Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM

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Knopf, 2002 - Australia - 756 pages
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Biography of the former Labor Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, based on notes the author compiled during his four years as Keating's speechwriter and focusing on Keating's four years as PM (December 1991-96). Keating set Australia on a new course - towards engagement with Asia, a republic, reconciliation, a modern export-based economy and public education and training, health and social security. Includes photos and index. Book received the 2003 National Biography Award, 2002 The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award, and 2002 The Age Book of the Award and Non-Fiction Prize. Author has previously written 'Brian Fitzpatrick: A Radical Life' and 'The Story of Australia'.

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Breathtaking. If you like Paul Keating…. A biography written by a man very close to “The Man” that leaves you with a deep melancholy. It gives a dizzying insight into what might have been had the ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Dunlop - Goodreads

I'm finding it better to read out aloud as if to another person savoring the words and the ideas he expresses. Perhaps it is because Don Watson was a speechwriter during the period he is writing about ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Don Watson is a historian, author and public speaker. After writing political satire for Max Gillies and speeches for the Victorian premier John Cain, he became Paul Keating's speechwriter in 1992 and wrote the award winning biography Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister (2002). His Quarterly Essay, Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America, won the inaugural Alfred Deakin essay prize in the Victorian premier's literary awards. His recent books include Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language, American Journeys and Bendable Learnings: The Wisdom of Modern Management.

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