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The Menzies Era
The years that shaped modern Australia
By John Howard

The Menzies Era is a work of great authority, illuminating that remarkable time when the Coalition of Liberal and Country Parties held office without interruption, winning nine elections in a row from 1949 to 1972. It was the longest unbroken period of government for one side of po9litics in Australia's history. The description of Menzies era rightly attaches to that whole period; such was the influence of our longest-serving PM, who dominated Australian politics like no one has done before or since.

Over the 23 years of that era, Australia saw huge economic growth, social change and considerable political turmoil. Covering attempts to ban the Communist Party, the Petrov Affair, the impact of the great Labour Split of 1955, Australia's alliance with the United States, the increasing focus on Asian nations, the impact of the Vietnam War on Australian politics, and the recovery of the Labour Party under Whitlam's leadership in the late 1960s, this magisterial book offers a comprehensive assessment of how the Menzies era laid the foundations of contemporary Australia.

Joh Howard was Australia's second longest serving prime minister. Only ten when Menzies rose to power in 1949, he was in his early 30s when the Menzies era came to an end, entering federal parliament himself less than 2 years later. Howard drew much inspiration from Menzies. His unique insights and thoughtful analysis of Menzies the politician, his times and his legacy make this an absorbing, highly significant book.

Book is in excellent condition
Hard cover with dust jacket
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