The incredible bestselling memoir by Victoria Cross recipient Mark Donaldson
"A heartfelt work by a substantial man" Herald Sun
WINNER OF THE ABIA AWARD FOR BEST BIOGRAPHY 2014
On 2 September 2008, in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life. His display of extraordinary courage saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery since 1969.
Yet Mark's journey to those crucial moments was almost as exceptional as the acts that led to his VC.
He was rebellious even before the death of his father in his mid-teens. A few years later, his mother disappeared, presumed murdered.
Mark's lifestyle could have easily led him further down the path of self-destructiveness and petty crime. But he took a different road: the army. It proved to be his salvation. He found himself a natural soldier, progressing to the SAS, the peak of the Australian military.
PRAISE FOR THE CROSSROAD
"One of the most impressive memoirs published by a serving member of the Australian military" Weekend Australian
"A mature and generous account, revealing of himself and Australia's longest war, still poorly understood at home" Sydney Morning Herald
"The transformation from zero to hero that Donaldson describes... is testament to what can be achieved through sheer determination" Weekend Australia
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This autobiography by the Victoria Cross recipient offers amazing insight into a modern soldier’s life. Mark Donaldson received the top military honour for his role in the Afghanistan war. Donaldson’s nail-biting descriptions of combat—along with his impressive self-awareness and humility—make this a remarkable read.
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Great insight into what must be an amazing experience serving in Afghanistan. However I'm sure that for security reasons, the details described in this book would just be the tip of the iceberg. I'm immensely proud of those who serve our country
Excellent read, great man!
Really enjoyed this book, once I started I couldnt stop reading. Mark Donaldson is a great Australian!
An inspirational read
An unbelievable autobiography. I doubt I will read another like it. A great example of a person that faced tremendous hardship, but instead of making excuses and allowing it to be his demise, faced it and used it as his inner fuel to reach the height of his chosen path.
This book should be mandatory at schools instead of Shakespeare type garbage. There is a lot to learn and think about.