A lifeBrian Matthews
1 October 2009
Published by Allen & Unwin
Manning Clark was one of the most influential Australian intellectuals in the closing half of the last century. His political statements were at times highly provocative and his broad generalisations, dire prophecies and oracular style often infuriated conservatives and made him a controversial figure. But, perhaps his most enduring legacy was his magisterial six-volume history of Australia.
Brian Matthews’ biography of Manning Clark is the result of more than a decade of research and writing. The first biographer to use his personal diaries, Matthews reveals the inner psychology of Clark and his complexities.