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COVER STORY Wildfires: Lessons from the past not yet learnt

EDITORIAL America 'resets' foreign policy on China and Russia

CANBERRA OBSERVED After the fires, we still need an economy and to power it

GENDER POLITICS In trans Newspeak, parental consent is a 'hurdle'

REFLECTION Conjugal honour: Love of husband and wife joined together in pure intimacy

LIFE ISSUES Pro-lifers punished for exposing baby harvesting

LAW AND SOCIETY Cardinal Pell and the Appeal Court judges

LITERATURE AND SOCIETY The poetry of Distributism

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY Botany Bay: Always more than a dumping ground

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Finally getting Brexit done

HUMOUR The MacStuttles probe

MUSIC From retch to wretched

CINEMA Three times the bravura: 1917, The Gentlemen, Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

BOOK REVIEW The contradictions of the dominant ideology

BOOK REVIEW Novel celebrates inventor of literary fairytales

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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