June 29th 2019


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COVER STORY John Setka, for all his faults, is the perfect scapegoat

FIGHTING FUND NCC president Patrick J. Byrne outlines the goals for 2019

SPECIAL FEATURE Author Rod Dreher brings St Benedict to bear on our decline and fall

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS One million protest China's attack on Hong Kong's freedom

GENDER POLITICS Vatican issues document on gender ideology

POLITICS AND SOCIETY New secularist strategies to bury Christianity

HISTORY OF SCIENCE Faith and reason and Father Stanley Jaki, Part 4: Ancient Jewish view of the cosmos

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Cardinal Pell's appeal: An account from the live streaming

BANKING FEATURE Greed works ... at least for a while and for a few

IDEOLOGY Feminist claims for equality, Part 2: What feminism should be

IDEOLOGY WARS Roger Scruton and the Tories: a sorry tale

MUSIC Melodic abundance: John, Paul, Duke and Antonio

CINEMA The End: Staging the apocalypse

BOOK REVIEW Scenes from Dante's Inferno

BOOK REVIEW Mrs Gould: she who drew the pictures

LETTERS

POETRY

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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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