The Menzies Era

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Harper Collins, Oct 1, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 720 pages
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.

'Engaging and revealing ... like a torchlight shone from an unexpected angle' Geoffrey Blainey, Weekend Australian

Fresh from the success of his phenomenal bestselling memoir, LAZARUS RISING, 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 sixteen 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.

The Menzies era saw 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 ten 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.

'This important book' Clive James, Times Literary Supplement


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John Howard writes competently and authoritatively about his favourite PM. His own politics intrude less often than one might expect, and that's creditable. But it's still a textbook. The sort of book ... Read full review


Dedication Foreword
At the pictures in Earlwood
Prelude to an
Back from the dead
A new world order
The great bank heist
The Communist Party to ban or not to ban?
Petrov and the 1954 election
Yes Prime Minister
The times are achangin
The Vietnam
The end of White Australia
Holts Asian century
The Tory larrikin
By his own hand
McMahon by accident

The Split
The Suez Crisis
Into Asia
The Ming Dynasty
The changing of the guard
Saved by Santamaria
The faceless
No lap of honour
The Great Assumption
Its time but only just
A reflection
Endnotes Select bibliography
Picture Section
Authors note About the Author Copyright

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John Howard was Australia's 25th Prime Minister and our second longest serving PM. After a meteoric rise to become Treasurer at 38, the self-described economic radical and social conservative was sidelined. Years later, Howard bounced back to lead the Coalition to a resounding victory.

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