Biography > Political

Paul Keating, visionary, reformer, true believer, rabble rouser, polymath, and our most intriguing prime minister bares his soul to the country's sharpest political interviewer, Kerry O'Brien...O'Brien and Keating wrestle with history to ... read more

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Turnbull's privileged existence, helped by marrying into one of Sydney's most storied families, obscures a tough childhood and precocious talent. Left or right? Many Liberals believe Turnbull ad... read more

Born to Rule: The Unauthorised Biography of Malcolm Turnbull
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Peter Garrett's life so far has been deeply felt and fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, fierce intelligence and a questing and creative spirit, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives...... read more

Big Blue Sky (HB)
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Leadership is about emotions, it is about trust, it is about being authentic. John Cantwell knows this from his almost forty years of leading men and women in peace and war, through successes and in tough times as he rose throu... read more

Leadership in Action
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By chance, Greg Sheridan's early life saw him become intimate friends and colleagues with a fascinating list of people who now make up Australia's political leade... read more

When We Were Young (and Foolish): A Memoir of My Misguided Youth with Tony Abbott, Bob Carr and Kevin Rudd
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 "Tony Abbott came to office lauded as the most effective leader of the opposition since Whitlam, but the signs of an imperfect transition to the prime ministership would soon emerge. Why... read more

Battleground - Why the Liberal Party shirtfronted Tony Abbott
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An epic tale of Vladimir Putin's path to power, as he emerged from obscurity to become one of the world's most conflicted and important leaders. Former New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief Steven Lee Myers has followed Putin since well b... read more

The New Tsar
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Why do seemingly intelligent men and women leave their families to spend more than half the year travelling to Canberra, and spending night after night at electorate and campaign events? Surely there are easier ways to earn a ... read more

A Letter to My Children
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This book reflects on the simple things, the moments that are meaningful, and the big questions that have concerned Bob Brown. It is a powerful book as well as a meditation on the great and the small. Inspirational, compassionate, outrag... read more

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An uplifting memoir of resilience and strength from ex-Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh. Anna Bligh knows something about hard knocks and high walls. She was raised by a single mother in the w... read more

Through the Wall: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival
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Featuring new material. 'I was prime minister for three years and three days.Three years and three days of resilience.Three years and three days of changing the nation.Three years and three days for you to judge.' On Wednesday 23 June 201... read more

My Story
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How much do we know about the second most important office in the nation? Who was Australia's first treasurer? Who resigned because of a relationship breakdown with the PM? And who did Frank Hardy ... read more

Money Men, the Australia's Twelve Most Notable Treasurers
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B.A. Santamaria was one of the most controversial Australians of our time. An ardent anti-Communist and devout Catholic, he was fiercely intelligent and a natural leader, polarising the community into loyal followers and... read more

Santamaria A Most Unusual Man
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From Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga ...People the world over are appalled and fascinated in equal measure by the stratospheric political career of the tycoon and three-time Italian prime ministe... read more

Being Berlusconi: the Rise and Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga
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The Long Haul distils a series of practical lessons on leadership and public life from John Brumby's thirty years in politics. It offers insights into the challenges and opportunities Australia currently faces and argues for real political reform, a different future for our federation and strong leadership in a world in transition.

Long Haul, the Lessons from Public Life
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Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential figures of the postwar era. Volume One of Moore's authorized biography ... read more

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography: Volume One: Not for Turning
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Don Dunstan, Premier of South Australia in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, is acknowledged as one of Australia's foremost civil rights advocates of the twentieth century. He actively promot... read more

Don Dunstan: Intimacy and Liberty: A political biography
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Modern Australia was in part defined by its early embrace of China. A turning from the White Australia Policy of the 1950s to to the country's acceptance of Asian immigration and engagement with Asian neighbo... read more

Comrade Ambassador Whitlam's Beijing Envoy
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The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. ... read more

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
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Raised a Muslim but increasingly outraged by her religion's hostility towards women, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has now become one of today's most talked-about, admired and controversial political figures because of her d... read more

Caged Virgin: A Muslim Woman's Cry for Reason
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