Picks and Pans Review: The Fatal Shore

updated 12/28/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/28/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Robert Hughes
Even before Crocodile Dundee, Australia was fascinating, and Hughes's sweeping, dramatic story of the continent's colonization—mostly by British convicts and their guards—is history in its most vital, enthralling form.

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