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    Uncommon Soldier: Brave, Compassionate and Tough, the Making of Australia's Modern Diggers (Hardback) By (author) Chris Masters

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    DescriptionIn 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.

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    Uncommon Soldier
    Brave, Compassionate and Tough, the Making of Australia's Modern Diggers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chris Masters
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9781741759716
    ISBN 10: 1741759714

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: JWT
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    LC classification: U
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET026
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AUSTRL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17470
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000, HIS004000
    DC22: 355.31
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, BIO008000
    BISAC region code:
    DC23: 355.310994
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/MILSAS
    Thema V1.0: JWT
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    16 unnumbered pages of plates
    Allen & Unwin
    Imprint name
    Allen & Unwin
    Publication date
    01 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    St Leonards
    Author Information
    Chris Masters is Australia's best-known investigative reporter, and is the author of the bestselling Jonestown (2006). In 1985, he won Australia's most prestigious award in journalism, the Gold Walkely, for his Four Corners report on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. His reports 'The Big League' and 'The Moonlight State' both led to royal commissions that helped transform the nation.