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Battleground by Wayne Errington, & Peter Van Onselen (Paperback, 2015)

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Battleground: Why the Liberal Party Shirtfronted Tony Abbott by Wayne Errington, & Peter Van Onselen

Battleground chronicles the paradox of the Abbott prime ministership: the virtues of loyalty when pragmatism was required; strong social values at odds with community attitudes; and honesty when tactics and strategy were essential. All would bring him undone.

His long apprenticeship in religion, journalism and political life prepared him for neither the mundane business of people management nor the commanding heights of national leadership. Public goodwill evaporated after a tough first budget the government failed to explain. Inside the Liberal party individual ambitions and a succession of poor polls produced increasing concern that the next election was lost. As a result, the horse named self-interest won yet again.

About the Author

Wayne Errington is the author of numerous books and articles about Australian politics. He is senior lecturer in politics at the University of Adelaide. Together they wrote the best-selling biography John Winston Howard, described by Laurie Oakes as 'The definitive book on one of the most important politicians of our time.' Battleground is the first time these authors have combined forces since and the result is equally powerful.

Dr Peter van Onselen is a contributing editor at The Australian and a presenter at Sky News. He holds the chair of journalism and is a professor in politics at the University of Western Australia.


Format: Paperback | 232 pages

Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.3 x 1.7 | 346g

Publication Date: 18 Nov 2015

Publisher: Melbourne University Press

Publication City/Country: Melbourne, Australia

Language: English

ISBN10: 0522869718

ISBN13: 9780522869712


Condition: Very Good

A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minor scuff marks along the edges. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.