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Leaning on Anzac Day

Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession by James Brown Redback/Black Inc, 2014, 184 pages, $19.99 This sharply written little book is not another sanctimonious demand from an ivory tower for Anzac Day to be diminished or dropped, along with Australia Day and even perhaps Christmas. Instead James Brown wants a better Anzac Day, a more “contemplative” one devoted to examining the Australian defence project as a whole, past and present. He points to unattractive political and commercial excesses under way for the centenary year, with alarming similarity to Santa Claus in stores in November and hot cross…

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