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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.


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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[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.

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