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The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

by Judith Brett

The insightful and accessible new biography of Alfred Deakin, Australia’s second prime minister.

Format
Hardcover
Category
Non-Fiction
Publisher
Penguin
Publish Date
August 2017

This biography 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.

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