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The Road to Ruin : How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government - Niki Savva

The Road to Ruin

How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government

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Kevin Rudd was given no warning, but even he lasted longer than Abbott. Julia Gillard had plenty of warnings, but even she lasted longer than Abbott.

Abbott ignored all the warnings, from beginning to end — the public ones, the private ones, from his friends, his colleagues, the media.

His colleagues were not being disloyal. They did not feel they had betrayed him; they believed he had betrayed them. Their motives were honourable. They didn't want him to fail; they wanted the government to succeed, and they wanted the Coalition re-elected.

Abbott and Credlin had played it harder and rougher than anybody else to get where they wanted to be. But they proved incapable of managing their own office, much less the government. Then, when it was over, when it was crystal-clear to everyone that they had failed, when everyone else could see why they had failed, she played the gender card while he played the victim.

In The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva reveals the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin. Based on her unrivalled access to their colleagues, and devastating first-person accounts of what went on behind the scenes, Savva paints an unforgettable picture of a unique duo who wielded power ruthlessly but not well.

About the Author

Niki Savva is one of the most senior correspondents in the Canberra Press Gallery. She was twice political correspondent on The Australian, and headed up the Canberra bureaus of both The Herald Sun and The Age. When family tragedy forced a career change, she became Peter Costello's press secretary for six years and was then on John Howard's staff for three. Her work has brought her into intimate contact with the major political players of the last 35 years. She is now a regular columnist for The Australian, and often appears on ABC TV's The Insiders as well as on political panels on Sky.


Great read


Fascinating read about Peta Credlin and Tony Abbott.Great if you like to read about politics and political intrigue.


Buy it! Read it! Weep for our political system.


A well researched book on one of Australia's political failures. Highlights how the triumph of dogma over reality ends in tears.

Perth WA

A damning insight into our inglorious government


Well researched, an eye opener.


Shocking glimpse into a dysfunctional government


A very damning account of Abbotts prime ministership. This book was everything I hoped it would be. It had illuminating and shocking inside accounts not previously made public, was well written and gripping through to the end. A great read, buy it.

Prospect SA

First Purchase


I am interested in Politics and the downfall of Abbott but I found this book to be very one sided a Labour view point and the Author obviously has a extreme dislike for Peta Kredlin



Why we do not trust politicians!


Enlightening exposure of the way politicians look after number one. Chiefs of staff need to be limited in the power they acquire. Peta Credlin is a true example of corrupt power behind the throne; she would fit into "Game of Thrones" as an equal of anyone with a self interest and lust for power. Tony Abbott will not learn from his mistakes.

Melbourne Australia


Credlin & Abbott the Fall and Fall


The 'inside' story of the Credlin/Abbott relationship and how too much power to an unelected staffer resulted in the removal of the PM



Fascinating analysis of the Abbott/Credlin government


This was a fascinating insight into how Abbott and Credlin worked together, especially coming from Nikki Savvas who is known to be on the conservative side of politics. It's a bit out of date already since Turnbull's taking of the leadership. Still, a good read and very interesting if you are interested in Australian politics.

Sydney AU


very enlightening


a very revealing book



Amazing & Informative - a page turner!


A most interesting and informative book for all those interested in political events.

Torquay Victoria



4.0 25


ISBN: 9781925321401
ISBN-10: 1925321401
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 7th March 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.46