Panic by David Marr

By David Marr

Panic (noun). A surprising uncontrollable worry or anxiousness, usually inflicting wildly unthinking behaviour.

Australians see themselves as a peaceful and tolerant bunch. yet scratch the outside and you may discover a rare point of fear.

Cronulla. Henson. Hanson. Wik. Haneef. The boats.

Panic exhibits all of David Marr's attribute perception, fast wit and extraordinary prose as he cuts throughout the froth and fury that experience stored Australia simmering over the past fifteen years.

‘Turning worry into panic is a brilliant political artwork: realizing the right way to stack the bonfire, the place to discover the kindling, while to slosh on a bucket of kero to set the whole lot off with a pleasing roar … those are dispatches from the republic of panic, tales of worry and fear-mongering below 3 major ministers. a few chart panic at the upward push and others choose in the course of the wreckage left in the back of, yet all grew out of my desire to honour the sufferers of those grotesque episodes: the folk broken and a broken country.’ —David Marr

‘For those that deplore such panics … this can be a strong tonic’ —Jack Waterford, Canberra Times

‘The effectiveness of Marr's writing lies in his skill to face again and supply candy reasonableness within the truth of occasions that different newshounds might fortunately play for populist hysteria.’ —Sydney Morning Herald

‘David Marr isn't really at the record of Australian dwelling treasures, yet maybe he could be. between our greatest newshounds, he sticks out as somebody who has regularly challenged the strong, at his most sensible with forensic ability and deep research.’ —Dennis Altman, Australian ebook Review

Panic is shrewdpermanent, intelligently exposing the language of Marr's right-wing adversaries whereas keeping apart political rhetoric from political reality.’ —West Australian

‘Marr … is powerful and high-spirited and his wit and down-to-earth language keep away from any taint of self-righteousness.’ — Saturday Age

‘Less nutrition for notion, extra a feast.’ —Australian Way

David Marr has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners, presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch and now writes for the Guardian. His books contain Patrick White: A lifestyles, The excessive rate of Heaven, darkish Victory (with Marian Wilkinson) and 5 Quarterly Essays: His Master’s Voice, strength journey, Political Animal, The Prince and Faction Man.

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