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Australia's Second Chance  : From the author of The Australian Moment - George Megalogenis

Australia's Second Chance

From the author of The Australian Moment

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Published: 23rd September 2015
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The bestselling author of The Australian Moment asks the most important question confronting the country right now – how do we maintain our winning streak?

Most nations don't get a first chance to prosper. Australia is on its second. For the best part of the nineteenth century, Australia was the world's richest country, a pioneer for democracy and a magnet for migrants. Yet our last big boom was followed by a fifty-year bust as we lost our luck, our riches and our nerve, and shut our doors on the world. Now we're back on top, in the position where history tells us we made our biggest mistakes. Can we learn from our past and cement our place as one of the world's great nations?

Showing that our future is in our foundation, Australia's Second Chance goes back to 1788, the first contact between locals and migrants, to bring us a unique and fascinating view of the key events of our past right through to the present day. With newly available economic data and fresh interviews with former leaders (including the last major interview with Malcolm Fraser), George Megalogenis crunches the numbers and weaves our history into a compelling thesis, brilliantly chronicling our dialogue with the world and bringing fresh insight into the urgent question of who we are, and what we can become.

'Megalogenis has emerged as something of a polymath. He slaps history and politics and culture like mortar in and around his knowledge of economics and numbers to build compelling, even thrilling, theses about the country of his birth and where it stands in the world.' Tony Wright, Saturday Age

About the Author

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. He is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade and Quarterly Essay 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era.

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This how Australian history should be taught.

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      A fabulous contribution to what is otherwise a divisive and uninformed debate.

       
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      Difficult truth.

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        A difficult read for an Australian of Convict descent, versed in the folklore of my own people. But this book is an honest and well researched study of a subject that Australian of all backgrounds struggle to discuss outside our own social groups. The monoculture is dead if it ever really did have a life. I might not like George personally but he has written a much needed book.

         
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          'Megalogenis has emerged as something of a polymath. He slaps history and politics and culture like mortar in and around his knowledge of economics and numbers to build compelling, even thrilling, theses about the country of his birth and where it stands in the world.' Tony Wright, Saturday Age

          ISBN: 9781926428574
          ISBN-10: 9781926428574
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 336
          Published: 23rd September 2015
          Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 2.5
          Weight (kg): 0.44
          Edition Number: 1