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The Luck of Politics
Author: Andrew Leigh

ISBN: 9781863957557
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 26 August 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.7 x 1.8
Description:
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.

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