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Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Koby Jargstorf - Goodreads

This book was rather well written, and at times it seemed like I was reading a (slow-paced) novel. When I read history, I tend to pick out favorite facts that I remember and discuss with people later ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Jerianna - Goodreads

This was the very interesting history of Australia. I had no idea that it was a dumping place for England's convicts. How amazing that it worked out, and the poor Aborigines! This was NOT a quick read ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Daniel Farabaugh - Goodreads

A nice solid history of the founding of Australia. It is a bit dry in places and at times it is hard to picture what the various settlements looked like in relation to one another. But overall good. Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Denise Stanford - Goodreads

Unemotional view of events surrounding European settlement of Australia - entirely readable for a history. Important to note Australia existed as a nation long before European settlement, so it is not ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Calvin Taylor - Goodreads

Didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped I would. Keneally writes eloquently and with passion, drawing out the various issues and tensions which defined the settlement of Sydney Cove as a penal colony in ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Melanie Greene - Goodreads

Eh. It was fine. I'm just not a big nonfiction gal, but needed something for a reading group and this was narrated by Simon Vance, so if nothing else I can just listen to him and it's very soothing ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Sean Wylie - Goodreads

London has too many criminals. A comically skewed legal system means a poor pickpocket could get life in prison while a rich gentleman would pay a small fine for killing someone in a bar fight ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Martine Bailey - Goodreads

This was a thorough account of the first years of the New South Wales colony written in a readable novelistic form. I suppose my only gripe was the lack of depth in the footnotes. Keneally has always ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Kristian - Goodreads

Takes you along for the journey in the great experiment of turning New South Whales into the new destination for transporting prisoners and how that community worked to survive. Interesting and full ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Casey Wheeler - Goodreads

Years ago I read “The Fatal Shore” by Robert Hughes and felt like reading again about the beginning of the great British experiment that became Australia. This caused me to pick up this book. While ... Read full review


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