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Book Reviews

These reviews represent the personal opinion of the reviewer and do not reflect the official position of the Royal United Services Institute of Victoria Inc. They are presented to allow readers to evaluate readings on defence, both past and current.

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Beyond Combat

Australian Military Activity away from the Battlefields

 

Tristan Moss and Tom Richardson (Eds)

NewSouth Publishing 2018

Paperback   256pp   RRP: $39.99

 

Reviewer: Kevan Sanderson, April 2019

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Duty Nobly Done

An extraordinary account of 11 family members in the Great War

Adam Holloway

Big Sky Publishing   2019

Paperback   528pp   RRP $34.99

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, May 2018

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The Civilisation of Port Phillip

Settler ideology, violence, and rhetorical possession

Thomas James Rogers

Melbourne University Press Academic   2018

Paperback   254pp   RRP: $44.99

 

Reviewer: Roger Buxton, April 2019

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The Limits of Peacekeeping

Australian Missions in Africa and the Americas, 1992–2005

[The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping - Vol 4]

 

Jean Bou, Bob Breen et al (Eds)

Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne Vic 2018

Hardback   743pp   RRP: $179.00

 

Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, May 2019

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Unconquered: Our Wounded Warriors

 

Denny Neave et al (Eds)

Big Sky Publishing 2019

Hardback 264pp  $69.99   

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, May 2019

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Ypres

Great Battles Series

 

Mark Connelly and Stefan Goebel

Oxford University Press, Oxford UK 2018

Hardback   288pp   RRP: $56.99

 

Reviewer: Robert Dixon, April 2019

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Australia’s Vietnam

Myth vs History

Mark Dapin

NewSouth Books   2019

Paperback   272pp   RRP $32.99

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, June 2019

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Beat PTSD

How a Combat Soldier Conquered Chronic PTSD to Live a Life that Truly Matters,

and How You Can Too

 

Kevin Lloyd-Thomas

Global Publishing Group, 2018

Paperback   240pp   RRP: $29.95

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, June 2019

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Hell of a Time

An Australian Soldier’s Diary of the Great War

 

Philip Owen Ayton (Elvala Ayton, Ed)

Text Publishing Company 2018

Paperback   287pp   RRP $49.99

 

 Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, July 2019

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Intelligence and the Function of Government

 

Daniel Baldino and Rhys Crowley (Eds)

Melbourne University Press Academic   2018

Paperback   295pp   RRP $49.99

 

Reviewer:  Tim Cook, June 2019

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No Less Worthy

Acknowledging Western Australian Aboriginal Men in World War

Second Edition

 

Aboriginal History WA

Western Australia Museum    2019

Paperback   156pp   RRP $35.00

 

Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, July 2019

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Playing Soldier:

The books and toys that prepared children for war, 1871-1918

 

Richard Cheek

The Groller Club, New York 2018

Hardcover  471pp   RRP $86.88

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, June 2019

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Politics of Forgetting:

New Zealand, Greece and Britain at War

 

Martyn Brown

Australian Scholarly Publishing   2019

Paperback   432 pp    RRP $49.95

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, June 2019

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Purple Patch

 

History of the 3rd Field Company Engineers in World War One

Darren Prickett

Big Sky Publishing   2019

Hardback   324pp   RRP $34.99

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, June 2019

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Shadows on the Track

Australia’s Medical War in Papua 1942 - 1943

 

Jan McLeod

Big Sky Publishing   2019

Hardback   396pp   RRP $34.99

 

Reviewer: Robert Dixon, June 2019

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The Battle of the Lys

 

April 1918

 

Australian Army Campaign Series

Colin Mattey

Big Sky Publishing   2019

Paperback   160pp   RRP $19.99

 

Reviewer: Richard Batley, June 2019

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The Hell Pits of Sendryu

A POW story of survival on the Death Railway and Nagasaki

 

Jim Brigginshaw

Big Sky Publishing, 2018

Paperback   188pp   RRP: $29.99

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, June 2019

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Australia Remembers

Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, War Memorials

 

Allison Paterson

Big Sky Publishing 2018

Hardback   64pp   RRP: $24.99

 

Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, February 2019

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The Battle of the Atlantic

How the Allies won the War

 

Jonathan Dimbleby

Viking (Penguin) London 2016

Paperback   584pp   RRP: $24.99

 

Reviewer: Roger Buxton, January 2019

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Dear Grandpa, Why?

