Craig Stockings (ed.): Anzac's Dirty Dozen

Anzac’s Dirty Dozen: 12 Myths of Australian Military History

edited by Craig Stockings

NewSouth Publishing, $34.99 pb, 346 pp, 9781742232881

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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This book is the second in a series compiled by a group of Canberra academics on the distortions they perceive to surround the writing of military history in this country. Before the book itself is tackled, a word should be said about the titles they have chosen for their two volumes. The first (published in 2010) is called Zombie Myths of Australian Military History; this one is entitled Anzac’s Dirty Dozen: 12 Myths of Australian Military History. As happens to many a poor author, these hideously ugly titles may have been imposed on the book by the publisher. If not, they need serious help when they title future volumes.

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Published in May 2012 no. 341

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