In his foreward to On the Homefront : Western Australia and World War II, the premier of Western Australia, Richard Court, writes that this volume is a 'marvellous achievement in presenting a very readable social history that captures a significant, but until now, little studied aspect of our state's past. Politicians are often afflicted with the verbal sin of hyperbole. In this instance, this is not the case. Indeed, Mr Court's remarks are muted given the excellence of this official history. This genre of publication all too often suffers from the dullness, cautiousness and omissions that are supposedly appropriate for presenting an authorised version of important events like war. On the Homefront, on the other hand, confronts all the difficult issues like internment of enemy aliens (chapter by Michael Bosworth), propaganda (chapter by Ron Davidson) and returned soldiers with tuberculosis (chapter by Crienna Fitzgerald). All the traditional repertoire of accepted topics are here as well, especially in section one.