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Drawing on a range of new sources, some of which have never before been made public – including hundreds of pages from Kerr's archives – this remarkable account is dispassionate in its analysis, vivid in its narrative and brutal in its conclusions. 

There is no more dramatic event in our political history than the dismissal.  This book is the definitive story, filled with fresh documents, revelations and new interviews that change our understanding of this event.  It is also a brilliant forensic analysis of the ruthless, proud and stubborn main players – Malcolm Fraser, Gough Whitlam and Sir John Kerr. 
As keys to our understanding, Kelly and Bramston examine four central aspects of the dismissal: the real attitude of Buckingham Palace towards Kerr; whether Kerr tipped Fraser off about his plan; Kerr's deception of Whitlam; and Kerr's dealings with former High Court judges Sir Garfield Barwick and Sir Anthony Mason.  In the gripping story that follows, the ambitions and flaws of Whitlam, Fraser and Kerr are laid bare as never before.  
Drawing on a range of new sources, some of which have never before been made public – including hundreds of pages from Kerr's archives – this remarkable account is dispassionate in its analysis, vivid in its narrative and brutal in its conclusions. 
It exposes the true motivations, the extent of the deceit and the scale of the collusion.  
'It was a premeditated and an elaborate deception.'  Paul Keating 
 

Reviews

A perfect guide to the dismissal for any newcomers and a joy of a read for any signed up tragics

Richard Ferguson, The Spectator (Australia)

The information — much of it new — contained in this up-to-date analysis of the dismissal of Gough Whitlam as prime minister is utterly fascinating. Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston have uncovered fresh documents and interviewed scores of participants in the events leading up to, during and after the momentous day of November 11, 1975 . . . Extremely illuminating

Ross Fitzgerald, Weekend Australian

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780670079209

    November 4, 2015

    Viking

    432 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • EBook

    9781760142032

    November 4, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

    288 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780143574088

    October 31, 2016

    Penguin

    448 pages

    RRP $24.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    2016
    Winner
    General Non-fiction Book of the Year (Readers' Choice)