Reflections from Kokoda to Hiroshima

 

John L Read

Wakefield Press, Adelaide 2018

Paperback   192pp   RRP: $24.95

 

Reviewer: Ian Freer, January 2019

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Australia’s First Spies

The remarkable story of

Australia’s intelligence operations, 1901-45

 

John Fahey

Allen and Unwin 2018

Paperback   456pp   RRP: $34.99

 

Reviewer: Bob Hart, February 2019

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Frederick Whirlpool VC

Australia’s Hidden Victoria Cross

 

Alan Leek

Big Sky Publishing 2018

Paperback   265pp   RRP: $29.99

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, February 2019

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First and Foremost

A Concise Illustrated History of

1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment,

1945-2018

 

Bob Breen

Big Sky Publishing 2018

Hardback   164pp   RRP: $34.99

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, February 2019

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Only One Place:

A man, a family, a war and a homecoming …

 an Australian story of virtue and renewal

 

Robyn Whinfield

Robyn Whinfield, Darwin  2018

Paperback   398pp   RRP: $30.00

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, February 2019

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Military Law in Colonial Australia

 

Neil Preston

The Federation Press, Annandale NSW 2016

Paperback    344pp   RRP  $89.95

 

Reviewer:  Paul Willie, January 2019

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Pine Gap

The inside story of the NSA in Australia

 

David Rosenberg

Hardie Grant Books 2018

Paperback   288pp   RRP: $29.99

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, January 2019

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Our Corner of the Somme

Australia at Villers-Bretonneux

Australian Army History Series

 

Romain Fathi

Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne Vic 2019

Hardback   270pp   RRP: $59.95

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, February 2019

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The Looming Tower:

Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11

 

Lawrence Wright

Allen Lane (Penguin), NewYork 2006

Paperback   469pp

 

Reviewer:  Rowan Story

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Terrorism in Australia

The story of Operation Pendennis

 

Peter Moroney

New Holland Publishers, Chatswood NSW 2018

Paperback   221pp   RRP: $29.99

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, January 2019

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The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean

 

Peter Burness (Ed)

NewSouth Books 2018

Hardback   644pp   RRP: $79.99

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, December 2018

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Mutiny on the Western Front: 1918

 

Greg Raffin

Big Sky Publishing 2018

Paperback   284pp   RRP: $29.99

 

Reviewer: Robert Dixon, April 2019

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John Curtin’s War Vol II,

Triumph and Decline

 

John Edwards

Penguin Australia, 2018

Hardcover   512pp   RRP $49.99

 

Reviewer: Bob Hart, March 2019

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Kangaroo Squadron

American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II

 

Bruce Gamble

De Capro Press, Hachette Australia 2018

Paperback   400pp   RRP: $27.99

 

Reviewer: Robert Dixon, March 2019

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D-Day New Guinea

 

Phillip Bradley

Allen & Unwin 2019

Paperback   336pp   RRP: $32.99

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, March 2019

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1917 War, Peace & Revolution

 

David Stevenson

Oxford University Press 2017

Hardback   480pp   RRP: $61.95

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, March 2019

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Best We Forget

The War for White Australia, 1914-18

 

Peter Cochrane

The Text Publishing Company, Melbourne   2018

Paperback   272pp   RRP: $32.99

Reviewer: Robert Dixon, December 2018

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Highlands to Deserts

The History of 19th Chief Engineer Works

Michael Tyquin

Big Sky Publishing   2018

Paperback   294pp   RRP $34.99

 

Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, March 2019

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The Man who Took the Rap

Sir Robert Brooke-Popham and the Fall of Singapore

 

Peter Dye

Naval Institute Press, Annapolis USA 2018

Hardcover   448pp  RRP $44.95

 

Reviewer:   Robert Dixon, December 2018

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Secret Army

An elite force, a secret mission,

a fleet of Model-T Fords, a far flung corner of WWI

 

Barry Stone

Allen & Unwin, 2017

Paperback   248pp   RRP: $29.99

 Reviewer: Kevan Sanderson, December 2018

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British Army of the Rhine

The BAOR 1945-1993

 

Paul Chrystal

Pen & Sword Military    Barnsley, UK  2018

Paperback   127pp   RRP: $26.50 + p&h

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, December 2018

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Heroes of Hamel

The Australians and Americans

whose WWI victory changed modern warfare

 

