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Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing: The Extraordinary Life of Alec Campbell | [Jonathon King]

Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing: The Extraordinary Life of Alec Campbell

With Alec Campbell's death, a door has closed to which no one has the key. Australia has lost the last direct link to one of the nation's most significant events and to a breed of Australians who have become larger than life - legends in our national psyche. He was not at Gallipoli long, though he dodged his share of bullets, saw his mates get shot and suffered fever and sickness as did so many of his peers.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Jonathon King chronicles the life of Australian hero Alec Campbell, known as "the kid soldier" due to his slightness of build, as a 16-year-old who fought in Gallipoli during World War I. He only served for two months, but it was a formative experience for Campbell, who returned to Australia with a newfound patriotic spirit and socialist politics, eventually becoming a dedicated unionist and public servant. Peter Byrne conveys Campbell's fortitude and spirit with a respectful and confident performance that augments his dignity and principles, informed by his war experience and carried through the rest of his life.

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With Alec Campbell's death, a door has closed to which no one has the key. Australia has lost the last direct link to one of the nation's most significant events and to a breed of Australians who have become larger than life - legends in our national psyche. He was not at Gallipoli long, though he dodged his share of bullets, saw his mates get shot, and suffered fever and sickness, as did so many of his peers.

But this book is not just an account of Gallipoli; it’s a snapshot of a century of Australian history seen through the life of one man. While it started out as the story of a Gallipoli veteran, it became the tale of an 'Aussie battler' who lived an extraordinary life - a life that reflected the growth of a nation, from horse and buggy to tense global village. Even without Gallipoli, his story - full of adventure and idealism, struggle and determination – is a yarn worth telling. But as the last Anzac, Alec became a symbol for something much greater; as the sole survivor of an estimated million soldiers who fought on all sides in the Gallipoli campaign, he became 'one man in a million'.

©2003 Jonathan King (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Steen Silkeborg, Denmark 04-24-12
    Steen Silkeborg, Denmark 04-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I mistook the book for a story about the battle of Gallipoli.


    Which character ??? as performed by Peter Byrne ??? was your favorite?

    I'm just a big fan of Peter Byrne


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a story abut a great man, who spend most of his life, improving the life of the working class.


    Any additional comments?

    No doubt that Alec Campbell was a great man. But the battle of Gallipoli was a tiny bit of his life. Maybe not in his mind, but at least in time spend there. So the front cover of the book, is kind of misleading, since there where other things in his life, that took a great deal of his life. The Unions and the sailing. I was searching for a book about the battle of Gallipoli and about the daily life of the ANZAC troops. I just got the wrong book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William R. Toddmancillas Chico, California United States 08-03-14
    William R. Toddmancillas Chico, California United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    What disappointed you about Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing?

    This story is not about Gallipoli per se, but a biography of one of the soldiers who fought in that campaign. I was expecting a more thorough description of the campaign, not a detailed biography.


    What could Jonathon King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing, but a more appropriate title might be: "Gallipoli: One Soldier's Story."


    Did Peter Byrne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I suppose he did, but that does not mitigate the fact that the book is misrepresented.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing?

    See above.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be removed from available selections. Not accurately marketed.

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