Six years after vacating his position as the longest-serving Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr returned to politics in his dream job: as Foreign Minister of Australia and a senior federal cabinet minister.
For 18 months he kept a diary documenting a whirl of high-stakes events on the world stage - the election of Australia to the UN Security Council, the war in Syria and meetings with the most powerful people on the planet. And they all unfold against the gripping, uncertain domestic backdrop of Labor Party infighting, plummeting polls and a leadership change from Gillard back to Rudd.
This compelling diary provides an intimate glimpse into the day-to-day workings of a foreign minister and proves that Carr is not only a master politician and statesman, but a great writer as well.
About the Author
Bob Carr is a former Premier of New South Wales and a former Senator, serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs from March 2012 to September 2013. His previous books are My Reading Life (2008) and Thoughtlines (2002).
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Not often do you get the opportunity to get such an insight into the exhilarating but demanding existence of a senior federal minister = and authored by someone with such a rich historical perspective and command of the written word. Diary format makes it easy to pick-up when you only have 10-15 minutes to spare. A must for scholars and those with an interest in domestic and foreign politics, and Australia's place in the world.
Its just a diary and reads like one. I was hoping for a lot more from Mr Carr.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 24th April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3