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Monash : The Outsider Who Won A War - Roland Perry

Monash

The Outsider Who Won A War

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‘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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    5.0

    Australia's

    By Grubby

    from Sydney

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    • Informative
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      Awsome read, the greatest australian of the century

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      5.0

      A Hero of war and peace

      By Horse

      from Rural Victoria

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        Important details of a hero in was and peace

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        5.0

        An outstanding WWI scholarly reference

        By Anodominus

        from Sydney, AU

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        This reference is an outstanding history not only of Monash, but his times and the influences they had on him.
        The author beautifully integrates the social, educational, working and military life of Monash amongst the wider geo-political era Monash became intricately woven into. The immense research and energy put into this book rewards the reader. It is outstanding. The author epilogues the context with a short essay describing Monash's influence on Hitler's war planning.
        This book has been used regularly by me as a reference for my recent scholarly works on WWI, and the period before and after. It is an essential inclusion for any comprehensive WWI historians library.

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        5.0

        A really great book

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          This book should be read by all people interested in the part played by Australian soldiers in the first World War, and particularly one man who not only defeated the German war machine but also those of his own country who attempted to damage his reputation because he was Jewish and of German descent. It also firmly rebuts other authors who maintain that Aussie soldiers did not merit the Anzac legend.

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          5.0

          What a terrific book!

          By Spirits of Gallipoli

          from Sydney, AU

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            Comments about Monash:

            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.

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            Grat undersatnding of WW1

            By Chris K

            from Adelaide

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            • Excellent research

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            • No negatives

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            Although it is Auscentric, it is a great read an appreciation of a very great Australian who overcame great adversity.

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            ISBN: 9781741668476
            ISBN-10: 9780730313830
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 640
            Published: July 2007
            Publisher: Random House Australia
            Dimensions (cm): 12.9 x 19.8  x 4.8
            Weight (kg): 0.52