Born to Rule is the unauthorised biography that unravels the many layers of the man who has just become the 29th Prime Minister of Australia.
The highs and lows of Malcolm Turnbull’s remarkable career are documented here in technicolour detail by journalist Paddy Manning. Based on countless interviews and painstaking research, it is a forensic investigation into one of Australia’s most celebrated overachievers.
Turnbull’s relentless energy and quest for achievement have taken him from exclusive Point Piper to Oxford University; from beating the Thatcher government in the Spycatcher trial to losing the referendum on the republic; from defending the late Kerry Packer — codenamed Goanna — in the Costigan Royal Commission to defending his own role in the failure of HIH, Australia’s biggest corporate collapse. He was involved in the unravelling of the Tourang bid for Fairfax, struck it rich as co-founder of OzEmail, and fought his own hotly contested battle for Wentworth.
As opposition leader he was duped by Godwin Grech’s ‘Utegate’ fiasco; as the most tech-savvy communications minister he oversaw a nobbled NBN scheme. And now he has assumed the leadership of the Liberal Party for the second time after wresting the prime ministership from first-term PM Tony Abbott.
Will Turnbull crash and burn as he has before or has his entire tumultuous life been a rehearsal for this moment?
About the Author
Paddy Manning is an awarded, experienced journalist who has worked for The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey and the ABC and was founding editor of Ethical Investor magazine. He is author of two books: Boganaire: the Rise and Fall of Nathan Tinkler (Black, 2014) and What the Frack: Everything You Need to Know About Coal Seam Gas (NewSouth, 2013). Before becoming a journalist he worked for the Property Council of Australia, NSW EPA and NSW Parliament. He graduated with first-class honours in history at Sydney University in 1992.
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I found this a very interesting read and on completion of it I wondered if our new Prime Minister will be adaptable to being restricted by his party's attitudes and rules. He appears to be a bit of a lone ranger who has great confidence in his own ability. He suffers fools (in his eyes) not well at all.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27th October 2015
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.83
Edition Number: 1