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  • By: John Howard
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  • Length: 34 hrs and 3 mins
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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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Educational but lacking personal connection.

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.

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Interesting - even if I don't dig 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.

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  • Tom
  • 25-06-2020

Fantastic insight into Mr Howard’s 30+ years in politics. Highly recommended!

While this is a detailed account, Mr Howard was in politics for over 30 years, so there’s a lot to cover. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the former PM’s thinking during key events which shaped our country. This is a must read/listen for any lover of Australian politics and history.

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  • JT
  • 13-06-2021

very boring bio

it's the most boring bio. it dies not have a personal dimension it's like a boring political report

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In Depth Personal Description of Full Career of JH

This is a long book. The delivery by John Howard himself though, makes it very interesting and rewarding to listen to. Mr. Howard's reading style is consistent and engaging.
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to every Australian. As an immigrant and being young during part of his tenure as PM, it was very interesting to learn the back story of many events. The waterfront dispute is one I particularly enjoyed.
In my view, too much time was given to the Costello conflict, but it was clearly important to the author to present his side of the story.
I learned a lot about many aspects of leadership and Australian history.
I highly recommend this book.

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A must read for the true Aussie 🇦🇺

Narrated by the man himself. Great work, well written and a great journey. Enjoy

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Highly Recommended... \

This book provides an excellent commentary and overview of the Australian political scene and events between about 1970 and 2010. A compelling book written by a proud Australian, a great politician and long serving Prime Minister. I now understand more details on the political decisions and events that shaped this period in Australian history.

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In-depth and such a breeze to listen and learn to

Articulately written and read, a great political life of a an amazing Australian. Definitely recommend

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His passion and dedication for Australia and her people

An insightful, informative and enjoyable book from an iconic Australian figure. His knowledge and character shines throughout the book of recent political history of this country. He is so passionate and inspiring. A simply brilliant read/listen.

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  • TA
  • 29-12-2023

What world leaders have to endure.

A bit stretched out with mention of so many parliamentarians and what sets they held, which is irrelevant if not in politics.
Could have been 18 chapters.

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