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One Halal of a Story

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  9 reviews
As in life, Sam Dastyari’s memoir is unexpected and unorthodox. This is the man who introduced Pauline Hanson to the halal snack pack and accountability to big banks.

Named Sahand by his hippy Iranian parents, he changed his name to Sam to fit in with his schoolmates. But Sam was always going to stand out.

He joined the Labor Party when he was 16 and was elected as a senat
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published July 31st 2017 by Melbourne University Press Digital
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
‘How did I get here?’

Sahand (known as Sam) Dastyari was born on 28 July 1983 in Sari, Mazandaran Province, Iran to an ethnic Azeri father and a Persian mother. His parents were student activists in the 1979 Iranian revolution. Sam Dastyari arrived in Australia in January 1988, aged four. He has been an Australian Senator, representing New South Wales since August 2013. Before that, Sam Dastyari was the General Secretary of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party. He is the first
Jackie Lloyd
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sam's a natural raconteur. Looking forward to a follow-up memoir once he's in Government
I wavered between three and four stars. And that reflects the changing of Dastyari's writing. In parts this feels like a collection of essays with each being, alternately, worth a three or a four star. I do like the stories of his family's history and early life in Australia. Some of the political tales are interesting too. Some needed editing. Worth a read!
Sarah King
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Dastyari's memoir on his life before and during politics (this was released before the end of his political career) is an eye opening account of someone who was known as of the faceless men. He started from humble beginnings in Western Sydney to NSW's powerbroker as the General Secretary during "NSW Labor's dark period" (2009-2011) and onto to the Federal Senate.

Sam's (born Sahand) family fled Iran during the Islamic Revolution and that's how the memoir begins but as Sam goes on, it turns m
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Turns out I was reading this book at a most eventful time in the author's life, as he was 'busted' for another transgression of ethics, and has been demoted by his party. I wasn't surprised, really. If you follow the perspective that peoples' actions speak more loudly than words, then you won't be surprised at the author's attitude to caring for a property he was renting. It was telling, for sure.

He does offer one very valuable insight into Australian politics, as he notes the impact of the part
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yes, I know Dastyari is a Labor senator. Yes, this is a politician's autobiography. No, it's not dry. No, it's not partisan politics.

It's a bunch of anecdotes written by a bloke who's famous for having more energy than sense. It starts with his family in Iran, drifts into his life, then into political life.

Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story of an iranian immigrant to australia who worked against all odds to become a politician. If you know him, then you also know he was forced to resign from office not too long ago. So this book captures his whole journey and gives refreshing insight into australian politics.
Sandra Nelson Mla
Dec 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Aside from the Pauline Hanson insight , and some of his parents personal story - this was such a letdown of a book.
Kowther Qashou
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ozlit
This was enjoyable! From reading the book, you can tell he's quite a natural storyteller.

My only criticisms were that some parts were a little bit repetitive and others needed a little more editing. Otherwise, worth picking up at least once.
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