Winner of the Age Book of the Year AwardGraham 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 compelWinner of the Age Book of the Year AwardGraham 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...
|Title||:||A Certain Grandeur: Gough Whitlam's Life in Politics|
|Number of Pages||:||390 Pages|
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A Certain Grandeur: Gough Whitlam's Life in Politics Reviews
Should've and could've been better. Gripe number 1: Not enough context or explanation was given for those of us not reading the book in 1977 when the first edition came out (if someone can tell me what "offshore legislation" is, that would be a big help); and, gripe number 2: While I enjoyed the detail the book goes into, at times I felt slightly frustrated that the author failed to connect Whitlam to events and happenings being described.The final chapters, which were added more recently, are what the rest of book should've been: A rich source of insights into Whitlam's thinking that only someone in the author's privileged position as Whitlam's speech writer could know. Freudenberg's account of Whitlam during his final months in office and his position on East Timor is a must read. These chapters are the real biography; the rest of the book would be more aptly titled: Australian Government and Politics from the 1960s to the 1970s. If I had known the book's format in advance, this would've been a 5-star book.
An interesting insight
Takes 4 and a bit chapters to hit its stride, and is unashamedly biased, but a reasonable insiders account of Whitlam's political life and the events surrounding it once the author gets going.
A benchmark for how Australian political non-fiction should be written. Informative, entertaining, captivating and factual. A great read.