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The Football Solution: How Richmond's premiership can save Australia

George Megalogenis



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05 August 2019
Politics & government; Sports & outdoor recreation; Australian Rules football
A sport unlike any other in the world, football has always been Australia's bellwether. But at a time when politics is increasingly conducted like sports - full of one-eyed tribalism, captain's calls and policy dictated by the Newspoll scoreboard - football is the one institution that's more relevant than ever.

And it's Richmond that's out in front of the pack. Before the club could break its premiership drought, it had to change how it thought about good leadership. By weaving together the game's conflicted history, a sharp-eyed analysis of Richmond's off-field turbulence and his own love of the Tigers, Megalogenis reveals how Richmond found a new way to win - and how, following the 2019 election, Australia might do the same.

'Megalogenis has done it again, but with an unexpected twist.' Hugh Mackay 'A public intellectual who barracks for Richmond argues that the Tigers' 2017 flag contains the seeds of our national resurgence. That's some footy argument . . .' Martin Flanagan 'Richmond are not yet ahead in the premiership wars, but through inspired leadership, they're streets ahead in the culture wars.' Barrie Cassidy 'Manages the incredible feat of igniting hope again for something called Australia. Whatever football code you follow, or even if you don't follow sport at all, I urge you to read this book. It's bracingly sane and beautifully told.' Christos Tsiolkas
By:   George Megalogenis
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9781760892746
ISBN 10:   1760892742
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   05 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. George is also the author of Faultlines, The Longest Decade, Australia's Second Chance, and Balancing Act, which contains his two Quarterly Essays, No. 40- Trivial Pursuit - Leadership and the End of the Reform Era and No. 61- Balancing Act - Australia Between Recession and Renewal. His latest book is The Football Solution.

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