Whip-crack Powers. Review of "The Rush That Never Ended: A History of Australian Mining, Fifth Edition" by Geoffrey Blainey and "The Fuss That Never Ended: The Life and Work of Geoffrey Blainey" by Deborah Gare et al (eds).
Geoffrey Blainey undoubtedly has star quality. He is the most famous living Australian historian in the country, although not out of it - that honour surely belongs to Robert Hughes. Morag Fraser comments in her contribution to this collection that he draws and holds media attention. As if to prove her point, while Bongiorno was writing this review the Blainey view on Volume One of Keith Windschuttle’s "The Fabrication of Aboriginal History" was reported in the press.