Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott: Quarterly Essay 47

Author:   David Marr
Publisher:   Black Inc.
Edition:   47th edition
Volume:   47
ISBN:  

9781863955775


Pages:   144
Publication Date:   10 September 2012
Format:   Paperback
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Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott: Quarterly Essay 47


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Now Australians want to know- 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. 'Since witnessing the Hewson catastrophe at first hand, Abbott has worn a mask. He has grown and changed. Life and politics have taught him a great deal. But how this has shaped the fundamental Abbott is carefully obscured. What has been abandoned? What is merely hidden on the road to power? What makes people so uneasy about Abbott is the sense that he is biding his time, that there is a very hard operator somewhere behind that mask, waiting for power.' David Marr, Political Animal

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Author:   David Marr
Publisher:   Black Inc.
Imprint:   Quarterly Essay
Edition:   47th edition
Volume:   47
Dimensions:   Width: 16.70cm , Height: 1.10cm , Length: 23.30cm
Weight:   0.234kg
ISBN:  

9781863955775


ISBN 10:   1863955771
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   10 September 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  General ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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David 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.

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