Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics

Author:   Troy Bramston
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Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 October 2019
Format:   Hardback
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A revelatory biography of Australia's longest-serving prime minister. Robert Menzies claimed the prime ministership in 1939 and led the nation during the early years of the war, but resigned two years later when he lost the confidence of his party. His political career seemed over, and yet he staged one of the great comebacks to forge a new political party, devise a new governing philosophy, and craft a winning electoral approach that as to make him Australia's longest-serving prime minister. The lessons Menzies learned--and the way he applied them--made him a model that every Liberal leader since has looked to for inspiration. But debate over Menzies' life and legacy has never settled. Who was Robert Menzies, what did he stand for, what did he achieve? Troy Bramston has not only researched the official record and published accounts, but has also interviewed members of Menzies' family, and his former advisers and ministers. He has also been given exclusive access to family letters, as well as to a series of interviews that Menzies gave that have never been revealed before. They are a major historical find, in which Menzies talks about his life, reflects on political events and personalities, offers political lessons, and candidly assesses his successors. Robert Menzies is the first biography in 20 years of the Liberal icon--and it contains important contemporary lessons for those who want to understand, and master, the art and science of politics.

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Author:   Troy Bramston
Publisher:   Scribe Us
Imprint:   Scribe Us
Dimensions:   Width: 15.70cm , Height: 3.80cm , Length: 23.60cm
Weight:   0.680kg
ISBN:  

9781950354009


ISBN 10:   1950354008
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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We were all young at the time, even Menzies: but Troy Bramston has caught the flavour of an era he was barely old enough to see. Above all he has registered how Menzies, for all his faults of pomp, circumstance and fervent monarchism, did so much to create the Australia that has since established itself as the envy of the world. After WWII it was Menzies who made sure that a new generation got its education for free. As his reward, the new generation vilified him for the rest of his life. But that's Australia: a rough diamond that flays you if you hold it tight but lights the way ahead like torch. This is a thrilling book about a thrilling man. He had his faults, but his virtues are the bedrock of our inheritance. --Clive James Troy Bramston's biography of Robert Menzies is a very welcome addition to the growing library on Australia's longest-serving prime minister. As well as bringing new material into the public domain, he provides a most thoughtful and insightful appraisal of Menzies' character and achievement. --John Nethercote, Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University and editor of Menzies: The Shaping of Modern Australia If you read one book on Robert Menzies, make this the one. A refreshing look at Australia's longest-serving PM. A surprising amount of new information for such a historical figure, and an enjoyable and compelling read to boot. --Peter van Onselen, professor of politics at UWA and Griffith universities, political editor for Network Ten, and contributing editor to The Australian Troy Bramston's book on Robert Menzies was a good read. It contains an interesting series of reflections on Menzies' relations with other public figures, especially across the political divide. He writes clearly and well. This work is carefully researched. --John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia 1996-2007 and author of The Menzies Era Using unpublished material, Troy Bramston has added significantly to the many known parts of Sir Robert Menzies showing him to be more complex, reflective and intriguing than the versions adopted by the worshippers and the denigrators. --Ian Hancock, Visitor, National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University and the author of two books on the Liberal Party and a biography of John Gorton Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics is always judicious and balanced, providing a multifaceted portrait of a key figure of Australian history. This is essential reading for students of politics and history, or anyone interested in the Liberal Party and its deep national influence. --Book+Publishing Bramston puts more flesh on his political bones, bringing to life a colourful and controversial man who could be charming, engaging, pompous, and even progressive in his views...This book is not defined by mere anecdotes (however intriguing) but by an examination of the Australian political and cultural life that shaped Menzies, who was born before Federation in 1894 in the tiny Victorian town of Jeparit. There is a wealth of insights about the forces moulding the young Menzies. -- Courier Mail It is a handsome publication, with a cover photo of an avuncular Menzies early in his second prime ministership and gold lettering befitting his historical stature...Menzies has always been controversial, a hero to some and a villain to others. Bramston steers a middle course, judging him to be more substantial than his critics allow and with more faults than his admirers admit. --Sydney Morning Herald Bramston's success in Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics lies in his transcendence of partisan ideology or mockery . He offers not so much a conventional life portrait but, rather, a consideration of what Menzies called the art of politics . His interest is in how Menzies practised politics rather than the enduring nature of his policies ...His book is in some ways reflecting the contemporary yearning for a more substantial political leadership just as much as it is an attempt to get to the heart of what made Menzies tick. --Weekend Australian The Australian's Troy Bramston writes political history with insight and style. His new book Robert Menzies: The art of politics is a shrewd analysis of a Man of Canberra . --Weekend Australian Praise for Paul Keating Troy Bramston's sweeping new biography of the former Prime Minister and Treasurer, Paul Keating: the big picture leader, captures the essence of the young man from Bankstown who rose to be Australia's most driven reforming policymaker. In crafting this authoritative biography, Bramston again cements his reputation as a first class Australian political historian. This book is definitive. --Stephen Loosley, The Spectator Australia Praise for Paul Keating Indispensable as an insight into Paul Keating's remarkable life and achievements, Bramston has interviewed everyone, produced fresh revelations and told a gripping story. --Paul Kelly Praise for Paul Keating Warm [and] massively researched...This consistently compelling biography demonstrates Paul Keating was a leader like no one else. --Peter Craven, The Age


