THE LUCK OF POLITICS: TRUE TALES OF DISASTER AND OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE Andrew Leigh

THE LUCK OF POLITICS: TRUE TALES OF DISASTER AND OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE

https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-luck-of-politics-true-tales-of-disaster-and-outrageous-fortune-by-andrew-leigh-9781863957557

“A delightful look at chance and outrageous fortune. In 1968, John Howard missed out on winning the state seat of Drummoyne by just 420 votes. Howard reflects- ‘I think back how fortunate I was to have lost.’ It left him free to stand for a safe federal seat in 1974 and become one of Australia’s longest-serving prime ministers. In The Luck of Politics, Andrew Leigh weaves together numbers and stories to show the many ways luck can change the course of political events. This is a book full of fascinating facts and intriguing findings. Why is politics more like poker than chess? Does the length of your surname affect your political prospects? What about your gender? From Winston Churchill to George Bush, Margaret Thatcher to Paul Keating, this book will persuade you that luck shapes politics – and that maybe, just maybe, we should avoid the temptation to revere the winners and revile the losers. ‘Andrew Leigh takes the simplest idea there is – luck – and threatens to remake your basic understanding of politics with it. Then he succeeds. Lucky for us.’ Waleed Aly ‘It’s rare to find a politician prepared to acknowledge the role of luck – sheer chance – in political success and failure. Andrew Leigh doesn’t just acknowledge it, he interrogates it, using fascinating historical anecdotes to illustrate his tale.’ Lenore Taylor”

Andrew Leigh

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Dr Andrew Leigh
Andrew Leigh 2017.jpg

Leigh in 2017
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Fenner
Assumed office
2 July 2016
Preceded by New seat
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Fraser
In office
21 August 2010 – 2 July 2016
Preceded by Bob McMullan
Succeeded by Division abolished
Personal details
Born
Andrew Keith Leigh

3 August 1972 (age 47)
Sydney, Australia

Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Gweneth
Children 3 sons
Residence Canberra, Australia
Alma mater University of Sydney
Harvard Kennedy School
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer, academic, political adviser
Website andrewleigh.com

Andrew Keith Leigh (born 3 August 1972) is an Australian politician, author, and former professor of economics at the Australian National University. He has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives since 2010 representing the seat of Fraser until 2016 and Fenner thereafter. He briefly served as the Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013 and then served as Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Competition from 2013 to 2019. Leigh is not a member of any factions of the Labor Party.

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