Robert Menzies

the art of politics

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Publisher Description

A revelatory biography of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister.

Robert Menzies claimed the prime ministership in 1939 and led the nation during the early years of the war, but resigned two years later when he lost the confidence of his party. His political career seemed over, and yet he staged one of the great comebacks to forge a new political party, devise a new governing philosophy, and craft a winning electoral approach that as to make him Australia’s longest-serving prime minister.

The lessons Menzies learned — and the way he applied them — made him a model that every Liberal leader since has looked to for inspiration. But debate over Menzies’ life and legacy has never settled.

Who was Robert Menzies, what did he stand for, what did he achieve? Troy Bramston has not only researched the official record and published accounts, but has also interviewed members of Menzies’ family, and his former advisers and ministers. He has also been given exclusive access to family letters, as well as to a series of interviews that Menzies gave that have never been revealed before. They are a major historical find, in which Menzies talks about his life, reflects on political events and personalities, offers political lessons, and candidly assesses his successors.

Robert Menzies is the first biography in 20 years of the Liberal icon — and it contains important contemporary lessons for those who want to understand, and master, the art and science of politics.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2019
16 April
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribe Publications
SELLER
Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Toddy265 ,

Robert Menzies

Having lived through the Menzies era as a child and young teenager in the 1950's and 1960's I remember the period well and commend the author for his wonderful interpretation of the Menzies legacy.

My only criticism is his condemnation by the author of Menzies decision to send troops to Vietnam suggesting it was done on the 'failed Domino Theory'. All I can suggest is that the people's of the Soviet Eastern block such as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, East Germany and the peoples of Asia such as Laos, Cambodia, China, North Korea would not agree with that suggestion.

Luckily for Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia that they were provided with the time allocated to them by the Vietnam war to structure and strengthen their economies in such as a way that they were able to repulse the communist threats within their countries during the Vietnam war period. It was sad too for those of South Vietnam who lost their freedoms, so in fact while the war was lost, nevertheless the decision by Menzies and the US, to send troops did indeed halt the continued onslaught that was the Domino effect.

Apart from that criticism I highly recommend this book. John Haines

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