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  • Published: 17 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143783640
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99

Australia's Second Chance

What our history tells us about our future




How Australia was already made great again, and how we can remain so in the Time of Trump.

Most nations don't get a first chance to prosper. Australia is on its second. For the best part of the nineteenth century, Australia was the world's richest country, a pioneer for democracy and a magnet for migrants. Yet our last big boom was followed by a fifty-year bust as we lost our luck, our riches and our nerve, and shut our doors on the world. Now we're back on top, in the position where history tells us we made our biggest mistakes. Can we learn from our past and cement our place as one of the world's great nations?

Our country's most insightful big-picture commentator, George Megalogenis crunches the numbers and weaves our history into a riveting argument, brilliantly chronicling our dialogue with the world and bringing welcome insight into the urgent question of who we are, and what we can become.

‘Megalogenis slaps history and politics and culture like mortar in and around his knowledge of economics and numbers to build compelling, even thrilling, theses about the country of his birth and where it stands in the world.’ Tony Wright, Saturday Age

‘Timely and significant . . . With characteristic lucidity, Megalogenis examines the connection between our collective prosperity and Australia’s tendency at different times either to embrace or resist migrants.’ James Ley, Weekend Australian

  • Pub date: 17 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143783640
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. George is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade, Australia’s Second Chance, and Balancing Act, which contains his two Quarterly Essays, No. 40: Trivial Pursuit – Leadership and the End of the Reform Era and No. 61: Balancing Act – Australia Between Recession and Renewal. His latest book is The Football Solution.

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Praise for Australia's Second Chance

“George Megalogenis is one of the most perceptive political and social analysts we have.”

Stephen Romei, Weekend Australian

“Timely and significant ... With characteristic lucidity, Megalogenis examines the connection between our collective prosperity and Australia’s tendency at different times either to embrace or resist migrants.”

James Ley, Weekend Australian

“Dynamically joins the dots on Australia’s past and what it means for our future. A must read.”

Booktopia

“George Megalogenis has become arguably the most important Australian political commentator of his generation ... highly readable ... a captivating writer.”

Dennis Altman, Weekend Australian

“One of Australia's foremost exponents of "the long view" of our collective Australian story.”

Michael Pickering, Men's Style

“Fact-studded and fascinating.”

Ross Fitzgerald, Emeritus Professor of Politics and History at Griffith University, Sydney Morning Herald


Awards & Recognition

  • Colin Roderick Award

    Longlisted • 2015 • Colin Roderick Award

  • Australian Book Industry Awards

    Longlisted • 2016 • General Non-fiction Book of the Year

  • Victorian Premier's Literary Award

    Shortlisted • 2016 • Non-Fiction


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