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The Great War

by Les Carlyon

179,000 dead and wounded soldiers left a nation to mourn its fallen heroes in ‘one long national funeral’ into the 1930s and, now again, a century later. As he did with the best-seller Gallipoli, Carlyon leads the reader behind the lines, across the western front and other theatres of battle, and deep into the minds of the men who are witnesses to war.

Having walked the fields of France, Belgium and Turkey on his quest for a truth beyond the myth, Carlyon weaves us a mesmerising narrative that shifts seamlessly from the hatching of grand strategies in the political salons of London and St Petersburg to the muddy, bloody trenches of Pozieres and Passchendaele where ordinary soldiers descended into a maelstrom unimaginable.

The Great War is history at its best – a brilliant account of the most vital event in Australian history.


01 November, 2006

About Les Carlyon

Les Carlyon was born in Northern Victoria in 1942. He has been editor of the Melbourne Age, editor-in-chief of the Herald and Weekly Times group and visiting lecturer in journalism at RMIT in a career that has established him as one of Australia's most respected journalists. He has received both the Walkley Award (1971) and the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award (1993). Les Carlyon is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Gallipoli, as well as his latest work, The Great War.

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