Gough Whitlam: His Time

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Miegunyah Press, 2008 - Australia - 596 pages
Gough Whitlam, Australia's twenty-first prime minister, swept to power in December 1972, ending twenty-three years of conservative rule. It was an ascendancy bitterly resented by some, never accepted by others, and ended with dismissal by the Governor-General barely three years laterandmdash;an outcome that polarised debate and left many believing the full story had not been told. In this much anticipated second volume of her biography of Gough Whitlam, Hocking has used previously unearthed archival material and extensive interviews with Gough Whitlam, his family, colleagues and foes, to bring the key players in these dramatic events to life. Who was 'the third man' who counselled the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, in his decision to sack the twice-elected Whitlam government and appoint Malcolm Fraser as prime minister? How much did the Palace know about what was happening? And what drove the Kerr to take the unprecedented action of removing an elected government from office? This definitive biography takes us behind the political intrigue to reveal a devastated Whitlam and his personal struggle in the aftermath of the dismissal, during the unfulfilled years that followed and his eventual political renewal as Australia's ambassador to UNESCO. And of course, through the highs and the lows of his decades of public life Whitlam depended absolutely on the steadfast support of the love of his life, Margaret. For this is also the story of a remarkable marriage and an enduring partnership. The truth of this tumultuous period in Australia's history is finally revealed in this engaging narrative.

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A tremendous biography of a remarkable man. In many ways Gough was so ahead of his time that perhaps he would have been better suited to the less conservative (in Australia that is!) 1980s than the ... Read full review

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Most interesting person - a great subject for a biography (it's volume one only - up until his becoming Australian Prime Minister in 1972). I feel the best is yet to come in the sequel. At times the prose style is a but turgid and repetitious but the subject matter kept me turning the pages. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Jenny Hocking is a well-known biographer and a highly regarded scholar and commentator on Australian politics, counter-terrorism and security matters. Her work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and newspapers and she regular appears on radio and television. She is Head of the Monash University School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies, a member of the Executive Board of the International Australian Studies Association, a Series Editor of the Journal of Australian Studies and a long-standing Trustee of the Lionel Murphy Foundation.