Looking For Leadership : Australia in the Howard Years
Viking, 2001. First edition, first printing. A near fine copy.
Examination of the leadership of Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Discusses the economic rationalist takeover of the political landscape, Howard's denouncing of 'black armband' history, divisive strategies such as the labeling of 'mainstream' versus the 'elites', and Howard's 'mandate' to govern. Questions the idea of political correctness and the usefulness of the Anzac myth. Looks at Australian identity and how it relates to the ideas of Australia as a community, multicultural Australia, Australia as a polity, and Australia as a civil society. Includes appendices and index. Author is an emeritus professor at University of New South Wales and former chair of the Australia Council. He has been editor of 'The Bulletin', 'The Observer' and Quadrant', and was contributing editor to 'Newsweek International'. Previous titles include 'The Lucky Country' and the memoir 'Into the Open'.