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A Certain Grandeur

A Certain Grandeur by Graham Freudenberg
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Winner of the Age Book of the Year Award Graham Freudenberg's inside account of Gough Whitlam's political rise and fall is one of the great classics of Australian political writing. From his position as Gough's speechwriter and confidant, just out of the spotlight of history, Freudenberg was an eyewitness to Gough's spectacular rise and fall, which he documents with compelling drama. But A Certain Grandeur's most significant achievement is to capture so vividly the character of the man dictatorial, petulant, erudite, revolutionary. This new edition has been updated to include the Labor Party's regeneration following the Dismissal, and to lay to rest myths about Gough and his government's achievements that have prevailed in the three decades since, including those surrounding what has become one of the most controversial legacies: East Timor. 'A first-class speechwriter of an intellectually commanding political leader meets the challenges to think and insinuate his way inside the mind of the master . . . This Freudenberg has done splendidly.' The Age 'He writes with balance and grace, and with a carefully modulated intensity.' The Australian 'Human, sympathetic, and eminently readable . . . An important study of the evolution of Labor policies and the Australian Labor Party itself.' Canberra Times 'Brilliant' Laurie Oakes
Penguin Books Ltd; June 2009
486 pages; ISBN 9780857965875
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Title: A Certain Grandeur
Author: Graham Freudenberg
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