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The Short and Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign of Captain Abbott - Andrew P Street

The Short and Excruciatingly Embarrassing Reign of Captain Abbott

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An irreverent take on the political life and times of the man who was our 28th prime minister.

Poor people don't drive cars. People have the right to be bigots. I'm a fixer. Team Australia. Shirtfonting. Choppergate. Stop the boats. Coal is good for humanity. No cuts to health. Sir Prince Philip. The flags. It's all the fault of the febrile media. And that whole onion thing.

In August 2013, Australia welcomed Tony Abbott as its new prime minister. This promised to be a marriage between responsible government and a nation tired of the endless drama of the Gillard-Rudd years. But then...well...

Andrew P Street details the litany of gaffes, goofs and questionable captain's calls that characterised the subsequent reign of the Abbott government, following the trail from bold promises to questionable realities, unlikely recoveries to inexplicable own goals, Malcolm Turnbull's assurances of support to the day he pushed the Captain off his bike once and for all. And all this comes with a colourful cast of supporting characters and dangerous loons that only a nation unfamiliar with the concept of below- the-line voting could elect. Here is a unique take on a modern politics Australian style.

If Game of Thrones was a deeply irreverent book about politics, then the TV series would probably not rate nearly as well. It would, however, look something like this.

About the Author

Andrew P Street is an Adelaide-built, Sydney-based journalist, editor, columnist and failed indie rock star responsible for 'View from the Street' in the digital edition of The Sydney Morning Herald. Over the last two decades he's been published internationally in Time Out, Rolling Stone, NME, The Guardian, GQ and Elle, as well as pretty much every newspaper, magazine and website in Australia with a freelance budget. This is his first book.

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Excellent Reading - A must read

All Australians should read this book, especially aspiring politicians so they understand how embarrassing gaffes, blunders and contradictions are not favoured by the Australian public.

All Australians should read this book, especially aspiring politicians so they understand how embarrassing gaffes, blunders and contradictions are not favoured by the Australian public.

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Childish and petty

Presumably there's a market for bile-filled rants, hence the existence of this book and its rather sad readers.

Presumably there's a market for bile-filled rants, hence the existence of this book and its rather sad readers.

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5.0

Satirical, yet an account of events

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Disturbingly True
  • Easy To Read
  • Informative
  • Well Written

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    This is a true account of the most bizarre period in Australian political history.

    Mr Street's columns appear daily in the Fairfax journals and online publications. They are both perceptive and witty. The book is not a rehash of his columns, albeit the style is similar. It is more reflective. It will become an important chronicle of that era for students and historians. It is a fine example of the research and analysis so sorely lacking in our Parliamentary Press Gallery.

    It is what is needed if we are ever to have voting in our democracy based on full information. Very good value at the price offered.

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    Childish and petty

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        Presumably there's a market for bile-filled rants, hence the existence of this book and its rather sad readers.

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        5.0

        A fantastically fun political read!

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          An excellent read documenting the dark recent days of Australian politics in all their shambolic glory.

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          5.0

          Funny and straight to the point

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            A funny and insightful look into the workings of Abbott and his government. Street pulls no punches but manages to inject sarcasm and humour right when it's needed. Much like his View From the Street column, I hope this isn't his last foray into the world of book publishing

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            5.0

            political satire at its best

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              One for the masochists?

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                  Probably what you might expect from the title, but having said that, amusing in a cringe worthy way. Brings back some painful memories. Don't expect too many Tories will read it. But they should.

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                  5.0

                  the slapstick prime minister

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                  history can be forgotten. especially history that is embarrassing. TSAEER of Captain Abbott lays out clearly every single piece of folly, corruption, fabrication and manipulation that characterized the Abbott prime ministership, and now characterises (not so obviously)the Turnbull government. Street does this with a wickedly skilled sense of irony, that renders even the most awful acts wickedly funny.

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                  5.0

                  Makes you glad Abbot became PM

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                      Well written, amusing book. Similar books should be written for every Prime Minister, although most PMs would not reach the depths plumbed by Captain Tony.

                      Reminds one of the gaffes and lies of the Abbott government - causing laughter, distress and disbelief.

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                      5.0

                      Lest we forget.

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                        A great reminder of the preposterous Abbot years. Love Andrew P's work.

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                        5.0

                        Definitely my best read for 2015

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                          Well referenced, well researched and a book I could not put down until I finished it. Have read it several times now and bought copies for some friends.

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                          A lively and well organised account... Street lays the mockery on thick... with a savage and intelligent wit. The Australian Well-researched... Street is very funny... Debunks the dangerous assumption that our politicians are good people who deserve respect. The Saturday Age

                          Introduction Australia, Stop Hitting Yourself..1 The Gathering Storm..2 Meet the Motley Crew..3 Mandate, Mandate, Mandate!..4 The Right to Be a Bigot..5 For Those Who've Come Across the Seas.....6 Classified On-Water Matters..7 Putting the Coal into Coalition..8 No Cuts to Health..9 Not Your Average Jo(k)e..10 Meet the New Senate!..11 Someone's Getting a Shirtfrontin'..12 We All Live in a Competitively Evaluated Submarine..13 The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Spill Motion..14 Good Government Starts Today..15 I'm a Fixer..16 Who's Afraid of Human Rights?..17 The Hunt for Team Australia..18 Everywhere with Helicopter..19 Whither Labor?..20 Abandon Ship!..Epilogue Is This the Best We Can Do?..Acknowledgement Or Who's to Blame for this Book

                          ISBN: 9781760290542
                          ISBN-10: 1760290548
                          Audience: General
                          Format: Paperback
                          Language: English
                          Number Of Pages: 304
                          Published: 1st October 2015
                          Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                          Country of Publication: AU
                          Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.4
                          Weight (kg): 0.48