Taking the family photo album to the horizon and far beyond, Conrad supplies whimsical, artistic critiques for a whole museum-load of oddball Australian photographs. Each picture receives critical, contemplative commentary, be it oily hands from fixing a car, or statuary above a barbershop. The photos run the gamut of Australian history, and therefore the book qualifies as "history." I'd compare it to an art gallery of photos collected from back yards, airports, watering holes, or wherever. Each photo has a little essay in fine print, so you have to stand close to the wall to read it. People who know and love Australia may find it strikes a thousand chords, and strangers may feel very little.