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COVER STORY Something rotten led to fish-kill: perhaps fishy environmentalism

EDITORIAL Resistance grows to Beijing's soft-power push

CANBERRA OBSERVED Climate change: deadly ... to political leaders

TECHNOLOGY Electric cars: UK taxpayers subsidise rich greenies

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION A step too small?

CYBER SECURITY Chinese smartphone threat extends way beyond Huawei

SOCIETY Such grandeur of spirit

POLITICS John Hewson should have as sturdy a Constitution

FINANCE Hayne royal commission sets agenda for bank reform

FAMILY RELATIONS Dad: a girl's first and most influential love

COMMENTARY Words gone feral: rights and equality

MEDICINE AND CULTURE Book captures tragedy of falling foul of a fanatic

SOCIETY AND CULTURE A dog's life: reflections of a grey nomad

HUMOUR

MUSIC Serialism a killer: Ideas tend to get in the way

CINEMA Cold Pursuit: Revenge served up manic

BOOK REVIEW Why the West and nowhere else

BOOK REVIEW The escalation of horror and atrocity

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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.

 

Endorsements

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


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