Political biographies & memoirs

Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll

Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll

Fiona Patten

The incredible story of Fiona Patten, in her own inimitable words. Tireless fighter, courageous activist and effective politician who really is making a difference to her world.

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The Boy from Baradine

The Boy from Baradine

Craig Emerson

From the bush of Baradine to the corridors of Canberra, this is Craig Emerson's story of triumph and courage over adversity.

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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Joe Biden

A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country.

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Rebel with a Cause: You Can't Keep a Bloody Lambie Down - My Story from Soldier to Senator and Beyond

Rebel with a Cause: You Can’t Keep a Bloody Lambie Down - My Story from Soldier to Senator and Beyond

Jacqui Lambie, Glynn Williams

Outspoken, unexpected and refreshingly honest - the candid memoir of Jacqui Lambie.

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Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life

Bob Carr

Most Political memoirs are boring.Bob Carr tears up the rules. He plunges in, beginning with the despair of a young man pining for a political career, convinced he's going nowhere, then vaulting to the exhilaration...

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An Activist Life

An Activist Life

Christine Milne

Former Greens leader Christine Milne tells her story through 18 objects, interweaving the personal and political to recount a truly inspirational life.

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Revolution

Revolution

Emmanuel Macron

The bestselling memoir by France's president, Emmanuel Macron.

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Incorrigible Optimist

Incorrigible Optimist

Gareth Evans

A colourful and central figure in Australian politics for two decades, Gareth Evans has also been applauded worldwide for his contributions to conflict resolution, genocide prevention and curbing weapons of mass destruction. In...

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My Story

My Story

Julia Gillard

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 2010, with the...

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Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

David J. Garrow

The definitive account of Barack Obama's life before he became the 44th president of the United States - the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise -...

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What Happened

What Happened

Hillary Rodham Clinton

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes...

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Wednesdays with Bob

Wednesdays with Bob

Derek Rielly, Bob Hawke

At 87, beloved former PM Bob Hawke reflects on a colourful life.

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 Special priceThe Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, Sahm Venter

An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth.

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Richard Nixon: The Life

Richard Nixon: The Life

John A. Farrell

Brilliantly researched, authoritatively crafted by a prize-winning biographer, and lively on the page, this is the Nixon we've been waiting for.

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Not for the Faint-hearted

Not for the Faint-hearted

Kevin Rudd

Ten years after Kevin 07, Kevin Rudd gives the first volume of his memoir of political survival and public service.

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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

Masha Gessen

A brave and revelatory account of how a small-minded, low-level KGB operative came to control the world's largest country and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making Russia once more a threat to her...

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Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force - How Caroline Chisholm Helped Shape a Nation

Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force - How Caroline Chisholm Helped Shape a Nation

Sarah Goldman

A fresh, spirited and engaging biography of a fascinating and influential woman who was absolutely instrumental in shaping modern Australia - but whose influence and importance has largely been forgotten.Caroline...

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Grant

Grant

Ron Chernow

A portrait of one of America's most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant, by Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow.

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Common Ground: A Political Life

Common Ground: A Political Life

Justin Trudeau

The triumphs and tragedies of Canada's most charismatic politician

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Paul Keating: the big-picture leader

Paul Keating: the big-picture leader

Troy Bramston

This is the definitive biography of Australia's 24th prime minister.

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Trump Revealed

Trump Revealed

Marc Fisher, Michael Kranish

Hailed as ‘authoritative' and ‘essential', Trump Revealed is the indispensable and updated biography of the 45th president of the United States

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 Read reviewPlease Explain

Please Explain

Anna Broinowski

After eighteen years in the political wilderness, Pauline Hanson is back and more powerful than ever. Please Explain is a compelling, intimate look at how an Ipswich fish and chip shop lady changed the nation - and how she speaks...

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

The bestselling life of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, which became the basis for the hugely successful Broadway show Hamilton.

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Che, My Brother

Che, My Brother

Juan Martin Guevara, Armelle Vincent

On 9 October 1967, Ernesto Che Guevara, Marxist guerrilla leader and hero of the Cuban Revolution, was captured and executed by Bolivian forces. When the Guevara family learned from the front pages that Che was dead, they decided...

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The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Barack Obama

At the heart of this title is Senator Obama's vision of how his country can move beyond its divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families and the racial and religious...

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Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Gorbachev: His Life and Times

William Taubman

The definitive volume on one of the most important and controversial figures of the 20th century, a man who almost singlehandedly changed his country and the world.

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Victoria: The Queen

Victoria: The Queen

Julia Baird

The extraordinary story of the world's most influential, intriguing and surprising ruler, Queen Victoria.

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Young Hitler

Young Hitler

Paul Ham

How did the defining years of Hitler's life affect his rise to power? When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, he was just 25 years old. By peeling back the layers of Hitler's childhood, his war record and his early political...

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Long Walk To Freedom

Long Walk To Freedom

Nelson Mandela

A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny.

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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick

Written by Malala for her peers, this is the story of the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon.

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Lazarus Rising (Revised Edition)

Lazarus Rising (Revised Edition)

John Howard

The account of a 30 year political career, this is also the autobiography of the youngster who was born at the start of WWII, who studied extra hard to overcome serious deafness and who latched onto the family passion for current...

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Hard Choices: A Memoir

Hard Choices: A Memoir

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State

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Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion

Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion

Gareth Stedman Jones

Gareth Stedman Jones returns Karl Marx to his nineteenth-century world, before later inventions transformed him into Communism's patriarch and fierce lawgiver. He shows how Marx adapted the philosophies of Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach,...

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