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    DescriptionEveryone has taken and given offence; anyone who claims they haven't is either lying or uniquely tolerant. Yet in recent years, offence has become more than an expression of annoyance - it's now a form of political currency. Politicians and religious leaders have mastered the art of indignation to motivate their supporters or deflect unwanted attention, and the news cycle has become increasingly dominated by reports on these tiny tempests. In this provocative account, Richard King explores how the politics of offence is poisoning public debate. With hurt feelings being paraded like union banners, we've ushered in a new mood of censoriousness, self-pity, and self-righteousness. Unofficial censorship has even led to official censorship; blowing the dust off old blasphemy laws, we are moving forward into the past. Yet King contends that freedom of speech is meaningless without the freedom to offend, and that the claim to be offended should be the beginning of the argument, not the end of it. Politeness is a noble quality, and decorum will always have its place. But when respect comes at the cost of honest criticism, it's time for us to think again.

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    Well Done, Those Men
    Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barry Heard
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9781921844942
    ISBN 10: 1921844949

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FMV
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    LC classification: U
    DC22: 959.7043092
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17470
    BIC subject category V2: JWXV, HBWS2
    BISAC V2.8: HIS048000, BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FMV
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 959.7043394092
    3, New edition
    Edition statement
    3rd Third Edition, Third ed.
    Scribe Publications
    Imprint name
    Scribe Publications
    Publication date
    01 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Carlton North
    Author Information
    Barry Heard was conscripted in Australia's first national service ballot, and served in Vietnam as an infantryman and radio operator. After completing his national service, Barry decided to concentrate on his writing. His short stories have received several prizes, including the Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Award and the Sir Weary Dunlop Prize. Barry's other books include The View from Connor's Hill, a prequel to Well Done, Those Men; and Tag, a novel. He lives with his family in rural Victoria.
    Review quote
    'This is a powerful, beautifully written book that should be read by everyone who wants to understand the evil, senseless personal damage done by war.' - Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald