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Publisher's Summary

Australian General Sir John Monash changed the way wars were fought and won. When the British and German High Commands of the First World War failed to gain ascendancy after four years of unprecedented human slaughter, Monash used innovative techniques and modern technology to plan and win a succession of major battles that led to the end of the Great War.

But Australia's greatest military commander fought as many battles with those on his side as he did with his enemies. Monash was the classic outsider who rose to greatness despite the mighty odd of his 'handicaps of birth' – having a German-Jewish background at a time when racism and prejudice were rife: and being a part-time colonial soldier in an Imperial British army.

Roland Perry brings to life the fascinating story of the man whom many have judged as the greatest ever Australian. Monash draws on the subject's comprehensive letter and diary archive – one of the largest in Australia's history. The result is a riveting portrait that weaves together the many strands of his life as a family man, student, engineer, businessman, lawyer, teacher, soldier, leader, romantic and lover of the arts; and reveals why, in addition to his amazing military successes, Monash is remembered and respected even more for his humanity.

©2014 Roland Perry (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Compelling and wholly absorbing ... among the most remarkable Australians of his time." (Bob Carr)
"Highly readable ... inspiring." ( The Herald Sun)

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What an amazing Australian!

This audiobook went beyond what I thought was going to a book on the 'war general' and delved into the passions and interests of Monash prior, during & after the war. I got to experience the 'human' side to what has been, in so many history books, a rather two dimensional figure.
I found the ongoing machinations of Hughes, Murdoch & C.E.W. Bean elucidating - finally putting paid to why Monash was not heralded as a hero general by the latter in his works. If you want an example of How sheer brilliance, force of character & integrity can win out despite the odds, then I highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 06-30-15

monash

If you could sum up Monash in three words, what would they be?

a remarkable man

What was one of the most memorable moments of Monash?

the war statistic,s against the germans in that main battle

What does David Tredinnick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

david seem,s to bring out the character in the storyline he is a very good and interresting reader

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the story of the monier bridges in there early stage and tests

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mandatory reading for the centenary of Gallipoli

Meticulius research by Perry make his ascertions compelling. Story with a great reading performance was extraordinary

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  • CXP
  • La Jolla, CA, United States
  • 09-21-16

History everyone should know

I regret I had not read this book when it was first published. Fascinating and important history.

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  • Joe
  • 11-02-16

Great Story About a Great Australian, Engineer and Military Commander

What a terrific story. Monash was an engineer with a wonderful intellect. He applied his disciplined mind to winning a war and succeeded magnificently in a time and environment when new thinking was not readily embraced.

The story of Monash adds further depth and understanding to the Australian character.

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  • Spencer
  • 05-03-16

Great man; great story

Narration was very good, so perfect that must have been well tuned robot, although a slightly lighter voice would have been better. Good narration was important to my enjoyment of the book. Author did a great job in covering the many ongoing challenges faced by Monash and this kept me riveted to the book.

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  • Rosemary
  • 09-01-15

Loved it

This is the third Rolland Perry book I have listened to, if you love Australian history I highly recommend them.

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  • Blackbishop
  • 05-17-18

Every Australian should read this book

But just a "military man" nit just a military book. This is an incredibly well researched and fantastically written book about Monash, Australia, the Great War, the ANZACS and all the personalities that go into making those things. I can't rate this enough.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-26-18

Great book

Thoroughly enjoyed learning about this man, his life, his challenges and how he overcame them

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  • Jamie
  • 02-23-18

Fantastic history of an incredible Australian.

Would you listen to Monash again? Why?

I will undoubtedly listen to Monash again. It was incredibly interesting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously Monash, however King George seemed like a pretty cool guy!

What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

Great voice acting especially when doing quotes. Some of the French sounded a bit strange, but I'm not sure what it should actually sound like.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every time it listed the losses for battles that you'd just heard about. It made really angry at the ineptitude of the British military leaders.

Any additional comments?

Has inspired me to try to find more biographies of Monash.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-18

A *must read* for every Australian.

I had no idea of this man's efforts and outstanding commitments to Australia and WW1.

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  • Peter Gilbert
  • 02-05-18

So glad that I 'read' this book!

What did you like most about Monash?

The subject. Sir John Monash was such a remarkable Australian in more ways than I could have imagined.

What other book might you compare Monash to, and why?

None at the moment.

What does David Tredinnick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I don't know

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't know

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-28-17

Inspirational

if you feel that your life is without direction and have only moderate Scholastic results at school, read this book.

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  • Paul Davies
  • 07-05-17

Very detailed and inspiring

Before this book I knew very little about John Monash. Now I feel his story should be compulsory study for all Australian school children!

The book was inspiring all along the way!