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War in Words: The Halstead Armoury of /Richardson, Ma/Paper/1920831002/S047-C2
Ever since colonial times, Australian writers have excelled in presenting war in all its aspects, drawing character as it emerges under the pressures of life and death struggle. Their gift is displayed here in fine prose and poems, arranged historically. From Furphy's sardonic story of the Arrow War, to post-Vietnam reflections on the aftermath of conflict, their insights are the key to an outlook on war with has hat developed in other cultures.
"The writers are rarely out to glorify war, or simplistically condemn. Instead they have strived to understand what it is like to be involved or affected. They have succeeded in passing on their understanding in many different forms - in poems, stories, novels, history, personal memoirs, letters and journalism. Thanks to them you don't need to be a specialist to share in that understanding. A book like this is a very good start." - General Peter Cosgrove, in the foreword to War in Words.