Lazarus Rising

  • Title: Lazarus Rising
  • Author: John Howard
  • ISBN: 9780732289959
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lazarus Rising 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 about hi
    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 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 fascinatingJohn 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 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.We see the youngster who had to overcome serious deafness and who latched onto the family passion for current affairs and politics From school debating, to a legal career, to the Liberal Party and life with Janette, it all seemed such a natural progression Yet no one would say that Howard had it easy not when his own colleagues sidelined him twice An economic radical and social conservative, John Howard s ideology united many Australians and divided just as many others.Long before he attained the role of prime minister, he first had to convince his fellow Liberals that he was the man they needed To do that, he had to tough it out it took several attempts and many years biding his time When he finally got his turn to take on the ALP, he proved wrong all his doubters, and showed a whole nation that it had been a mistake ever to underestimate John Howard He led the Liberal Party to victory in four elections and became the second longest serving PM in the nation s history.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.Then there are the insights into political leadership and character, the stuff that drives history Without his deep reserves of resilience and the support of a strong wife and loving family there would have been no Prime Minister John Howard walking the world stage He tells us how he responded on issues vital to Australia, such as gun control, the aftermath of 9 11, Iraq and the rising tide of asylum seekers He also shares his thoughts on his former Treasurer and leadership aspirant, Peter Costello, and the Rudd Gillard debate.Lazarus Rising takes us through the life and motivations of John Howard and through the forces which have changed and shaped both him and the country he led for 11 years.

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    1. John Howard waited a long time to become Prime Minister by the time he won the job he had been in parliament for 22 years Howard became Australia s second longest serving Prime Minister and during his term in office achieved nation wide gun control legislation and significant reforms in industrial relations and taxation.After eleven years in office Howard became the second Prime Minister to lose his seat in the House of Representatives while still serving as Prime Minister.


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    1. Exploring key political figures in other countries can be a very exciting endeavour, especially for those who have a thirst for knowledge and willingness to examine unique political systems. While I have inundated myself with American presidents over the past number of years, I thought I would look to a fellow Commonwealth country and seek to better understand the life of John Howard, Australia’s prime minister from 1996-2007. In this comprehensive political and personal memoir, Howard explore [...]

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    2. This was the book I took with me on holidays when I needed something that would last me at least a week! And it did. Its a true 'weighty tome'. Having read Julia Gillard's biography I felt I owed it to the Liberal Party to get the other side of the story. And it's an interesting one. Howard writes very well and avoids being too overly self-serving. The political history which unfolds is really interesting and enlightening. Whatever your political persuasion by the end of it you can't help admit [...]

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    3. Mediocre prime ministers don’t last long in Australia. Either their party dumps them (if polls are bad with an election looming) or the electorate dumps them. The corollary is that Australia’s good and great prime ministers tend to have long shelf lives.The first federal election in which I was old enough to vote was held in 1996. The Labor incumbent was Paul Keating. The Liberal opposition leader was John Howard. The latter won in a landslide, and it took 11 years and a silly policy to unse [...]

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    4. Christ what a duplicitous, self-serving mess. Obviously it is the nature of a political autobiography to be self-serving, but usually they're not this bad. Howard in trying to paint this fantasy picture of his leadership, showing every situation to make himself look good, engaging in these long-winded ego driven descriptions of his actions ("Wonder down under" give me a break) just comes off as this incredibly smug, incredibly annoying, myopic weasel-man. This book never confronts his racism, ne [...]

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    5. At just over 650 pages, former PM John Howard's Lazarus Rising isn't for the faint hearted. Part political memoir and part apologetic for his government's 12 years in power, I found it an enjoyable read. I've not read a political biography before so it was a new experience and educative insight into the political process. The book is divided into 3 parts dealing with Howard's early years and time in the Frazer government, his years in opposition and finally the Howard government, not surprisingl [...]

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    6. Finally! Seriously, if you get the audio book with John Howard himself narrating, it is quite advantageous to listen to it in 2x speed. You miss nothing and knock it over in half the time, so mercy be.To the content. I have to admit my opinion of Howard has risen slightly from extremely low to very very low. I will concede he is a person who has stood by his convictions his entire career and the chapters covering periods where he wasn't in power are quite interesting historical accounts. In fact [...]

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    7. Howard's weighty memoirs do a good job of explaining his political genesis, evolution, and decision-making process. I never shared much of a cultural vision for Australia with him, but I feel I now have a good understanding of how his government managed to stay in power for almost 12 years. He clearly comes across as a pragmatist and someone fundamentally skeptical about change, but adept at policy movement as political tides change. I sincerely hope someone in the Labor Party paid attention - H [...]

