Winner of the inaugural Prime Minister's Prize for History, 2007 The Great War is Les Carlyon's extraordinary account of the Anzacs on the Western Front from 1916 to 1918.
With a novelist's eye for detail and anecdote, Carlyon takes us into the maelstrom of their world. The Great War presents history as a powerful narrative that shifts effortlessly from the political salons of London and Saint Petersburg to the blood-soaked trenches of Pozieres and Passchendaele.
Having walked the fields of France, Belgium and Turkey himself, Carlyon recreates these hellish landscapes and uses meticulous research and mesmerising storytelling to describe the grand strategies of the military leaders on both sides while never losing sight of the ordinary soldiers caught up in the first big war of the industrial age, a war that turned out as no one ever imagined.
A century on from the first shot of WWI, The Great War endures as the most brilliant account of what is still the major event in Australia's military history.
Hard cover, 863 pages.