All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders, have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.
One morning in his tenth year as prime minister, John Winston Howard awoke in the master bedroom of Kirrabilli House to realise that he had become not only omnipotent but invincible.
For more than eleven years, John Howard led us on a voyage driven by greed and fear, into parochialism and paranoia, selfishness and racism, bigotry and corruption, and other dark places in the Australian psyche where we never should have gone. It was a mean and ugly trip, and it will take us all a long time to recover.
E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle. It is the last line of Danrte's Inferno, describing the poet's return from hell, and it means: And thence we emerged, to see the stars again.
With his legendary wit and irreverence, Mungo MacCallum recounts the events of the 2007 election year. This is a book that will be rush-released, to be on shelves within a couple of weeks of the election result. The 2007 campaign promises to be one of the most hard-fought on record - a battle of ideas, personalities and parties. As well as the leaders, there is a memorable supporting cast including Garrett, Gillard, Costello, Downer, Abbott and Turnbull. Combining observation, analysis and storytelling in hilarious fashion, MacCallum tracks the fortunes of the players right up until the final votes are in.… (more)