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The Young Tony Abbott and Others

When We Were Young and Foolish by Greg Sheridan Allen & Unwin, 2015, 384 pages, $32.99 ______________ Santamaria: A Most Unusual Man by Gerard Henderson Miegunyah Press, 2015, 505 pages, $59.99   Foiled attempts to recruit Tony Abbott into the Labor Party bookend Greg Sheridan’s entertaining, name-dropping memoir of a Sydney Catholic coming-of-age in the middle of the Cold War. The opening scene of When We Were Young and Foolish features Bob Carr at a Greek restaurant in 1984 trying to persuade Abbott, then a disgruntled seminarian, that fighting communists is best done where they exist, in the ALP. The…

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