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More Whitlam Calamities

Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War by James Curran Melbourne University Press, 2015, 378 pages, $39.99 Among the calamities visited upon Australia during the Whitlam years was something of a crisis, aptly referred to by James Curran in this new book as a “rift” in the nation’s relationship with the United States of America. The book’s title, and subtitle, are a considerable over-dramatisation of the course of events with which it deals. The Whitlam government took office a month after the Republican President, Richard Nixon, had secured a second term in a landslide victory in which he captured forty-nine…

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