The Road to Ruin by Niki Savva

The Road to Ruin

By Niki Savva

  • Release Date: 2016-03-07
  • Genre: Politics & Current Affairs
Score: 4.5
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‘There will be no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping.’
–Tony Abbott, 15 September 2015
Abbott’s performances in the party-room debates on education and climate change had ranged between woeful and pathetic. He sounded desperate, he was inconsistent, and — his colleagues thought — slightly ridiculous. They knew he would never stop going after cheap headlines during soft interviews where he sucked up the oxygen, with revision and division as his calling cards. All they could hope was that people would soon grow tired of listening to him. Normal people might have, but the media grew more and more hysterical, as if a challenge were imminent.
In the original edition of The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva revealed the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin. Based on her unrivalled access to their colleagues, and devastating first-person accounts of what went on behind the scenes, Savva painted an unforgettable picture of a unique duo who wielded power ruthlessly but not well.
That edition became a major bestseller, and went on to win an Australian book industry award for the best general non-fiction book of the year.
Now Savva continues where she left off. This updated edition contains a new, 13,500-word final chapter, in which Savva reveals the inner state of the Turnbull government — and the behind-the-scenes jockeying of friends and foes alike. From Christopher Pyne’s career-stalling own goal, to Peter Dutton’s post-Turnbull leadership ambitions, to Tony Abbott’s ramped-up destabilisation campaign, it is, as usual, an unputdownable and impeccably sourced account.
‘This is what you have to remember about Savva’s controversial book, The Road to Ruin: she was onto this story early and she ran with it in her weekly column … her account of the coup is both suspenseful and full of fascinating, granular detail.’ The Sydney Morning Herald
‘[W]ell researched and well written, with a sharp eye — albeit with an occasional, serrated edge. Savva has written a book in which it is easy to be immersed. The narrative unfolds in a convincing flow, sourced directly from the words of many of the players: the bruised and battered; the disillusioned and disaffected; and ultimately in the triumphant voices of the Coalition plotters … [A] compelling book that has established an indelible and influential benchmark for explaining the turbulent rise and tumultuous fall of the Abbott government.’ The Weekend Australian


  • Candid and troubling

    By Dougo41
    Thanks for this great book. A pity for Abbott that he just did not get it. When personality becomes as arrogant as his did, the road to ruin is inevitable. Most Australians, including myself found him to be an embarrassment representing Australia. Please retire Tony, and enjoy your surfing.
  • Inciteful and fascinating

    By Lijnnfkfodjdbdbdhdj
    Savva has a style which allows her to clearly explain highly complicated situations and characters very clearly. This is the first political book I have read and I found it very enjoyable.
  • The Road to Ruin by Niki Savva

    By Alipou
    This is a well written and accessible read, detailing the inside story of Tony Abbott's unexpected rise to the position of PM and his subsequent rapid demise.the willingness of the many people involved or at least in the know to provide the author with their perceptions and observations reflects the esteem with which she is held as a political commentator. I really enjoyed this hard to put down book which gave an insight into the intricate and complex machinations of the Abbott government. Regardless which side of politics you support the underbelly of government and the power wielded by Peta Credlin is both informative and disturbing
  • Fascinating insight into the Abbott Government

    By Ringgo go bali
    Absolutely loved this read. What was so striking were the failures of running government and pissing everyone else off. The similarities between Abbott's office and Rudd's seem to be endless. Except Rudd didn't seem to have the weakness for his staffers (but he did empower them with his authority.) Same failures repeated. The book is so much more than the possibility of an affair. I think Abbott is just someone who is too loyal. It seems to his detriment. The sidelining of Maggie Abbott was cruel. Credlin has a lot to answer for.
  • A cracking read

    By illinoiserocks
    This is a fabulous cradle-to-grave account of the Abbott Government's rise and fall, told through insider accounts. I couldn't put it down.
  • Compulsory reading for all future PMs

    By maskedbadger
    A very dark period of Liberal history well rendered. Don't believe the smokescreen that's been floated by Abbotites about "lurid" gossip-mongering. The affair rumours are not even important in the narrative. Tony's failings as a PM need to be talked about because we must never allow political parties to place incompetents in the seat again.
  • The Road to Riun

    By Suzihar
    This is a well written informative read on a political moment in time that helps to explain the downfall and ultimate demise of a flawed individual who must surely go down in our political history as one of the worst Prime Minister's this country has seen. Dare I say worse than the dysfunctional and megalomaniac Kevin Rudd.
  • Stunning

    By Paul Browning
    Rollicking good read that puts the lie to the notion that Abbott is the victim. As the cover quotes Laurie Oakes "the weirder than weird tale of a duo who couldn't govern to save themselves."
  • The road to ruin

    By Nikki Savva
    After all the blurb about this book I thought that it would be a let down, but Nikki has absolutely nailed the story of the past few years to perfection. I just could not put the book down. A must read .
  • So that's why!

    By Vikistix
    I enjoyed this book. I feel like I now better understand the mess that was the Abbott government. I found him to be a bully opposition leader no matter his success, and this bears out the theory that the bully is often the weakest and most insecure in the room. I feel for the staff that had to endure it all, but mostly I feel for his family.