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John Curtin's War The coming of war in the Pacific, and reinventing Australia

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John Curtin became Australia’s Prime Minister eight weeks before Japan launched war in the Pacific.

Curtin’s struggle for power against Joe Lyons and Bob Menzies, his dramatic use of it when he took office in October 1941, and his determination to be heard in Washington and London as Japan advanced, is a political epic unmatched in Australian experience. As Japan sank much
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Hardcover, 538 pages
Published November 13th 2017 by Penguin Books Australia
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A solid and enjoyable re-telling of John Curtin's rise to power and Prime Ministership through 1942. Edwards knows his history, and is generally faithful to the record (though I disliked the tension-building choice to keep the discussion of Japan's true plans till the final pages). He's especially good on Curtin's worldview and ideas about economics and defence. I was less swayed by the efforts to paint Menzies as defeatist, esp given the appeaser label already rightfully hangs around Sir Bob's ...more
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John Edwards is Modern Languages Faculty Research Fellow in Spanish, University of Oxford. He lives in Oxford, UK.