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The Luck of Politics Book Launch- Sydney

Black Inc Books

Monday, 31 August 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (AEST)

The Luck of Politics Book Launch- Sydney

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Black Inc. & Sydney University are pleased to invite you to the the launch of 


In conversation with David Marr

6.00pm for 6.30pm 

In 1968, John Howard missed out on winning the state seat of Drummoyne by just 420 votes. Howard reflects: ‘I think back how fortunate I was to have lost.’ It left him free to stand for a safe federal seat in 1974 and become one of Australia’s longest-serving prime ministers.

In The Luck of Politics, Andrew Leigh weaves together numbers and stories to show the many ways luck can change the course of political events.

This is a book full of fascinating facts and intriguing findings. Why is politics more like poker than chess? Does the length of your surname affect your political prospects? What about your gender?

From Winston Churchill to George Bush, Margaret Thatcher to Paul Keating, this book will persuade you that luck shapes politics – and that maybe, just maybe, we should avoid the temptation to revere the winners and revile the losers. 


Andrew Leigh is the federal member for Fraser and the Shadow Assistant Treasurer. Before being elected in 2010, he was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013) and The Economics of Just About Everything (2014).

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MacLaurin Hall
Sydney University
Camperdown, NSW 2006

Monday, 31 August 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (AEST)

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