‘Compelling and wholly absorbing... among the most remarkable Australians of his time’ NSW Premier Bob Carr, Australian Jewish News.
Australian general Sir John Monash changed the way wars were fought and won. When the British and German high commands of the First World War failed to gain ascendency after fours years of slaughter never before seen in human history, Monash used innovative techniques and modern technology to plan and win major battles, forcing Germany to capitulate.
His obsessional, brilliant planning, coupled with a ruthless streak, caused him to break the German army in a succession of battles that led to the end of the Great War.
Author Roland Perry brings to life the fascinating story of the man whom many have judged as the greatest-ever Australian. Monash: The Outsider Who Won A War draws on the subject's comprehensive letter and diary archive - one of the largest in Australia's history. The result is a riveting portrait that reaches to the heart of the true Monash character. It weaves together the many strands of his life as a family man, student, engineer, businessman, lawyer, renaissance man, teacher, soldier, leader, romantic and lover of the arts.
About the Author
The Ashes: A Celebration is Roland Perry's 20th book, and nineth on cricket. His other books in the category include Miller's Luck, the Keith Miller biography; Bradman's Best, which reveals Sir Donald Bradman's best ever cricket team; Bradman's Best Ashes Teams; the definitive work on Sir Donald Bradman, The Don; biographies on Shane Warne Bold Warnie and Steve Waugh Waugh's Way; Captain Australia, a History of the Celebrated Captains of Australian Cricket. Roland’s biography of General John Monash, Monash: The Outsider Who Won A War sold 10,000 in hardback, was reprinted twice and won The Federation of Australian Writers Melbourne University Publishing Award for 2004.
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I found the book was very easy to read. It's an amazing story, I knew that John Monash was someone special, but I certainly hadn't realised all that he had accomplished. By the end of the book, I felt rather sad that I had never lived in an Australia that had John Monash in it.
Comments about Monash:
Although it is Auscentric, it is a great read an appreciation of a very great Australian who overcame great adversity.
‘Highly readable... inspiring.’ Herald-Sun
‘Compelling and wholly absorbing... among the most remarkable Australians of his time’ NSW Premier Bob Carr, Australian Jewish News
‘... a brilliant and revealing portrait of a great Australian’ Professor Andrew Markus
‘This biography of Monash is for our time, our generation. The author has expertly put the story of this great Australian’s life in both historical and political perspective’ Kim Beazley
‘The detail in this book is staggering, and fascinating; the narrative is strong and well-written. It’s a page-turner... (and) covers a vital part of our history.’ Jeff Kennett
‘... tells a heroic story at a ripping pace’ Sydney Morning Herald
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: July 2007
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.8 x 4.8
Weight (kg): 0.453