Lazarus Rising by John Howard

by |October 25, 2010

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.

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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For a bit of a giggle read this unauthorised excerpt of Howard’s memoir – here

 

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    • george benini

      December 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      Having not read the “New Book”, I can only say in the light of the info from Wikileaks, how much of the contents of the book are actually factual??? The ” mushrooms” are seeing a little light into the B.S. that politicians feed us , well maybe this episode of disclosure may change it all and the sooner the better! Just 3 other comments to you Jonno, 1. Was Martin Bryant set up so that Australia would be disarmed, to prevent a percieved popular uprising of the declining standards of living that will soon hits i.e. ETS, CARBON TAX etc 2 Why hasnt Bryant had his day in court, isnt this a discrimatory act against a mentally ill person, ( respect intended to victims & families of Pt Arthur), 3 Will you Jonno support the 3 diggers that have been charged with war crimes for doing there duty in Afghanastan, after all you sent them there, on your watch jonno. cheers to you.

      • sally

        March 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm

        well George, the way you are referring to john Howard as “jonno’ your opinion doesn’t matter much as I can tell you are a FERRELL As fir the “THREE DIGGERS” you are referring to you need to speak to ‘JULIA GILLARD’ about that, she’s the ‘PRIME MINISTER’ BUT I do agree they should not be on any charges…

    • george benini

      December 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      Having not read the “New Book”, I can only say in the light of the info from Wikileaks, how much of the contents of the book are actually factual??? The ” mushrooms” are seeing a little light into the B.S. that politicians feed us , well maybe this episode of disclosure may change it all and the sooner the better! Just 3 other comments to you Jonno, 1. Was Martin Bryant set up so that Australia would be disarmed, to prevent a percieved popular uprising of the declining standards of living that will soon hits i.e. ETS, CARBON TAX etc 2 Why hasnt Bryant had his day in court, isnt this a discrimatory act against a mentally ill person, ( respect intended to victims & families of Pt Arthur), 3 Will you Jonno support the 3 diggers that have been charged with war crimes for doing there duty in Afghanastan, after all you sent them there, on your watch jonno. cheers to you.

      • sally

        March 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm

        well George, the way you are referring to john Howard as “jonno’ your opinion doesn’t matter much as I can tell you are a FERRELL As fir the “THREE DIGGERS” you are referring to you need to speak to ‘JULIA GILLARD’ about that, she’s the ‘PRIME MINISTER’ BUT I do agree they should not be on any charges…

  • Keith Boxer

    November 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Anybody thinking of reading John Howards book Lazarus Rising should also read: High & Dry by Guy Pearse. Guy Pearses book gives an insight into the truth behind how Howard ran his government and mislead the Austrlaian people.

  • Keith Boxer

    November 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Anybody thinking of reading John Howards book Lazarus Rising should also read: High & Dry by Guy Pearse. Guy Pearses book gives an insight into the truth behind how Howard ran his government and mislead the Austrlaian people.

  • Lisa

    November 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Howard allowed the torture of Australian citizens in Guantanamo bay. He is a war criminal. If you want to know about Howard, read Hicks’ book! Much more interesting, truthful and moving than Howards load of boring self-serving garbage.

    • David

      December 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      yes Lisa, let’s listen to the fool who trained to kill Australian’s. Hick’s is just as much self serving and he admitted being in a terrorist group

  • roy

    December 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    The rains only came back after the horrid Howard years ended
    His ruling years were much like the jackles rule in the ” Lion King”
    the book is a slant on history that was levelled out by himself being turfed out of his own electoral seat

  • roy

    December 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    The rains only came back after the horrid Howard years ended
    His ruling years were much like the jackles rule in the ” Lion King”
    the book is a slant on history that was levelled out by himself being turfed out of his own electoral seat

  • Joseph Ting

    September 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Biblical references to John Howard’s “Lazarus Rising” seem at odds with the distinctly profane nature of his long political tenure and ascendancy battles with Peter Costello. In the Gospel of St John, Lazarus of Bethany was a good man and follower of Jesus Christ who is restored to life after dying. The lesser known Lazarus in the Gospel of St Luke is a beggar was made to wait at the gates of Dives, a wealthy man. When both he and Dives die, the latter Lazarus is feted at an everlasting banquet and Dives begs for a drop of water from Lazarus’ finger to cool his tongue. Neither Lazarus is reminiscent of John Howard. Howard’s legacy as the “good man” of Lazarus of the Gospel of St John remains contentious-vilified by some, sanctified by others, the jury is still out on this one. In stark contrast, Costello’s failed leadership ambition reminds me of Lazarus of the Gospel of St Luke, a beggar asking for entry into privilege. Yesterday Jeff Kennett criticised John Howard for viewing himself as Jesus Christ, without blame. It seems acutely disrespectful to lend biblical references to the yesteryear’s political squabbles in the same fortnight that Mary McKillop was beatified.

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