Australia's Second Chance
What our history tells us about our future
In his new must-read blockbuster, George Megalogenis (The Australian Moment) reads the nation's numbers to show how our whole history points out the path we must take in the future. We've been here before. What did we get wrong, and how can we get it right this time?
The bestselling author of The Australian Moment asks the most important question confronting the country right now – how do we maintain our winning streak?
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?
Showing that our future is in our foundation, Australia's Second Chance goes back to 1788, the first contact between locals and migrants, to bring us a unique and fascinating view of the key events of our past right through to the present day. With newly available economic data and fresh interviews with former leaders (including the last major interview with Malcolm Fraser), 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 has emerged as something of a polymath. He 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
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