By Frank Bongiorno
It used to be the period of Hawke and Keating, Kylie and INXS, the America’s Cup and the Bicentenary. It was once probably the main arguable decade in Australian historical past, with high-flying marketers booming and busting, torrid debates over land rights and immigration, the appearance of AIDS, a harsh recession and the increase of the hot Right.
It used to be a time while Australians fought for social swap – on union wood strains, at rallies for women’s rights and opposed to nuclear guns, and as a part of a brand new environmental movement.
And then there have been the occasions that left many scratching their heads: Joh for Canberra . . . the Australia Card . . . Cliff Young.
In The Eighties, Frank Bongiorno brings all this and extra to lifestyles. He sheds new mild on ‘both the standard and outstanding issues that occurred to Australia and Australians in this liveliest of decades’.
Shortlisted for the 2016 Ernest Scott Prize, the 2016 CHASS Australia Prize and the 2016 NSW Premier's heritage Prize.
‘The definitive account of an encouraged, infuriating decade’ —George Megalogenis
‘A very amazing fulfillment’ —the Monthly
‘Meaty and exciting’ —the Australian
Frank Bongiorno is professor of historical past on the Australian nationwide collage and writer of the award-winning The intercourse Lives of Australians. He has written for the Monthly, the Australian and Inside Story.
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