Author(s): Donald Horne
When it was first published in 1964, The Lucky Country caused a sensation. Horne took Australian society to task for its philistinism, provincialism and dependence. The book was a wake-up call to an unimaginative nation, an indictment of a country mired in mediocrity and manacled to its past. The book still remains illuminating and insightful decades later. It is valuable not only as a source of continuing truths and revealing snapshots of the past, but above all as a key to understanding the anxieties and discontents of Australian society today.
'The Lucky Country is a book of far-reaching influence - ironic, incisive and witty. If I had untold power, I'd force every Australian to read this book. We'd be a better country for it.' - Bridget Maidment, editor
Professor Donald Horne was one of Australia's foremost academics, historians and philosophers. He was a professor of political science at the University of New South Wales, and chancellor of the University of Canberra. Donald Horne penned over twenty books, chaired a number of cultural organisations, and served on several bodies concerned with constitutional reform. Donald Horne died in 2005.