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COVER STORY Internal strife at Fortress ABC by Peter Westmore

EDITORIAL The state is separating children from families

CANBERRA OBSERVED Liberals are bare favourites for Wentworth

DEREGULATION Sugar growers are getting burned on churned-up playing field

EUROPE Attempt to discipline Hungary divides the EU

CHINA Social Credit System gives complete control of every citizen

EDUCATION Curriculum refinements will not fix schools

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION Banks' failures are a symptom of social malaise

HISTORY Moby Dick and American exceptionalism

SHAKESPEARE Tick-tock: clues to the timeless appear of the Bard

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Trump to UN: we'll do it our way; you do it yours

MUSIC Well-tempered scale: might put an alien in a bad temper

CINEMA Alpha: Beautiful beginnings

BOOK REVIEW Essays towards reconstruction

BOOK REVIEW Can society survive the decay of religion?

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THE MENZIES ERA:
The Years that Shaped Modern Australia

John Howard

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(Sydney: HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 2014)
Hardcover: 720 pages
ISBN: 9780732296124
Price: AUD$59.95

 

Book description

An assessment of Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, by John Howard, Australia’s second-longest serving Prime Minister, this is a significant, unique and fascinating history of the Menzies era — a time that laid the foundations for modern Australia. 

Fresh from the success of his phenomenal bestselling memoir, Lazarus Rising: A Personal and Political Biography (2010, 2013), which has sold over 100,000 copies, John Howard now turns his attention to one of the most extraordinary periods in Australian history, the Menzies era, canvassing the longest unbroken period of government for one side of politics in Australia’s history. 

The monumental Sir Robert Menzies held power for a total of over 18 years, making him the longest-serving Australian Prime Minister. During his second term as Prime Minister, a term of over 16 years — by far the longest unbroken tenure in that office — Menzies dominated Australian politics like no one else has ever done before or since, and these years laid the foundations for modern Australia. Through the Menzies era, there was huge economic growth, social change and considerable political turmoil. 

Covering the impact of the great Labor split of 1955 as well as the recovery of the Labor Party under Whitlam’s leadership in the late 1960s and the impact of the Vietnam War on Australian politics, this magisterial book offers a comprehensive assessment of the importance of the Menzies era in Australian life, history and politics. 

John Howard, only 10 when Menzies rose to power, and in young adulthood when the Menzies era came to an end, saw Menzies as an inspiration and a role model. His unique insights and thoughtful analysis into Menzies the man, the politician, and his legacy make this a fascinating, highly significant book.

 

About the author

The Hon. John Howard, OM, AC, was Prime Minister of Australia (1996–2007). He is the second-longest serving Australian Prime Minister, after Sir Robert Menzies.

 

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“Engaging and revealing … like a torchlight shone from an unexpected angle” — Geoffrey Blainey, Weekend Australian


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