Australia's Second Chance

Australia's Second Chance

By  George Megalogenis

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

Format & Editions

Paperback

9780143783640

July 17, 2017

Penguin (AU Adult)

RRP $24.99

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Trade Paperback

9781926428574

September 23, 2015

Hamish Hamilton (AU Adult)

RRP $34.99

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EBook

9781743482995

September 23, 2015

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Awards & Recognition

2016

Victorian Premier's Literary Award

Shortlisted

2016

Australian Book Industry Awards

Longlisted

2015

Colin Roderick Award

Longlisted