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Book Review: Born to Rule – Malcolm Turnball

by Andrew White  |  April 22, 2019  |  Comments Off on Book Review: Born to Rule – Malcolm Turnball

Book Review: Born to Rule, Paddy Manning, Melbourne University Press, 2018 Edition.

I was in Sydney over a weekend and had a free hour and I happened to be browsing news sources for contemporary updates about Australia. I wanted to be up to date for the following week as our Data and Analytics Conference was taking place. I bumped into a story I was vaguely aware of, the ousting of then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull some months earlier.

I was intrigued. I watched with excitement several programs, maybe they are called documentaries, on YouTube. One was A Form of Madness.  It turns out the level intrigue, back-stabbing, and political antics were extraordinary, and they call came to a head in about a week of frantic jockeying. I was even moved to purchase another local rag that explored the fall of the PM: The Monthly.  The whole nail-biting nightmare ending reads and reminds me so much of the fall of Margaret Thatcher. Both leaders were nailed by their own party while in power.

The whole rise and fall of Mr Turnbull, his relationship with Tony Abbott, is simply fascinating, as the book shows. The book didn’t scratch the itch however that the YouTube (‘fall’) posts had created.  The book focuses mostly on his early life up though his taking office as Prime Minister.  Mr Turnbull has had an exciting political rise, off the back of being a successful businessman. But it seems some bad news and gossip has followed him around wherever he went.

I really wanted the details of the last year of his leadership; much as the YouTube documentaries. Alas the books additions, presumably that updates to the original 2018 edition, doesn’t quite fill that need. But since I was not able to find the definitive inside story to Mr Turnbull‘s last year in office, this was the best there is. Still recommended: 7 out of 10.

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Andrew White
Research VP
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Andrew White is a Distinguished Analyst and VP. His roles include Chief of Research and Content Lead for Data and Analytics. His main research focus is data and analytics strategy, platforms, and governance. Read Full Bio

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