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'James Button spent a year writing speeches for Kevin Rudd. Before that, he reported on politics as a highly regarded journalist for Fairfax. But James also has politics in the blood: his father was the diminutive but larger-than-life Senator John Button, who was a minister in the Hawke and Keating governments. Growing up, James watched a roll-call of political luminaries debating the fate of the Labor Party. He saw great victories and defeats at close hand. He believes both his father and his family paid a heavy price for politics. Speechless is James' highly personal account of a year working in Canberra, seen from both the inside and the outside. It's told through his experience of Kevin Rudd's failure to tell his story, and how this helped destroy his prime ministership. It also reflects on how far the Labor Party has moved from the idealism and pragmatism of his father's generation. He ends on a note of hope for the Party's revival.' (Publisher's website)

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Books for Our Time Helen Hayward , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 133 2013; (p. 16-17)
After the Game Amanda Lohrey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 84 2012; (p. 54-56)

— Review of Tales from the Political Trenches Maxine McKew , 2012 single work autobiography ; Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
The Snow Leopard in Canberra Joel Deane , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 346 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
Labor Politics, from Inside Out Peter Craven , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 November 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
Son in the Shadow Bob Ellis , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 27 October 2012; (p. 31) The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 October 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
Following in Father's Footsteps Brett Evans , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 October 2012; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
Son in the Shadow Bob Ellis , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 27 October 2012; (p. 31) The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 October 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
Labor Politics, from Inside Out Peter Craven , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 November 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
The Snow Leopard in Canberra Joel Deane , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 346 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
After the Game Amanda Lohrey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 84 2012; (p. 54-56)

— Review of Tales from the Political Trenches Maxine McKew , 2012 single work autobiography ; Speechless : A Year in My Father's Business James Button , 2012 single work autobiography
Books for Our Time Helen Hayward , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 133 2013; (p. 16-17)
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