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Description - A Certain Grandeur by Stardome Observatory Planetarium

Winner of The Age Book of the Year Award.

'Brilliant.' Laurie Oakes

Graham Freudenberg's inside account of Gough Whitlam's political rise and fall is one of the great classics of Australian political writing. From his position as Gough's speechwriter and confidant, just out of the spotlight of history, Freudenberg was an eyewitness to Gough's spectacular rise and fall, which he documents with compelling drama. But A Certain Grandeur's most significant achievement is to capture so vividly the character of the man - dictatorial, petulant, erudite, revolutionary.

This new edition has been updated to include the Labor Party's regeneration following the Dismissal, and to lay to rest myths about Gough and his government's achievements that have prevailed in the three decades since, including those surrounding what has become one of the most controversial legacies- East Timor.

'A first-class speechwriter of an intellectually commanding political leader meets the challenges to think and insinuate his way inside the mind of the master ... This Freudenberg has done splendidly.' The Age

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780670073757
ISBN-10: 067007375X
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 160mm x 43mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Viking Australia
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Stardome Observatory Planetarium

Graham Freudenberg was born in Brisbane in 1934. A journalist in Sydney and Melbourne, he was appointed press secretary to the Leader of the Australian Labor Party, Arthur Calwell, in 1961. In that capacity, he developed his best-known role as speechwriter to a succession of Labor leaders, including Gough Whitlam (1967-77); New South Wales premiers Neville Wran (1976-86), Barrie Unsworth (1986-88) and Bob Carr (1991-2003); and Prime Minister Bob Hawke (1983-1991). His principal publications are A Certain Grandeur (1977), A Figure of Speech- A Political Memoir (2005) and Churchill and Australia (2008).

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