After a lifetime of research and debate on Australian and international history, Geoffrey Blainey is well-placed to introduce us to the people who have played a part and to guide us through the events which have created the Australian identity: the mania for spectator sport, the suspicion of the tall poppy, the rivalries of Catholic and Protestant, Sydney and Melbourne, new and old homelands, the conflicts of war abroad and race at home, the importance of technology, the recognition of our Aboriginal past and Native Title, the successes and failures of the nation.
For this enlarged edition, Blainey has rewritten or expanded on various episodes and themes, making changes to almost every page. He has described significant events and trends of the early-20th century. A final chapter summarises key factors that shaped and still shape this country's history.
©2009 Geoffrey Blainey (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Part of Blainey’s magic is that his words float off the page. Here, too, are the puzzles, oddities and off-beat comparisons of his restless, quirky intelligence, constantly astonished and endlessly engaging." (The Age)
Covered a wide range of key events in Australia's history. The book was easy listening and well written for those interested in a brief history lesson.
Hard to compare because it deals with many subjects in a short space of time. My feeling would be that if you enjoyed this book you would also enjoy books like Kakoda and even Mathew Flinder's Cat (fiction)
Always a great Narrator for any Australian story - didn't disappoint.
This book helps you to understand today's Australia by describing where we have come from. I found it fascinating. Well worth a listen.
As expected the book is not detailed, but it covers the history of Australia in a amazing way. I deeply recommend it for everyone interested in Australia.
This book begins with a disclaimer from the author stating his book was a collection of his own opinions about Australia. Anyone reading this book for historical facts needs to find another resource. It irritated me when he writes Australians thought this and that. He does not back up any of his statements with statistics. He is also rather paternal and imperialistic when writing about the Aboriginal Indigenous Australians. Be warned this book might make you mad too! I have traveled to Australia and truly wanted to increase my knowledge.
Not very interesting. Too short to get into anything in depth, leaving just an overly simple overview making it impossible to get very interested in anything.
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