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Gallipoli - Peter FitzSimons

Hardcover Published: 3rd November 2014
ISBN: 9781741666595
Number Of Pages: 848

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On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east. After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail.

Turkey regards the victory to this day as a defining moment in its history, a heroic last stand in the defence of the nation's Ottoman Empire. But, counter-intuitively, it would signify something perhaps even greater for the defeated Australians and New Zealanders involved: the birth of their countries' sense of nationhood.

Now 100 years later, the Gallipoli campaign, commemorated each year on Anzac Day, reverberates with importance as the origin and symbol of Australian and New Zealand identity. As such, the facts of the battle – which was minor against the scale of the First World War and cost less than a sixth of the Australian deaths on the Western Front – are often forgotten or obscured. Peter FitzSimons, with his trademark vibrancy and expert melding of writing and research, recreates the disaster as experienced by those who endured it or perished in the attempt.

Industry Reviews

"Peter FitzSimons has an enviable ability to bring history to life... in Gallipoli he has produced a work of fascinatingly imaginative popular history - underpinned by meticulous research and scholarship."- Sydney Morning Herald

"FitzSimons takes us deep into the disastrous Gallipoli campaign and spells out in detail the fateful steps that led Australian and New Zealand soldiers to utter devastation, if not absolute despair." - The Age

"A high-octane account... FitzSimons has combed the personal narratives to good effect... serves up the story just how Australians like to taste it." - Max Hastings, Sunday Times



very good



Well researched and easy to read


I needed an update on the Gallipoli campaign as I was to give a talk at a Dawn Service on Anzac Day on West New Britain, PNG. Peter Fitzimons did not make disparaging comments about the commanders as many "arm chair generals" do. I will probably seek more of his war histories to read.



Another Gallipoli Book


I enjoy Peter Fitzsimons writing style and he gives history a more human face. Gallipoli is no exception. Not only is it a good historical read, it also falls into the reference category. I commend this book to all of those history buffs and military historians out there.

Drouin Victoria


a great read


This was a Christmas Gift for my son, who enjoyed it.





I don't really read the book as much as my other books but if you are an older adiuence this would be really good. But yet again it can be good for a younger adiuence depending on sertant aspects. I love how the author was so connected and astonished when finding out information to make this fantastic book. If a writter is passionate about what they are learning and writing then there audience will be passionate about what they are reading! There were some irrelevant facts/information that I believe shouldn't have been there but I can't judge considering my age. I would recommend this book to the world in a heart beat if I could!



good value





A Top Subject


Lovely to have a signed copy

Brisbanerecommended by a friend


Excellent read


Very timely, an easy read and well written. Harrowing portrail of events, best read prior to the 100th anniversary this year.



Excellent and humerous and good story te


I like the author and his ability to tell a story in an interesting way

Casino Au




A wonderful book which I was able to get a signed copy of. I am a fan of Peter Fitzsimons writings. Always well researched and easy to read.

Melbourne Australia



4.5 10


Prologue: A Nation is Born
1. A Real War
2. Getting Started
3. Farewell to Australia
4. A Man with a Plan
5. 'The Fatal Power of a Young Enthusiasm'
6. Testing the Waters
7. The Sky Lowers
8. The Landing (Silah Basina! - To Arms!)
9. 'Midst the Thunder and Tumult'
10. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
11. 'Angin' on, Like Cats to a Curtain
12. Anzacs to the Fore
13. The Turkish Offensive
14. Summer Sets In
15. The Battle is Nigh
16. 'Push On!'
17. Battle for the Heights
18. The Battle of Hill 60
19. Keith Murdoch Arrives
20. To Leave, or Not to Leave, that Is the Question
21. Go Gentle into that Good Night

ISBN: 9781741666595
ISBN-10: 1741666597
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 848
Published: 3rd November 2014
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.1  x 6.0
Weight (kg): 1.05
Edition Number: 1

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Peter FitzSimons

About the Author

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.

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