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COVER STORY Something rotten led to fish-kill: perhaps fishy environmentalism

EDITORIAL Resistance grows to Beijing's soft-power push

CANBERRA OBSERVED Climate change: deadly ... to political leaders

TECHNOLOGY Electric cars: UK taxpayers subsidise rich greenies

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION A step too small?

CYBER SECURITY Chinese smartphone threat extends way beyond Huawei

SOCIETY Such grandeur of spirit

POLITICS John Hewson should have as sturdy a Constitution

FINANCE Hayne royal commission sets agenda for bank reform

FAMILY RELATIONS Dad: a girl's first and most influential love

COMMENTARY Words gone feral: rights and equality

MEDICINE AND CULTURE Book captures tragedy of falling foul of a fanatic

SOCIETY AND CULTURE A dog's life: reflections of a grey nomad

HUMOUR

MUSIC Serialism a killer: Ideas tend to get in the way

CINEMA Cold Pursuit: Revenge served up manic

BOOK REVIEW Why the West and nowhere else

BOOK REVIEW The escalation of horror and atrocity

LETTERS

FAMILY AND SOCIETY The end of Liberalism

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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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