The Power Broker - Mark Leibler, an Australian Jewish Life

Author(s): Michael Gawenda

Biography & Memoir

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 a 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.


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  • : 9781925835809
  • : Monash University Publishing
  • : Monash University Publishing
  • : 0.45
  • : July 2020
  • : 23.40 cmmm X 15.40 cmmm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Gawenda
  • : Hardback
  • : Jul-20
  • : en
  • : 300