Doc Evatt, by Ken Buckley, Barbara Dale & Wayne Reynolds

Doc Evatt: patriot, internationalist, fighter and scholar, by Ken Buckley, Barbara Dale & Wayne Reynolds, published by Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, 1994, (433 pp).

This book covers H.V. Evatt's formative life and career, and explains his pivotal role in government during World War II and in Labor's subsequent reform program. It also considers his articulation of a national foreign policy which was independent and distinctively Australian, yet uniquely international in appropach: quite simply, Evatt put Australia on the map internationally. Then  —  when the ALP lost office  —  Evatt played a decisive part in the campaign to defend civil liberties, successfully thwarting Menzies' efforts to entrench McCathyism in the antipodes. Next, courageously moving to defeat the attenmpt by Industrial Groupers and Santamaria's Movement to take over the ALP, Evatt was accused by some of having crippled his Party. This book argues that such a split was both inevitable and necesssary to save the ALP for its traditional purpose and function. Finally, as the authors reveal, this brilliant working life ended in tragic illness - a debilitating form of epilepsy causing total memory collapse. However, by then Evatt had well earned the high accaim accorded by his most insightful peers and successors.

'Evatt entered the fray to participate in the welter of the people's struggle for a better life.'

 — Katherine Susannah Prichard

Evatt 'would have been the most intellectual Prime Minister of the twentieth century, but he remains the great Premier Australia never had.'

 — The Irish Times

Ken Buckley was for many years both Associate Professor of Economic History at the University of Sydney and an executive member of the Council of Civil Liberties. He was also editor of Labour History from 1986 to 1989. Barbara Dale has been a Tutor in History both at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University. She was associate editor of Labour History from 1986 to 1991. Wayne Reynolds is a Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle.

Copies are available for the special price of $20 (plus postage) by contacting the Evatt Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

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