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I guess the one thing that I liked about this book was how McCullum opened it, and that was by saying that while politics is an honourable profession, there are not many honourable politicians out there. However, while it is written in the sense of a farcial account from an older politician to a younger politician, there are many things in this book that probably hold true to politics today. Of course, as they say, a year is a long time in politics, and a lot of things have happened between the ...more
Mungo MacCallum is a fairly well known Australian political journalist. His book, How to be a Megalomaniac or Advice to a Young Politician, consists of a series of letters to a fictional politician: Terry Dobbin. By following Mungo's advice Terry eventually becomes Prime Minister. Hidden within the narrative is a humorous but accurate account of what Australian political life is actually like. How to win an election, how to join the front bench, and how to treat the media are just some of the to ...more