Uncommon Soldier: Brave, Compassionate and Tough, the Making of Australia's Modern Diggers (Hardback)
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Short Description for Uncommon Soldier This generation's most penetrating and significant investigation of the nature of the Australian soldier.
- Published: 01 January 2013
- Format: Hardback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781741759716 ISBN 10: 1741759714
- Sales rank: 81,655
Full description for Uncommon Soldier
In this new book from Australia's foremost investigative journalist, Chris Masters turns his attention to the modern Australian soldier. Moving away from the ongoing fascination with the Anzac story, he looks at the rich and illuminating present to write a character study of the modern Australian soldier - war fighter, peacekeeper, street-level diplomat and aid worker. Having been taken into their ranks in a way rarely before afforded an outsider, Masters gives heart and shape to the contemporary digger: how they are selected, how they are led, and how they are transformed from civilians to disciplined professional soldiers. And in asking if they are unique, he examines what it is that allows these young Australians to lend moral authority to communities teetering on the precipice of violence in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan. By sharing the experiences of the young men and women who make up the Australian army, Masters puts under severe challenge the notion that soldiering is the province of dumb grunts. In doing so, he argues that the best measure of Australia's military legend is found in the present. Uncommon Soldier is a rare and powerful work.