John Howard was Australia's 25th Prime Minister and our second longest serving PM. After a meteoric rise to become Treasurer at 38, the self-described economic radical and social conservative was sidelined. Years later, Howard bounced back to lead the Coalition to a resounding victory.
Less than three years after taking government in a landslide election victory, Kevin Rudd was betrayed by his deputy and the factional powerbrokers of the Australian Labor Party, the 'Faceless Men', despite enjoying historically high personal and party approval ratings.
The betrayal of June 2010 is the most significant Australian political event of the century. No prime minister including Rudd has since seen out a full term before being dethroned by their own caucus. But how did party games in Canberra spiral so catastrophically out of control?
Kevin Rudd defeated John Howard on a platform of fresh ideas, progressive innovation and new leadership. He inherited two wars and the legacy of eleven years of conservative economic mismanagement. And within months of taking office, his new government would face the greatest economic cataclysm since the Great Depression - the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. But none of these deterred Rudd from his vision of bringing Australia into the modern age.
In witty, forthright and audaciously honest prose, Rudd recounts his early triumphs and challenges in the hard business of government. But beyond the policy goals he kicked - from raising the pension to axing WorkChoices to laying the foundation for a decades-long Labor dream of paid parental leave - he takes us into cabinet, the prime minister's office and the back-corridor conversations that reshaped the country. We learn of the wheeling and dealing of governance as Rudd works with President Obama in the face of the financial crisis, apologises to the Stolen Generations and ratifies the Kyoto Protocol.
Yet regardless of Rudd's efforts to combat climate change and his success in keeping Australia out of recession - the great moral and economic challenges of our generation - dark forces within his own party conspired against him. The unceremonious removal of a first-term prime minister from office shocked Rudd as much as it did the nation.
Despite great pain, Rudd continued to serve his party, and his country, as backbencher and foreign minister. He documents his time in the wilderness before his brief resurrection as Labor leader and the 2013 election, retaking the party after it had truly 'lost its way'.
After years of silence, the 26th Prime Minister of Australia is finally on the record about his time in government, in this second volume of his autobiography. This is the memoir of a prime minister full of energy and ideals, while battling the greatest trials of the modern age. This is Kevin Rudd's response to the ultimate political - and personal - betrayal.
William Pitt the Younger was one of the most extraordinary figures in British history. Prime minister at the age of twenty-four, he went on to dominate British politics for two decades, presiding over such complex and treacherous national crises as the madness of King George III, the beleaguered union with Ireland, the fallout from the French Revolution and the trauma of the Napoleonic Wars.
With the keen eye of an experienced politician, William Hague examines the enigmatic life and tumultuous times of a man capable of both wit and arrogance, economic genius and financial mismanagement. A rich cast of characters and a vivid backdrop of global conflict make this riveting biography of Pitt the Younger compulsive reading.
'I do it because it is all I know. I'm a hunter of people and I'm damn good at it.'
Recruited after the 7/7 attacks on London, Tom quickly found himself immersed in the tense world of watching, following and infiltrating networks of terrorists, spies and foreign agents.
It was a job that took over his life and cost him dear, taking him to the limit of physical and mental endurance.
Filled with extraordinary accounts of operations that saved countless lives, Soldier Spy is the only authentic account by an ex-MI5 officer of the round-the-clock battle to keep this country safe.
'Very well written, gives a startling amount of operational detail, the biggest shock of all - MI5 agreed to its publication' Sunday Times
'A blistering, visceral insight into life on the front line against terror, revealed in remarkable detail' Daily Telegraph
'Startling, absolutely fascinating. A footsoldier's account out on the street.' Radio 4
'Gripping. One of the most successful MI5 undercover surveillance officers of his time' Sun
His recipe for living-out an adventure is broken down into synced chapters outlining one careeradventure after another. To highlight a few are among places like Mount Rushmore, Statue of Liberty, Mendenhall Glacier, the Golden Gate Bridge,Grand Canyon, the Smithsonian Institute, Hawaii, Bryce Canyon, Plymouth Rock,Hearst Castle,Stone Mountain, Scuba Diving, and Sky Diving!
This book sets the stage for anyone, any family, or any corporate team, to obtain an exciting and remarkable experience, wherever that may lead!
On 2 September 2008, in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life. His display of extraordinary courage saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery since 1969.
Yet Mark's journey to those crucial moments was almost as exceptional as the acts that led to his VC.
He was rebellious even before the death of his father in his mid-teens. A few years later, his mother disappeared, presumed murdered.
Mark's lifestyle could have easily led him further down the path of self-destructiveness and petty crime. But he took a different road: the army. It proved to be his salvation. He found himself a natural soldier, progressing to the SAS, the peak of the Australian military.
PRAISE FOR THE CROSSROAD
"One of the most impressive memoirs published by a serving member of the Australian military" Weekend Australian
"A mature and generous account, revealing of himself and Australia's longest war, still poorly understood at home" Sydney Morning Herald
"The transformation from zero to hero that Donaldson describes... is testament to what can be achieved through sheer determination" Weekend Australia