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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 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 add up to much This is obviously intentional Bongiorno avoids telling any kind of over arching story but he writes small scale stories so well that I m sure he could have done so Instead he structures the book thematically which allo The Line 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 Your Naughty Playmate 3 - Cuckolding Fantasy picket lines at rallies for women’s rights and against nuclear weapons and as Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya part of a new enviro 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 Twisted politics economics culture and environment all get a look in and the The Exploration of the Male Anatomy parts don t add up to much This is obviously intentional Bongiorno avoids telling any kind of over arching story but he writes small scale stories so well that I m sure he could have done so Instead he structures the book thematically which allo

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Australians 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 Lost interest 2 chapters in guess it was interesting living it Tusculan Disputations, I and Scipios Dream political egos to write the definitive account of an inspired infuriating decade’ – George MegalogenisFrank Bongiorno is associate Trial of a Feminizer 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 Lost interest 2 chapters in guess it was interesting living it

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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 Modern Australia emerged in the 1980s though as Frank Bongiorno shows in this wonderful history it was a period as confused about where it was going and what it stood for as our own day seems to usAs the afterword makes clear one of the motives for this book is helping bring context to the regular refrain that the 1980s under the Hawke Keating period saw the gold standard of political leadership and most things would be fixed if we just went back to that ethos There are reasons to admire this era but the gloss it has applied is far of a recent invention than Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya 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 Modern Australia emerged in the 1980s though as Frank Bongiorno shows in this wonderful history it was a Twisted period as confused about where it was going and what it stood for as our own day seems to usAs the afterword makes clear one of the motives for this book is helping bring context to the regular refrain that the 1980s under the Hawke Keating The Exploration of the Male Anatomy period saw the gold standard of Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals political leadership and most things would be fixed if we just went back to that ethos There are reasons to admire this era but the gloss it has applied is far of a recent invention than


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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 add up to much This is obviously intentional; Bongiorno avoids telling any kind of over arching story but he w

  2. says:

    This book was very disappointing Even so because the introduction and later the conclusion promises a comprehensive analysis of an intriguing

  3. says:

    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 forma

  4. says:

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

  5. says:

    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

  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 di

  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 p

  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 weir