Tuesday, August 06, 2002

The book has a prologue which gives the history of the Packer family. Although it is well know that Kerry Packer's father Frank was a press proprietor, fewer know that his grandfather, Robert Clyde Packer, was also an important figure in the development of the media in the early 20th century.
RC Packer helped to start Smith's Weekly, a campaigning newspaper that was greatly loved by returned diggers and other "ordinary" Australians after World War I.
Knowing the depth of the Packer family's historical involvement in Australian publishing helped me start to glimpse why a man like Kerry Packer has become such a force in the contemporary media.
This book was first published in 1993 and has been reprinted at least five times, which gives an idea of its success. Barry, an ABC journalist has also written books about Alan Bond and OneTel, but in my opinion this is the best of his work.

Monday, August 05, 2002

This is my blog about Paul Barry's book "The rise and rise of Kerry Packer".