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An electrifying, epic history of the city of Sydney as you have never seen her before. 'To peer deeply into this ghost city, the one lying beneath the surface, is to understand that Sydney has a soul and that it is a very dark place indeed.' Beneath the shining harbour, amid the towers of global greed and deep inside the bad-drugs madness of the suburban wastelands, lies Sydney's shadow history. Terrifying tsunamis, corpse-robbing morgue staff, killer cops, neo-Nazis, power junkies and bumbling SWOS teams electrify this epic tale of a city with a cold vacuum for a moral core. Birmingham drills beneath the cover story of a successful multicultural metropolis and melts the boundaries between past and present to reveal a ghost city beneath the surface of concrete and glass. In Birmingham's alternative history of Sydney, the yawning chasm between the megarich and the lumpen masses is as evident in the insane wealth of the new elites as it was in the head-spinning rapacity of the NSW Rum Corps. This is a city shattered by the nexus between government, big money and the underworld, where the glittering prizes go to the strong, not the just. Combining intensive research with the p

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091842031
ISBN-10: 0091842034
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 39mm)
Pages: 563
Imprint: Vintage (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 4-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - John Birmingham

John Birmingham John Birmingham is the author of the cult classic He Died With a Falafel in His Hand; the award-winning history Leviathan; the Axis of Time trilogy; the Disappearance Trilogy; and the Dave Hooper series. Between writing books he contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines on topics as diverse as the future of media and national security. He began his working life as a research officer with the Defence Department's Office of Special Clearances and Records.

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