Bongiorno, Frank: The Eighties: Decade that Transformed Australia

Bongiorno, Frank

The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia, Black Inc, Collingwood, Vic, 2015; hardback and electronic

It was the era of Hawke and Keating, Kylie and INXS, the America’s Cup and the Bicentenary. It was perhaps the most controversial decade in Australian history, with high-flying entrepreneurs booming and busting, torrid debates over land rights and immigration, the advent of AIDS, a harsh recession and the rise of the New Right. It was a time when Australians fought for social change – on union picket lines, at rallies for women’s rights and against nuclear weapons, and as part of a new environmental movement. (blurb)

Frank Bongiorno has written about the labour movement, war, sex and many other topics. Here he ventures into a thematic general history of a relatively recent decade. The book is reviewed for Honest History by Janet Wilson. Jonathan Green reviews for Fairfax, David Free in The Australian, Judith Brett in The Monthly. There was an extract in Guardian Australia and Google Books has a few pages. The author talks on ABC Breakfast. Frank Bongiorno is one of Honest History’s distinguished supporters.

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