On Luck

On Luck

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"Australians' fervent belief in luck is deeply etched in our consciousness. More than with the citizens of other countries, it affects the way we see most things. When someone escapes serious injury or death in an accident, we remark on how lucky they were. We don't say they were unlucky to have had the accident in the first place." In On Luck, Anne Summers explores the gambling culture that is so intrinsic to being Australian, corruption in business, the economy, our obsession with being 'The Lucky Country', and which Australian city is the best example of a place that has relied on it's luck and lost. MUP's Little Books on Big Themes series pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with some of the big themes in life.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Melbourne University Press Digital
  • Australia
  • 0522859151
  • 9780522859157

About Summers Anne

Anne Summers has had a long career in politics, the media and the nongovernment sector in Australia, Europe and the United States. She ran the Office of the Status of Women for Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1983 to 1986 and was a political adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating prior to the 1993 federal election. From 2000 to 2006 she was chair of the board of Amsterdam-based Greenpeace International. She is a former editor of Ms. magazine (New York) and Good Weekend and is author of several books, including the now classic Damned Whores and God's Police (1975), Gamble for Power (1984), her autobiography Ducks on the Pond (1999) and The End of Equality (2003). She lives in Sydney and her website is www.annesummers.com.aushow more