The Great War

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Pan Macmillan Australia, 2006 - Australia / Army / Australian and New Zealand Army Corps / History - 863 pages
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The Great War is Les Carlyon's extraordinary account of the Anzacs on the Western Front from 1916 to 1918. It combines a brilliant overview of this immense conflict with telling detail, stories, letters and diaries that breathe life into those terrible battles of 90 years ago. In The Great War Carlyon has produced a masterpiece that takes the reader from the generals formulating strategy, to the troops fighting cold, filth and the terror of sudden death in their trenches. Written with the same narrative skill, humanity, vivid recreation and meticulous research that made Gallipoli a number one bestseller, Les Carlyon's astonishing new book is an epic that will stand as the lasting and definitive history of Australia's involvement in the Great War.

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User Review  - AaronPegram - LibraryThing

Carlyon's writing style is very appropriate for this engaging story of Australians on the Western Front. His research is thorough, and indeed, it picks up from where 'Gallipoli' finishes. But Carlyon ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Les Carlyon was born in northern Victoria in 1942. He has been editor of the Age, Melbourne, and editor-in-chief of the Herald & Weekly Times. He has twice won the Walkley Award. His Gallipoli was published in 2001 to enormous critical and commercial success in Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, and is now widely regarded as the definitive history of that campaign. Gallipoli won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best History Book and the Australian Publishers' Association Readers' Choice Award.In 2006 The Great War was published to universal acclaim and became an instant bestseller. It won the inaugural Prime Minister's Prize for History in 2007, and was also honoured by the Australian Book Industry Awards, winning the Australian Book of the Year, as well as the Best General Non-fiction Book.

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