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Issue Details: First known date: 2014 2014
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'Australia emerged from World War I into a decade of profound change, characterised by a revolution in behaviour amongst the young; by the first great age of consumerism; and by secret right wing armies and the growth of the Communist Party.

'As in the two previous volumes of Australians, Thomas Keneally brings history to vivid and pulsating life as he traces the lives and the deeds of Australians known and unknown. He follows the famous and the infamous through the Great Crash and the rise of Fascism, and explains how Australia was inexorably drawn into a war that led her forces into combat throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific. At home an atmosphere of fear grew with the fall of Singapore and the bombing of Darwin, the Japanese advance and then the arrival of General MacArthur.

'The 1950s-depicted by some as an age of full employment, by others as the age of suburban spread and boredom under the serene prime ministership of Robert Menzies-were as complicated as Menzies himself. Most Australians believed there would be nuclear war before the end of the decade. The Korean War and British testing of the atomic bomb in South Australia were seen as preludes. With the defection of the Soviet spy Ivan Petrov, Australians were convinced they were living in the last of days. On the street, the face of Australia was undergoing an Italian, Greek and Slavic-led change. And in even greater upheaval, Asian trade and immigration were coming our way as we advanced towards a war in Vietnam and the firming of the American alliance. The result of masterly writing and exhaustive research, this volume of Australians brings our more recent history to vibrant and robust life.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication:

    To the noble ghosts of Elsie and Tom Keneally, and Arthur

    and Evan Martin, children for part of this history,

    and robust survivors of the rest.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2014 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 624p.
      Note/s:
      • Published November 2014
      ISBN: 9781742374536

Works about this Work

Australians: Flappers to Vietnam : Review John Murphy , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 47 no. 2 2016; (p. 347-348)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
'It is a good thing that Tom Keneally is writing history. For an author with a large readership, regarded with affection by many, to write Australian history may help to retrieve some of the casualties of the history wars, which gave too many citizens the impression our history can only ever be thought of as politicised and partisan. And Keneally demonstrates that our history is not just the preserve of academics, or popular authors in bandanas. ...'
A History Rich in Humanity Michael McGirr , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 January 2015; (p. 22)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
Clutter and Light Luke Slattery , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
Review : Australians Christine de Matos , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society , June vol. 101 no. 1 2015; (p. 99-101)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
Pride & Prejudice Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 December 2014; (p. 15)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
'Thomas Keneally says his latest tome is his penultimate appraisal of our nation;s history...'
Keneally the Historian Serves up an Idiosyncratic Stew Frank Bongiorno , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 November 2014; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
Keneally the Historian Serves up an Idiosyncratic Stew Frank Bongiorno , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 November 2014; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
Pride & Prejudice Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 December 2014; (p. 15)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
'Thomas Keneally says his latest tome is his penultimate appraisal of our nation;s history...'
A History Rich in Humanity Michael McGirr , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 January 2015; (p. 22)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
Clutter and Light Luke Slattery , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
Review : Australians Christine de Matos , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society , June vol. 101 no. 1 2015; (p. 99-101)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
Australians: Flappers to Vietnam : Review John Murphy , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 47 no. 2 2016; (p. 347-348)

— Review of Australians : Flappers to Vietnam : Volume Three Thomas Keneally 2014 single work prose
'It is a good thing that Tom Keneally is writing history. For an author with a large readership, regarded with affection by many, to write Australian history may help to retrieve some of the casualties of the history wars, which gave too many citizens the impression our history can only ever be thought of as politicised and partisan. And Keneally demonstrates that our history is not just the preserve of academics, or popular authors in bandanas. ...'
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