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One of the most incredible adventures of WWI: an Australian airman (Captain Thomas Walter White) captured in Iraq is force-marched across the Middle East to a POW camp in Turkey, only to escape to Russia as a stowaway on a Bolshevik smuggler's ship, where he arrives in the maelstrom of the Russian revolution. The authors capture wonderfully the adventure of White's flight and have written a fascinating account of one of Australia's forgotten war heroes.
Outspoken determination and generosity exemplified White's subsequent successful political and diplomatic career, too. Indeed, he would be fondly remembered by Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop as perhaps the best loved man of his generation
I enjoyed this but it did have some limitations. It was written by journalists and is more of a reference than a story. The subject of the book certainly lived a very interesting life and his story could definitely be turned into a fascinating movie or series for TV, but the book was not written with such an outcome in mind so it is a little dry and lacks flavor. The writers took no poetic licence whatsoever even when they surmised a situation or outcome. I think they missed a great opportunity and perhaps might have been better doing the research and handing the writing of the story over to someone else to adapt.
Too much whiz, not enough bang
An exciting blurb degenerated to a plodding narrative. I'm sure the adventure was much more rivetting at the time and certainly has the ingredients for a great story. Most books on wartime campaigns or incidents are like this, I've found. This was as bad as any, I'm afraid, with due deference to the subject, who appeared to have had an extraorinary life
1. Empires Child
2. Flying Backwards
3. Recused By The Turks
4. 4 Desert Revenge
5. I’m A Yank. Can I Do Anything For You Boys?
6. University Of Adversity
7. Escapades And A Spook
8. Cuckoo’s Nest Hospital
9. The Rabbit
10. Lucky Friday The 13th
11. Out Of The Frying Pan…
12. You’re The Greek Caterer’s Son’s, Aren’t You?
13. Skin And Bones To Body Politic
14. Stormy Petrel
Epilogue: Some Final Twists Of Fate
ISBN: 9781740311007 ISBN-10: 1740311000 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 252 Published: 21st October 2004 Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.455
Edition Number: 1