By Stuart Macintyre, Sheila Fitzpatrick
'Against the Grain' examines the twin careers of Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark and indicates the political and private problems that beset them either in the course of their careers. Fitzpatrick used to be the older through an entire decade, born in 1905 and raised within the decrease middle-class suburb of Moonee Ponds. From the neighborhood nation tuition and Essendon excessive he received a scholarship to The collage of Melbourne and another residential scholarship to Trinity university. whereas right here, he turned lively in scholar existence and helped came upon either the Labour membership and the coed newspaper, Farrago. This was once possibly an outlet for his rebellious spirit.
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F. 30 Like Cockburn, Seldes, and Stone, he sought to tell ‘the truth behind the news’31, relying on inside information where he could get it 32, though compared with Cockburn and Seldes, former foreign correspondents with an array of contacts in many countries and a network of journalists willing to pass on stories they could not print themselves, Fitzpatrick was at an obvious disadvantage as an inside dopester. 33 A suspicion of American influence on Australia—political, cultural and economic—was another leitmotif of the newsletters after the war, increasingly superseding his earlier critique of British imperialism.
39 Fitzpatrick characterised Monthly Review as ‘a first-rate independent socialist magazine’40, ‘a socialist magazine of public affairs which in the four years since its foundation has made a unique impression on thinking people, for its clarity, scholarship, moderation, uncompromising courage, not to mention its typographical excellence’41, and drew on it quite frequently in his own newsletters for information and evaluation of international issues. Fitzpatrick put his budding friendly relationship with Huberman at risk, however, by foolishly publishing a comment that the latter had made in a private letter.
6 Macmahon Ball wrote in 1938 that: Australians depend, more than most people, upon newspapers for information about other countries, and this directly affects their capacity to reach objective conclusions about world affairs … The cable service to Australia are very efficient in providing ‘spot’ news, in the prompt publication of exceptional events and of the doings of exceptional people. But the news is sporadic and fragmentary. It fails to give a continuous or coherent picture of important tendencies in other countries.
Against the grain : Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian history and politics by Stuart Macintyre, Sheila Fitzpatrick