By Frank Bongiorno

Winner of the ACT ebook of the yr Award

It used to be the period of Hawke and Keating, Kylie and INXS, the America’s Cup and the Bicentenary. It used to be might be the main debatable decade in Australian background, with high-flying marketers booming and busting, torrid debates over land rights and immigration, the arrival of AIDS, a harsh recession and the increase of the recent Right.

It used to be a time whilst Australians fought for social swap – on union wooden traces, 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 normal and amazing 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 background Prize.

‘The definitive account of an encouraged, infuriating decade’ —George Megalogenis

‘A very notable fulfillment’ —the Monthly

‘Meaty and wonderful’ —the Australian

Frank Bongiorno is professor of background 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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