John Curtin's War Volume II

John Curtin's War Volume II 1

Triumph and Decline

by John Edwards

Hardback Publication Date: 29/10/2018

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Described as 'a huge and highly accessible contribution to Australian political history' (SMH), John Edwards' magisterial biography of our greatest Prime Minister concludes with the events that shaped our future: the nation at war, our new relationship with the United States, and Curtin's early death, just before victory.

The first volume of John Curtin's War was recognized as 'a landmark in Australian political biography' (The Australian) and 'remarkable' (AFR).

That book ends with the fall of Singapore and a fundamental realignment of Australia's place in the world- 'The Americans were coming. So were the Japanese.'

This second volume, 'Triumph and Decline', tells the full, fascinating story of the next four years, as Curtin leads Australia in meeting its enemy and its new friend, the latter personified by the charismatic, self-certain General Douglas MacArthur. As Churchill abandons Australia and pursues a 'Hitler first' strategy, Curtin and MacArthur fight to ensure that the War in the Pacific is an American priority.

As the critical battles of the Coral Sea and Midway decide Australia's fate - and Kakoda creates a new legend - Curtin's resolute calm and implacable determination lift him beyond party conflicts to become 'Australia's leader'. But the outward strength disguises deteriorating health, and increasing doubt about the American alliance. Curtin determined Australia's future - but what would it have been had he lived?

'Triumph and Decline' completes Edwards' masterpiece and cements John Curtin's place as our greatest of Prime Ministers.

ISBN:
9780143791362
9780143791362
Category:
Biography: historical
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
29-10-2018
Publisher:
PENGUIN BOOKS AUSTRALIA
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
241x166x50mm
Weight:
0.8kg
John Edwards

John Edwards has written six nonfiction books, including the bestselling Keating: The Inside Story, published by Penguin.

John is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute and adjunct professor at the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University.

He has been a member ofthe board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chief Economist for HSBC Bank in Australia and New Zealand, and was a senior economic adviser for Treasurer and then Prime Minister Paul Keating.

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    This a fascinating account of Australia’s involvement in the South-West Pacific theatre of WW2. It covers Australia’s and Curtin’s relationship with General Macarthur, the USA and Roosevelt, Britain and Churchill as well as domestic issues which changed Australia significantly. We learn, among other things, the real reason the USA turned Australia into a massive Army base and the actual strategic significance of the Kokoda campaign. There is much here that you will never learn from the History Channel. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative read.

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