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Speechless: A Year In My Father's Business

characters Speechless: A Year In My Father's Business James Button ½ 3 read download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ½ James Button P James watched a roll call of political luminaries debating the fate of the Labor Party He saw great victories and defeats at close hand He believes both his father and his family paid a heavy price for politicsSpeechless is James’ highly personal account of a year working in Canberra seen from both the inside. Fascinating insight into Australian political life

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characters Speechless: A Year In My Father's Business James Button ½ 3 read download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ½ James Button And the outside It’s told through his experience of Kevin Rudd’s failure to tell his story and how this helped destroy his prime ministership It also reflects on how far the Labor Party has moved from the idealism and pragmatism of his father’s generation He ends on a note of hope for the Party’s revival. A fairly easy read if you are interested in politics Covers many importance topics such as women in parliament and rural communities

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characters Speechless: A Year In My Father's Business James Button ½ 3 read download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ½ James Button James Button spent a year writing speeches for Kevin Rudd Before that he reported on politics as a highly regarded journalist for Fairfax But James also has politics in the blood his father was the diminutive but larger than life Senator John Button who was a minister in the Hawke and Keating governmentsGrowing u. As I get older there are gaps in my knowledge of my mother that I wish I could repair It s not possible now to ask the uestions that I want to ask she s been dead for a number of years The impact is a kind of uiet sadness I felt the same kind of yearning resonating out of James Button s account of his father s life This book is part biography part autobiography part a meditation on contemporary politics He is an engaging writer immediately I trusted what he had to say as a Canberra outsider employed for about 16 months in the Rudd government first time around initially as a speechwriter for Rudd and then as a writer for specific units within the bureaucracyThe book has been described as falling into the category of vampire fiction a phrase coined apparently by Bob Carr about the recent spate of books about the ALP I love this phrase it really sums up the primal behaviour self serving vendettas and internal bleeding that has taken place in the last few years When this book was published it was attacked by Ian Watt the head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet head of Rudd s department as a corrosive disclosure of conversations with Rudd In fact I think Button met Rudd only two or three times and while Rudd emerges as an unpredictable egocentric and driven character I have the feeling that Button was restrained in what he wrote Comparisons with Don Watson s book are inevitable Writer Shaun Crowe says Reflecting on his time as Paul Keating s speechwriter Watson managed to do two remarkable things he painted both an intimate portrait of a Prime Minister and a memorable picture of Australia in the early 1990s With a novelist s instinct for detail and character Watson showed that the speechwriter is well positioned to understand both the mechanics of government and the sweep of history When viewed alongside Watson James Button s recent offering Speechless is in many ways the anti Recollections Not because Button is a bad writer he certainly isn t but because he simply wasn t given the same access Where Watson s evocative portrait gave us an insight into Keating the man no reader could forget his mercurial Keating consistently choosing the company of Mahler over his advisers and colleagues Button s time as Kevin Rudd s speechwriter was largely defined by the Prime Minister s absence Another reviewer also wrote about the book s bedfellows McKew writes with passionate decency while Button has a fine turn of phrase Canberra is a city of words permeated with an immense silence but neither the melancholy depth of Don Watson s Memoirs of a Bleeding Heart nor the manic wit and candour of The Latham Diaries are to be found here Amanda Lohrey The title Speechless works on so many levels it is emblematic of the relationship between Rudd and Button it is about the things unsaid in the relationship between John and James Button and it also represents the clause in the public service contract that renders public servants mute One of the most interesting parts of the book is about his time in the public service and his mostly positive reflections on that group of people The book reminded me of one of my favourite novels Ransom by David Malouf Like this take on Greek tragedy it explored power the relationship between father and son ruler and subject and what sacrifices might be made when someone takes up power John Button s son died of a heroin overdose while he was a politician At least one marriage failed His children grew up with a mostly absent father And James Button repeats this pattern for a short time His descriptions of life alone in Canberra say uite a bit about the strange life that our federal politicians must leave The book is also a musing on the ALP starting with his father s funeral They were old men singing their ballads James Button writes about his father s funeral telling of the years camped on the plains before they finally took Troy Afterwards ever the tribal chieftain Keating said of the service No one puts on a show like the Labor Party The other lot could never have done this The yearning in the book is for many things to have known his father better for political processes and traditions now gone for a world where the political speech is about something genuine and meaningful It filled me with sadness but it s a great read


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    PDF NEW [Speechless: A Year In My Father's Business] This was a re read of a re read It is probably the fifth or sixth time I've read this book and I find myself coming back to it I don't think any other writer has got the experience of Canberra down in such a poetic way but than that the way he writes about his hopes for the ALP and his relationship with his father is absolutely fa

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    PDF NEW [Speechless: A Year In My Father's Business] Since I was attracted by the insider's point of view of the Kevin Rudd leadership style I inevitably found the rest of Button's book underwhelming My fault rather than his perhaps I liked the sections about his short and unsuccessful attempts to write speeches for a Prime Minister who preferred to sit up until 3am writing his own His autobiog

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    PDF NEW [Speechless: A Year In My Father's Business] I loved reading this book a personal account by a son of his respected well loved politician father told with compassion and honesty I was a big fan of Senator John Button I very much appreciated his analysis of today's ALP and the difficulty of engaging with the ordinary voter I also learnt from his description of his time as a public servant in Canberra and the hard work and service performed for the benefit of the Australian

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