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Out there doing something

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September 2005, no. 274

Making a Difference: Reflections on life, leadership and politics by Peter Beattie (with Angelo Loukakis)

HarperCollins, $29.95 pb, 310 pp

Out there doing something

by
September 2005, no. 274

If we adopt a charitable view about political memoirs, it is generally preferable that serving or newly departed politicians should pen their reminiscences. If they are any good, it is a bonus. To have their particular ‘take’ on events and personalities is a valuable addition to the historical record, even if such products err on the side of self-indulgence and egocentricity. Most politicians, unfortunately, take their secrets with them when they go. Moreover, to write, or collaborate in, one’s memoirs while still in public office is a remarkable achievement – undertaken only by Peter Beattie and Bob Carr in recent times.

John Wanna reviews ‘Making A Difference: Reflections on life, leadership and politics’ by Peter Beattie (with Angelo Loukakis)

Making a Difference: Reflections on life, leadership and politics

by Peter Beattie (with Angelo Loukakis)

HarperCollins, $29.95 pb, 310 pp

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