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Some Better War History

Sir: Mervyn Bendle (April 2014) has again provided a timely response to attacks on the Anzac tradition. Like him, I think there are some merits in James Brown’s Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession, not least his call for greater care for service personnel and veterans, and for more serious consideration of questions of defence. However, I am dismayed by much of the material and a lack of depth in Joan Beaumont’s Broken Nation insofar as I can understand it. I have no first-hand knowledge of pre-Second World War Australia, although I grew up during the war…

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