Top 10 Australian Political Memoirs

 

A memoir is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public and private that took place in his/her or the subject’s life.

Political memoirs are the memoirs of people who have been related to government. They not only share the struggles and difficulties but also provide historical accounts of the events and insights in them from the leader’s perspective.

 

Recollections of a bleeding heart: A portrait of Paul Keating PM

This book won The Age Book of the Year award. This book is Watson’s account of Prime minister-ship of Paul Keating of Australia.

Read it For:
It is a unique reflection on modern politics.
Don't Read it For:
Although it is about Paul Keating, yet Watson talks about himself too giving himself a little more emphasis.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is based on notes that Watson kept through the four years of Keating’s Prime ministership.

The Australian Moment

This book is a summary from the economic and political perspective of recent Australian history (last 40 years). It attempts to draw out themes of each government during those times,

Read it For:
This book is a great insight into Australian political history
Don't Read it For:
There is quite a lot of statistical data involved, not of interest to some.
What makes this book stand out?:
It has a considerable emphasis on interviews with former PMs and economic statistics.

No job for a Woman

It is an autobiography of Sallyanne Atkinson which takes us on her journey from her childhood during the war in Sri Lanka to her early career as a TV journalist and her life in politics. She was the first (and so far only) Female Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

Read it For:
It offers a look at behind the scenes of her colorful and dynamic life in a humorous and delightful manner.
Don't Read it For:
there is no reason not to read it except that is a book about politics but not a political book.
What makes this book stand out?:
She writes all about the struggles and challenges she faced with grace and humor.

Father of the house

Beazley was one of the most influential and longest-serving ministers in Federal Parliament of Australia. This book offers insight into everything from his childhood to his political life.

Read it For:
in his own words, Beazley gives a behind the scene look at the corridors of power.
Don't Read it For:
If not interested in reading his biography, you wouldn’t be interested in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
After his death, his son provided the book’s introduction with insight on him as a father and parliamentarian.
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A cabinet Diary

It is a day to record from inauguration (December 1991) to electoral victory (March 1993) of the first Keating Government.

Read it For:
This book captures the dynamics of cabinet government times of hope and despair.
Don't Read it For:
It is not written from the objective point of view.
What makes this book stand out?:
Day to day records make the book interesting.

Through the wall

The author of this book shares what she calls ‘learning’ and the difficulties she encountered in terms of power, leadership, family, love and being a single mother. The author firmly believes in support of family and says with love, compassion and trust one can rise against all adversities.

Read it For:
It is a book that reminds you that you can turn everything from negative to positive.
Don't Read it For:
Her failures are usually ignored, but it doesn’t matter as the aim of this book is overcoming failures
What makes this book stand out?:
She has written with honesty, humor, and warmth about the challenges in both her public and private life

I do recall

In this book, the author recalls the highs, the successes, the failures, the disappointments and frustrations that are a part of political life. He recalls his 8 years during the most dramatic and controversial era in Australian political history.

Read it For:
A story about how a nervous, innocent and stammering boy made his way to the politics for a better change.
Don't Read it For:
The era in the book might not interest many.
What makes this book stand out?:
The title of the book is unique and intriguing.

The Costello Memoirs

Peter Costello is Australia’s longest-serving treasurer from 1994- 2007. In his political memoir reflects his more than 30 years of service, the role of his political party and his possible future role in politics

Read it For:
It is an interesting recount of Howard years from the viewpoint of a conservative politician Costello
Don't Read it For:
The narrative jumps back and forth between the years.
What makes this book stand out?:
Not many books are written by conservative Australian politician, this makes the book stand out.

Roosters and Featherdusters

This book is a biography of Brian Chatterton who was a minister in both the Dunstan and Bannon Government.

Read it For:
It is an essential read for all those interested in Cabinet government and partnerships in politics.
Don't Read it For:
The witty and ironical touch cannot be understood by all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author recalls his 20 years in South Australian politics with witty and ironical touch.

The fights of my life

this political memoir of combat talks about his life growing up and then goes into how he became a leader in the Australian Union Movement and the roles he played in his career.

Read it For:
It not only talks about his life in politics but also his family life.
Don't Read it For:
The story is in between broken up with mini-lectures.
What makes this book stand out?:
The narrative style of the book is what makes it stand out.

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