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- File Size: 1446 KB
- Print Length: 510 pages
- Publisher: NewSouth (1 April 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XHJ8W1G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'The Honest History group announced its arrival in 2013 with a clear, urgent purpose: to challenge the dominance of the Anzac legend in Australian popular memory. The group also took as its mission to remind Australians of the diversity of our history. The Honest History Book distils this approach in a series of compelling, highly readable essays by some of Australia's most distinguished historians.' - Michelle Arrow 'An important book, both timely and compelling: timely because it provides a powerful and much-needed riposte to the current practice of elevating military history above all other aspects of the nation's past.' - Henry Reynolds 'This book not only offers a vital corrective to the flimflams and taradiddles of Anzackery, but also gives us a new collection of fascinating essays on Australian history. Complex, inclusive, balanced, disruptive and - crucially - evidence-based, The Honest History Book is destined to provide a much-needed talking point for teachers, journalists, general readers and, with any luck, politicians and policy makers.' - Clare Wright --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Dr Alison Broinowski is an academic, journalist, writer and former diplomat, formerly posted to Japan, the Philippines, Korea and the Australian Mission to the UN in New York. Her books include Howard's War (2003) and Allied and Addicted (2007). Dr David Stephens is editor of Honest History. A political scientist with qualifications in public law, he is a former public servant and government consultant, and has published widely in journals and the wider media. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Reviewed in Australia on 5 June 2017
I was hoping Part 2 would go into social/political history like Australia's early adoption of women's suffrage and why Australia was briefly seen as a beacon of social democracy by the rest of the world. In short, I was looking for something other than Anzackery to offer people as reasons to feel pride in the Australia we once tried to create and lost sight of. I didn't find it. Perhaps there is nothing to find and that was the point. I'm hoping there will be more Honest History Book volumes in future.
A must read for Australians that wish to climb out of the jingoistic and nationalistic rabbit hole that ANZAC Day has become.Reviewed in Australia on 26 April 2017
I chose ANZAC Day 2017 to read this book. I suggest all Australians take the time to read it, if simply to climb just a little out of the jingoistic rabbit hole we seem to have fallen into over the last two decades regarding the ANZAC myth and our strangely disturbing sense of identity. Excellent writing and research, coupled with a well thought out and articulate argument that Australia's achievements in peacetime – and specifically our untold immigration story – are far more important to our identity than the narrow ANZAC myth allows.