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Your Most Obedient Servant
by Morgan, Patrick

ISBN: 9780522852745
PUBLISHER: Melbourne University Press
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 512
PUBLICATION DATE: 1.01.2007
DIMENSIONS: 24 x 16 x 4 centimetres 2.8 pounds

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B.A. Santamaria was one of the most controversial Australians of our time. His sphere of influence ranged across the nation's political and social landscape. Santamaria, an ardent anti-Communist and devout Catholic, was fiercely intelligent and a natural leader, polarising the community into loyal followers and committed opponents. This collection of letters spanning sixty years shows facets of Santamaria's personality and activities that have not previously been disclosed. The letters are both personal and professional and in them he speaks frankly on matters of the state, the Church and family and he is revealed as a person more subtle in his views than his public persona would suggest. His correspondents ranged from prominent politicians, including Malcolm Fraser, Bill Hayden and Clyde Cameron, religious leaders, including Archbishops Mannix and Pell, to influential media and social commentators such as Kerry Packer and Phillip Adams. In the 1940s Santamaria created the Movement in Australia, an anti-Communist organisation, and these letters reveal that he also operated the Movement for decades throughout Asia. He was a key figure in the tumultuous split in the 1950s of the Australian Labour Party and subsequently had much influence as a public commentator on his television program Point of View and his weekly column in the Australian. Santamaria had a strong social conscience and spent much of his tim

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