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John Howard was Australia's 25th Prime Minister and our second longest serving PM. After a meteoric rise to become Treasurer at 38, the self-described economic radical and social conservative was sidelined. Years later, Howard bounced back to lead the Coalition to a resounding victory. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.'
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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This book is, as would be expected, intelligently and accurately written, in many cases based on contemporaneous notes and diaries. Some conversations which he held with world leaders and other Australian politicians and entities, are recorded verbatim from his records. It is this which adds a touch of both historicity and authenticity to his words.
Whatever side of politics you come from Lazarus Rising is an entertaining and fascinating read from start to finish.
Author "The Election"
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.
On the other hand I can not see people of france or spain being interested in the book as the people involved in the book would be of no importance to them unless of course they are studying politics and then it would be compolsury reading................Carol Painter
A good read and very enlightening.