Books by Kevin Rudd


Kevin Rudd is a former Australian diplomat, Director-General of the Queensland Cabinet Office, Member for Griffith in the Australian Parliament, Leader of the Opposition and Foreign Minister. He is a twice-former Prime Minister of Australia. He left office in late 2013 before becoming Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston. Since 2015, he has also served as President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. He and his wife Therese divide their time between Brisbane and New York.

 

Kevin has written and published two volumes chronically his life and rise to the highest office in Australian politics:

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The PM Years

It was the coup that killed Australian politics.

Less than three years after taking government in a landslide election victory, Kevin Rudd was betrayed by his deputy and the factional powerbrokers of the Australian Labor Party, the 'Faceless Men', despite enjoying historically high personal and party approval ratings.

The betrayal of June 2010 is the most significant Australian political event of the century. No prime minister including Rudd has since seen out a full term before being dethroned by their own caucus. But how did party games in Canberra spiral so catastrophically out of control?



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Not for the Faint-Hearted

A personal reflection on life, politics and purpose

In 2007, Kevin Rudd became only the third Labor prime minister since the Second World War, after Whitlam and Hawke, to win government from opposition. In doing so he also defeated, and unseated, John Howard, the longest-serving conservative prime minister since Menzies.

So who was the man behind the phenomenal success of the Kevin07 campaign? This Mandarin-speaking professional diplomat, committed Christian and self-described policy wonk, who grew up as the son of a dairy farmer in rural Queensland to become the 26th prime minister of Australia?



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Jasper & Abby: And the Great Australia Day Kerfuffle

Follow the adventures of the Prime Minister's pet cat and dog, as they try to avert one disaster after another during Australia Day celebrations at The Lodge

It was a special day at the Lodge. There was going to be a party. A big party. Abby the dog was there. Jasper the cat was there. But so was a scruffy little dog. The Prime Minister receives many letters and emails from children asking about Jasper and Abby, and he often tells his friends, colleagues, and staff stories of the antics of his family pets. Having heard these stories, Rhys Muldoon—who has been friends with Kevin Rudd for many years—encouraged the Prime Minister to write a children's book. Proceeds from this book go to The Center for Community Child Health, at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.


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The Future of U.S.-China Relations Under Xi Jinping: Toward a New Framework of Constructive Realism for a Common Purpose

U.S.-China 21 is intended to help policymakers anticipate and respond to one of the great challenges of our day. In his summary report of a forthcoming longer work, Kevin Rudd attempts to chart a different course for the future by recommending a common strategic narrative to guide the U.S.-China relationship. Centred on the concept of “constructive realism for a common purpose,” this framework is designed to be equally explicable, understandable, and acceptable in both languages and both political systems. The framework is capable of managing both strategic divergence and strategic cooperation at the same time, but still within a common purpose of preserving a functional order for the future.

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Resilient People Resilient Planet – The Report of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability

In August 2010 Kevin Rudd participated in a 22-member High-level panel on global Sustainability established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to formulate a new blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity. On 30 January 2012, the GSP released its report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”.

The Panel’s vision was to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality, make growth inclusive and make production and consumption more sustainable, while combating climate change and respecting a range of other planetary boundaries. The report contains 56 recommendations aimed at putting sustainable development into practice.

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UN 2030: The ICM Chair's Report

Released on the 29th of August 2016.
The United Nations is now seventy years old, but the world of seventy years ago was a vastly different place than the world of today. This raises the question: Does the UN remain “fit for purpose” to meet the current needs of the international community? And if not, what can be done in practical terms to bring its mission, structure, and resourcing up to date to meet the formidable challenges ahead? It was to address these questions that the International Peace Institute (IPI) launched the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) in 2014, with Kevin Rudd as its chair.
This is the Chair’s Report, in which Kevin Rudd provides his personal views on the world situation and suggestions for how the UN can be adapted to cope with the rapid pace of change. The report reflects the valuable insights Mr. Rudd has gained through his consultations and travels as chair of the ICM, as well as his vast international and domestic political experience.

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