Michael McKernan: Gallipoli; and Scott Bennett: Pozières

Gallipoli: A Short History

by Michael McKernan

Allen & Unwin, $27.99 pb, 230 pp, 9781742370286

Pozières: The Anzac Story

by Scott Bennett

Scribe, $36.95 pb, 398 pp, 9781921640353

Robin Prior

Robin Prior

Robin Prior was born in rural South Australia. He studied at the University of Adelaide, completing a doctorate in 1979. He was an ARC

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Michael McKernan states in his introduction to his short book on Gallipoli that he is dissatisfied with much writing on military history. He writes: ‘Military history is often presented as a thing of maps and statistics, a brutal narrative based on the deployments and motives of commanders with a score sheet of those who performed well and those who failed. In this book I have tried to go beyond that ... to show that somewhere for each life lost, there was long mourning and deep grief.’

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Published in May 2011 no. 331

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