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Not the first to delve into this complex life, Jim Griffin's biography is unique for exposing the Archbishop's human flaws, previously avoided or brushed over by other biographers. Giving Mannix credit for his many achievements, Griffin analyses controversies such as conscription in the Great War, State Aid for Catholic schools and his association with entrepreneur John Wren. The book also examines Mannix's fateful connection with B.A.Santamaria, who formed an undercover organisation, The Movement, to fight communism in the unions. This produced damaging splits in the Church, the Labor Party and even families. It contributed to 17 years of government by the Liberal and Country Parties until the resurgence of Labor under Gough Whitlam in 1972. Beautifully written from an acerbic distance, this biography should appeal to those interested in how this nation was shaped, how its values and institutions were influenced by the life of this extraordinary man whose legacy is described in Paul Ormonde's concluding chapter.
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James Griffin was one half of the creative pair behind Outrageous Fortune, which won him the Air New Zealand Screen Award for Best Script Drama/Comedy in 2007 and also the award for Best Script at the 2007 Qantas Television Awards. James also co-wrote the 2006 blockbuster hit Sione's Wedding with Oscar Kightley. He is currently Head Writer at South Pacific Pictures. Other television credits include Mercy Peak, Spin Doctors, bro'Town (as story producer), Gloss, Funny Business, Marlin Bay, More Issues, Plainclothes, That Comedy Show, Citylife, The Chosen, Jacksons Wharf, Shortland Street, Street Legal, Being Eve, The Almighty Johnsons, and Blue Rose. James has also written for theatre, with his play Serial Killers performed by four major theatre companies and won the 2000 Chapman Tripp Award for Best New Writer. He also writes a weekly column for 'Canvas' magazine.

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