The Lucky Country

The Lucky Country

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Publisher: Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin, 1964.
Edition: 3rd rev. ed.
ISBN: 9780140700121
0140700129

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glenneaton
Oct 27, 2014

Two books I just recently finished, "The Sweet Spot" (Peter Hartcher) and "The Rise and Fall of Australia" (Nick Bryant), both reference "The Lucky Country" and this made me curious as to why it was so special.

Published in the early 60's to much criticism it sold extremely well and another <strong>updated</strong> version was released a year later, which is the version the library has.

The book is extremely well written and it is a great snap shot of how Australia was back in the 60's. Some things haven't changed but much has including better treatment of the Aborigines and Australia becoming more inventive. But then as now new developments are often sent overseas as no local corporation wants to take a risk.

And back then the leaders were not great, and the two more recent books I read indicate that not much has improved here.

One improvement that Horne suggests is better social support. He doesn't think much of Menzies as a leader, who seemed to be content to let his charm do the work. I think Horne would have been happy to see Gough Whitlam bring in much social support when he was in office.

Overall, a great read; if a little dated in places. It would be great material for learning about Australians and how they behave in the dynamic 1960's.

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Oct 27, 2014

glenneaton thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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