Desert Boys: Australians at War from Beersheba to Tobruk and El Alamein by Peter Rees

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April 2012, no. 340

Desert Boys: Australians at War from Beersheba to Tobruk and El Alamein by Peter Rees

Reviewed by
April 2012, no. 340

Where would Australian publishers and bookshops be without popular military history? Door-stoppers with their green-and-brown dust jackets that shout ‘epic’ and ‘Anzac’, ‘hell’ and ‘tragedy’, might be less lucrative than cooking, diet, and self-help books, but they are up there with cricket memoirs and true crime. Where would we book-buyers be without them? They are a reliable standby when it is time to wrap another birthday or Christmas gift for that uncle, grandfather, or brother-in-law who likes to read and once marched off to war, or who is simply a recognisable product of that lost world that once did such things.

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