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The Luck of Politics: True Tales of Disaster and Outrageous Fortune

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Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh is the federal member for Fenner. Before being elected in 2010, he was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. His books include Battlers and Billionaires

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Praise for The Luck of Politics

‘A fascinating look at chance, the covert kingmaker in politics.’ —Peter Hartcher

‘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 anecdotes to illustrate his tale.’ —Lenore Taylor

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