Of Life and Of Leadership, Connor Court, Brisbane, 2022
From his Roman Catholic, Labor leaning family upbringing in Launceston, to Adelaide and the transformation given him by the Jesuits, Brendan Nelson graduated in medicine. The joys and wounding sorrows of medical practice. The stirrings of political activism as he rose to the Presidency of the Australian Medical Association (AMA). Elected into the Howard government in 1996 as the member for Bradfield, a reformist Minister for Education, Defence Minister, then leader of the Liberal Party in the most difficult circumstances. From diplomat to Director of the Australian War Memorial, his unorthodox story offers lessons Of Life and Of Leadership. (blurb)
The book is reviewed for Honest History by David Stephens. Nelson at the Menzies Research Institute talks about the book and his story. Interview with Ben Fordham on 2GB.