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  1. says:

    As other reviewers have suggested this one falls into the easily mocked gap between journalism and historiography In short it's entertaining though that might rely on the fact that I'm old enough to remember some of the decade under discussion broad politics economics culture and environment all get a look in and the parts don't

  2. says:

    This book was very disappointing Even so because the introduction and later the conclusion promises a comprehensive analysis of an intriguing decade However for the educated reader much of the information has been covered before in Kelly's the Hawke Ascendency and the End of Certainty or the Australian Moment by George Meg

  3. says:

    Bongiorno and I are contemporaries with some uite similar experiences But I left Australia at the start of the Nineties I

  4. says:

    Modern Australia emerged in the 1980s though as Frank Bongiorno shows in this wonderful history it was a period as confuse

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    Many look back at the 1980s in a polarised way Either it was the beginning of the Australian Moment a booming economy and a new place in the world or the End of Certainty plunging as many into despair as it dragged out of it Frank Bongiorno’s account of it is a lot nuanced It’s a sober look at what the transformation of Australia wrought of those that surged ahead and those left behind But while the 80s t

  6. says:

    I won this in a GR giveaway in 2017 and read it in 2018 As I don't read a lot of nonfiction books of history it did take me a little to pick it up It was ok some of the wording was out but it was an ARC After I finished I gave it to my grandfather and after he read it we talked So even though I wasn't too thrilled about the book it did give me a wonderful conversation with my grandfather

  7. says:

    I won this in a Goodreads giveawayThis was an informative read about a decade that helped shaped Australia A little long winded in parts but overall enjoyable

  8. says:

    A fascinating look at the 80s in Australia Being a child in the period I only had a loose grasp of these events

  9. says:

    Lost interest 2 chapters in guess it was interesting living it ;

  10. says:

    An excellent summation of one of Australia's most transformative decades covering the highs the lows and the weirdnesses of

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download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Á Frank Bongiorno

Nmental movementAnd then there were the events that left many scratching their heads Joh for Canberra the Australia Card Cliff YoungIn The Eighties Frank Bongiorno brings all this and to life He uncovers forgotten stories – of factory workers proud of their skills who found themselves surplus to reuirements of Vietnamese families battling to make new lives for themselves in the suburbs He sheds new light on ‘both the ordinary and extraordinary things that happened to Australia and A I won this in a GR giveaway in 2017 and read it in 2018 As I don t read a lot of nonfiction books of history it did take me a little to pick it up It was ok some of the wording was out but it was an ARC After I finished I gave it to my grandfather and after he read it we talked So even though I wasn t too thrilled about the book it did give me a wonderful conversation with my grandfather

summary The Eighties

The Eighties

Ustralians during this liveliest of decades’ The Eighties is contemporary history at its best‘Frank Bongiorno has successfully negotiated the minefield of Australia’s political egos to write the definitive account of an inspired infuriating decade’ – George MegalogenisFrank Bongiorno is associate professor of history at the Australian National University and author of the award winning The Sex Lives of Australians He has written for the Monthly the Australian and Inside Story I won this in a Goodreads giveawayThis was an informative read about a decade that helped shaped Australia A little long winded in parts but overall enjoyable

download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Á Frank Bongiorno

It was the era of Hawke and Keating Kylie and INXS the America’s Cup and the BicentenaryIt was perhaps the most controversial decade in Australian history with high flying entrepreneurs booming and busting torrid debates over land rights and immigration the advent of AIDS a harsh recession and the rise of the New RightIt was a time when Australians fought for social change – on union picket lines at rallies for women’s rights and against nuclear weapons and as part of a new enviro Bongiorno and I are contemporaries with some uite similar experiences But I left Australia at the start of the Nineties I enjoyed and learned a lot from his recounting and interpretation of years that were so formative for us and as he says transformative of the country