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John Winston Howard: The Biography (edition 2007)

by Peter van Onselen, Wayne Errington (Author)

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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.   … (more)
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Title:John Winston Howard: The Biography
Authors:Peter van Onselen
Other authors:Wayne Errington (Author)
Info:Melbourne University Publishing (2007), Hardcover, 440 pages
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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. ( )
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