The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot[Reading] ➸ The Sweet Spot By Peter Hartcher – This book will change the way you think about your countryAustralians now officially have the best living conditions in the world Our country is both fair and free – and the only developed nation to This book will change the way you think about your countryAustralians now officially have the best living conditions in the world Our country is both fair and free – and the only developed nation to have avoided a recession in the past twenty years So how did it happen and why don’t we careIn The Sweet Spot The Sweet Kindle - Peter Hartcher takes readers on a vastly entertaining and thought provoking tour through Australian politics and history He shows how a convict colony could have become a banana republic but didn’t how Australia came through the global financial crisis – it wasn’t just the mining boom – and how we could now throw our success away if we don’t recognise our strengths and demand true leadership of our politiciansHartcher argues that Australia’s prosperity was not built on dumb luck In a time when the authoritarian success story of China is strong Australia offers a better model a democratic success story Is it perfect Of course not But on some of the most important and apparently intractable problems of the modern world Australia believe it or not is as good as it gets And the beaches aren’t bad eitherAbout the AuthorPeter Hartcher is the political editor and international editor for the Sydney Morning Herald He has won both the Gold Walkley award for journalism and the Citibank award for business reporting His books include Bubble Man Alan Greenspan and the Missing Trillion Dollars and To the Bitter End the Dramatic Story Behind the Fall of John Howard and the Rise of Kevin RuddReviewsThis much is certain Australia’s national affairs debate suffers from a lack of perspective Perspective is precisely what Hartcher sets out to deliver in The Sweet Spot Joel Deane from Australian Book ReviewA compelling and tantalising read Australians as shrinking violets who can’t embrace their own cleverness” Kerry O'BrienCrackingPeter Hartcher's new book is a st century reply to Donald Horne's classic The Lucky Country bookseller PublisherAwardsWinner of the Ashurst Business Literature PrizeLonglisted for the Walkley Book Award. This guy was in the form above me at schoolhave followed him for years a as a political reporter at the SMHThis book is one I was looking forward to and it met my expectations in fact I finished it on a rainy SundayHe starts with how Australia as a convict colony and how it should not have succeeded a story that I always find fascinating in itself He covers the goldrushes the depression of the 1890s the depression of the 1930s and how we have always relied on our natural resources to gain our place in the world We should have failed many times like Argentina and Brazil but we have managed to keep our head above water and stay respected in teh world mainly due to our leaders like Whitlamand Hawke and Keating who were Left leaders in a Right world Reagan and Thatcher but managed to combine both political views and put us in a fantastic position in the worldHe ends with our absolute dearth of any political will or philopsohpy except for power for powers sake in our current time and how we should be aware of looking like the Lucky Country in Donald Hornes true sense of the phrase It sounds a heavy book but its a fascinating read and well written I finished its 270 pages in a day This book makes a boring economic story interesting Eminently readable a broad brush complete history of the Australian political system from 1788 to 2011 It explains why Australians are doing well why most Australians argue against this and how we gain retain our prosperity Even handed treatment of Labor and Liberal The final chapter on China sinks the boot right in One fact sticks in my mind the top executives of the largest five investment banks got 38 billion in bonuses the year before the GFC I've freuently enjoyed Peter Hartcher's articles in the Melbourne Age so purchased this book Very well written clear logical balanced arguments Well worth all Australians giving this a read especially those who like to whinge about our country Peter explains how it isn't luck nor the mining boom that has got us to where we are He shows how the Australian people including our politicians have created a political social and economic model that is the best in the world for the well being of our people And so we must work at it to keep it thriving An excellent overview of Australia's economic successCovers history from the arrival of the first fleet up until the Rudd government Explains how Australia's political and economic model has evolved and reasons for its prosperity It also looks forwards to how Australia must carefully manage itself in an uncertain futureIncludes lots of information that all Australians should be aware of in understanding our past and the way in which our country is run Highly recommended book #28 and the final for 2011 and what a perfect ending if you've ever been interested in australia's lucky country tag its economy how we got to where we are today why the rest of the world envies us but yet we still just don't get it this is a fantastic summary of the australian economic miralce and the 200 year journey to how we got here great read How Australia got prosperity and how it could loose itAuthor argues that• Australia is top on wealth and other indices• It’s not by luck or other geological racial etc advantages• It’s a country with both fairness and economic freedomInteresting• Example of euality – Howard and Rudd in a ueue with other ordinary people outside toilet at SCG in 2007 ch 3 p17 Highly readable given the subject matter Puts Australia's current economic circumstances in historical and current day global context Covers our strange gloomy national psyche when it comes to matters economic Even provides a plausible explanation for our current pitiful political situation On Australia blowing its chance of being the best economy in the world