Honest History E-newsletter No. 56, 12 February 2019

ISSN: 2202-5561 ©

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John Curtin’s War leaves questions unanswered, despite John Edwards’ best efforts: a book review by David Stephens

John Edwards’ two volumes, together nearly 900 pages plus notes and bibliography, are a worthy assault on the Curtin peak, but one which still doesn’t quite come off. We are left wondering how a person of Curtin’s admitted frailties survived and achieved in that atmosphere and with those other protagonists. As for the books as a package, Edwards (and Curtin) deserved better of the publisher, Penguin Random House, and editors.

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