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By Stuart Macintyre

during this landmark booklet, Stuart Macintyre explains how a rustic traumatised by way of global warfare I, hammered via the melancholy and overstretched by way of global battle II grew to become a wealthy, profitable and turning out to be society by means of the Nineteen Fifties. a unprecedented crew of people, significantly John Curtin, Ben Chifley, Nugget Coombs, John Dedman and Robert Menzies, re-made the rustic, making plans its reconstruction opposed to a history of wartime sacrifice and austerity. the opposite a part of this effective tale indicates Australia at the global degree, trying to model a brand new international order that may carry peace and prosperity.

This publication indicates the Nineteen Forties to be a pivotal decade in Australia. on the peak of his powers, Macintyre reminds us that key parts of the society we take with no consideration – paintings, welfare, healthiness, schooling, immigration, housing – will not be the results of army endeavour yet coverage, making plans, politics and well known resolve.

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