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The Powerbroker : Mark Leibler, an Australian Jewish Life

Author :  Michael Gawenda (author)

Product Details

  • Country Australia
  • Publisher Monash University Press, Australia
  • ISBN9781925835809
  • FormatHardBound
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2020
  • Bib. Info365 pages
  • CategoriesDU - Oceania (South Seas)
  • Product Weight740 gms.
  • Shipping Charges(USD)

Product Description

From the ashes of the darkest event in human history, Australian Jews built a thriving community, one with proportionally more Holocaust survivors than anywhere else in the world bar Israel. Mark Leibler grew up in this community, and in time became a leader of it. This book shows how Leibler rose to a position of immense influence in Australian public life by skilfully entwining his roles as a Zionist leader and a tax lawyer to some of the country's richest people. The book vividly paints a cast of Australian characters - among them Paul Keating, John Howard, Julia Gillard and Noel Pearson - who came to know Leibler and to call him a friend, along with people like Kevin Rudd and Bob Carr, who see Leibler as no friend at all. Finally, the book charts the surprise turn in Leibler's life, when a social and political conservative became a committed advocate for radical reform on behalf of Australia's Indigenous people. This many-layered book is a portrait of Jewish life in Australia, of the interaction between private wealth and politics, and of a man whose energy, formidable work habits and forcefulness that often tips into pugnacity have made him a highly effective player in Australian affairs. 'He taught me about power - how to get it and how to use it,' says Noel Pearson. Through one man's story, this book shows how power works in Australia. Biography: general. | Economics, Finance, Business & Management. | Australian

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