Monash | Harper Collins Australia


by Grantlee Kieza

On Sale: 01/08/2016


About the Book

Stunning trade paperback edition of Grantlee Kieza's bestselling biography of Australia's greatest general

It's December 1918 and the world war is over. General Sir John Monash attends a glittering banquet to dine with the King of England and the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling. Just four months earlier, the commander of the Australian Corps had been knighted in a battlefield, a long way from the streets of Melbourne where this son of a long line of Polish rabbis had grown up. Field Marshal Montgomery would declare decades later that Monash was the best general to serve on the Western Front. How had this notorious ladies' man, who harboured private thoughts about the futility of war and had never fired a shot in anger, come to be feted by the British establishment as well as his countrymen back home? In this essential biography of a most unlikely folk hero, Grantlee Kieza paints a lively portrait of an outsider who shaped modern Australia through his energy, drive and ambition, his military brilliance and his vision.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780733333545
  • ISBN 10: 0733333540
  • Imprint: ABC Books - AU
  • On Sale: 01/08/2016
  • Pages: 720
  • List Price: 29.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Biography & True Stories / Biography: historical, political & military


Grantlee Kieza is a prizewinning writer for THE COURIER-MAIL and SUNDAY MAIL newspapers in Brisbane. He has previously written for Sydney’s DAILY TELEGRAPH, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, THE AUSTRALIAN and THE SUN-HERALD, covering assignments as diverse as adventure races in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, anti-apartheid activism in Soweto and boxing matches everywhere from Melbourne, Mexico, Manchester and Manhattan--and many other places that don’t start with M. He was a finalist in the 2011 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism. This is his eighth book.

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