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The Good, the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia's Prime Ministers
The irrepressible Mungo MacCallum brings the nation's leaders to life in this revised and fully up-to-date edition of a charming, informative Australian classic
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Since 1901, thirty different leaders have run the national show. Whether their term was eight days or eighteen years, each prime minister has a story worth sharing.
Edmund Barton united the bickering states in a federation. The unlucky Jimmy Scullin took office days before Wall Street crashed into the Great Depression. John Curtin faced the ultimate challenge of wartime leadership. John Gorton, Gough Whitlam and Paul Keating each shook up their parties' policies so vigorously that none lasted much longer than a single term. Harold Holt spent three decades in parliament, only to disappear while swimming off the coast of Victoria just under two years into his first term. John Howard's "triple bypass" is the stuff of legend. Julia Gillard overthrew Kevin Rudd and Kevin Rudd overthrew Julia Gillard, thus paving the way for Tony Abbott, who was ousted by Malcolm Turnbull - until he too was toppled, this time by Scott Morrison.
With characteristic wit and expert knowledge, Mungo MacCallum brings the nation's leaders to life in this updated edition of a classic book.
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Mungo MacCallum is one of Australiaas most influential and entertaining political journalists. In a career spanning more than four decades, his work has appeared in The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly and numerous other publications. He has worked with the ABC, SBS, Channel Nine and Channel Ten, and his books include the bestselling Mungo: The Man Who Laughs, Run Johnny Run, Poll Dancing, Punch & Judy, and the Quarterly Essays Girt by Sea and Australian Story.