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Description - John Curtin by David A Day

John Curtin is, for many Australians, regardless of political affiliation, the most significant Australian political leader of the twentieth century. In this remarkable biography, David Day follows Curtin from his peripatetic childhood in small-town Victoria to his courageous and dramatic leadership of the nation in the darkest hours of the Second World War. For the first time, the full breadth of Curtin's life is revealed: the tortured decline of his father; the untimely deaths of his first sweetheart and his best friend; his rejection of Catholicism for socialism, unionism and the ALP; his early condemnation of parliament and of war, yet his later role as national and wartime leader; and the exhaustion that finally destroyed him six weeks before the Japanese surrender in 1945. Day also sheds light on the inherent contradictions of Curtin's personality in a diptych-like portrait of a complex, brilliant man wounded by his personal failures and disappointments, but energised by his political and social achievements. John Curtin: A Life is a timely reassessment of a man who did so much to shape Australia's destiny. 'this is indeed a superbly researched biography' - Kim Beazley, speech to National Press Club 'A fine biography of a complex, flawed, self-sacrificing but ultimately triumphant personality - one of the great figures of Australian history' - Weekend Australian

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780732280000
ISBN-10: 0732280001
Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 131mm x 51mm)
Pages: 784
Imprint: Fourth Estate
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: Australia

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