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Day, David: Ben Chifley

David Day

Ben Chifley, Harper Collins, Pymble, NSW, 2001; paperback edition 2007 as Chifley: A Life

Draws upon 40 years of research and writing since Crisp’s Ben Chifley but still produces a largely favourable portrait. Essential reading regarding the political history of the first half of last century. Chifley’s own view of history is interesting: ‘You can never know what really happened. Each side tells its own story.’ Some readers may feel the book contains more speculation about Chifley’s private life than is necessary. A brief biography of Chifley is here.