Exit Wounds: One Australian's War on Terror

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Melbourne University Press, 2012 - Afghan War, 2001- - 374 pages
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A deeply personal, fast paced and insightful account of Cantwell's life in the Australian Army. He commanded at the very highest levels and fought on the front line in both Gulf Wars and as recently as 2010, where he was the General in charge of Australian forces in Afghanistan. Like David Finkel's The Good Soldiers it will take us onto the ground and into the daily demands and horrors experienced by those at the 'decisive point' of the fighting. As a young man from a large family, John Cantwell joined the Australian Army at 17 as a Private and rose to become a General. The page turning action of his book will be laced through with his insightful descriptions of his personal struggle over decades with post-traumatic stress disorder. Major-General Cantwell will describe his experiences in major wars and conflicts involving Australia over the past 20 years. He will talk about losing soldiers 'entrusted' to his care.

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Major General John Cantwell (retired) has written a sobering account of his career with the Australian Army in the first person, with the editing and guidance of Greg Bearup with the result being the ... Read full review

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What about the forgotten few? The partners and the children of those who went to war, the ones who were abandoned by their military spouses suffering from PTSD. With no one to turn to for any kind of support, with no voice to speak out about the atrocities that they unwittingly have had to endure and still endure, whilst their partners are looked after and compensated by the defence force. 

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About the author (2012)

John Cantwell AO DSC retired from the Australian Army early in 2012 after a career spanning almost forty years. Starting as a private soldier he rose through the ranks to become Major General. For his service he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his 'inspired leadership, deep commitment to his people and superior performance on operations'. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007, in addition to two commendations for superior performance. Since his retirement Major General Cantwell lectures on leadership and military affairs to a variety of defence, business and academic audiences. He is the patron or ambassador for several organisations that support wounded and emotionally damaged Australian veterans. His bestselling book on his experiences in combat and related emotional trauma, Exit Wounds, was shortlisted for the Australian autobiography of the year in 2013. In 2015 he released his latest book Leadership in Action.

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