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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007426909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007426904
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,997,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Howard was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia, serving from March 1996 to December 2007. Despite an early meteoric rise to become Australia's Treasurer at 38, the self-described economic radical and social conservative found himself sidelined by his own party. After many years in the political wilderness, Howard bounced back, led the Coalition to a resounding victory, then got to work on his reform agenda. The Howard Government privatized the previously government-owned telecommunications carrier Telstra, dismantled excessive union power and compulsory trade union membership, instituted the unpopular Goods and Services Tax, trimmed the Public Service and reduced government expenditure, and established the 'work for the dole' scheme.

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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 served as Prime Minister from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007, and was the second longest serving Australian Prime Minister (after Sir Robert Menzies). Mr Howard also lost his own parliamentary seat in 2007: becoming the second Australian Prime Minister to do so.

Mr Howard's autobiography spans his life from his childhood in suburban Sydney through to his government's defeat in 2007. He tells us of the events and circumstances that influenced and motivated him and shaped his leadership.

The Howard Government presided over a period of strong economic growth in Australia. During this period, the Howard Government introduced strong gun control measures (after the Port Arthur massacre in April 1996) and undertook taxation and industrial relations reform.

This is an account of both John Howard's 33 year political career and of a changing Australia during this period. It's easy to read and while interpretations will differ about the stance taken on some issues, or the relative importance of others it is interesting to see what John Howard regarded as important, and why.

This is not a complete account of the Howard Government: it is still too close to the end of that government, and an objective assessment requires other more detached perspectives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mulch on July 20, 2013
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I read this book because, whilst I didn't agree with everything he did, I admired John Howard. After reading it I was more impressed. The concept of a conviction politician is something I took away from this book. If you have an accurate compass, steadfast values and the guts to see it through it seems you can achieve a great deal.
A good read and very enlightening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pons Verhaar on November 6, 2012
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Easy to read, very politically correct. I wish he had of opened up a bit more. Overall, interesting until the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PaulS on September 21, 2012
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Obviously nobody writes a bad autobiography about themselves.
So one should always take any such work with a grain of salt.

I found myself disagreeing with some of Mr Howard's positions, just as I did
while he was in office.

But I WILL say that it makes a fascinating read to hear the perspective
of a man who was at the center of 11 pivotal years in Australia's history.

You many not agree with Mr Howard or even like him terribly much but
after reading this book you may at least respect that his motivations
were well intended and his vision of Australia remarkably appealing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Arps on September 12, 2014
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For a political-tragic Kiwi, a book about one of Australia’s longest serving politicians was always going to be welcome, and I was keen to review Aussie PM John Howard’s life and work as I had for almost every other significant Aussie Politician. I always imagined that Howard had been under-estimated as Jim Bolger had been in office. I expected to be impressed, and I was - sort of.
The big questions about John Howard were and are; Who was he really? Why did he behave the way he did? What did he try to do? How successful was he? I wanted to learn more his about approach to politics, economics and to world events.
Howard’s Liberal government followed the reforming Labour Governments of Hawke and Keating. Would he continue reform or would he embrace consolidation and stability? Probably correctly, he did a bit of both. There is only so much reform any country can take. Surprisingly, Howard appears defensive about his accomplishments.
I was particularly interested in Howard’s determination to align himself and Australia with the United States. He tries to convey the idea that he, or Australia, is the USA’s best friend in the world. From this he hopes for increased security, a place at the table, a role as a trusted friend. As a New Zealander I am well aware of this strategy, which has been a strong thread of New Zealand’s foreign policy since the start of the 20th century. Perhaps unwittingly, Howard shows just what a bad strategy this is. Of course America will take Aussie troops when it wants to go to war, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Of course it will then decline to help an “Australian run” operation in East Timor where it sees no self-advantage. “Show us the money, Honey!”
The strategy has not worked for New Zealand either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Jin on August 16, 2014
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'Lazarus Rising' is one of, if not the, best Australian political books out there. Offering a personal perspective on John Howard's long and interesting political career, including over a decade as Prime Minister, the book would be valuable enough to political pundits even if it was a dull bore. But in fact Howard has a highly engaging writing style, and generally positive approach to politics that elevates this book above its peers and broadens its appeal. It's no accident that 'Lazarus' has ended up being one of Australia's best selling political memoirs.

The book is organised into several parts, covering the different periods of Howard's political career; the Fraser Government, Opposition, Howard's tenure as Prime Minister, and some Afterwords. It's sometimes forgotten that Howard had been in politics for 20 years before becoming Prime Minister, experiencing some significant highs and lows along the way, and 'Lazarus' does a good job of chronicling Howard's earlier years.

The first part of the book covers Howard's frontbench career under PM Malcolm Fraser, which as Howard tell it is basically an exercise in frustration punctuated by minor achievements. He rose rapidly to Treasurer under Fraser, but became increasingly disenchanted with Fraser's unwillingness to seriously engage in economic reform. This section basically supports the perception of Fraser's tenure as "The Wasted Years", with Howard portraying Fraser as a man of strong political convictions but lacking courage to act on them. Howard does note some of Fraser's unappreciated accomplishments, however, and his overall assessment of Fraser is relatively positive, especially in the context of Fraser's latter-day attacks on him.
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