Praise for Paul Keating Indispensable as an insight into Paul Keating's remarkable life and achievements, Bramston has interviewed everyone, produced fresh revelations and told a gripping story. --Paul Kelly 'Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics is always judicious and balanced, providing a multifaceted portrait of a key figure of Australian history. This is essential reading for students of politics and history, or anyone interested in the Liberal Party and its deep national influence.' --Chris Saliba Book+Publishing Using unpublished material, Troy Bramston has added significantly to the many known parts of Sir Robert Menzies showing him to be more complex, reflective and intriguing than the versions adopted by the worshippers and the denigrators. --Ian Hancock, Visitor, National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University and the author of two books on the Liberal Party and a biography of John Gorton Troy Bramston's biography of Robert Menzies is a very welcome addition to the growing library on Australia's longest-serving prime minister. As well as bringing new material into the public domain, he provides a most thoughtful and insightful appraisal of Menzies' character and achievement. --John Nethercote, Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University and editor of Menzies: The Shaping of Modern Australia Troy Bramston's book on Robert Menzies was a good read. It contains an interesting series of reflections on Menzies' relations with other public figures, especially across the political divide. He writes clearly and well. This work is carefully researched. --John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia 1996-2007 and author of The Menzies Era We were all young at the time, even Menzies: but Troy Bramston has caught the flavour of an era he was barely old enough to see. Above all he has registered how Menzies, for all his faults of pomp, circumstance and fervent monarchism, did so much to create the Australia that has since established itself as the envy of the world. After WWII it was Menzies who made sure that a new generation got its education for free. As his reward, the new generation vilified him for the rest of his life. But that's Australia: a rough diamond that flays you if you hold it tight but lights the way ahead like torch. This is a thrilling book about a thrilling man. He had his faults, but his virtues are the bedrock of our inheritance. --Clive James Praise for Paul Keating Troy Bramston's sweeping new biography of the former Prime Minister and Treasurer, Paul Keating: the big picture leader, captures the essence of the young man from Bankstown who rose to be Australia's most driven reforming policymaker. In crafting this authoritative biography, Bramston again cements his reputation as a first class Australian political historian. This book is definitive. --Stephen Loosley The Spectator Australia If you read one book on Robert Menzies, make this the one. A refreshing look at Australia's longest-serving PM. A surprising amount of new information for such a historical figure, and an enjoyable and compelling read to boot. --Peter van Onselen, professor of politics at UWA and Griffith universities, political editor for Network Ten, and contributing editor to The Australian


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Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011. He was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph. Troy is the author or editor of nine books, including Paul Keating: the big-picture leader (2016), and, co-authored with Paul Kelly, The Dismissal: in the Queen's Name (2015). He was the co-winner of the Australian Book Industry Award for The Dismissal. His biography of Paul Keating was a finalist for the Walkley Award, shortlisted for the National Biography Award, and longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Award. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001. Troy has worked as a policy and political adviser, and speechwriter in government, opposition, and the private sector. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Nicky, and two children, Madison and Angus.

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