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Bob Carr: The Reluctant Leader/Dodkin, Marily/Paper/0868407577/S022-A
The media has long known of Bob Carr's devotion as a diarist, and often speculated on what his diaries might reveal about his innermost thoughts. Now the wait is over.
For Bob Carr: The Reluctant Leader, author Marilyn Dodkin gained exclusive access to Carr's diaries. After undertaking painstaking research, interviewing Bob Carr and his staff as well as NSW Labor officials and politicians, and selecting hundreds of diary entries, Dodkin has been able to craft an in-depth, insider's account of Carr's leadership in Opposition and government from 1988 to 2003.
At first reluctant to accept the Labor leadership, Carr survived internal dissent to rebuild the party and wipe out Nick Greiner's majority in 1991. From then on, he relentlessly pursued Greiner and his successor John Fahey. Then, despite Fahey's popularity with the electorate, a successful Olympic bid, and sporadic debilitating internal party bickering, Carr took Labor back to government in 1995.
Since a landslide second-term victory in 1999, Carr has become a major force in Australian politics. He has watched as the Coalition Opposition shed two leaders, peter Collins and Kerry Chikarovski, and now faces his fifth Coalition leader. Bob Carr has steered New South Wales through good and bad times. All these events are chronicled in this book.
Bob Carr: The Reluctant Leader will take readers on a roller-coaster ride of political intrigue from 1988 to 2003. It is an honest, frank account of a politician's career will all its ups and downs, spiced with Carr's own humour, opinions and frank discourse with his State and federal colleagues.