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- DescriptionTony Abbott is the most successful Opposition leader of the last forty years, but he has never been popular. Now Australians want to kw: what kind of man is he, and how would he perform as prime minister? In this dramatic portrait, David Marr shows that as a young Catholic warrior at university, Abbott was already a brutally effective politician. He later led the way in defeating the republic and, as the self-proclaimed 'political love child' of John Howard, rose rapidly in the Liberal Party. His reputation as a head-kicker and hard-liner made him an unlikely leader, but when the time came, his opposition to the emissions trading scheme proved decisive. Marr shows that Abbott thrives on chaos and conflict. Part fighter and part charmer, he is deeply religious and deeply political. What happens, then, when his values clash with his need to win? This is the great puzzle of his career, but the closer he is to taking power, the more guarded he has become.
- Author BiographyDavid Marr is the author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic, The High Price of Heaven and (with Marian Wilkinson) Dark Victory. In 2010 he wrote the Quarterly Essay Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd.
- Author(s)David Marr
- PublisherBlack Inc.
- Date of Publication10/09/2012
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleQuarterly Essay
- Series Part/Volume Number47
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintQuarterly Essay
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight234 g
- Width167 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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- freyja_7609 Jun, 2013by
Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott by David Marr
If there is only one issue of the Quarterly Essay that you buy this year then make it this one! A highly interesting and informative read, Marr proves yet again why he is so highly regarded in the world of Australian Journalism as he leaves no stone unturned as he investigates the life of one of Australia's most prominent politicians, Tony Abbot. Brilliant writing style, investigative journalism at its very best. Essential reading for every Australian.
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