Å The Eighties ¶ Download by Ã Frank Bongiorno 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 Megalogenis in a detailed fashion Some of the cultural writing is interesting, but there s not enough of it to sustain an enjoyable read. Lost interest 2 chapters in guess it was interesting living it 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 transformed Australia economically and socially much hasn t changed We still have the same debates about our past, present and future, about whether we can be a successfully multicultural society in Asia that is also aligned to the US, about rapid social change, about our economic future.
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. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway This was an informative read about a decade that helped shaped Australia A little long winded in parts, but overall enjoyable. A fascinating look at the 80s in Australia Being a child in the period I only had a loose grasp of these events. An excellent summation of one of Australia s most transformative decades, covering the highs, the lows and the weirdnesses of life in this country during the years of the Hawke prime ministership Wide ranging in its breadth and not afraid to delve deeply where it seems warranted although that said, a list of Further Reading suggestions would not have gone astray , Bongiorno draws together disparate events to show the underlying themes of them, exposing much of the hidden under pinnings of the decade Highly recommended as a starting place for readings in recent Australian history and politics. 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 Environmental 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 Requirements 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 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 A good historical account of the 80s in Australia Mostly political bit does drift into some social trends Entertaining to read especially if you are old enough to have been there More a journalistic style of writing rather than a historian s style But the subject matter lends itself to that. It s often been said that journalism is the first rough draft of history, and I feel as if, despite the footnotes and the access to cabinet documents, that this book teeters on the cusp between the two Nonetheless, it s an engaging read, told briskly and with humour. See my entire review at