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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

Reviews

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

Fact-studded and fascinating.

â??Fact-studded and fascinating.â?? Ross Fitzgerald, Emeritus Professor of Politics and History at Griffith University, Sydney Morning Herald

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143783640

    July 17, 2017

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    352 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781926428574

    September 23, 2015

    Hamish Hamilton (AU Adult)

    336 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9781743482995

    September 23, 2015

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2015
    Colin Roderick Award
    Longlisted
  • 2015
    Colin Roderick Award
    Longlisted
  • 2016
    Australian Book Industry Awards
    Longlisted
  • 2016
    Australian Book Industry Awards
    Longlisted
  • 2016
    Victorian Premier's Literary Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2016
    Victorian Premier's Literary Award
    Shortlisted

Also by George Megalogenis

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The Australian Moment
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The Longest decade

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Stepping Up to the Plate
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Grassroots to Government
The Australian Greens
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