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The Luck of Politics : True Tales of Disaster and Outrageous Fortune - Andrew Leigh

The Luck of Politics

True Tales of Disaster and Outrageous Fortune

Paperback Published: 26th August 2015
ISBN: 9781863957557
Number Of Pages: 240

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A delightful look at chance and outrageous fortune.

In 1968, John Howard missed out on winning the state seat of Drummoyne by just 420 votes. Howard reflects: 'I think back how fortunate I was to have lost.' It left him free to stand for a safe federal seat in 1974 and become one of Australia's longest-serving prime ministers.

In The Luck of Politics, Andrew Leigh weaves together numbers and stories to show the many ways luck can change the course of political events.

This is a book full of fascinating facts and intriguing findings. Why is politics more like poker than chess? Does the length of your surname affect your political prospects? What about your gender?

From Winston Churchill to George Bush, Margaret Thatcher to Paul Keating, this book will persuade you that luck shapes politics - and that maybe, just maybe, we should avoid the temptation to revere the winners and revile the losers.

Industry Reviews

'Andrew Leigh takes the simplest idea there is - luck - and threatens to remake your basic understanding of politics with it. Then he succeeds. Lucky for us.'
Waleed Aly

'It's rare to find a politician prepared to acknowledge the role of luck - sheer chance - in political success and failure. Andrew Leigh doesn't just acknowledge it, he interrogates it, using fascinating historical anecdotes to illustrate his tale.'
Lenore Taylor

ISBN: 9781863957557
ISBN-10: 1863957553
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 26th August 2015
Publisher: Black Inc.
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.25

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