Dennis Altman, Defying Gravity: A Political Life, Allen & Unwin, 1997, pp 265, $19.95 pb.

Moore, Clive (1998) Dennis Altman, Defying Gravity: A Political Life, Allen & Unwin, 1997, pp 265, $19.95 pb.. Journal of Australian Studies, 22 56: 183-183. doi:10.1080/14443059809387372


Author Moore, Clive
Title Dennis Altman, Defying Gravity: A Political Life, Allen & Unwin, 1997, pp 265, $19.95 pb.
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Dennis Altman, Defying Gravity: A Political Life, Allen & Unwin, 1997, pp 265, $19.95 pb.
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1835-6419
1444-3058
Publication date 1998
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1080/14443059809387372
Volume 22
Issue 56
Start page 183
End page 183
Total pages 1
Place of publication Abingdon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 2005 Literary Studies
1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Formatted abstract
Defying Gravity is a combination of personal revelations and memories, academic insights and explanations typical of any political scientist, alongside odd quirky statements that sit uneasily alongside more profound observations. The substance comes from diaries and the excruciating illustrations obviously come from Altaian's home photo albums.

In its widest sense Defying Gravity is not about Altman at all: it is about world politics and gay politics since the 1960s, with social change in Australia thrown in for good measure. Although an astute observer of the last thirty years, and clearly an honest nice guy, Altman has not quite managed to write either at decent autobiography or a book of contemporary social commentary. In a round-about way it does tell us about Altman and what has motivated an important Australian intellectual.

Defying Gravity is not Altman at his best.
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