Australia's foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan.
The soldiers of the SAS, the Commandos and Special Operations Engineer Regiment are Australia's most highly trained soldiers. Their work is often secret, their bravery undeniable and for thirteen years they were at the forefront of Australia's longest war. Shunning acclaim, they are the Australian Defence Forces' brightest and best skilled.
In an extraordinary investigation undertaken over ten years, Chris Masters opens up the heart of Australia's Special Forces and their war in Afghanistan. He gives voice to the soldiers, he takes us to the centre of some of the fiercest combat Australia has ever experienced and provides the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country's elite fighting forces. But he also asks difficult questions that reveal controversial clouds hanging over our Special Operations mission in Afghanistan.
For Australia, there is no more important war to examine in detail. Afghanistan lives in our recent past and will continue to occupy our future. Masterfully told, No Front Line will find a place as one of Australia's finest books on contemporary soldiering.
Allen & Unwin
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25 October 2017
Introduction Map PART I: The First Phase PART II: The First Interregnum PART III: The Short Haul PART IV: The Second Interregnum PART V: The Long Haul PART VI: Coin PART VII: Transition PART VIII: Retrograde Conclusion Acknowledgements Notes List of abbreviations Index
Chris Masters is Australia's best-known investigative reporter, and is the author of the bestselling Jonestown (2006). In 1985, he won Australia's most prestigious award in journalism, the Gold Walkley, for his Four Corners report on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. His reports 'The Big League' and 'The Moonlight State' both led to royal commissions that helped transform the nation. His most recent book is the critically acclaimed Uncommon Soldier.
- Short-listed for Non-Fiction Book of the Year - Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2018 (Australia)
- Short-listed for Walkley Book Award 2018 (Australia)