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Publisher Description

Les Carlyon's The Great War is the epic story of the fighting men who wove themselves into legend as part of the largest tragedy in Australian history - 179,000 dead and wounded - leaving a nation to mourn its fallen heroes in 'one long national funeral' into the 1930s and, now again, a century later.

As he did with the best-seller Gallipoli, Carlyon leads the reader behind the lines, across the western front and other theatres of battle, and deep into the minds of the men who are witnesses to war.

Having walked the fields of France, Belgium and Turkey on his quest for a truth beyond the myth, Carlyon weaves us a mesmerising narrative that shifts seamlessly from the hatching of grand strategies in the political salons of London and St Petersburg to the muddy, bloody trenches of Pozieres and Passchendaele where ordinary soldiers descended into a maelstrom unimaginable. The Great War is history at its best - a brilliant account of the most vital event in Australian history.

Winner of the ABIA Awards' Book of the Year 2009

Winner of the ABIA Awards' General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2009

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2014
1 November
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
880
Pages
PUBLISHER
Pan Macmillan Australia
SELLER
Macmillan Publishers Australia and Pan Macmillan Australia
SIZE
21.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Jaidee2009 ,

All Aussies should read!

This book should be compulsory reading. Most Australians think Gallipoli was the only battle fought by Aussies in the Great War. Les Carlyon honours the memories of heroes and battles unknown to most of us.

This is a brilliant book. Superbly researched and written. You get to know and love (or sometimes hate) the soldiers and mourn their deaths.

An emotional read.

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