By Thomas Keneally

Australia emerged from global conflict I right into a decade of profound switch, characterized through a revolution in behaviour among the younger; through the 1st nice age of consumerism; and via mystery correct wing armies and the expansion of the Communist Party.

As within the earlier volumes of Australians, Thomas Keneally brings historical past to vibrant and pulsating lifestyles as he strains the lives and the deeds of Australians recognized and unknown. He follows the recognized and the notorious in the course of the nice Crash and the increase of Fascism, and explains how Australia used to be inexorably drawn right into a conflict that led her forces into wrestle all through Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific. At domestic an environment of worry grew with the autumn of Singapore and the bombing of Darwin, the japanese enhance after which the coming of normal MacArthur.

The 1950s-depicted through a few as an age of complete employment, via others because the age of suburban unfold and tedium less than the serene top ministership of Robert Menzies-were as advanced as Menzies himself. such a lot Australians believed there will be nuclear battle earlier than the top of the last decade. The Korean battle and British trying out of the atomic bomb in South Australia have been obvious as preludes. With the defection of the Soviet secret agent Ivan Petrov, Australians have been confident they have been residing within the final of days. in the street, the face of Australia was once present process an Italian, Greek and Slavic-led swap. And in even larger upheaval, Asian exchange and immigration have been coming our method as we complex in the direction of a struggle in Vietnam and the toning of the yank alliance. the results of masterly writing and exhaustive examine, this quantity of Australians brings our more moderen historical past to vivid and powerful life.

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