• by Roland Perry
  • Narrated by David Tredinnick
  • 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

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


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Joe

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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- Spencer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2015
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd