The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

by Judith Brett

Hardback Publication Date: 14/08/2017

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**Grattan Institute's Prime Minister's Reading List 2017**

Judith Brett’s new biography of Alfred Deakin, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, reveals the intense inner world of one of Australia’s most important political figures.

This insightful and accessible new biography of Alfred Deakin, Australia’s second prime minister, shines fresh light on one of the nation’s most significant figures. It brings out from behind the image of a worthy, bearded father of federation the gifted, passionate and intriguing man whose contributions continue to shape the contours of Australian politics.

The acclaimed political scientist Judith Brett scrutinises both Deakin’s public life and his inner life. Deakin’s private papers reveal a solitary, religious character who found distasteful much of the business of politics, with its unabashed self-interest, double-dealing, and mediocre intellectual levels. And yet politics is where Deakin chose to do his life’s work.

Destined to become a classic of biography, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin is a masterly portrait of a complex man who was instrumental in creating modern Australia.

ISBN:
9781925498660
9781925498660
Category:
Biography: historical
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
14-08-2017
Publisher:
Text Publishing
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
241x164x48mm
Weight:
0.82kg
Judith Brett

Judith Brett is the author of Robert Menzies' Forgotten People and emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. The Enigmatic Mr Deakin won the 2018 National Biography Award, and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, NSW Premier's History Awards and Queensland Literary Awards.

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