Stephen Dando-Collins

Vintage Books (Penguin Random House Australia) 2016

Paperback   323pp   RRP: $24.99

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, December 2018

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The Afghanistan Conflict and Australia’s Role

 

Amin Saikai (Ed)

Melbourne University Publishing    2011

Paperback   304pp   RRP: $59.99

 

Reviewer:  Michael Hili, October 2018

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The Battle of Menin Road 1917

 

Roger Lee

Big Sky Publishing, 2018

Paperback   188pp   RRP: $19.99

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, August 2018

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The New Zealand Wars

 

Philippa Werry

New Holland    Sydney, 2018

Paperback   80pp   RRP: $24.99

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, November 2018

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Hell to Pay

Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947

 

 D M Giangreco

Naval Institute Press, Annapolis Maryland, 2017

Hardback   582pp   RRP: $47.00

 

Reviewer: Michael Hili, October 2018

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The Lost Battalions

A battle that could not be won. An island that could not be defended. An ally who could not be trusted

Tom Gilling

Allen & Unwin, 2018

Paperback   272pp   RRP: $32.99

 

Reviewer: Robert Dixon, October 2018

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Serving in Silence?

Australian LGBT Servicemen and Women

 

Noah Riseman / Shirleene Robinson / Graham Willett

NewSouth Publishing, Sydney NSW 2018

Paperback RRP: $39.99

 

Reviewer: Ian Lillie, October 2018

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The Sydney Wars:

Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

Stephen Gapps

NewSouth Books, 2018

Paperback   432pp   RRP: $34.99

 

Reviewer: Robert Dixon, October 2018

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The Last 100 Days:

The Australian Road to Victory in the First World War

 

Will Davies

New South Books, 2018

Paperback   352pp   RRP: $34.99

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, October 2018

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 Guide to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

Peter Francis (Ed)

Third Millennium Publishing, 2018

Hardback   224pp   RRP: $39.99

 

Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, November 2018

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The Missing Man

From the outback to Tarakan, the powerful story of Len Waters, Australia’s first Aboriginal fighter pilot

 

Peter Rees 
Allen & Unwin, 2018

Paperback  348pp, $32.99 
 

Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, October 2018

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Malayan Emergency

Triumph of the Running Dogs 1948-1960

Gerry von Tonder   2017

 

Pen & Sword Military    Barnsley, UK  

Paperback   128pp   RRP: $26.50 + p&h

 

Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, November 2018

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Australians on the Western Front 1918

Volume 2   Spearheading the Great British Offensive

 

David W Cameron

Penguin Australia    2018

Paperback   560pp   RRP: $34.99

 

Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, October 2018

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Iran-Iraq War

The Lion of Babylon, 1980-1988

Anthony Tucker-Jones   2018

 

Pen & Sword Military    Barnsley, UK  

Paperback   128pp   RRP: $26.50 + p&h

 

Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, November 2018

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Defending the Ypres Front 1914 – 1918

Trenches, shelters and bunkers of the German Army

 

Jan Vancoillie & Kristof Bliek

Pen & Sword Military, 2018

Hardback   294pp   RRP: $45.20

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, November 2018

 

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Australia’s Defence Strategy

Evaluating Alternatives for a Contested Asia

 Adam Lockyer

MUP Academic    2017

Paperback   332pp   RRP: $49.99

 

Reviewer:  Robert Dixon, August 2018

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Dien Bien Phu

The First Indochina War, 1946-1954

Anthony Tucker-Jones   2017

 

Pen & Sword Military    Barnsley, UK  

Paperback   128pp   RRP: $26.50 + p&h

 

Reviewer:  Neville Taylor, November 2018

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Desert Anzacs:

the under-told story of the Sinai Palestine campaign, 1916-1918

Neil Dearberg

Interactive Publications, Clarindale Qld   2017

Paperback   320pp   RRP: $33.00

 

Reviewer: Roger Buxton, August 2018

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An Australian Band of Brothers:

Don Company, Second 43rd Battalion, 9th Division

 

Mark Johnston

New South Books   2018

Paperback   464pp   RRP: $34.99

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, September 2018

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Fighting the Kaiserreich

Australia’s epic within the Great War

 

Bruce Gaunson

Hybrid Publishers, Ormond  2018

Paperback   526pp   RRP: $35.00

 

Reviewer: Neville Taylor, September 2018