First published in 1964, The Lucky Country by Donald Horne reveals the typical character of the Australian people, their national spirit, their strengths, weaknesses and the possible direction for our future.
What I liked ✅ witty, robust, insightful writing
✅ lays bare the basic truths of Australian life which linger under the surface, expressing it in an easy-to-digest way
✅ valid and insightful criticisms on the weaknesses of Australia and its people
✅ contains the greatest and most accurate quote ever made about Australia: "Australia is a lucky country run by second rate people who share its luck."
What I didn't like ✖ the book overestimated the influence of communism on modern Australia
✖ the book was slightly alarmist, not predicting the middle route which Australia would walk down as it moves into the future
Rating 4.5/5 🌟
Verdict: RECOMMENDED (if you like light philosophy, politics and Australia) ✅