Today, optimism about preserving Tasmania’s cultural heritage has evaporated. Cultural heritage politics is now conducted as a lopsided battle between a cabal of the logging industry, developers and Federal and State governments on one side and a cluster of heritage advocates on the other. In his latest book, John Mulvaney shows just how difficult the process has become in Tasmania, by providing a cultural history of Recherche Bay in the state’s southeast, as part of the campaign to have it preserved on the National Heritage Register. This book not only makes the case for the preservation of Recherche Bay as a cultural heritage site, it is also a call to arms to restore Australia’s position as a world leader in cultural heritage legislation. I would like to hope that Peter Garrett, the Federal Minister for Arts, Environment and Heritage, reads this book and acts to restore the National Heritage Commission Estate to its previous pre-eminent position. It would be a fitting conclusion to John Mulvaney’s illustrious career and acknowledgment of his vital role in promoting the nation’s cultural heritage.