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Leviathan by John Birmingham
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Mar 25, 2009

really liked it

I really enjoyed this book. It's a cultural history of Sydney (and Australia, really, since the colony began here), with plenty of humour and social commentary thrown in. Not your average history book, Birmingham brings historical figures (such as our early Governors) to life. It's structured according to themes, rather than a straight-forward chronological account of events, and this keeps it interesting I reckon. It helps to show how the past and present are connected. It's funny, gritty and very well researched. Thumbs up.

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