• Title: The Good the Bad and the Unlikely Australia's Prime Ministers
  • Author: Mungo MacCallum
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    The Good the Bad and the Unlikely Australia s Prime Ministers Good drinkers bad swimmers and unlikely heroesSince Australia s birth in twenty seven politicians have run the national show Their time at the top has ranged from eight days for Frank Forde to
    Good drinkers, bad swimmers and unlikely heroesSince Australia s birth in 1901, twenty seven politicians have run the national show Their time at the top has ranged from eight days for Frank Forde to eighteen years for Bob Menzies But whatever the length of their term, each Prime Minister has a story worth sharing.Edmund Barton united the bickering states in a federationGood drinkers, bad swimmers and unlikely heroesSince Australia s birth in 1901, twenty seven politicians have run the national show Their time at the top has ranged from eight days for Frank Forde to eighteen years for Bob Menzies But whatever the length of their term, each Prime Minister has a story worth sharing.Edmund Barton united the bickering states in a federation Billy Hughes forced US President Woodrow Wilson to take notice of Australia The unlucky Jimmy Scullin took office days before Wall Street crashed into the Great Depression, while 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 in office.With characteristic wit and expert knowledge, Mungo MacCallum brings the nation s leaders to vivid life The Good, the Bad and the Unlikely tells the tale of the many men and one woman who ve had a crack at running the country It is a wonderfully entertaining education.

    One Reply to “The Good the Bad and the Unlikely Australia's Prime Ministers”

    1. Guess which Australian Prime Minister counted his three greatest achievements as winning a Cambridge Blue, captaining the St Andrews Golf Club (the one in Scotland, not the one at Gunnamatta) and being a member of the Royal Society? Not, you will have noticed, running our country for six years. He’d have had to have been here in this country for that, and he wasn’t any too interested in Australia, hanging out in London for most of his adult life including large chunks of his term of office. [...]

    2. This irascible, long-serving political journalist has presented a lively overview of the twenty-six men and the lone woman who have had the nation’s toughest job – no, not captaining the Aussie cricket team – but of being our Prime Minister. Initially one may have thought that being such a brief tome, MacCullum couldn’t possibly do justice to these venerable and not so venerable men/woman – unless of course they were all a bunch of light-weights. He does, though, largely succeed, given [...]

    3. An excellent read to understand the political forces that have shaped Australia. Battlelines were drawn at the conception of the nation that have been maintained for over 100 years. The forged differences between the socialists and free marketers that have crystallised into the two party Labor and Liberal forces. A captivating read that should be studied in our secondary schools. Only a few long serving Prime Ministers managed to reach across the political divide. Politics is the art of negotiat [...]

    4. Great overview of Australia's Prime Minister's. MacCullum's prose is as entertaining and informative as his reporting and columns, and you'll learn enough about the personalities, context and policies of each PM to get a good feel for each one - you'll be solid for trivia night and be able to follow up knowing the answer with an anecdote.

    5. A VERY brief overview of the figures who took upon the Prime Ministership of Australia - however the book lacks so much depth, that a quick glance of would offer more detail and analysis.

    6. Good read.Thoroughly enjoyable read. Good to be able to know these men (and 1 woman) better, their faults and their triumphs.

    7. This could have been such an entertaining glimpse into Australia's quirky Prime Ministers (let's face it, it's the one thing they have in common - with a champion drinker, a man who vanished at the beach, backstabbers, a 6 day ruler, and one hilarious swearer) but sadly this was a drab set of facts about our nation's leaders.Each Prime Minister is dealt with in a chapter. There's a short biography of them including birth year, parents, schooling and work history. The chapter also includes politi [...]

    8. This book is a good 'potted history, of Australia. I am not into politics, but found Mungo's style appealing enough to stick with the drier bits that made me wonder 'now why am I reading this?'. His knowledge of the more recent personalities and his research of the historical (and often hysterical) has made this entertaining. I enjoyed the Keating chapter, and now who wouldn't?

    9. This book is a must read for every Australian. Who would have thought a book about our Prime Minsters would be so entertaining? Loved it! Also a really easy read. Flew through it.

    10. A nice potted history of Australia's PM's. I would be curious to see what Mungo makes of Tony Abbott.

    11. A nice glimpse at Australia's PMs, though it's obvious that the author is not particularly fond of Howard or Abbott.

    12. Apparently I'm the only person on to have read this book. It's exactly what it says on the box, but told in an engaging matter so you don't fall asleep mid Menzies.

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