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Paul Keating : The Big-Picture Leader - Troy Bramston

Paul Keating

The Big-Picture Leader

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Paul Keating: the big-picture leader is the definitive biography of Australia’s 24th prime minister, and the first that Keating has co-operated with in more than two decades.

Drawing on around 15 hours of new interviews with Keating, coupled with access to his extensive personal files, this book tells the story of a political warrior’s rise to power, from the outer suburbs of Sydney through Young Labor and into parliament at just 25 years of age, serving as a minister in the last days of the Whitlam government; his path-breaking term as treasurer in the 1980s; his four-year prime ministership from 1991 to 1996; and his passions and interests since.

Bramston has interviewed more than 100 people who know and worked with Keating, including his family, parliamentary colleagues, advisers, party officials, union leaders, public servants, and journalists. This includes interviews with Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Doug Anthony, Bill Hayden, Andrew Peacock, Ian Sinclair, John Hewson, Alexander Downer, Peter Costello, Kim Beazley, Simon Crean, Cheryl Kernot, and Bob Carr.

Bramston has secured access to Labor archives, and he also documents key debates in once-secret cabinet papers, reveals caucus minutes for the first time, draws on the unpublished diaries of Neal Blewett and Bob Carr, discloses meeting records from the archives of US presidents George H W Bush and Bill Clinton, talks to former British prime minister Tony Blair, and shares his new discoveries from the personal files of Whitlam, Hayden, Hawke, and Howard.

Paul Keating saw political leadership as the combination of courage and imagination, a belief that powered his public career and helps explain his extraordinary triumphs and crushing lows. Keating blazed a trail of reform with a vision for Australia’s future that still attracts ardent admirers and the staunchest critics. This book chronicles, analyses, and interprets Keating’s life, and draws lessons for a Labor Party and a country still reluctant to fully embrace his legacy.

About the Author

Troy Bramston has been a senior writer and columnist with The Australian newspaper, and a contributor to Sky News, since 2011. He was previously a columnist with The Sunday Telegraph (2010–11).

Troy is the author or editor of seven previous books, including Looking for the Light on the Hill (2011), Rudd, Gillard and Beyond (2014), and, with Paul Kelly, The Dismissal (2015). He has an economics degree with honours from The University of Sydney and a masters degree in politics and international relations from The University of NSW.

Troy has worked as a policy and political adviser, and speechwriter, in government, opposition, and the private sector. He was awarded the Centenary Medal by the governor-general for services towards the centenary of federation commemorations in 2001. Troy lives in Sydney with his partner, Nicky, and two children, Madison and Angus.

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      A great read about one of our more colourful prime ministers who certainly tried to make a difference with regards to the important decisions he made when running the country. Whilst reading the book, which is well written by Troy Bramston I would often go to youtube to watch one of Keatings speeches or one of his responses to questions in the house of reps.

       
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      A superb book filled with great insights and details

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        Got this for my birthday in November and could not put it down. So well written with lots of details but funny and interesting stories to keep it moving. Amazing interviews with Paul Keating, Bob Hawke, Kim Beazley and many others. Good use of research. This is one of the best political biographies that I have read - and I've read many.

         
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          Educational in how the economy should work and now how it doesn't.

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          A masterful biopic. Beautiful crafted.

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            For pleasure, for knowledge & for context

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            ISBN: 9781925321746
            ISBN-10: 1925321746
            Audience: General
            Format: Hardcover
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 544
            Published: 14th November 2016
            Publisher: Scribe Publications
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.1  x 6.5
            Weight (kg): 1.14