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Panic (noun). A sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behaviour.

Australians see themselves as a relaxed and tolerant bunch. But scratch the surface and you’ll uncover an extraordinary level of fear.

Cronulla. Henson. Hanson. Wik. Haneef. The boats. …
Panic shows all of David Marr’s characteristic insight, quick wit and brilliant prose as he c
Paperback, 274 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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David Marr is the finest writer of essays in Australia today. He is a very good writer. He writes about subjects that matter and he does not pull any punches while being reasonably fair. He is not a polemicist like Orwell often was but he does write knowingly and morally about politics.
This books over all subject is political and social panics that Australia seems to be peculiarly prone to over the last 30 years.
Highly recommended for those interested in Australian politics and good Australian
Aug 08, 2013 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was what I expected it to be. The books theme (and title) are so true. Yet to read such accounts of how people in this national spotlight seek to perpetually persuade us that this remote island is under constant threat is not easy. It is true, but I wish it were not.
Oct 19, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
David Marr pulls back the facade of a "comfortable and relaxed" (a phrase used by former prime minister John Howard) to reveal a country gripped by many irrational fears. David Marr is brilliant at describing and detailing the forces that manipulate the social psychology of Australia. It is a very insightful read, sharp and pulls no punches.
The book is made up of short journalistic pieces and is appealing in its accessibility. It cuts to the chase.
The limitations of the book is in the authors an
Sep 14, 2016 Rebecca rated it liked it
Some of these essays were amazing (and terrifying), others were dull.
Feb 06, 2013 Avril rated it really liked it
Not a book to be read all in one go; this collection of Marr's writing over almost twenty years of panics in Australia is profoundly unnerving and extremely depressing. So much for Australia being a laid back and relaxed country! According to Marr, we're terrified of almost everything, particularly people with dark skin and any suggestion that money might not be the most important element of life and that there are things of greater value.

Read little by little, this collection has encouraging mo
Mar 06, 2014 Ben rated it it was amazing
A disturbing look at the creation and strategic use of the fear generated by the media and politicians (both for and against each other). Despite living with the reality, it's still shocking to fully comprehend how often Australia gets the fear, and lashes out at any target. More disturbing is how many of the fears created in the late nineties and across last decade are still just as prominent today, as is the cruel treatment we give to it's scapegoats.
Marr's writing is always excellent, and his
Dec 30, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
Topical. Australian. Left-leaning. More likely to affirm your political stance than challenge it (regardless of creed). I don't what else to say, that seems to about sum it up. Oh, I love the judiciously crude title - PANIC! - which serves as loose theme throughout. Yeah, fear politics - the cultivation of public fear for political gain. Big in Australia, big in general. That's what the book's all about. Hey Australian Liberal Party: Go fuck yourself, cowards!
Andrew McMillen
Oct 02, 2012 Andrew McMillen rated it really liked it
A fantastic book. Vividly weaves in several of the big Australian narratives to which I’d been fairly wishy-washy on the details until reading the book. A fantastic examination of Australian culture, politics and society. I feel I understand the country and its people much better after reading this. The drugs chapter is quite good, too. Marr is an excellent writer who has shot toward the top of my favourites list.
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Oct 10, 2012 Phil Devereux rated it it was amazing
A fascinating, in depth, discerning look at the various "panics" stirred up by politicians and the media in Australia over the last few decades. This should be mandatory reading for all Aussies.
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Eminent Australian journalist, author, and progressive political and social commentator. David Marr is the multi-award-winning author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic and The High Price of Heaven, and co- author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for the Sy
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