A Secret Country
by John Pilger
Jonathon Cape, 298 pp, $29.95 hb
The morning ABC radio program AM is not a book program. But occasionally we’re pleased to take the opportunity to broadcast the story of a new book, particularly when it comments on Australian public affairs. When John Pilger’s A Secret Country was published, AM ran an interview with the author which was unusually long for us, some five or six minutes. The response was remarkable. In my two years as presenter of the program, I can’t recall as much listener interest in any item, judging by the number of telephone enquiries about the book we received in subsequent days.
John Pilger strikes a chord with many Australians and infuriates others. My response to his style of journalism is a mixture of both sympathy and infuriation.