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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
Roland Perry has published 27 books in a range of genres including biography, politics, espionage, history (WW1 and WW2), sport and fiction.
He is the only author to write comprehensive books on the two main Fronts of the Great War 1914-1918---
Monash: The Outsider Who Won A War---on the Western Front;
And The Australian Light Horse, which covered the complete story of the Eastern Front, including the factual exploits of T E Lawrence.
For me, a book doesn't necessarily demand to be finished. And this is one I didn't finish. I abandoned it after WWI, when Monash returned to civilian life and began the state-based, mundane politicking of the SEC.
An Autrralian to emulate and one of our national icon
I followed Monash's progress as an Officer from Australia, through Egypt, to Gallipoli, then his service and promotion as he lead Australian Forces into Battles in France, whereby I could also follow a wonderful depiction of my own grandfather's service in the Lighthorse, then Gallipoli, then the battlefields of France. The Chapters about Monash's background, education, his dealing with difficulties of bigotry and arrogance, his musical, intellectual and leadership gifts, his industriousness and his military successes are all inspiring. His perseverance and efforts on behalf of others before, during and after WWI Are inspiring. This is not dry academic history. It is a vivacious and broad ranging biography which I found hard to put down and to which I return again and again.
History worth knowing
Book arrived on-time with emails updating of the delivery status. Good value for money service
A worthy Inspiration for every Australian
With so few non-politically fabricated real achievers in our Australian heritage, it is unbelievable that while we can claim a patriot of such internationally acclaimed military brilliance, we prefer to direct our transient addoration to polititians of questionable ethic and even the current football heroes.
ISBN: 9780857982131 ISBN-10: 0857982133 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 656 Published: 1st October 2014 Publisher: Random House Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1