John Winston Howard

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 458 pages
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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 unprecedented and extensive 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.--publisher.
  

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Earlwood
1
Beyond the Suburbs
26
The Loyal Deputy
100
Are you sure we wanted this?
127
Mr 18 Per Cent
148
Wilderness to Redemption
174
The Pragmatist
206
The Prime Minister We Had to Have
239
The Turning Point
278
Howards Way
314
Cutting Down Latham
339
A Bridge Too Far?
364
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About the author (2007)

Peter van Onselen is a lecturer in political science at Charles Sturt University and is a former ministerial adviser in the Australian government. Wayne Errington is a lecturer in political science at Edith Cowan University. They both are frequent contributors to newspaper's opinion pages, including The Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald.

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