Tales from the Political Trenches by Maxine McKew

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December 2012–January 2013, no. 347
Jane Goodall reviews 'Tales from the Political Trenches' by Maxine McKew

Tales from the Political Trenches

by Maxine McKew

Melbourne University Press, $29.99 pb, 256 pp, 9780522862218

Tales from the Political Trenches by Maxine McKew

Reviewed by
December 2012–January 2013, no. 347

By its title, Tales from the Political Trenches promises reportage from the front line, eyewitness accounts of what really happens in the hidden zones of the political battlefield. The tales told here follow a rollercoaster sequence of political events: the meteoric rise of Kevin Rudd, Maxine McKew’s triumph over John Howard in the seat of Bennelong in the 2007 election, the plotting of malcontents, the sudden strike by a deputy whose ambitions could not be curbed. The bloodletting may be figurative, but it’s an almost Shakespearean dramatic pattern. There are shades of Richard II, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth.

Jane Goodall reviews 'Tales from the Political Trenches' by Maxine McKew

Tales from the Political Trenches

by Maxine McKew

Melbourne University Press, $29.99 pb, 256 pp, 9780522862218

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