Running The Show

Selected Documents: 1939–1996

Patrick Morgan
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Running The Show
Running The Show

Published

1 July 2008

ISBN

9780522854978

Weight

1125g

Size

242mm x 163mm

Imprint

Miegunyah Press

Running The Show

Selected Documents: 1939–1996

Patrick Morgan
Running the Show reveals new material on matters which are still the subject of controversy today.
B.A. (Bob) Santamaria was perhaps the most controversial figure in recent Australian politics. An anti-Communist and devout Catholic, he was also one of the most prolific writers in Australia's history and a strong campaigner for social justice, and his impact on this country's social conscience was profound.
In the 1940s he founded the Movement in Australia, an anti-Communist organisation. He was known to earlier generations as a key figure in the tumultuous Split in the Australian Labour Party in the 1950s, and to later ones as a public commentator on his TV program Point of View and in his weekly column in the Australian.
Fiercely independent, he maintained his traditionalist stance, combatting Communism in Asia and permissive and nihilistic trends in Western society, particularly in the field of bio-ethics
Writing was a key part of his political activity—on every matter of importance to him he turned out exhaustive analyses…
B.A. (Bob) Santamaria was perhaps the most controversial figure in recent Australian politics. An anti-Communist and devout Catholic, he was also one of the most prolific writers in Australia's history and a strong campaigner for social justice, and his impact on this country's social conscience was profound.
In the 1940s he founded the Movement in Australia, an anti-Communist organisation. He was known to earlier generations as a key figure in the tumultuous Split in the Australian Labour Party in the 1950s, and to later ones as a public commentator on his TV program Point of View and in his weekly column in the Australian.
Fiercely independent, he maintained his traditionalist stance, combatting Communism in Asia and permissive and nihilistic trends in Western society, particularly in the field of bio-ethics
Writing was a key part of his political activity—on every matter of importance to him he turned out exhaustive analyses and rejoinders. Running the Show features some of the many unpublished documents Santamaria produced during his six decades of continuous public activity. It includes speeches, strategic papers, reports to his superiors, memos to politicians, positions papers, personal statements, aides-mémoire and political analyses.
Running the Show brings together a selection of documents written by B.A. Santamaria, and throws new light on a number of crucial episodes in his career. In the poet James McAuley's words, he 'set a match against the age's mind'.

About the author

Patrick Morgan is a Victorian writer and academic who has published an award-winning regional history, edited texts on Australian literature, and written regularly in magazines such as Quadrant on current affairs, including on the connections between religion and politics. He is also the editor of the bestselling book Your Most Obedient Servant: B.A. Santamaria Selected Letters, 1938-1996 and of Running The Show: Selected Documents, 1939-1996.

About Patrick Morgan

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