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"My story will open some wounds; hopefully it will heal others. I have written it with honesty and candour, and I will be ever grateful to the people of WA for their support and their trust. That so many believed I breached that trust is a burden I will always carry." - Brian Burke.

In this book, Brian Burke tells his side of the story. It is the story of an aspiring young politician who gathered around him a group of talented, like-minded Labor Party idealists branded by the press as the Young Turks. Together they reinvented the Labor Party in Western Australia. Brian Burke was 35 years of age when he led Labor to its biggest ever victory when the party won government in WA in 1983. This victory followed a period of 24 years in which Labor had held power for only one term between 1971 and 1974. At the age of 36 Burke was sworn in as Premier. While still in his 40s, he had already been a member of the WA Parliament for 15 years, Leader of the WA Opposition, Premier of WA, Ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See - and incarcerated in Wooroloo Prison. He describes his life as one of success, of failure and of regret - regret about things he may have done better; things done for the right reasons that didn't work as well as he hoped.

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