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COMPULSIVELY MURDERING MAO tracks the life of Phillip Coussens from his childhood in a small country town to his life as an investigative journalist and press secretary to the special Minister of State and China Trade, and his seduction by a CIA operative to deliver the fatal move on Chairman Mao.
A little book I've had salted away for quite some time, it took the sad death of Bill Green to get me to stop dipping into and out of it, and sit down and read it. Having finished it, the quote from Mungo McCallum on the back sums up the political component:
"Spells out in blistering openness the excesses and dilemmas that characterised Australian politics."
But there's also a little more to this book, knowing, from chatting to the author, that part of the action - something about a plucky Australian going up against a CIA bloke who eventually went on to be something biggish in American Politics ... well it makes the reading of this book even more tantalising. How much of this is truth and how much is fiction? It's impossible to pick the lines (if there are any).
Bill's style is very tongue in cheek, very irreverent, extremely funny and greatly missed.
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