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An extraordinary volume--even a masterpiece--about the early history of Australia that reads like the finest of novels. Hughes captures everything in this complex tableau with narrative finesse that drives the reader ever-deeper into specific facts and greater understanding. He presents compassionate understanding of the plights of colonists--both freemen and convicts--and the Aboriginal peoples they displaced. One of the very best works of history I have ever read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For 80 years between 1788 and 1868 England transported its convicts to Australia. This punishment provided the first immigrants and the work force to build the colony. Using diaries, letters, and original sources, Hughes meticulously documents this history. All sides of the story are told: the political and social reasoning behind the Transportation System, the viewpoint of the captains who had the difficult job of governing and developing the colonies, and of course the dilemma of the prisoners. This is a very thorough and accurate history of Australian colonization written by the author of the book and BBC/Time-Life TV series The Shock of the New . A definitive work that is an essential purchase for both public and academic libraries. BOMC and History Book Club main selections. Judith Nixon, Purdue Univ. Libs., W. Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brilliantly written, and profoundly moving. I read it twicePublished 8 days ago by Kathleen Henderson
A fantastic overview of early Australian Convict history. It was very interesting to read it in the context if it also being a large part about English social history. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jon Thomas
This thick tome is perfect to read before visiting Australia if you've got the time. Of course, most of us know that Great Britain sent shiploads of prisoners there, turning... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane P
As an American with a recently developed interest in Australia, I greatly anticipated this book. I read it now in 2015, almost 30 years after it was published. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don M. Chance
I didn't finish this book. It was disorganized and paid minimal attention to the "convicts" sent to Australia. I would not recommend this book.Published 1 month ago by Marci
I read this story in preparation for a trip to Australia and New Zealand. It is well written and well documented, but it is a grim story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ERFC
I got this as a gift for my wife since we are traveling to Australia. A friend recommended it and he was right. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan