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Valiant for Truth

The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent

Mr Peter Brune Neil McDonald

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New South Books
01 December 2016
Biography; Biography: historical, political & military; Second World War; Radio & television industry; Press & journalism
Chester Wilmot (1911-1954) was a renowned Australian war correspondent, broadcaster, journalist and writer. Covering the first triumphant North African battles of Bardia, Tobruk and Derna, the heartbreaking disaster of the Greek Campaign, the epic struggle along the famed Kokoda Track, the momentous amphibious invasion at Normandy and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany, his voice stood above all others during BBC and ABC broadcasts throughout WWII.

Following the war, he continued reporting and broadcasting, and published The Struggle for Europe, his classic account of the Normandy invasion and its aftermath. He was tragically killed in a plane crash over the Mediterranean Sea in 1954 when returning from Australia, where he had been covering the Royal Tour.

Valiant for Truth charts his exceptional life as he reported key events of the 20th century. It contains the most complete account of the command crisis in New Guinea in 1942 and his extraordinary feud with Australian Commander-in-Chief General Sir Thomas Blamey.

Neil McDonald and Peter Brune unite to write this first full biography of one of the most important correspondents of WWII.

By:   Mr Peter Brune, Neil McDonald
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 46mm
Weight:   921g
ISBN:   9781742235172
ISBN 10:   1742235174
Pages:   528
Publication Date:   01 December 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Neil McDonald is a film historian and author. Hisbooks include Kokoda Front Line: the amazing storyof legendary Australian war cameraman Damien Parer(revised edition 2012). He is co-author with PeterBrune of 200 Shots, a pictorial account of Australianfighting on the Kokoda Track. Peter Brune is the bestselling author of A Bastardof a Place: the Australians in Papua; Those RaggedBloody Heroes: from the Kokoda Trail to Gona Beach1942 and most recently Descent into Hell: The fallof Singapore - Pudu and Changi - the Thai Burmarailway.

Reviews for Valiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent

'This is a wonderfully evocative, superbly detailed account of a truly great Australian who was an exemplar of journalism at its best. Wilmot, a demon for accuracy, saw it all, chronicled it all, and it is only right that his extraordinary life in turn be so superbly brought back to life.' - Peter FitzSimons

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