Based on an extensive series of detailed and off-the-record
interviews, Nicholas Stuart — Kevin Rudd's biographer and the author of
an acclaimed study into the 2007 election — provides a critical
examination of Labor in office and of the key events and crucial
moments leading to Rudd's downfall.
Rudd's Way presents the first in-depth analysis of the way
that Kevin Rudd's government worked and why Labor eventually decided
its leader had to be removed. Stuart argues that, more than under any
previous government, the policies and direction of Australia over the
period from November 2007 to June 2010 were set by just one man — Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd — until he finally overreached himself and
threatened to lead the party to electoral oblivion.
The background events and policy blunders that led to Rudd's fall
are described here in gripping detail, until we come to the final
cataclysmic moment when the prime minister realised he'd been abandoned
by the very team he'd led to government. It is the tragic story of a
man who swam out of his depth; who wanted to achieve much, but was
eventually unable to take action on climate change — the one thing he
wanted to do more than anything else.
This is a book that no voter who wants to understand the challenges
of the future can afford to be without.
"It is Stuart who offers the most valuable historical record to date of the Rudd years, by returning to the first principles of political journalism and compiling a detailed inventory of the government's major achievements . . . . Stuart's book proved particularly refreshing as a synthesis of Rudd's style as well as substance." --"Australian Literary Review"