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Title:The Rugby War
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Number of Pages:352
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The Rugby War by Peter FitzSimons

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Rugby War Tells the story of the revolution in world rugby that led to the game becoming fully professional The author relates the battle for control of Rugby Union between Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch

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Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend, Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution, Batavia, Tobruk, A Simpler Time, Gallipoli, Kokoda, Nancy Wake, Mawson: And the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen, The Ballad of Les Darcy
Eureka Stockade The Unfinished RevolutionIn Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade Though brief and doomed to fail the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind Henry Lawson wrote poems about it its symbolic flag is still raised and even the nineteenth century visitor Mark Twain called it a strike for liberty Was this rebellion a fledgling nation s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule Or was it merely rabble rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes, b Love him or loathe him Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers ploughs b br br Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy s brushes with the law Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination Was he even a political revolutionary an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka br br Peter FitzSimons bestselling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of this nation s history is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories From Kelly s early days in Beveridge Victoria in the mid s to the i Felons Apprehension Act i which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang to Ned s appearance in his now famous armour prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim He is the devil and He is the bunyip FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life weighing in on all of the myths legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish Australian rebel See more at a target blank href http www randomhouse com au books peter fitzsimons ned kelly aspx sthash krvD GcJ dpuf rel nofollow http www randomhouse com au books p a, b The incredible story of Australia s most famous polar explorer and the giants from the heroic age of polar exploration b Douglas Mawson born in and knighted in was Australia s greatest Antarctic explorer This is the incredible account of an expedition he led on December from Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz After five weeks tragedy struck Ninnis was swallowed whole by a snow covered crevasse and Mawson and Mertz realized it was too dangerous to go on Dwindling supplies forced them to kill their dogs to feed the other dogs at first and then themselves Hunger sickness and despair eventually got the better of Ninnis and he succumbed to madness and then to death Mawson found himself all alone miles from safety with next to no food This staggering tale of his survival against all odds also masterfully interweaves the stories of the other giants from the heroic age of polar exploration to bring the jaw dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life, b On April Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east After eight months of terrible fighting they would fail b br br Turkey regards the victory to this day as a defining moment in its history a heroic last stand in the defence of the nation s Ottoman Empire But counter intuitively it would signify something perhaps even greater for the defeated Australians and New Zealanders involved the birth of their countries sense of nationhood br br Now approaching its centenary the Gallipoli campaign commemorated each year on Anzac Day reverberates with importance as the origin and symbol of Australian and New Zealand identity As such the facts of the battle which was minor against the scale of the First World War and cost less than a sixth of the Australian deaths on the Western Front are often forgotten or obscured br br Peter FitzSimons with his trademark vibrancy and expert melding of writing and research recreates the disaster as experienced by those who endured it or perished in the attempt