Coop - The Reluctant PremierIHP0584
This entertaining and revealing memoir charts the evolution of the grazier turned politician Russell Cooper through his ‘fires of experience’ from life on the land to the halls of State Parliament.
He writes candidly about his youth, the people and the Party that influenced him politically, providing a rare insight into his trademark decisive approach to Queensland’s prisons and police powers and to the nation shaping event of gun law reform.
Russell Cooper writes like he speaks, at pace and without fear – his distinctive voice and turn of phrase hits the page and the reader. He addresses some mistruths, misunderstandings and misgivings with surprising honesty, from his heady days in the Young Country Party to taking on the top job for the Queensland Nationals.
It is a relatable account of the political theatre that plays out behind the scenes without losing sight of what matters most – the people of Queensland.
'Russell is a unique phenomenon in modern politics...a politician who never sought a career in politics. He’s perhaps our best example of the old concept of “noblesse oblige”. As a grazier from a privileged background, he made his own contribution to local government and his industry associations. His story makes a great read and his observations invaluable.’ - Sallyanne Atkinson AO
‘Russell Cooper never sought to be Party Leader … although, ultimately, he had to accept that role in the best interests and future of the National Party.’ - David Russell AM RFD QC
‘There aren’t many honest, decent, down-to-earth people like Russell Cooper left in politics. Russell was a “once in a lifetime” type Premier.’ - Jim Kennedy AO CBE (C)
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Dimensions: 189 x 246 mm