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About the book

Book cover Menzies at War

Many followers of Australian political history forget that Robert Menzies had many years in the political wilderness not knowing he would end up being Australia's longest-serving Prime Minister.

In 1941, after two tumultuous years and in the midst of war, an anguished Robert Menzies stepped down. Few would have predicted that by the end of 1949 Menzies would again be Prime Minister, heading a new conservative party and a political hero himself.

Menzies at War reveals that this period was in fact a personal triumph for Menzies as he remade not only himself, but renewed conservative politics in Australia.