The Boy from Baradine
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"Antony Loewenstein is an amazing journalist and this is an amazing book. Anyone who cares about the war on drugs--one of the biggest catastrophes in the world--should read this superb book right away."
--Johann Hari, journalist
"Loewenstein's book is meticulous and forensic, and also impassioned and urgent. What stands out is the clarity of his thinking and the rigour of his arguments. He has an historian's grasp of the big picture and a storyteller's skill for getting us to walk in the other's shoes. The vast scope of his thinking, travel and research is evident on every page, as is his clear-headed compassion. This book is vital and I couldn't put it down."
--Christos Tsiolkas, author of Loaded and Dead Europe
"Many people assume that as the war on drugs has failed and because a few countries have liberated cannabis as a recreational drug as well as a medicine, the "drug problem" is solved. This new book powerfully demolishes any such complacency that might have developed in the west. Drug wars represent a major, ongoing world-wide disaster. This book is a must-read for anyone pursuing a rational policy debate about drugs."
--Dr. David Nutt, author of Drugs without the Hot Air (UIT Press), and The Neurobiology of Addiction (OUP).
"This gritty, compassionate account takes us to the epicentre of the big environmental conflicts of the day: Antarctica, Tasmania's forests and Kakadu. A must read."
"This memoir is an exciting, honest and sometimes raw tale of public life, lived with enthusiasm, dedication and a take-no-prisoners attitude."
"It is a deeply human tale of trauma and triumph, of fear and fine, of character overcoming adversity. It will also inspire young people that it is possible to succeed from the most unlikely of personal circumstances."
"One of the most detailed and illuminating books about the exercise of power in Canberra that I have so far had the pleasure of reading. Emerson has produced a highly engaging, compassionate and empathetic account of his sometimes stellar, sometimes dispiriting career, and of the political world that he inhabited for so long."
--Ross Fitzgerald, Weekend Australian