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The Life and Death of Harold Holt - Tom Frame

The Life and Death of Harold Holt

By: Tom Frame

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When Harold Holt disappeared while swimming off Victoria's Cheviot Beach just before Christmas 1967, Australia was given one of its great and enduring mysteries. The death of Australia's seventeenth prime minister has remained part of popular imagination ever since...Harold Holt's death had both immediate and long-term consequences for the Australian nation. Not only did it lose a prime minister active in the rejuvenation of its social life and domestic policy, it also lost a key advocate for Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. His disappearance created a power vacuum in conservative politics and crippled Australian foreign policy...However, behind the continuing and often macabre interest in Holt's death lies the fascinating story of a once lonely young man who set his sights on becoming prime minister while still at university. The self-made Holt never deviated from this ambition, working hard to acquire an aura of privilege and success...The Life and Death of Harold Holt is the first full-length biography of one of Australia's most enigmatic prime ministers. It presents a detailed and searching profile of a man who longed for power but found ultimately that its exercise demanded more of him than he was able to give.

Foreword The Honourable Peter Costello, MP ix..Introduction: A life that should have overshadowed a death xi..Acknowledgments xviii..The Life..1 A lonely life, 1908-40 3..2 The early years 9..3 Laying the foundations, 1940-49 20..4 Halcyon days, 1950-58 41..5 Heir apparent 54..6 Immigration, 1950-56 64..7 Labour and National Service, 1950-58 76..8 Patience and persistence, 1958-65 99..9 The bloodless succession, January-February 1966 131..And Death..10 From good to better, March-December 1966 157..11 'All the Way': External Affairs, 1966-67 174..12 From bad to worse, January-October 1967 204..13 Controversy and complaint, November-14 December 1967 225..14 Fate and destiny, 15 December 1967-12 March 1968 246..15 Myths and mysteries?, 1968-2005 272..16 The legacy 296..Appendix 1: Milestones in Harold Holt's career 309..Appendix 2: Holt ministries 313..Note on sources 317..Notes 319..Index 357

ISBN: 9781741156256
ISBN-10: 1741156254
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1