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John Winston Howard: The Biography by Peter…

John Winston Howard: The Biography

by Peter van Onselen

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The cover picture says it all: a resolute gaze fixed on the middle distance. Whatever the future holds for John Howard's reputation, this book will be a source of useful information and analysis in making or re-making that assessment. Initially I thought this book would be a hagiography'; however I found it good reading. His single minded pursuit of the Prime Ministership and determination to keep it no matter the cost, his flaws and yet abilities to tap into the fears of the Australian psyche, his ascendancy in Cabinet and ability to learn from his mistakes for his own benefit make compelling reading. ( )
  broughtonhouse | May 5, 2009 |
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A portrait of one of Australia's longest-serving prime ministers, this biography goes behind the public image to find neither the strong-willed man of principle his supporters like to imagine nor the cunning opportunist painted by his foes. The discussion covers Howard's suburban middle-class upbringing and his success at implementing his polices, concluding that although the image of the ordinary bloke has helped his enduring popularity, he—like George Bush—possesses a number of uncommon strengths that have made him one of the most formidable leaders in Australian political history. 

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"In 1996, when John Howard wrested the prime ministership from Paul Keating, many people wrote off his election win as an aberration. More than ten years later, he is on the cusp of leading the Liberal Party into another election." "John Winston Howard is a frank and engrossing portrait of the Prime Minister. For the first time ever, in interviews conducted by Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen with Howard's family, friends, political supporters and detractors, we get a rare insight into the man and the government he runs. The result is a portrait of how Team Howard operates, and why it has been so successful." "Errington and van Onselen contend that Howard is the first professional politician the country has seen, and assess the impact he has made on modern politics, government and the country." "John Winston Howard is a revealing study of the nature of modern politics. Crucially, it offers an insightful understanding of the John Howard who lies - and is mostly missed - between the public vitriol and the ungainly praise that passes as analysis."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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