John Howard is the second longest serving prime minister in Australia's history. His tenure lasted almost 12 years. His autobiography is essential reading for those interested in contemporary politics, in Australian history or the craft of practical politics. John Howard spent decades under media scrutiny, and while his credentials as a political leader, devoted family man and sports tragic are beyond dispute, in this autobiography he reveals much more about himself.
In Lazarus Rising, Howard traces his personal and political journey, from childhood in the post-World War II era through to the present day, painting a fascinating picture of a changing Australia. Lazarus Rising is history seen through the eyes of the ultimate insider; an account of a 30-year political career. No prime minister of modern times has reshaped Australia and its place in the world as forcefully as John Howard. As part of his reform agenda he privatized Telstra, dismantled excessive union power and compulsory trade union membership, instituted the unpopular Goods and Services Tax, and established the 'work for the dole' scheme.
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An interesting, albeit highly curated, look into the life of a great Australian leader.
This book is mainly a collection of political anecdotes and recollections of events that occurred during his career.
It really doesn't delve too deeply into his motivations, personal life or family etc. Even as a major supporter and fan of Howard I felt this book ran very long, often focusing on the minutiae of events that hold little interest.
I think I took away some greater knowledge on the political environment during his years in Canberra, and it was an interesting look at how major policy was developed and implemented, but I don't walk away from this feeling I got to know Mr Howard at all well due to how curated this book was, a disappointing feeling after 54 hours of listening.
Still well worth a listen for anyone interested in Australian politics.
My husband who is an avid John Howard fan bought this book to listen to. I'm not interested in politics myself but started listening on a trip with hubby. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to John Howard's narration on his own career, Australian politics and the support his family gave him through out the different stages of his career. There's something mesmerizing about his voice. I don't know what it is. It's almost like tasting something you aren't sure you like the taste of, so you keep licking and tasting and analysing to see if it's bad or good. That's John Howards voice for me. Ultimately, he speaks clearly, is well paced and a little dry in his delivery (but that's politics right?).
I have to confess I still haven't listened to the whole book, but hubby did and stated that he enjoyed listening to the history from where he could remember events. My interests really lie in different areas but if I was told that I HAD to sit down and listen to the whole book I would do so happily.
My first experience to audiobooks, which I found very interesting and easy to use on my kindle
Too many to mention, John Howard's sensitivity in particular to the Bali bombing event and his empthany to those who lost loved ones. He was a great Prime Minister and a great man.
He is so easy to listen to, his intonation and use of words exceptional
No, just very interesting
Like the fact you can sit and listen yet do something else i.e. sewing, knitting at the same time.
"Nice to have it read by the writer"
Yes, it is well read, well written, and the topics range from the interesting to the politically relevant.
The realism and detailed attention to the reality of politics were very interesting.
I liked scenes from the author's childhood, I feel that these sorts of things are often overlooked but play a major role in a politician's choices.
I find it interesting that he was a supported by the Jewish community from early on, because his father's lawyer was Jewish. Israel seems to have strong influence on countries across the globe, I'm not sure exactly what role it had in John Howard's success and what influence it then had on Australia's foreign policy, but I was surprised to see the issue crop up here, being used to dealing with pro Israel bias, which, compared to states implementing shariah law may be either intelligent or a stoking of flames, in the United States.
"Excellent Insight Into Australian Politics"
An excellent blow by blow description of over 20 years in politics. A good book for helping people understand the liberal parties philosophies and points of view.
This was a great book for examining in extreme detail most of the political dramas throughout John Howard's career.
Lazarus Rising gives you a good insight into John Howard - the person and Prime Minister, as well as his relationships with international leaders, political foes and colleagues.
John Howard narrating definitely adds a level of realism and weight to the words of the story. John Howard often described throughout the book how his opponents got it wrong. Thus he got it right. This was amusing at times. His personal description of his relationship with George Bush and Tony Blair was interesting, especially his opinions on George W's failings.
The politics regarding the Iraq (arguably his most important decision) war made for a fascinating part of the story which had me intrigued, disgusted, and amazed all at the same time. A controversy that was notably absent was the Andrew Wilkie saga. I was disappointed not to hear John's side of the story regarding this issue.
What this book was really missing was more insight into why John thought the way he did. Greater detail about what made him the man he was.
I personally found this book to be nostalgic and reminiscent, as I often remembered where I was when controversial political developments occurred. I also found that I sometimes did not see the depth and detail of the liberal argument because of my outrage or disagreement in regards to their final decisions.
Best suited for people who are interested in the process and tactics of the Australian political system.
This is not a light audiobook, it's a bit of a marathon, but definitely worth reading to get the full experience.
"A nice record of his time in office"
Yes for the history and events that took place. I had almost forgotten them. John Howards take on them and how he influenced or reacted to them.
I am listening to 'John Adams' at the moment, but that is more a chronological history whilst John Howard, who reads this book divides chapters up into events or topics loosely based on a chronological basis. As an Australian living through this history it meant more to me than 'John Adams' but they are both political histories.
No, he is a terrible reader, which to be honest, made this book a little more believable rather than a highly polished production. He does have a unique voice and he writes well, but his audio performance was woeful in parts and monotonous in others. To be fair, only he could read this book, anyone else, it would not have sounded right.
Not at all.
I like 'Little Johnie' and I think he did a good job as a prime minister. His book is a good political biography and worth the study if you are into that kind of thing. This book I feel is only relevant to Australians and others like Americans would find it difficult to get through. John Howard's opinions are clear and balanced and I having listen to it in 2012 have found some of his predictions from its published date very precise.
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