Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost Of Our National Obsession: Redbacks
by James Brown
Editor: Black Inc.
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A century ago we made a mistakeWe sent thousands of young Australians on a military operation that was little more than a disaster.It is true that a hundred years later, we should feel strongly thatBut did we have our right memoryWhat are the lessons we have learned about the war, and what can be the cost of our obsession AnzacDefense analyst and former army officer James Brown believes that Australia is spending too much time, money and emotion on the Anzac legend, and that today’s soldiers are in suffering for it.Strongly evoking the war in Afghanistan, Brun reveals the experience of the modern soldierHe closely examines the companies and clubs that trade on Anzac’s historyIt shows that Australians spend much more time searching after dead warriors than those who are alive.We focus on a cult of remembrance, instead of understanding a new world of soldiering and strategyAnd we do, it is impossible to criticize the Australian Defence Force, even when it makes the same mistakes over and over againNothing that is good for our soldiers or our ability to cope with a changing worldWith respect and passion, Brown shines a new light on Anzac’s long shadow and calls for changeAnzac’s long shadow is refreshing and engaging.It is also frank and no-nonsenseJames Brown stands out as a leader of this new generation of Anzac by asking the tough questionsPeter Leahy, Australian Army Chief, 2002-08 Bold, original, difficult – James Brown tackles the burgeoning Anzac industry of industry and demand, Australians reconsider how we think about the Army and modern-day serviceLeigh Sale’One of Australia’s most insightful strategic analysts, James Brown exposes our cult of AnzacLike our researchers returning from the war, this book is more necessary than everIt’s now time for us to remember our missing, but our livesMichael Vaisselle, former CNN Baghdad Correspondent
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