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    8. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I'm already a little admiring of John Howard so necessarily my appreciation of the book may be biased, but the historical element I think more than complements his own personal views and aims. It was great to relive many of the events that I witnessed as a teenager, experiencing them from the PM's perspective. It was like an insider's view of the last twenty years of Australian history. This autobiography may not have the timelessness one would hope, but that i [...]

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    9. He really is conservative isn't he? Howard's record of his government is great reading. His analysis of every other government is through the lens of his own conservatism. A long book, but worthwhile. He served his country well and did his very best

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    10. Up there with the greatest Prime Ministers of Australia. It has been all downhill since he left politics. An interesting and factual account although quite dry reading.

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    11. The biggest problem with this book is Howard's lack of any ability to be self-critical. He only manages to feign an attempt at this. I guess this is an issue with the political autobiography genre as much as anything. It does tend to lend itself to longwinded efforts in self-congratulation, and this book is a tour de force in that respect.

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    12. John Howard was Australian prime minister from 1996 to 2007 making his tenure in The Lodge the second longest to date. It was also a period of relative political stability and steady economic growth albeit not a period of great political excitement. Starting from his youth, Howard recounts working at his father's petrol station, his election to parliament, his time as treasurer in the Fraser Government, the years in opposition, the 1996 election making him prime minister, the years in the top jo [...]

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    13. ‘Compromise is a necessary political tool, but conviction is the matter of success in politics.’ John Winston Howard, born 26 July 1939, was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia. John Howard was elected to the Australian Parliament in 1974 as the member for Bennelong. He held this seat until December 2007. During his long parliamentary career, he served as Treasurer (in the Fraser Government) from 1977 to 1983, and was leader of the Opposition from 1985 to 1989, and then from 1995. Mr Howard [...]

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    14. After finishing Tony Blair's autobio a few days prior to commencing this one, Howard's book was always going to be something of a let down. Nevertheless, it was a very useful read.I really enjoyed the history of the last 30 years of Australian politics, how the final chapter gave an insight into the the man's MO, and the references to cricket. I actually think this former PM would do a good job writing a cricket book.That said, throughout the book one could not escape the air of arrogance. Howar [...]

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    15. This is a very long autobiography. However, it does give some interesting insights into the workings of the LNP as well as the Labor party. Howard gives the impression of being near perfect although he does admit to occasional errors of judgment. I would find it interesting to read a biography by someone else as I very much doubt if this would cast him in such a favourable light. On the other hand, it is certainly a very comprehensive of the events which have occurred during his career in Parlia [...]

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    16. Like the man this memoire is very dry. It provides a reasonable albeit biased view of 30 years of recent Australian history and provides good examples of how the effective execution of sensible policy can make a difference. It is less humble than I expected and often defensive in tone; surprisingly defaulting to 'I' rather than 'we' when talking about achievements. My favourite quote from the book comes from the Chapter titled ‘Reflections’ in which John Howard notes: ‘Compromise is a nece [...]

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    17. I am not generally a fan of political autobiographies. They can be full of all sorts of self-justification, and frankly, sections of Howard's book are slow going due to this. However, there are gems hidden within this book that still make it an interesting read for anyone interested in Australian political history over the past 20 years.

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    18. A true autobiography. At times it is tedious reading the self justification and opinions, but ultimately that is part of the charm of reading the personal reflections of those in public life - and it does ring true with the convictions expressed by the author in public life. A good perspective piece for the times of the Howard Government and those that followed directly afterward.

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    19. John Howard was a long time in politics and enjoyed a better than average run as prime minister, so I considered his book to be worth reading.Probably only because I am an Australian I found it interesting. It did suffer very badly from the autobiography syndrome. I will wait a few years and read a biography.

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    20. On p 466 of my hardback edition of LR, Howard says President GW Bush was well briefed 3 times separately: "Well briefed, Bush ", " courteous, well briefed " and " across his brief ".

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    21. A fascinating read. I'm by no means a fan of Johnny's, I wanted to read this book to understand his perspective on political and social issues. I also wanted insight into his relationships with his cohorts and key international and australian players. It delivered.

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    22. Well it took over two years to read but i read it. OK the time it took read was simply because it took an effort to return to reading it! Actually an interesting read and an interesting view point on a range of issues but a long and dry read.

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    23. Well written. Great book. Could not stop reading.

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    24. While detailed and intense, Lazarus rising lacks one element that we expect from a political memoir, candid and frank which is why I give it 4 out of 5, instead of 5 out of 5.

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    25. John's point of view and his story good reading as being the same age as John Howard I remember all the plays in politics over the years.

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    26. Fantastic read on the life of John Howard, the governments in office and the colleagues during his life as a politician. A must read for anyone interested in politics.

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