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Title : The Hard Way: The Story Behind Power Without Glory
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ISBN : 9780006144717
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Number of Pages : 255 Pages
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  • Trevor
    2019-05-25 17:58

    This was one of the first books I ever read. I read Power Without Glory first, following the television series in the 1970s. Back then, I must have been 14, all of the stuff in the book seemed like ancient history. The 1930s were before my parents were born and the 1950s, when the events around the publication of Power Without Glory described in The Hard Way happened also seemed too distant for anybody to be bothered remembering. Ah, to be young again when twenty years seemed like a long time.Frank Hardy was a member of the Communist Party and was helped to write his first and greatest novel, Power Without Glory, by other members of the Party – a novel about the life of a person becoming a capitalist by first being an illegal book maker in the back streets of Collingwood – an inner city, working class suburb. Names were changed, but not very much – John Wren becomes John West in the novel. How did anyone ever make the connection?The book was banned, printed illegally, confiscated by police and lead to the trial described here where Hardy was charged with ‘criminal libel’ rather than your standard libel – mostly on the basis that this older form of libel had much harsher penalties associated with it. Interestingly, not charged with libelling Wren (there has been much revisionism of late about what a good man Wren was) but of libelling his wife as the book claimed she had an affair.All of this was done at the time when the government was seeking to pass a referendum to ban the Communist Party. The two things weren’t completely unrelated and therefore reading this book is a very interesting introduction to cold war politics in Australia from the perspective of the side that did not have control of the mass media or even much access to it. There are amusing instances of police busting into houses of ‘known communists’ and confiscating all books with red covers – leaving behind works by Lenin and Marx because they had green covers. So, off would go that dangerous Anarchist Dickens, but the State and Revolution would be left behind.There is a lovely description of Ralph Gibson, a man I knew as a child and I think my ex-wife’s father bought the holiday house from Ralph in which much of Power Without Glory was written. This is a fascinating book of a time past – that Frank Hardy got out of this court case a free man (oops, hope I haven’t spoilt the book for anyone – you’ll never find it anyway) and that the referendum to ban the Communist Party failed are both great moments in Australian democracy. I would like to think that if there was a referendum to ban Islam in Australia today that too would fail – but best that such things are not put to the test.