February 24th 2018


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COVER STORY Weatherill demand places Murray-Darling in jeopardy

EDITORIAL China completes island building in South China Sea

CANBERRA OBSERVED Greens: wouldn't know a cowardly act if they did one

REDEFINITION OF MARRIAGE Government forms say it is fluid gender marriage

FREEDOM AND LAW Gender and anti-discrimination: wedges between you and freedom

HISTORY A look back at B.A. Santamaria gives us a forward impulse

GENDER POLITICS Transgenderism: A state-sponsored religion

LAW AND SOCIETY Protecting freedom of religion in Australia

HISTORY Hungary, 62 years on from the anti-Soviet uprising

MUSIC Reel to real: Johann Johannsson, RIP

CINEMA Sweet Country: Sour taste of bush justice

HUMOUR

BOOK REVIEW Lessons from the UK front of the GFC

BOOK REVIEW The dragon has woken and rumbled

BOOK REVIEW Recovery manual for morals and culture

LETTERS

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UNCOMMON SOLDIER:
 Brave, Compassionate and Tough, the Making of Australia's Modern Diggers

Chris Masters

$AUD32.95


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(Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2013)
Paperback: 374 pages
ISBN: 9781743317327
Price: AUD$32.95

 

Book description

This book, by one of Australia’s best-known investigative reporters, the award-winning Chris Masters, is the result of a six-year immersive investigation. It is a penetrating and significant exploration of the young men and women who make up the Australian Army.

Moving away from our ongoing fascination with the ANZAC story, Chris Masters looks at the rich and illuminating present to write a character study of the modern Australian soldier. Having been taken into their ranks in a way rarely afforded an outsider, Masters gives heart and shape to the contemporary digger: how they are selected, how they are led, and how they are transformed from civilians to disciplined professional soldiers. He argues that the best measure of this country’s military legend is found in the present.

Uncommon Soldier is a rich and powerful character study of the modern Australian soldier — war fighter, peacekeeper, street-level diplomat and aid-worker.

This book was shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award — Non-Fiction.

 

Author

Chris Masters is one of Australia’s best-known investigative reporters, and is the author of the bestselling Jonestown (2006). In 1985, he won Australia’s most prestigious award in journalism, the Gold Walkley, for his report on ABC television’s Four Corners program on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. His reports “The Big League” and “The Moonlight State” both led to royal commissions that helped transform the nation.

 

Endorsements

“Illuminating.”
The Australian.

“If you read only one book related to Anzac Day … make it Uncommon Soldier. Masters has produced a fair-minded, clear-eyed study of the contemporary Australian Army.”
— Saturday Age (Melbourne).

“Chris Masters’ Uncommon Soldier is an uncommon book … He writes as the fine journalist that he is.”
Daily Telegraph (Sydney).

“A rare and in-depth analysis of the present-day Digger paints a candid picture of army life.”
Sydney Morning Herald.


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