When former Prime Minister John Howard visited Booktopia, John Purcell took the chance to ask him the hard questions in a rare and candid interview.
The Johns discuss Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech, his role in the rise of Tony Abbott, the controversial WorkChoices legislation, as well as his views on his Prime Ministerial predecessor Paul Keating and the future of Australian education.
John Howard’s autobiography, Lazarus Rising, is the biggest-selling political memoir Australia has seen.
In it he talks about his love for his family, his rollercoaster ride to the Lodge and how – as prime minister – he managed a strongly growing Australian economy and led Australia’s war on terrorism.
Drawing on his deep interest in history, he paints a fascinating picture of a changing Australia.
In this edition, fully updated to take into account the return of the Liberal National Party to government after the 2013 election, Howard analyses the crucial years between the 2010 election which gave rise to the minority government of Julia Gillard, and the consequent unprecedented and destabilising leadership struggles within the Labor party.
He discusses the significance of Tony Abbott’s achievements in defeating the Labor Government in 2013, and provides a masterful summary of legacy of the Rudd/Gillard years for Australia.
Lazarus Rising is essential reading for all followers of politics.