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Damned Whores and God's Police Paperback – 4 Jan 1994

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  • Paperback: 549 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; Revised edition edition (4 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140231870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140231878
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,451,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the United States.

She is author of several books, including the classic "Damned Whores and God's Police", first published in 1975, "Ducks on the Pond", her autobiography in 1999, "The End of Equality", (2003), "On Luck" (2008) and "The Lost Mother" (2009). Her most recent book "The Misogyny Factor" was published in June 2013. She writes on politics and social issues regularly for a number of Australian newspapers including the "Sydney Morning Herald".

She is the editor and publisher of the digital magazine "Anne Summers Reports" (annesummers.com.au/asr) and she hosts Anne Summers Conversations, public events where she engages in discussion with well-known people. Her first such conversation was with former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in late 2013.

She lives in Sydney.

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In 1975 Anne Summers set out to describe the way in which Australia's history and culture had limited women's participation in our own society. The result was a devastating and totally original view of Australia that had a profound effect on a generation of women, a book that stands beside the best of feminist literature and Australian history. Two decades after Damned Whores and God's Police was first published, Anne Summers has returned to her classic study, adding two substantial new chapters to the core of her book. Here she assesses what we have achieved and takes an impassioned and heartfelt look at the modern women's movement. In telling the story of the creation of that movement, Anne Summers provides a call to action for the generation born since Damned Whores and God's Police first appeared.

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I have only just started to plough my way through the introduction I am feeling hooked already. So very excited about the prospect of finding the time to reading it all. It was highly recommended to me by a friend in the first instance.
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"No one who reads this book will ever be able to see Australian history quite the same way they did before. There is genuinely new vision in the book".
Professor Richard Spann, Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Sydney -

"The book is to be welcomed as an important contribution in a field in which others have tried to plough but were not able to finish. Anne Summers, happily, had the gift of the survivor."
Manning Clark, The Australian, November 8, 1975

"She has contributed a compelling and often startling book in which she re-examines the entire history of white settlement in Australia."
Michael Cannon, The Age, November 8, 1975
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