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  • Author:
    John Birmingham
  • ISBN:
    0091842034
  • ISBN13:
    978-0091842031
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    Vintage; Vintage ed edition (2000)
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    563 pages
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I really tried hard to enjoy Leviathan. I'm a huge fan of Birmingham and I'm a huge fan of Sydney, but the combintion just didn't work for me.

An electrifying, epic history of the city of Sydney as you have never seen her before. 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. I really tried hard to enjoy Leviathan.

John Birmingham (born 7 August 1964) is a British-born Australian author, known for the 1994 memoir He Died .

John Birmingham (born 7 August 1964) is a British-born Australian author, known for the 1994 memoir He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, and his Axis of Time trilogy. 1 Early life and education. It won Australia's National Prize For Non-Fiction in 2002

John Birmingham tells stories for a living. Leviathan: the unauthorised biography of Sydney. Rev ed. Bibliography.

John Birmingham tells stories for a living. For doing so he has been paid by the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Australian, Penthouse, Playboy, Rolling Stone, HQ, Inside Sport and the Independent Monthly. He has also been published, but not paid, by the Long Bay Prison News. Some of his stories have won prizes including the George Munster prize for Freelance Story of the Year and the Carlton United Sports Writing Prize. Leviathan, John’s fifth book, was first published in Knopf hardback in 1999. 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.

Leviathan: the unauthorised biography of Sydney. ISBN 978 0 091 84203 1 (pb. 1. Cities and Towns - New South Wales - Sydney - Growth. 2. Immigrants - New South Wales - Sydney. 3. Aborigines, Australian - New South Wales - Sydney - History. 4. Police - New South Wales - Sydney. 5. Crime - New South Wales - Sydney.

A monster of a book, "Leviathan" takes a bit of a scattergun approach to the history of Sydney, including . I feel the essence of larrikanism in John Birmingham's writing and this book contains many humerous moments while providing a very informative history.

A monster of a book, "Leviathan" takes a bit of a scattergun approach to the history of Sydney, including sections on important moments like the Rum Rebellion and the convict era but missing others in favour of perhaps not quite so important sections on corpse ratting and the like. Birmingham's style of writing can eventually grate but "Leviathan" is a good read that will remind you of Sydney's lurid past.

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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

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.

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'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 pace of a techno-thriller, John Birmingham creates a rich portrait of a city too dazzled by its own gorgeous reflection to caremuch for what lies at its dark, corrupted heart. Illuminated by wild flashes of black humour, violent, ghoulish and utterly compelling, Leviathan is history for the Tarantino generation.

Gabar
I find John Birmingham to be an unexpectedly diverse and just freaking great writer. I was initially roped in by his science fiction work. This tale of Sidney is far from your conventional history of anywhere but it is so much better than some linear recitation of facts and dates. I have a hard time reconciling the current city to what it was and where it came from. It is enlightening, even for some old Yank who never gave two thoughts to what his cousins in the Pacific made of their legacy from our common British cousins. It's almost surprising that both our nations don't hold some massive grudge against our English once overlords.
I would read anything JB writes. I even bought his how to be a writer book because he inspired even someone as ungifted as myself to at least attempt to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard. A futile effort but what the hell. Crack a beer, go sit out on the deck, read his books. Imagine you are on his hovercraft with him.
Gugrel
I really enjoyed this book. I've lived in Sydney for several years (loving every moment) but took it at face value. This book explains some of the quirks and history of the city - explaining how the modern city came to be. Having now read the book, I feel like I understand and recognize much more of the 'texture' of the city when I walk around the CBD.

I suspect that you're not going to get too much out of this book without having lived in Sydney for at least six months -- much of it, I think, depends on having visited and seen the suburbs, streets and sights, because the author uses the present city to explain its past.

My only complaint about the book is its "non-linear" structure. The book is a great and fun introduction to the city's history (emphasizing its murky past) but I did find myself wishing for more structure and detail. If Sydney really interests you, then you might want to also order a more 'dry' history of the city to complement this book.
Trash
Another writer who should spend less time on 'cool' imagery' and more time on getting to the point.
Uafrmaine
Really loved this Biography of Sydney. I must say I'm a fan of JB now after reading the WW2 trilogy which I loved too. I have always wondered about a lot of the darker things about Sydney, having come here in the late 80's, I think you get more of a sense as an outsider looking in. It is a confusing city at times, and as a friend of mine says....it's not as funky as it thinks it is.... This is true sometimes as seen through the violence recently and not so recently. But overall it's a great place to live, and this book has definitely helped me understand some of the difficulties Sydney has been through.
The book feels like it will be almost a manual for Sydney, to go back and check facts, mostly to solve arguments I suppose, because you get those conversations where people want to out-dark each other by knowing the dirtiest stories. Yeah this book will come in handy for sure
Uranneavo
Reading this book gave me a totally new view of the city I was born and raised in. Names that I was familiar with (e.g. Macarthur) gained a totally new persona as I read about their exploits in the fledgling city. I would totally recommend this for anyone with an interest in the Harbour City.
Hallolan
Unique insight into the Sydney political underworld. Recommended to anyone interested in the politics of city government and property development
Doulkree
very satisfied
Only JB. There are about a thousand stories about cities like Sydney, but only a polished storyteller like John Birmingham could pick this line and make it gold. Great yarn about a city most if us know so well.