Harold Holt and the liberal imagination
Australian Biographical Monographs 2
Paperback, 100 pages
Release Date: March 2018
“This short book focuses on Harold Holt’s political philosophy and its expression in what I have termed ‘liberal imagination’. It is an attempt to show how a man of genuinely liberal instincts applied his initiative and creativity – the essence of imagination – to a range of political issues and practical challenges during the middle decades of the twentieth century... The life of Harold Holt provides some useful illustrations of political imagination and, later in his career, political stagnation. Notwithstanding the passage of fifty years, there is much to be learned from what Holt did and didn’t do, and why.” - From the Introduction
Professor Tom Frame, Director, UNSW Canberra Public Leadership Research Group – Howard Library, and author/ editor of over 40 books including The Life and Death of Harold Holt (2005).