“The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding by Robert Hughes
The history of the birth of Australia which came out of the suffering and brutality of England’s infamous convict transportation system.
Every now and then I read one of these epic, funny, exciting, and goddamned informative history books, and I remember why I love reading history books. Everybody should read this. This is a concise, witty, and well-researched & organized book about Austria, the largest continent/country.
At 688 pages long, this is not a ‘light’ read, but it is a page-turner. He looks at the brutal beginnings of Australia from many different angles: contact with aborigines, transportation system, convict labor and it’s effect on the economy, bushrangers, penal colonies Van Dieman’s Island/Tasmania, Norfolk Island, notable escapees and much much more.
I love how he effortlessly brings original sources into the text to really give the text flavor. He inserts quotes from convict diaries, from newspapers, even from popular songs. This has to be one of the greatest non-fiction books I’ve ever read. I wish I could find a history of Canada that is on par with this book. If anybody knows of one, please, please recommend one to me.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #2 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #Books #BookReview #RobertHughes #Australia #slavery #convict #history”,