Explosive and controversial, Waterfront exposes, for the first time, the real story behind the bitter 1998 war on the wharves which divided Australians and changed the nature of the workplace forever. This shocking expos√® reveals who was behind it and what it means for all Australians. It all began with a ‘deep throat’ phone call to John Coombs, the head of Australia’s most militant union, the Maritime Union of Australia. The mystery caller warned him of a clandestine plot to destroy the union’s hold on the waterfront. The controversial stand-off between the Patrick Stevedoring company and the Maritime Union became a battle for the hearts and minds of the average Australian. Veteran Sydney Morning Herald journalists Trinca and Davies covered the waterfront dispute from the very beginning and take us behind the headlines to tell the real story of this real-life political thriller. Illustrated with black and white photographs. A very scarce, autographed first printing;¬† a derogatory reference to Peter Costello caused this issue to be recalled and pulped.