ANU/CANBERRA TIMES MEET THE AUTHOR EVENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ANU PHILIPPINES PROJECT
In this revelatory biography, Channel 4 News' Asia Correspondent Jonathan Miller charts President Duterte's rise, and shows how Duterte can be seen as the embodiment of populism in our time.
This is the first biography of Rodrigo Duterte, who was elected President of the Philippines in 2016, and in whose first 18 months in office, 12,000 people were killed on the streets.
Duterte is a self-confessed killer, who has called both Barack Obama and Pope Francis 'sons of whores'. He is on record not caring about human rights. Yet he is beloved of the 16.6 million Filipinos who voted for him, seen as vulgar but honest, a breath of fresh air, and an iconoclastic, anti-imperialist rebel.
"Fire and Fury is the mentality of despots everywhere. Miller has terrifyingly captured that condition - bullying, threatening, vengeful, and lethal " Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury. Inside the Trump White House.
"Among the most skilled and lyrical correspondents that I know: Miller describes the grim actions of one of the most infernal leaders of the 21st Century. A shocking book - but one that demands to be read ". Jon Snow, the longest-running presenter of UK's Channel 4 News.
Jonathan Miller is Channel 4's Asia Correspondent based in Bangkok. Three months after Rodrigo Duterte was elected in the President's southern home city of Davao, Jonathan became the first foreign journalist to challenge him face-to-face on the devastation wrought by his controversial and deadly war on drugs. Jonathan was born in Derry, Ireland, and has lived much of his life in Southeast Asia, including correspondent postings with the BBC.
The vote of thanks will be given by Dr Imelda Deinla, a Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Director of the Philippines Project, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU.
Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event.This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books wll be available to purchase.