The Commonwealth of Thieves: The Story of the Founding of Australia Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006
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"rollicking chronicle of Australias origins" -- Roger Lewis in Sunday Express
Chosen by Barclay McBain.
-- The Saturday Herald Books of the Year.
from Keneallys graphic account... the founding of Australia was an epic of endurance rooted in the grossest brutality -- Daily Express, Peter Burton
An enlivening, informative and judicious book about his countrys troubled origins. -- Barclay McBain, The Herald
Lively history of the 'First Fleet' which took convicts from Britain to Australia in 1787. Also tells the story of the early years of Sydney, which was founded as 'an open-air prison', and the colonisation of New South Wales. The irony is that many a city founded in Utopian optimism has failed; Sydney, with its 'commonwealth of thieves', has been a conspicuous success.See all Product Description