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Stunning trade paperback edition of Grantlee Kieza's bestselling biography of Australia's greatest general

It's December 1918 and the world war is over. General Sir John Monash attends a glittering banquet to dine with the King of England and the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling. Just four months earlier, the commander of the Australian Corps had been knighted in a battlefield, a long way from the streets of Melbourne where this son of a long line of Polish rabbis had grown up. Field Marshal Montgomery would declare decades later that Monash was the best general to serve on the Western Front. How had this notorious ladies' man, who harboured private thoughts about the futility of war and had never fired a shot in anger, come to be feted by the British establishment as well as his countrymen back home? In this essential biography of a most unlikely folk hero, Grantlee Kieza paints a lively portrait of an outsider who shaped modern Australia through his energy, drive and ambition, his military brilliance and his vision.

Biographies & Memoirs
1 September
ABC Books
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Dennisgw ,

A Compelling Read

For anyone interested in the history of the Great War (1914-1918), in particular the battles of the AIF, this is a compelling read.
To follow the life of a simple, motivated son of Jewish immigrants in Australia to the become the meticulous commander of the AIF in Europe, foiling the grand plans of the German General Erich Ludendorf and bringing about capitulation of Germany earlier than expected is an amazing journey.

PutzieMelie ,

A must read for all Australian

Informative, easy to read, yet detailed. A must read for all Australians.

JeffHornfan ,


Fantastic life story

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