The Party Thieves

The Real Story of the 2010 Election

Barrie Cassidy
Winner, Non-Fiction, Prime Minister's Literary Award, 2011
Winner, Non-fiction Book, QLD Premier’s Literary Awards, 2011
Winner, Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History, Prime Minister's Literary Award, 2011
Winner, Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, VIC Premier's Literary Awards, 2011
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The Party Thieves

Published

13 October 2010

ISBN

9780522857801

Pages

224

Weight

368g

Size

234mm x 157mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Party Thieves

The Real Story of the 2010 Election

Barrie Cassidy
Winner, Non-Fiction, Prime Minister's Literary Award, 2011
Winner, Non-fiction Book, QLD Premier’s Literary Awards, 2011
Winner, Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History, Prime Minister's Literary Award, 2011
Winner, Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, VIC Premier's Literary Awards, 2011
The Party Thieves is a rip-roaring, incisive analysis of a tumultuous nine months in politics.
Barrie Cassidy picked a hell of an election to cover: changes of leaders on both sides of politics, Australia's first female Prime Minister, a hung parliament and a country not knowing who its Prime Minister was for nearly three weeks.
But in the beginning were the Party Thieves, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd. Turnbull's manic desire to get his own way in the party, and because he simply stopped listening, led to his demise. Rudd stole the party through his authoritarian approach to government and a cabinet that felt alienated from the job of governing.
In both cases, the members of their respective parties came at the Party Thieves to reclaim what was rightfully theirs, and set the stage for the ascension of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard.
And all that before we even get to the 2010 election campaign.
The Party Thieves is more than just a campaign diary…
Barrie Cassidy picked a hell of an election to cover: changes of leaders on both sides of politics, Australia's first female Prime Minister, a hung parliament and a country not knowing who its Prime Minister was for nearly three weeks.
But in the beginning were the Party Thieves, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd. Turnbull's manic desire to get his own way in the party, and because he simply stopped listening, led to his demise. Rudd stole the party through his authoritarian approach to government and a cabinet that felt alienated from the job of governing.
In both cases, the members of their respective parties came at the Party Thieves to reclaim what was rightfully theirs, and set the stage for the ascension of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard.
And all that before we even get to the 2010 election campaign.
The Party Thieves is more than just a campaign diary of the extraordinary 2010 election and its aftermath; it is a rip-roaring, incisive analysis of a tumultuous nine months in politics that even surprised veteran journalists such as Cassidy. This is a must read for anyone interested in Australian politics of any persuasion.

About the author

Barrie Cassidy

Barrie Cassidy is a veteran political journalist. In 1986 he became Bob Hawke's press secretary, leaving when Paul Keating took over the leadership in 1991. In 2010, Cassidy wrote The Party Thieves: The Real Story of the 2010 Election and in 2013 co-authored An Ocean of Cricket with his son Adam. Cassidy currently hosts the Sunday morning political discussion show Insiders and the sports panel show Offsiders on ABC TV.

About Barrie Cassidy

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