Monash

Monash Stunning trade paperback edition of Grantlee Kieza s bestselling biography of Australia s greatest general It s December and the world war is over General Sir John Monash attends a glittering ban

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  • Title: Monash
  • Author: Grantlee Kieza
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Stunning trade paperback edition of Grantlee Kieza s bestselling biography of Australia s greatest general It s December 1918 and the world war is over General Sir John Monash attends a glittering banquet to dine with the King of England and the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling Just four months earlier, the commander of the Australian CorpsStunning trade paperback edition of Grantlee Kieza s bestselling biography of Australia s greatest general It s December 1918 and the world war is over General Sir John Monash attends a glittering banquet to dine with the King of England and the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling Just four months earlier, the commander of the Australian Corps had been knighted in a battlefield, a long way from the streets of Melbourne where this son of a long line of Polish rabbis had grown up Field Marshal Montgomery would declare decades later that Monash was the best general to serve on the Western Front How had this notorious ladies man, who harboured private thoughts about the futility of war and had never fired a shot in anger, come to be feted by the British establishment as well as his countrymen back home In this essential biography of a most unlikely folk hero, Grantlee Kieza paints a lively portrait of an outsider who shaped modern Australia through his energy, drive and ambition, his military brilliance and his vision.

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    1. Knowing very little about John Monash until recently, it was a revelation to read Grantlee Kieza’s biography of the man. I can’t say we learned much (if anything) about Monash in my home state of NSW – but in more recent years as a resident of Victoria I’ve at least picked up on the Monash University and Shrine of Remembrance connections. Lately, research for my own book ‘Brothers in Arms’ during 2015 startled me into awareness of some of Monash’s wartime achievements. His story re [...]

    2. This is a surprising book written in a very accessible way. Starting with the revealing diaries of Monash as a young man - and then relying more on the accounts of others it paints a very honest picture of this substantial man and giant of Australia's modern history. The quote from Montgomery at the front of the book says a lot: 'I would name Sir John Monash as the best general on the Western Front in Europe; he possessed real creative originality, and the war might well have been won sooner, an [...]

    3. This was a very enjoyable and educational book. It's a massive read but fast paced. Monash was an incredible Australian hero

    4. Thought this was an excellent history.This is a review from the Australian newspaper by former senator Stephen Loosley. He makes some very good pointsFew places of honour underline the recurring tragedy of war more graphically than the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in France. This sacred ground commemorates the sacrifice of Australian and other Allied soldiers in the Great War of 1914-18. But as you climb to the top of the tower that overlooks the memorial and surrounding co [...]

    5. An outstanding look at the life of a great Australian - warts and all. Fully endorse Tim Fischer's plan to have him promoted posthumously to Field Marshal.

    6. Grant-Lee Kieza presents a thorough and very readable account of one of modern Australia’s most important people, John Monash. Careful not to disregard the many criticisms Monash received over the years, Kieza manages to present a well balanced and objective story, which is both captivating and inspiring. There are plenty of wisdoms and experiences to learn from throughout the text and important history which is essential in understanding the Australia that we live in today - specifically for [...]

    7. I was really looking forward to reading this, having read much about John Monash in other WW1 books. And in many ways it was a good read. The life of John Monash—widely regarded as Australia's greatest ever military commander—is undoubtedly fascinating and in many ways admirable. And Kieza has done a good job of organising, re-telling, and analysing the life of such an influential and complex figure. Yet in some ways I found it to be slightly disappointing. Perhaps it was my own high expecta [...]

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