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Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend [New Edition]

PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION OF
ANZAC MEMORIES

‘AS GOOD A PICTURE OF THE IMPACT OF THE GREAT WAR ON INDIVIDUALS AND AUSTRALIA AS WE ARE LIKELY TO GET IN THIS GENERATION.’

— Michael McKernan, Sydney Morning Herald

‘AN IMMENSE ACHIEVEMENT OF THIS BOOK IS THAT IT SO CLEARLY ILLUMINATES THE HISTORICAL PROCESSES THAT LEFT MEN LIKE MY GRANDFATHER FOREVER STRUGGLING TO FASHION MYTHS WHICH THEY COULD LIVE BY.’

— Michael Roper, Oral History

‘ONE OF THE LAST ORAL HISTORIES OF THE GENERATION THAT FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR I, IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE BEST, A SUPERB ACCOUNT OF THE INTERACTION OF PRIVATE MEMORY WITH PUBLIC MYTH.’

— Richard White, American Historical Review

‘THE INTRICATE ASSESSMENT OF THE EXPEIENCE OF WAR AND ITS PERSISTENCE AS A MEMORY INSURVIVORS’ LIVES IS WELL- DEMONSTRATED BY ALISTAIR THOMSON’S QUITE EXCEPTIONAL RECENT BOOK ANZAC MEMORIES.’

— Patrick Wright, The Guardian

‘A WONDERFULLY SUBTLE AND ENGAGING ACCOUNT OF THE ANZAC TRADITION.’

— Alan Atkinson, The Commonwealth of Speech

‘SURELY ONE OF THE DECADE’S MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY.’

— Peter Stanley, Australian Historical Studies

‘A MAGNIFICENT DEMONSTRATION THAT IT IS POSSIBLE, WITH SCRUPULOUS METHODOLOGY, TO ACCOMMODATE THE OLD PROJECT OF HISTORIANS – WHO SOUGHT TO PROVIDE FACTUAL NARRATIVE AND ANALYSIS GROUNDED IN THIS – WITH ORAL HISTORY AND CULTURAL STUDIES.’

— Angus Calder, The Historical Association

‘A MAJOR WORK BOTH IN THE DISCIPLINE OF ORAL HI STORY AND IN THE HI STORIOGRAPHY OF THE ANZAC LEGEND.’

— Peter Edwards, Journal of the Australian War Memorial

‘A FASCINATING, OFTEN MOVING, AND IMPORTANT ACCOUNT.’

— Peter Edwards, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

‘ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE LIMITATIONS AND POTENTIALITIES OF ORAL TESTIMONY WILL FIND ANZAC MEMORIES AN ABSORBING STUDY.’

— Ian McGibbon, Journal of Military History

Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend [New Edition]

   by Alistair Thomson