Top 10 Books about John Howard

 

John Winston Howard was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 11 March 1996 to 3 December 2007. He is the second longest serving Prime Minister of Australia by total time in office (11 years, 267 days) after Sir Robert Menzies.

Many authors have written about the works of John W. Howard, his rise and fall, his journey from birth to death, his interests, family life and the reasons why they are not happy or satisfied with his government and policies. These books provide information about him in detail.

 

Dark Victory

This book analyses the border control policy of the John Howard Liberal-National Government. The author weaves magnificently two stories around Tampa affair, the Pacific solution, and the Children Overboard affair.

Read it For:
This book is based on well-researched facts and truth, making it reliable.
Don't Read it For:
If understanding Journalism is not your perspective, then you might not understand or might ignore many facts in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a remarkable piece of investigative journalism.

High and Dry: John Howard, Climate Change and the Selling of Australia’s Future

In this book, the author accused Prime Minister John Howard of willful ignorance towards global warming.

Read it For:
The author reveals that the government has no plans to reduce Australia's emissions and explains in detail its adverse effects on Australia's economy.
Don't Read it For:
Although it is an interesting read but a depressing one.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author was a Liberal Party member, lobbyist and former Howard-government advisor and therefore his accusations make the book interesting.

Not Happy, John

This book’s sole purpose was to bring in front the insidious ways in which John Howard and his government undermined Australian freedoms and rights. This book provides a detailed account of why the author is not happy with Howard, his government and his policies in Australia.

Read it For:
For anyone researching that time period, this book would make an excellent primary source of information.
Don't Read it For:
If you want to know more about Howard, this is not your pick because it is an opinionated book.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book inspired the 'Not happy John!' the campaign to oppose the re-election of John Howard.

The Howard Paradox: Australian Diplomacy in Asia

This book explores whether Australia’s relations with Asia were advanced or undermined with its alliance with The United States. This book also states about Howard Government's significant foreign policy successes in the Asia region.

Read it For:
This book provides a good deal of policies adopted by Howard Government in respect of Asia region.
Don't Read it For:
The ones who are not interested in the policies of government but about Howard himself, this book is not for them.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a subject not explored by many.
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God under Howard: The Rise of the Religious Right in Australian Politics

This book explores how John Howard harnessed not only the conservative social agenda of American fundamentalists, but also market-based ideology to stay in power.

Read it For:
This book is a combination of politics, investigative journalism, history, and theory.
Don't Read it For:
The tone of the book is little biased against John Howard.
What makes this book stand out?:
It reveals the growing influence of the religious right on John Howard and his government. This book is the first examination of the impact of religion in Australia.

Lazarus Rising: A Personal and Political Autobiography

In this autobiography, Howard reveals much more about himself than being just a politician, providing details of his personal as well as political journey right from childhood.

Read it For:
It is a history seen through the eyes of John Howard himself.
Don't Read it For:
In an effort to paint a fantasy picture of himself and his leadership, he talks only about the good done by him.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an educative insight into the historical, political process.

The Times Will Suit Them: Postmodern conservatism in Australia

The Times Will Suit Them is a fresh analysis of the conservative government decade that radically transformed Australian politics, social dynamics, and culture.

Read it For:
It is an interesting and insightful work explaining Howard’s success of radical new conservatism.
Don't Read it For:
This book might seem to be a little academic to some.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an excellent read to understand contemporary Australian politics.

John Winston Howard: The Definitive Biography

This biography is a portrait of John Howard, Australia’s second longest serving Prime Minister who has left a profound and lasting impact on modern politics.

Read it For:
It portrays him beyond his public image neither the way his followers describe him nor the way his foes.
Don't Read it For:
This book could get a little boring initially, but after a few pages it is quite interesting.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a source of useful information and analysis about Howard, his government, and modern politics.

Race: John Howard and the Remaking of Australia

This book highlights the racial issues that became prominent during last decade of 20th century and the government and modern politics during that period.

Read it For:
It covers Aboriginal land rights, the treatment of asylum seekers, and the fate of reconciliation in Australia.
Don't Read it For:
The book could be disturbing for some, so should be read accordingly.
What makes this book stand out?:
The racial issues combined with Howard government is an exciting subject.

John Howard, Prime Minister

This biography provides a detailed account of the events related to Howard’s entry in the parliament to his rise in leadership to his election as Prime Minister in 1996.

Read it For:
It is a good insight of his political journey and also provides information about other political figures as well as his family life.
Don't Read it For:
This book with more than 800 pages is quite lengthy and demands thorough sitting of the reader.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book unlike many has an index and reference page citing the sources of information about Howard.

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