By Griffin, James
This revisionist biography of Australian entrepreneur John Wren, who was made infamous by Frank Hardy's influential novel Power Without Glory , reexamines the historical evidence that wrongly vilified John Wren and made him the scapegoat of Australia's culture wars. By demonstrat...ing Frank Hardy's earlier research to be fraudulent and motivated by personal agendas, Wren is revealed to be a generous benefactor to his class and family whose working class origins and illegal gambling pursuits barred his ascension to a position of high societal regard--a position he did not actively pursue.Read more
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James Griffin is a professor emeritus of the University of Papua New Guinea and has been a frequent contributor to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, which includes his notable entries on Archbishop Daniel Mannix and John Wren.
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