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'In December 1991 Paul Keating wrested the role of Prime Minister from Bob Hawke and the bruises from that struggle were part of the baggage he brought to the job: the other parts included the worst recession in 60 years and an electorate determined to make him pay for it. Keating defied the odds and won the 1993 election, and in his four years as Prime Minister set Australia on a new course - towards engagement with Asia, a republic, reconciliation, a social democracy built on a modern export-based economy and sophisticated public systems of education and training, health and social security. Widely regarded as a quintessential economic rationalist, Keating's record clearly shows that his vision was infinitely broader and more complex.

'Don Watson was employed as Keating's speechwriter. Based on the diaries Watson kept through the four turbulent and exhausting years of Keating's Prime Ministership, on its release Recollections of a Bleeding Heart was widely deemed a masterpiece. It is at once a groundbreaking "inside" account of politics and a profound and extraordinarily frank study of the most intriguing and visionary politician in Australia's modern history. Now, when vision and character have all but vanished from politics, Don Watson's Recollections makes absorbing - and essential - reading.' (From the publisher's website, 10th anniversary edition.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2002 .
      Extent: xi, 756p., [16]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0091835178
Alternative title: Recollections of a Bleeding Heart : 10th Anniversary Edition
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2011 .
      Extent: xix, 784p., 16p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., photos
      Note/s:
      • Includes index.
      • Introduced by Carmen Lawrence, former Premier of Western Australia and senior minister in the Keating government.
      • Publication date: 1 September 2011.
      ISBN: 9781742751993 (pbk.), 9781742752006 (ebk.)

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— Appears in: Cercles , no. 35 2015;
'There have been attempts to relate national characteristics “by reference to climate, habitat and soil and investing the collective subject with psychological attributes” for over two millennia. More recently historians of modern nationalism developed elaborate typologies often citing Martin Heidegger’s arguments that “the being of the human finds its essence in the being of place — the belonging together of being and topos” [MALPAS 2012 : 5-6]. And yet the challenge to the ontological connection between self and place, what Jeff Malpas describes as the “topological analysis of self and identity”, has a long philosophical tradition, too. This debate over experience, biography and nation has implications for historians who have raised empirical questions about the development of collective sensibilities over time among recent emigrant peoples, their physical peculiarities, behaviourial quirks and emergent national character. In this paper I consider the role that biography writing played in the construction of an Australian national identity geared to what Pierre Nora famously termed as the “roman national”, or the collective discourse on the history of the nation and its place in the world. I argue that Australian historians played a significant role in the history of biograpy writing and, related to it, the debate over collective Australian identity.' (Introduction)
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— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 336 2011; (p. 19-20)

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— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 October 2011; (p. 27)

— Review of Recollections of a Bleeding Heart : A Portrait of Paul Keating PM Don Watson , 2002 single work biography
Behind the Words Christine Wallace , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 August 2011; (p. 5)
No Reconciliation for Bleeding Heart Michael Gordon , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 August 2011; (p. 6-8) The Saturday Age , 20 August 2011; (p. 15, 20)
[Review] Recollections of a Bleeding Heart : A Portrait of Paul Keating PM Martin Leet , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 75 2002; (p. 167-168) JAS Review of Books , August no. 8 2002; Journal of Australian Studies , no. 73 2002; (p. 174-175)

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Untitled Troy Bramston , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Politics and History , vol. 49 no. 1 2003; (p. 134-135)

— Review of Recollections of a Bleeding Heart : A Portrait of Paul Keating PM Don Watson , 2002 single work biography
Life Writing, not Biography Frank Bongiorno , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 170 2003; (p. 131-134)

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Labor's Love Lost Guy Rundle , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 62 no. 1 2003; (p. 79-90) The Best Australian Essays 2003 2003; (p. 108-120)

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Not a Review More a Commentary : A Historian Looks at Keating Stephen Holt , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: AQ : Journal of Contemporary Analysis , May-June vol. 74 no. 3 2002; (p. 38-39)

— Review of Recollections of a Bleeding Heart : A Portrait of Paul Keating PM Don Watson , 2002 single work biography
War on Words Christopher Bantick , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 October 2002; (p. 1-2)
Still Life : A Conversation with Don Watson Kristie Dunn , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Eureka Street , December vol. 12 no. 10 2002; (p. 27-33)
Keating, Kirby, Ruddock and the Ship that Sank Robert Manne , 2002 single work essay
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2002 2002; (p. 31-43)
Sitting in the Driver's Seat of Biography Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 6 April 2003; (p. 10)
After Writing about Paul Keating Don Watson , 2002 single work prose
— Appears in: The Sydney Papers , Winter vol. 14 no. 3 2002; (p. 131-137)
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