by Carolyn Holbrook

ANZAC: THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY

by by Carolyn Holbrook

NewSouth, $34.99 pb, 272 pp, 9781742234076

ANZAC: THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY by by Carolyn Holbrook

Reviewed by
March 2015, no. 369

The resurgence of the Anzac legend in the last quarter of the twentieth century took many Australians by surprise. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, it seemed that the rituals of Anzac Day would wither and fade away as the generations who fought the two world wars died. It proved not to be so. ‘Anzac’, to use the common shorthand, now dominates the national memory of war as strongly as it ever did, although it is not the same legend as it was 100 years ago. Many commentators see this ‘return’ of Anzac as a spontaneous upwelling of national sentiment, a natural and appropriate honouring of those who have died in Australia’s defence. Critics, however, discern a more deliberate orchestration of public sentiment by successive governments, which, for a variety of political purposes, have ‘militarised’ Australian history and sidelined other competing narratives of Australia’s development.

Joan Beaumont reviews 'Anzac' by Carolyn Holbrook

ANZAC: THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY

by by Carolyn Holbrook

NewSouth, $34.99 pb, 272 pp, 9781742234076

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