November 17th 2018


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COVER STORY An election-winning policy: a development bank for Australia

VICTORIAN ELECTION The left gets ready to scream 'haters!'

CANBERRA OBSERVED Nats fracas points up need for vigilance

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Divisions undermine Morrison's leadership

SOCIETY UNDER THREAT The time is now for a real deal for the family

NCC SYDNEY DINNER Speakers spark keenness for a challenging 2019

NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT Aborigines hope to benefit in Kimberley development

CLIMATE CHANGE Rising sea levels? Pacific island data says 'no'

ROYAL COMMISSION Big banks shaken and stirred in their swamp

U.S. HISTORY Slavery: a yet unresolved legacy

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS The U.S. and China: more than trade is at stake

SOCIETY UNDER THREAT Partisan divide must vanish for defence of civilisational foundation: Christianity

MUSIC ABBA live: just not in person or on stage

CINEMA Coco: Family and home trump 'identity'

BOOK REVIEW Remnant hopes for post-Brexit Britain

BOOK REVIEW The Great War, raw and uncensored

HUMOUR A few more snippets from Forget's Dictionary of Inaccurate Facts, Furphys and Falsehoods

POETRY

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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