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Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs

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Part memoir and part authorized biography, this account chronicles the life and governmental record of one of Australia’s most interesting and possibly most misunderstood Prime MinistersMalcolm Fraser. Tracing the story of a shy boy who grew to become one of the most persistent, insistent, and controversial political voices in Australian government, this discussion examine

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Hardcover, 864 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Melbourne University Publishing
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Ben Lever
Feb 10, 2016 Ben Lever rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fraser was obviously before my time and I don't know as much as I'd like to about this period, which was part of the impetus to read this. Obviously I'll have to read more, and from the other side of politics, because one has to assume a certain level of self-serving bias in an autobiography. Nonetheless Fraser is a very interesting figure, and one I actually relate to very well; I think it's safe to say that I have little connection to the present-day Liberal party, but I might have had some co ...more
S'hi
Jan 23, 2012 S'hi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all Australian Citizens, political players, social activists
111111: It seems a most interesting coincidence that I finally open this book on this date…

While my memories of the Prime Ministership of Malcolm Fraser are somewhat blurred by the ignorance of youth, and the very loud voices around me who were not at all happy about much of what he did, I now consider him to be the only true 'Elder Statesman" of Australia.

Reading these memoirs have helped me gain a better perspective of how politics works. Considering I have studied politics in a couple of dif
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Ian Sergeant
Jun 01, 2011 Ian Sergeant rated it it was ok
Everybody is entitled to a memoir to set the record straight. This one does Malcolm Fraser no favours.

I approached the book with a fairly open mind on Fraser's life. The Fraser Prime Minstership was during my school years, and Menzies, Gorton, and McMahon and Holt were all before my time. I knew Fraser's work with Care Australia, and his reconcilation with Whitlam. Perhaps there would be a revision of some of his views through eyes made kinder through the passage of time?

The book takes the forma
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Gary Biesse
Dec 17, 2015 Gary Biesse rated it it was amazing
Until I read this I didn't know that Fraser was a real small-l liberal and that he'd been that way at least from his Oxford days. Can't forgive him for his role in Gough Whitlam's dismissal but now understand how much of Whitlam's programme he implemented. Read this to find out what a liberal government should be.
Jodi
Apr 01, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it
24 October 2010: a very informative, revealing and frank memoir. Admired the writing style immensely, and felt it humanised Malcolm Fraser. May just have to read John Howard's memoirs next to learn his side of the story.
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