Keating by Kerry OBrienPaul Keating is widely credited as the chief architect of the most significant period of political and economic reform in Australias history. Twenty years on, there is still no story from the horses mouth of how it all came about. No autobiography. No memoir. Yet he is the supreme story-teller of politics.
This book of revelations fills the gap. Kerry OBrien, the consummate interviewer who knew all the players and lived the history, has spent many long hours with Keating, teasing out the stories, testing the memories and the assertions.
What emerges is a treasure trove of anecdotes, insights, reflections and occasional admissions from one of the most loved and hated political leaders we have known-a man who either led or was the driving force through thirteen years of Labor government that changed the face of Australia.
This is a man who as prime minister personally negotiated the sale of a quarter of the government-owned Qantas in his own office for $665 million, then delighted in watching the buyers hand shake so much that champagne spilt down his shirtsleeve. He tells of his grave moment of doubt after making one of the riskiest calls of his political life, and how he used an acupuncturist and a television interviewer to seize the day.
There are many stories of this kind. The revealing inside stories and even glimpses of insecurities that go with the wielding of power, from a man who had no fear collecting his share of enemies and ended up with more than enough, but whose parliamentary performances from 25 years ago are watched avidly on YouTube today by a generation that was either not yet born or in knee pants when he was at his peak.
Well never get an autobiography or a memoir from Keating. This is as good as it gets-funny, sweeping, angry, imaginative, mischievous, with arrogance, a glimmer of humility and more than a touch of creative madness. Keating unplugged.
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The incident became an international sensation: British journalists, cowed by Thatcher, could barely believe an interviewer would stare down the Iron Lady. Credit: Robert Pearce. O'Brien with green pen and Howard prepare for an interview for The 7. Credit: Fairfax Media. The survivor: Kerry O'Brien.
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Past Event. It includes memorable encounters with everyone from Thatcher to Obama, reflections on the 13 prime ministers he has seen come and go, and insights into the powerful people he called to account without fear or favour. Kerry O'Brien is a journalist and author best known for his 33 years at the ABC, including 15 years as the editor and anchor of The 7. His four-part ABC interview series with former Prime Minister Paul Keating was critically acclaimed and expanded into a bestselling book. His latest book, a memoir, is an intimate and ground-breaking account of the big milestone moments of the post-war era. The program features interviews and specialist comment and opinion from a wide range of contributors.