John Curtin : The Coming of War in the Pacific, and Reinventing Australia
by John Edwards
Editor: Penguin Books Australia
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John Curtin Australia became the Prime Minister eight weeks before Japan launched the war in the PacificCurtin’s struggle for power against Joe Lyon and Bob Menzies, his dramatic use of him when he took office in October 1941, and his determination to be heard in Washington and London as advanced Japan, was an epic policy unmatched in Australia’s experience.That Japan sank a lot of the Allied navy, advanced on the great British naval base in Singapore, and seized Australian territories from New Guinea, Curtin redone in AustraliaUsing many new elements John Edwards vivid, biographical landmarks places Curtin as a man of his time, enigmatic through the immense changes in Australia and its region published by the powerful shock of the Pacific WarHe shows Curtin not as a hero, and certainly not as a villain, but as the central figure taking his uncertain path between what Australia was and what she was to becomeIt locates the turning point in Australian history not at Gallipoli or the Western Front or even the Federation, but the War in the Pacific and in Curtin’s office as Prime MinisterThis two-volume work is a major contribution to the Australian biography, and to how to understand our historyIn this first part, Edwards takes Curtin from the history of the late nineteenth century socialist close in Melbourne through his appointment to the post of prime minister and Japanese, to assault fully and effectively only within a few months of its launch, military leaders in Tokyo from a debate between options to invade Australia, or sealing the Allies from aid
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