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Your most obedient servant: BA Santamaria letters

Edited by Patrick Morgan
The Miegunyah Press in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 604pp Illustrated ISBN 9780522852745

Bob Santamaria was involved in Australian public life from before World War II until his death in 1998. This collection of letters spanning sixty years shows facets of Santamaria's personality and activities that have not previously been disclosed. In these letters, both personal and professional, he speaks frankly on matters of the state, the church and family and he is revealed as a person more subtle in his views than his public persona would suggest.

His correspondents ranged from prominent politicians, including Malcolm Fraser, Bill Hayden and Clyde Cameron, religious leaders, including Archbishops Mannix and Pell, to influential media figures and social commentators such as Kerry Packer and Phillip Adams.

The letters offer a rare glimpse into a mind that was preoccupied for more than six decades with world events and ideological controversies.

Patrick Morgan is a Victorian writer and academic who has published an award-winning regional history, edited texts on Australian literature, and written regularly on current affairs, including on the connections between religion and politics. He is also the editor of Running the show: BA Santamaria.

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