Last of the mandarinsAuthor: Peter Edwards
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
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For over twenty-five years, Arthur Tange was arguably Australia's most significant public servant, serving every prime minister, Liberal and Labor, from Ben Chifley to Malcolm Fraser. His powerful influence and forceful personality were legendary.This first biography of the man who influenced Australian foreign and defence policies for more than 30 years sheds new light on many of Australia's political crises, including the downfall of John Gorton as Prime Minister and the dismissal of the Whitlam government. It also illuminates many of the triumphs and disasters of Australia's international relations, from the Bretton Woods conference and the Colombo Plan of the 1940s, through the ANZUS Treaty negotiations, the Petrov Affair and the Suez crisis in the 1950s, Australia's involvement in Indonesian confrontation and the Vietnam War in the 1960s, and the change from forward defence' to the defence of Australia' in the 1970s. By examining Tange's personal papers and Defence documents not yet released to the public, Peter Edwards reveals much that was hidden from view during political and diplomatic crises, including a nearly fatal rift in the alliance with the United States. Elegantly written and painstakingly researched, Arthur Tange: Last of the Mandarins reveals much about Australian's foreign relations, about Australian strategic decision-making, and about relations between ministers and public servants, that is highly relevant to the operations of Australian government today.
AwardsAward: Shortlisted, Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Year: 2007 Prize: Non Fiction Award
Award: Shortlisted, National Biography Award Year: 2007
Classifications:Politics, Biography Political, Biography Australian
Category:Non Fiction Biography