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Showdown at the Red Lion: The Life and Times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859-1910, Charles van Onselen : book review

Volume 60, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



To put it simply, is a very good read. It successfully navigates the very difficult line between telling the story of an individual, with the close attention to the fine detail this requires, and that of the broad history of the age in which he lived. In less capable hands, a biography may present a detailed and fascinating picture of the individual without providing sufficient historical context of the world in which the particular individual lived and operated. A good biography should, therefore, provide a comprehensive and insightful picture of the individual in ways that also illuminate the history of the age in which he lived. This book does both extremely well.

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