Bramston has provided a new perspective and a fresh voice on Menzies' life. He offers new insights about Menzies, which you will not find in other biographies, while still staying true to the narrative of his life. His perspective on leadership is unique, where he breaks down the lessons learned from Menzies' life. I think it balances Howard's biography, which offers a different perspective on Menzies' legacy as seen from an economic vantage point, while Bramston views Menzies in terms of his leadership. Bramston reveals little details about Menzies' personal life, which is refreshing. His portrait of Menzies' early life is good. But Martin's epic biography is a better option if you want to know more about Menzies' childhood. Finally, I like how Bramston not only sees the good points about Menzies, but reveals the negatives, such as Menzies' observations about Australia's first peoples, while still honouring Menzies contribution, recognizing his role in the right to vote in 1962. That shows a balanced biography.
Ming is not talked about much these days but he should be. This book tells his story, as a man of his times who put service to his country above himself. It is a ‘must read’ primer for anyone who aspires to be an effective political leader.