The Lucky Country by Donald Horne
Australia in the sixties

The Lucky Country, Donald Horne’s provocative and revealing analysis of Australia in the 60’s was such a popular success that the title passed into our language.

The Lucky Country? The Lotus-land of the late Harold Holt’s warning? Or a backwater of our-of-date attitudes, borrowed ideas, and make-shift methods where men in positions of authority have second-rate minds and women (hardly ever in positions of authority) are second class citizens.

This honest and sometimes startling analysis of Australia both in her home life and relations with other countries became a centre of debate about the nation’s responsibilities. Even it’s detractors were forced to admit that the issues it raised were those that Australia most needed to face.

And in the intervening years, have the issues been faced? Is the trenchant argument true only of our recent past. Donald Horne’s illuminating and persuasive commentary will continue to provoke and entertain.

Hardcover 1978 edition


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The Lucky Country by Donald Horne

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