Under Prime Minister John Howard, Australia has become a different nation. Since 1996, we have seen Pauline Hanson rise and fall and Reconciliation all but fail. The GST was introduced and the Republic defeated. Border protection proved an election winner and the War on Terror changed the political climate inside and outside Australia. All the while, our natural environment and our sense of community, our workplaces and our universities, were transformed in ways that will affect the nation for many years to come. This book examines the Howard years. In a series of engaging and accessible essays by leading thinkers, it assesses how the Howard government has performed on key issues and tracks the larger influence on the body politic. Here is a much-needed reckoning with the legacy of John Howard.