Book launch: Alan (The Red Fox) Reid
A PHALANX of press gallery veterans is expected to turn out next week to the launch of Ross Fitzgerald and Stephen Holt’s biography of Alan “The Red Fox” Reid. The doyen of the Canberra press gallery during the Menzies era, Reid set new boundaries in political journalism, becoming a player as much as a reporter. He organised the photo that led to Menzies coining the phrase “36 faceless men” to describe the 36 Labor delegates who dictated the party’s policies to the exclusion of party leadership in 1963. His standing was such that prime minister Bob Hawke flew in to pay his respects to an ailing Reid days before his death. Hawke will attend the launch, hosted by former NSW premier Bob Carr. Laurie Oakes has penned the foreword. Other heavyweights attending include Alan Jones, Sam Lipski and Max Suich.
The Australian, May 31, 2010