Lazarus Rising

  • by John Howard
  • Narrated by John Howard
  • 34 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Howard is the second longest serving prime minister in Australia's history. His tenure lasted almost 12 years. His autobiography is essential reading for those interested in contemporary politics, in Australian history or the craft of practical politics. 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. 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.

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Educational but lacking personal connection.

An interesting, albeit highly curated, look into the life of a great Australian leader.

This book is mainly a collection of political anecdotes and recollections of events that occurred during his career.
It really doesn't delve too deeply into his motivations, personal life or family etc. Even as a major supporter and fan of Howard I felt this book ran very long, often focusing on the minutiae of events that hold little interest.

I think I took away some greater knowledge on the political environment during his years in Canberra, and it was an interesting look at how major policy was developed and implemented, but I don't walk away from this feeling I got to know Mr Howard at all well due to how curated this book was, a disappointing feeling after 54 hours of listening.

Still well worth a listen for anyone interested in Australian politics.
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- Andrew

Interesting - even if I don't dig politics

My husband who is an avid John Howard fan bought this book to listen to. I'm not interested in politics myself but started listening on a trip with hubby. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to John Howard's narration on his own career, Australian politics and the support his family gave him through out the different stages of his career. There's something mesmerizing about his voice. I don't know what it is. It's almost like tasting something you aren't sure you like the taste of, so you keep licking and tasting and analysing to see if it's bad or good. That's John Howards voice for me. Ultimately, he speaks clearly, is well paced and a little dry in his delivery (but that's politics right?).

I have to confess I still haven't listened to the whole book, but hubby did and stated that he enjoyed listening to the history from where he could remember events. My interests really lie in different areas but if I was told that I HAD to sit down and listen to the whole book I would do so happily.
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- Maya

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-10-2011
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd