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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. It exposes the true motivations, the extent of the deceit and the scale of the collusion.

Forty years on, the dismissal remains one of the most damaging and controversial events in Australian politics.

This groundbreaking book by two of our leading journalists provides a startling reinterpretation of events. It tells the story of the clash between extraordinary personalities: two political giants – Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser – and an ambitious and calculating governor-general, Sir John Kerr.

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.

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

A monumental effort of unrelenting, tenacious research by Paul and his colleague Troy Bramston . . . another stellar contribution to a better understanding of our nation's history

Malcolm Turnbull

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143574088

    October 31, 2016

    Penguin

    448 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Hardback

    9780670079209

    November 4, 2015

    Viking

    432 pages

    RRP $39.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781760142032

    November 4, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

    288 pages

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Awards and Recognition

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