Review: Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942

Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942 by Allan Gyngell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If one truly wishes to understand the nature of contemporary Australia, this is a book that should feature on your reading list.

Bringing together in one volume the history of Australia’s foreign policy, and the development of its foreign policy, Allan Gyngell provides his reader with the ability to see Australia’s current understanding of its place in the world in a broader and much more relevant context. This book, while focussing on foreign policy, has significant implications for Australia’s own domestic understanding, politically and corporately.

Gyngell’s writing style is both engaging and informative and draws the reader into wanting to know the whys and wherefores of Australia’s foreign policy. Breaking the development of that policy into specific eras assists in this process and makes the content easily accessible.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone in Australia who wishes to understand who we are.

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