John Howard is the second longest serving prime minister in Australia's history. His tenure lasted almost 12 years. His autobiography is essential reading for those interested in contemporary politics, in Australian history or the craft of practical politics. John Howard spent decades under media scrutiny, and while his credentials as a political leader, devoted family man and sports tragic are beyond dispute, in this autobiography he reveals much more about himself.
In Lazarus Rising, Howard traces his personal and political journey, from childhood in the post-World War II era through to the present day, painting a fascinating picture of a changing Australia. Lazarus Rising is history seen through the eyes of the ultimate insider; an account of a 30-year political career. No prime minister of modern times has reshaped Australia and its place in the world as forcefully as John Howard. As part of his reform agenda he privatized Telstra, dismantled excessive union power and compulsory trade union membership, instituted the unpopular Goods and Services Tax, and established the 'work for the dole' scheme.
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My first experience to audiobooks, which I found very interesting and easy to use on my kindle
Too many to mention, John Howard's sensitivity in particular to the Bali bombing event and his empthany to those who lost loved ones. He was a great Prime Minister and a great man.
He is so easy to listen to, his intonation and use of words exceptional
No, just very interesting
Like the fact you can sit and listen yet do something else i.e. sewing, knitting at the same time.
Nice to have it read by the writer
Yes, it is well read, well written, and the topics range from the interesting to the politically relevant.
The realism and detailed attention to the reality of politics were very interesting.
I liked scenes from the author's childhood, I feel that these sorts of things are often overlooked but play a major role in a politician's choices.
I find it interesting that he was a supported by the Jewish community from early on, because his father's lawyer was Jewish. Israel seems to have strong influence on countries across the globe, I'm not sure exactly what role it had in John Howard's success and what influence it then had on Australia's foreign policy, but I was surprised to see the issue crop up here, being used to dealing with pro Israel bias, which, compared to states implementing shariah law may be either intelligent or a stoking of flames, in the United States.