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.
Troy Bramston (Author) Troy Bramston is a senior writer and columnist with The Australian and a contributor to Sky News. He has worked as a policy and political adviser in government, opposition and the private sector. He is the author of two previous books- Rudd, Gillard and Beyond (2014, Penguin) and Looking for the Light on the Hill- Modern Labor's Challenges (2011, Scribe). He is the also editor of four books- The Whitlam Legacy (2013, The Federation Press), For the True Believers- Great Labor Speeches that Shaped History (2012, The Federation Press), The Wran Era (2006, The Federation Press) and The Hawke Government- A Critical Retrospective (with Susan Ryan, 2003, Pluto Press). Paul Kelly (Author) Paul Kelly is editor-at-large of The Australian. He has been editor-in-chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Paul appears each week on Australian Agenda and before that was a regular on Insiders for nearly a decade. He is the author of nine books- The Unmaking of Gough, The Hawke Ascendancy, The End of Certainty, November 1975, Paradise Divided, 100 Years- The Australian Story, The March of Patriots, Triumph and Demise and The Dismissal.