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Lazarus Rising (Revised Edition) [Kindle Edition]

John Howard
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Revised and updated version of the bestselling political biography of 2010. This edition contains some completely new content from Mr Howard, including his thoughts on the 2013 election campaigns. John Howard's autobiography, Lazarus Rising, is the biggest-selling political memoir Australia has seen. In it he talks about his love for his family, his rollercoaster ride to the Lodge and how - as prime minister - he managed a strongly growing Australian economy and led Australia's war on terrorism. Drawing on his deep interest in history, he paints a fascinating picture of a changing Australia. In this edition, fully updated to take into account the return of the Liberal National Party to government after the 2013 election, Howard analyses the crucial years between the 2010 election which gave rise to the minority government of Julia Gillard, and the consequent unprecedented and destabilising leadership struggles within the Labor party. He discusses the significance of Tony Abbott's achievements in defeating the Labor Government in 2013, and provides a masterful summary of legacy of the Rudd/Gillard years for Australia. Lazarus Rising is essential reading for all followers of politics. PRAISE FOR LAZARUS RISING: 'John Howard has written a magisterial autobiography, compulsively readable in its way' The Weekend Australian 'Underneath Howard's plain political style lies an excellent communicator. His capacity to express his thoughts clearly, calmly and simply shines through' Sydney Morning Herald

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2866 KB
  • Print Length: 711 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ED5DY3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Prime Minister Ever. 9 Sep 2013
By TrevorW
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Best Prime Minister of a generation. Could be seen as better than Menzies in another decade. A great read about a great man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best 15 Aug 2012
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I've always been fascinated by political biographies and have an entire bookshelf dedicated to the genre. Autobiographies can be particularly difficult because they run the risk of being either self-justifying or exercises in name dropping. But that cannot be said of this autobiography. Even before encountering this book I was possessed of a high opinion of John Howard which sky rocketed even further as I made my way through the text. It has been a long time since I last read a political autobiography where the author is possessed of a clear vision of what he/she was wanting to achieve in office but also demonstrates a depth of humility concerning his own character and his relationships with others. This makes John Howard a profoundly attractive character and the sheer quality of the writing held my interest from the first page all the way to the last.

Though Australia is a long way from the UK (where this review is being written) our politicians, especially so-called Conservative politicians would learn a great deal about what a principled conservative position looks like. Australia is in a vastly better position in the world today because of the policies put in place by the Howard Government. I agree with a previous reviewer that it is probably still too soon for a fully dispassionate account of the Howard years to be written, but I suspect history will be very kind to him and he will go down as one of Australia's greatest Prime Ministers and a flag bearer for all that is good about fiscal and social conservatism.
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By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
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John Winston Howard, born 26 July 1939, was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. John Howard was elected to the Australian Parliament in 1974 as the member for Bennelong. He held this seat until December 2007. During his long parliamentary career, he served as Treasurer (in the Fraser Government) from 1977 to 1983, and was leader of the Opposition from 1985 to 1989, and then from 1995. Mr Howard served as Prime Minister from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007, and was the second longest serving Australian Prime Minister (after Sir Robert Menzies). Mr Howard also lost his own parliamentary seat in 2007: becoming the second Australian Prime Minister to do so.

Mr Howard's autobiography spans his life from his childhood in suburban Sydney through to his government's defeat in 2007. He tells us of the events and circumstances that influenced and motivated him and shaped his leadership.

The Howard Government presided over a period of strong economic growth in Australia. During this period, the Howard Government introduced strong gun control measures (after the Port Arthur massacre in April 1996) and undertook taxation and industrial relations reform.

This is an account of both John Howard's 33 year political career and of a changing Australia during this period. It's easy to read and while interpretations will differ about the stance taken on some issues, or the relative importance of others it is interesting to see what John Howard regarded as important, and why.

This is not a complete account of the Howard Government: it is still too close to the end of that government, and an objective assessment requires other more detached perspectives.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `Compromise is a necessary political tool, but conviction is the matter of success in politics.' 12 Dec 2010
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
John Winston Howard, born 26 July 1939, was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. John Howard was elected to the Australian Parliament in 1974 as the member for Bennelong. He held this seat until December 2007. During his long parliamentary career, he served as Treasurer (in the Fraser Government) from 1977 to 1983, and was leader of the Opposition from 1985 to 1989, and then from 1995. Mr Howard served as Prime Minister from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007, and was the second longest serving Australian Prime Minister (after Sir Robert Menzies). Mr Howard also lost his own parliamentary seat in 2007: becoming the second Australian Prime Minister to do so.

Mr Howard's autobiography spans his life from his childhood in suburban Sydney through to his government's defeat in 2007. He tells us of the events and circumstances that influenced and motivated him and shaped his leadership.

The Howard Government presided over a period of strong economic growth in Australia. During this period, the Howard Government introduced strong gun control measures (after the Port Arthur massacre in April 1996) and undertook taxation and industrial relations reform.

This is an account of both John Howard's 33 year political career and of a changing Australia during this period. It's easy to read and while interpretations will differ about the stance taken on some issues, or the relative importance of others it is interesting to see what John Howard regarded as important, and why.

This is not a complete account of the Howard Government: it is still too close to the end of that government, and an objective assessment requires other more detached perspectives.
But by looking at John Howard's own account of what he set out to achieve and why, we can decide how beneficial we believe those achievements were, and whether we are comfortable with all or some of the Howard legacy.

`Politics is always about today's reality, not that great realm of what might have been.'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conviction Politician 20 July 2013
By Mulch - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book because, whilst I didn't agree with everything he did, I admired John Howard. After reading it I was more impressed. The concept of a conviction politician is something I took away from this book. If you have an accurate compass, steadfast values and the guts to see it through it seems you can achieve a great deal.
A good read and very enlightening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 6 Nov 2012
By Pons Verhaar - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to read, very politically correct. I wish he had of opened up a bit more. Overall, interesting until the end.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Newfound respect for our former PM 21 Sep 2012
By PaulS - Published on Amazon.com
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Obviously nobody writes a bad autobiography about themselves.
So one should always take any such work with a grain of salt.

I found myself disagreeing with some of Mr Howard's positions, just as I did
while he was in office.

But I WILL say that it makes a fascinating read to hear the perspective
of a man who was at the center of 11 pivotal years in Australia's history.

You many not agree with Mr Howard or even like him terribly much but
after reading this book you may at least respect that his motivations
were well intended and his vision of Australia remarkably appealing.
16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding historical record of a great PM 24 Nov 2010
By Bradley J. - Published on Amazon.com
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Firstly, Bookgirl your review on price needs adjusting. The Kindle e-book price is now around A$20.00. Compare with the discount booksellers price of A$32-38 or retail price of $59.95. Your pricing issue is no longer valid. I consider this very good value when comparing the retail pricing of books we are subject to in Australia due to the publisher & government cabal restricting parallel importing of titles into Australia and therefore eliminating any real price competition. Amazon's pricing move with this title will hopefully put the Australian publishers on notice....I live in hope of competitive access to books in Australia.

Now, Lazarus Rising - once the political rhetoric dissipates and history truly examines the contribution that John Howard made to this country during his term as Prime Minister, the distorted fantasies of the media and Labor party will be seen for what they really are. This book gives a very genuine review from the perspective of John Howard of the decade plus of leading and shaping this great country. A significant contribution to the recent historical record of Australia. Based on the current governance by ideology and ineptitude of the current government I am sure many people are now asking....Do we miss Johnny yet ?
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