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The enigmatic Mr Deakin / Judith Brett
Bib ID 7384442
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Brett, Judith, 1949- author
 
Description Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company, 2017 
©2017 
ix, 490 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits, plates, facsimiles ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781925498660 (hardback)
Summary

This insightful and accessible new biography of Alfred Deakin, Australia's second prime minister, shines fresh light on one of the nation's most significant figures. It brings out from behind the image of a worthy, bearded father of federation the gifted, passionate and intriguing man whose contributions continue to shape the contours of Australian politics. The acclaimed political scientist Judith Brett scrutinises both Deakin's public life and his inner life. Deakin's private papers reveal a solitary, religious character who found distasteful much of the business of politics, with its unabashed self-interest, double-dealing, and mediocre intellectual levels. And yet politics is where Deakin chose to do his life's work. Destined to become a classic of biography, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin is a masterly portrait of a complex man who was instrumental in creating modern Australia.

Notes

National Library of Australia's N copy signed by the author, December 2018.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 464-474) and index.

Awards National Biography Award, winner, 2018. 
Subjects Deakin, Alfred, 1856-1919.  |  Prime ministers -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Statesmen -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Journalists -- Australia -- 19th century -- Biography.  |  Australia -- History -- Federation, 1901.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- To 1900.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1901-1914.  |  Australian
Form/genre Biographies.

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