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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2011 John Howard (P)2011 Bolinda
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5 out of 5 stars
By richard on 03-26-12


Where does Lazarus Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My first experience to audiobooks, which I found very interesting and easy to use on my kindle

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lazarus Rising?

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.

What about John Howard’s performance did you like?

He is so easy to listen to, his intonation and use of words exceptional

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just very interesting

Any additional comments?

Like the fact you can sit and listen yet do something else i.e. sewing, knitting at the same time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tyler on 02-08-13

Nice to have it read by the writer

Would you listen to Lazarus Rising again? Why?

Yes, it is well read, well written, and the topics range from the interesting to the politically relevant.

What did you like best about this story?

The realism and detailed attention to the reality of politics were very interesting.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 08-31-15

Educational but lacking personal connection.

An interesting, albeit highly curated, look into the life of a great Australian leader.

This book is mainly a collection of political anecdotes and recollections of events that occurred during his career.
It really doesn't delve too deeply into his motivations, personal life or family etc. Even as a major supporter and fan of Howard I felt this book ran very long, often focusing on the minutiae of events that hold little interest.

I think I took away some greater knowledge on the political environment during his years in Canberra, and it was an interesting look at how major policy was developed and implemented, but I don't walk away from this feeling I got to know Mr Howard at all well due to how curated this book was, a disappointing feeling after 54 hours of listening.

Still well worth a listen for anyone interested in Australian politics.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-29-18


this book should be read my every current and future politician to show what leadership and believe in an ideal is all about John Howard was the last of Australia's political leaders absolutely a brilliant book about a very distinguished political career

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