Serle, Geoffrey: Monash

Serle, Geoffrey

John Monash: A Biography, Melbourne University Press in association with Monash University, Carlton, Vic., 1982; later editions 2002, 2013

Engineer, business entrepreneur and World War I general, described by some as Australia’s greatest soldier but subject of anti-semitism. Serle’s book is discussed here in the context of a later biography of Monash and general issues of military biography are discussed here at length. Serle’s brief biography of Monash is here. In one of the odd byways of interwar history, some ex-soldiers in 1930-31 tried unsuccessfully to draft Monash to lead a right-wing political movement, possibly even to become dictator. See also here.

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