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Eureka : The Unfinished Revolution - Peter FitzSimons

Eureka

The Unfinished Revolution

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Published: 1st November 2012
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Eureka Stockade - The Unfinished Revolution

In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: “ a strike for liberty”.

Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes.

In his inimitable style, Peter FitzSimons gets into the hearts and minds of those on the battlefield, and those behind the scenes, bringing to life Australian legends on both sides of the rebellion.

About the Author

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player.

Peter is the author of over 20 books - including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia and biographies of Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales, and is Australia's biggest-selling non-fiction author of the last ten years.

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    3.0

    Typical P Fitzsimons

    By Pietro

    from Sydney AUS

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    • Broad Appeal

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    • Not The Authors Best

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    Comments about Eureka:

    I like Peter Fitz's books and I have read plenty of them and perhaps therefore I judge him a little harder than other writers. I enjoyed this but Peter has an agenda relating to the Aussie flag and the theme permeates the book. The story is very well told; I actually didn't think the "main event" was as dramatic as I had expected. There were heroes and villains and a battle and it was short and NOT sweet. I thought the whole story was a little more drawn out than it could have been; Peter seems to want to write longer books with every new publication (Ned Kelly apparently goes for more than 700 pages; this one was over 600). I don't think this story needed 600 pages to tell. Peter does engage well with his loyal readership as ever. A good read but not his best.

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    5.0

    Very good present for Christmas

    By spannner

    from Melbourne AU

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    • Deeply Informative
    • Easy To Understand
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    • The Author Has Researched
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      Comments about Eureka:

      The book is so informative and as a Christmas gift it had a very excited surprise for the receiver of the book.Yes the author visit the hotel in the mining town where the person who received the book as a Christmas gift lives and personally sign the book. Fantastic.

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      5.0

      Brilliant Aussie Author

      By Jacqui

      from Sunshine Coast, Queensland

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        Comments about Eureka:

        This is a wordy tome but not difficult to read. If you are interested in the early history of Australia then you will love Peter Fitzsimons' books. Eureka is a comprehensive & very interesting history of gold mining in Australia from the very early days.

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          I always enjoy anything written by Peter Fitzsimons

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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

          Visit Peter FitzSimons's Booktopia Author Page


          ISBN: 9781742755250
          ISBN-10: 1742755259
          Audience: General
          Format: Hardcover
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 736
          Published: 1st November 2012
          Publisher: Random House Australia
          Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.9  x 5.5
          Weight (kg): 1.0