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Author: Andrew Leigh
Number of Pages: 240
InThe Luck of Politics,Andrew Leigh weaves together numbers and stories to show the many ways luck can change the course of political events. 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 anecdotesto illustrate his tale.'Lenore Taylor