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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Brown is a former Australian Army officer, who commanded a cavalry troop in southern Iraq, served on the Australian taskforce headquarters in Baghdad and was attached to Special Forces in Afghanistan. He is the Research Director and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney. He is the author of the acclaimed book Anzac’s Long Shadow.

When you live in a country like ours, the dirty business of war is a stranger. That is the blessed legacy of a place where soldiers are rarely seen, and then only on parade. Where war means Anzac Day, and Anzac Days are all the same. There are few moments in modern Australia when you might pause to ask the most consequential of questions . . . What is it that we are willing to fight for?

—James Brown, Firing Line

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What is it that we are willing to fight for? For what principles, what positions, would we stand up and never give in, no matter how great the struggle and how large the cost?
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PUBLISHED: June 2016
RRP: $22.99
ISBN: 9781863958417 PAPERBACK
ISBN: 9781925435016 EBOOK


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[James Brown] is a fine writer, clear and persuasive and capable of adroit tactical moves.

Brown’s survey of this complicated landscape yields some striking phrases and arresting moments. He is a natural and precise writer with a vivid sense of place.

Australian Book Review

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