OverviewAs Australia and the United States grow closer economically and militarily, Dennis Altman, one of the most respected commentators on the U.S.-Australian relationship, questions the success of the cooperation between the two nations. While many Australians see the growing relationship as a threat to their country's sovereignty, Altman challenges this consensus, showing that the resilience of the Australian identity is hindering the application of the United States's neo-liberal principles. Elegant and succinct, this well-grounded reflection confronts the opinion that Australia is fast on its way to becoming essentially an American state, and examines the deeper questions of international exchange, such as what the model is for national success and how Australians imagine their own future.
Reviews"Logical and moderate in tone—a break from the often over-heated commentary which marks the battleground between Australian conservative commentators and leftish intellectuals." —David Costello, The Courier Mail
"A thoughtful and informed guide to our own successes and shortcomings and necessary reading for those trying to sort out a positive future relationship with America." —John Button, The Age
"Will encourage real thought about our relations with the U.S. rather than juvenile exchanges of insults. And maybe it will encourage us to accept responsibility to find our own way, rather than moan about the influence of the Americans." —Michael Costello, The Australian
"If you want to understand where Australia stands at the beginning of the twenty-first century and where it is heading, then 51st State? is a must read." —Bookseller & Publisher
"Poses many questions, provides some answers, and gives food for thought to the reader, as any good essayist should." —Michael Ashby, Eureka Street
Author BiographyDennis Altman has taught at Harvard University, La Trobe University, the University of Chicago, and New York University. He has served on a range of international committees and was president of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific for four years. He is the author of 11 books, including Defying Gravity, Global Sex, and Gore Vidal's America.