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Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men - Peter FitzSimons

Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men

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SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH IS ONE OF AUSTRALIA′S MOST LOVED HEROES

In an action-packed life, the indomitable ′Smithy′ went from fighting as a soldier amid the carnage of Gallipoli and the Western Front to taking to the skies against the likes of the Red Baron - for which he won the Military Cross for gallantry - before becoming the greatest peacetime aviator of his generation.

Along with Charles Ulm, he was the first to conquer the Pacific by air, the first to fly across the Tasman Sea, the fastest to fly from England to Australia, and

the first pilot to circumnavigate the globe by crossing the equator.

With typical flair, FitzSimons also tells the story of several breakthroughs, some made in Australia, which laid the foundation for the Wright brothers′ success in 1903; the first flight across the Channel in 1908; Germany′s Red Baron terrorising the Allies in 1917-18, before being shot down by an Australian; Ross and Keith Smith′s first flight from England to Australia in 1919; the formation of Qantas in 1921; Lindbergh′s stunning vault between America and Europe in 1927; the Great Centenary Air Race; the loss of the Southern Cloud; the saga of Bert Hinkler and much, much, more . . .

About The Author

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is the author of nearly twenty books - including Tobruk and biographies of Nancy Wake, Kim Beazley, Nene King, Nick Farr-Jones, Steve Waugh and John Eales - and was Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer in 2001 and 2004.

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      Peter FitzSimons

      Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia’s most prominent and successful media and publishing identities.

      His busy professional life involves writing weekly columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald newspapers, appearing on Foxtel's The Back Page television show and, when time permits, authoring best-selling books. A correspondent for London's Daily Telegraph as well, he is also in high demand as a guest speaker and presenter.

      For the past two decades, the much-traveled former Wallaby rugby international, who masters four languages, has interviewed some of the world's most famous figures, including former US President George Bush, Mother Theresa and football great Diego Maradona.

      Writing is his passion. He is the biographer of World Cup winning Wallaby captains Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales, former Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, war heroine Nancy Wake, former Australian Test cricket captain Steve Waugh and magazine queen Nene King.

      In 2001 he was Australia's biggest selling non-fiction author with just under 250,000 sales. He duplicated that feat in 2004 with his book on Kokoda and had similar success in 2006 with his book on Tobruk.

      Born on a farm in NSW's Central Coast, Peter FitzSimons attended Knox Grammar School in Sydney before accepting an American Field Service Scholarship to live in Ohio for a year. He returned to complete an arts degree at Sydney University, majoring in government and political science.

      A second-rower, he won Wallaby selection in 1984, later moving to France and Italy where he played rugby for the next five years. On his return to Australia he again played for the Wallabies going on to play seven Test matches.

      He launched his journalistic career with the Sydney Morning Herald in 1989. Two years later he released two best-selling books, Basking in Beirut and Little Theories of Life and signed a contract with the Nine Network that resulted in him presenting current affairs and sports programs for the next four years. His association with Foxtel commenced in 1995 and continues to this day.

      Considered one of the ten most popular after-dinner speakers in Australia, Peter FitzSimons is married to Nine Network personality Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.

      To read Peters’s revealing answers to the Booktopia Book Guru’s TEN TERRIFYING QUESTIONS…and to leave a comment - CLICK HERE

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      ISBN: 9780732288198
      ISBN-10: 0732288193
      Audience: General
      For Ages: 14 - 15 years old
      For Grades: 10 - 12
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 704
      Published: 10th August 2010
      Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
      Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 5.0
      Weight (kg): 0.97