Don Bradman: Challenging the Myth

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 23, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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This fascinating book takes a very different look at Australia's most popular sporting hero, Sir Donald Bradman. Unlike the mostly reverent literature on 'The Don', this book explains how Bradman's iconic status was created and sustained, and what his popularity and heroism say about the meaning of Australian nationhood. Brett Hutchins' unique analysis reveals the mythical character of so many representations of the Don, and connects them to broader social phenomena and the cultural contexts in which they were created.
 

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Contents

Looking for heroes
12
The boy from Bowral
34
Bodyline and myth
56
An insatiable demand
78
Political connections
108
Never quite typical
129
Challenging the myth
152
Appendix
167
Bibliography
195
Index
211
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About the author (2002)

Brett Hutchins has published on various social and cultural issues in Australian sport, as well as commenting on the Bradman phenomenon in the media. He teaches sociology at the University of Tasmania.

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