Perry, Roland: Monash and Chauvel: How Australia’s Two Greatest Generals Changed the Course of World History

Roland Perry

Monash and Chauvel: How Australia’s Two Greatest Generals Changed the Course of World History, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2017

The book ‘tells the story of the emergence and dominance of these brilliant Australian soldiers, who commanded the two most effective armies in defeating the Germans and the Turks in the Great War’ (blurb)

The book is reviewed for Honest History by Derek Abbott, who concludes:

This is a ripping yarn full of derring-do, conspiracies and plots …  It moves at a brisk pace and the persistent reader will reach the end ready to cry “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie”, but if you are looking for a balanced assessment of Monash and Chauvel – or, indeed, of Australia’s important contribution to the Allied victory in World War I – there are many much better books.

Perry talks to Steve Price on commercial radio.

Roland Perry has written 30 books, including a previous book on Monash, Horrie the War Dog, Bill the Bastard (about a horse in war), a number of books on cricket and cricketers, and Celeste (about a famous courtesan who is said to have invented the can-can).

Another view of Monash comes from Peter Stanley in his chapter in The Honest History Book. He disputes the idea that Monash’s story has been neglected.

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