Title: Churchill and Australia
Author: Freudenberg, Graham
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2009
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 624 pages
Comments: Winston Churchill was a titan of the 20th century, universally acknowledged as one of the greatest leaders of his age. Yet his relationship with Australia was a troubled one, marred by conflict from the time Churchill was a junior minister in 1907 to bitter disputes over the use of Australian troops in the Second World War. The connection between the two would span the first 50 tumultuous years of the 20th century, from the Boer War through to opening salvos of the Cold War, and act as a fascinating backdrop to Australia’s march from a collection of dependent colonies to full nationhood.
Graham Freudenberg’s Churchill and Australia is the grand story of this relationship. Written with extraordinary narrative verve, and relying on exhaustive research and a true insider’s knowledge of the political world, this is history written at its compelling best.
Graham Freudenberg was speechwriter to Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, and NSW Premiers Neville Wran, Barrie Unsworth and Bob Carr. He is the author of A Figure of Speech: A Political Memoir.