Political Animal

Political Animal : The Making of Tony Abbott

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Tony Abbott is the most successful Opposition leader of the last forty years, but he has never been popular. Now Australians want to know: what kind of man is he, and how would he perform as prime minister? In this dramatic portrait, David Marr shows that as a young Catholic warrior at university, Abbott was already a brutally effective politician. He later led the way in defeating the republic and, as the self-proclaimed 'political love child' of John Howard, rose rapidly in the Liberal Party. His reputation as a head-kicker and hard-liner made him an unlikely leader, but when the time came, his opposition to the emissions trading scheme proved decisive. Marr shows that Abbott thrives on chaos and conflict. Part fighter and part charmer, he is deeply religious and deeply political. What happens, then, when his values clash with his need to win? This is the great puzzle of his career, but the closer he is to taking power, the more guarded he has become.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 166 x 244 x 10mm | 240g
  • Black Inc.
  • Quarterly Essay
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1863955771
  • 9781863955775
  • 1,128,102

About David Marr

David Marr is the author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic, The High Price of Heaven and (with Marian Wilkinson) Dark Victory. In 2010 he wrote the Quarterly Essay Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd.

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