Brings together forty-two selected speeches and lectures by Professor Manning Clark. They range over fifty years from ""What of Germany"", delivered in 1940, to the last, delivered in 1991 just before his death at the launch of Barry Humphries' book ""The Life and Death of Sandy Stone"" and reveal recurring themes in his thinking.
Manning Clark was senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and later, Professor of History in the School of General Studies, Australian National University. In 1972 he became the first Professor of Australian History. In June 1975 Clark was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his writing of the monumental A History of Australia. He was named Australian of the Year for 1980. Professor Clark died in May 1991. He has remained in the news, particularly since, in 1996, a major Australian newspaper published an article claiming he had received the Order of Lenin.