Dark Victory: How a government lied its way to political triumph
Dark Victory is not only a fascinating description of past events: between the lines there are dark portents of repercussions yet to come.'
John Button, The Age
Marr and Wilkinson have pulled together the whole confronting tale of how through iron will, subterfuge, disregard for conventions of a civilised seafaring nation, the misuse of secret intelligence and the use of military force against the helpless, the federal government closed its borders in the quest for votes Through forensic research, the authors have managed to build a story that both thrills and appals.'
Tony Wright, The Bulletin
They put lives at risk. They twisted the law. They drew the military into the heart of an election campaign. They muzzled the press. They misused intelligence services, defied the United Nations, antagonised Indonesia and bribed poverty stricken Pacific States. They closed Australia to refugees - and won a mighty election victory.
David Marr and Marian Wilkinson, two of the country's most accomplished investigative journalists, burrow deep into the ways of the Howard government. They reveal the secret history of the campaign against boat people that began with the Tampa and ended ten extraordinary weeks later with the Australian people giving John Howard his third, most daring election victory.
Dark Victory is a thrilling and provocative account of events that shattered many of the myths Australia had about itself and changed profoundly how Australia is seen in the eyes of the world. It is also a potent reminder of the fleeting nature of truth in politics.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - woosang - LibraryThing
An excellent and well researched story of the TAMPA and the poor people John Howard wanted to die at sea. The book makes me so angry and shows our Prime MInister (At the time) to be a WHite supremist ... Read full review
Fantastic book about the children overboard scandal and how the events of the 2001 election unfolded. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in politics or asylum seekers.
Truth overboard October 9 to 12
A military campaign October 14 to 23
The boat that sank October 17 to 28
The worst of times October 23 to November 4
The navy leaks November 4 to 8
The burning issue November 8 and 9
Victory party November 10
The rule of law August 29 to September 3
The thick grey line September 3 to 10
The shadow of the Twin Towers September 11 to 19
The voyage of the Manoora September 3 to October 8
Launching the campaign To October 8
Orders from the top October 6 to 9
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