Unholy Fury

Whitlam and Nixon at War

James Curran
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Published

1 May 2015

ISBN

9780522868203

Pages

232

Weight

538g

Size

233mm x 154mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Unholy Fury

Whitlam and Nixon at War

James Curran
The inside story of just how close the alliance between Australia and the US came to breaking
In the early 1970s, two titans of Australian and American politics—Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and President Richard Nixon—clashed over the end of the Vietnam war and the shape of a new Asia. A relationship that had endured the heights of the Cold War veered dangerously off course and seemed headed for destruction.

Drawing on sensational new evidence from once top-secret American and Australian records, Unholy Fury brings to life the clash between the two leaders and their competing visions of the world.

As the Nixon White House reeled from the Watergate revelations, Australia's first Labor prime minister in twenty-three years looked to redefine the country's position on the world stage. It left an American president enraged and hell bent on tearing apart a strained alliance.
In the early 1970s, two titans of Australian and American politics—Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and President Richard Nixon—clashed over the end of the Vietnam war and the shape of a new Asia. A relationship that had endured the heights of the Cold War veered dangerously off course and seemed headed for destruction.

Drawing on sensational new evidence from once top-secret American and Australian records, Unholy Fury brings to life the clash between the two leaders and their competing visions of the world.

As the Nixon White House reeled from the Watergate revelations, Australia's first Labor prime minister in twenty-three years looked to redefine the country's position on the world stage. It left an American president enraged and hell bent on tearing apart a strained alliance.

About the author

James Curran

James Curran is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire and The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image (2004), and a former analyst at the Office of National Assessments. In 2010 he was the Fulbright Professional Scholar in Australia-US Alliance Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

About James Curran

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