For 100 years, Australians have sought their reflection in the Great War. This book tells the story of what we saw.
Raise a glass for an Anzac. Run for an Anzac. Camp under the stars for an Anzac. Is there anything Australians won't do to keep the Anzac legend at the centre of our national story?
Standing firm on the other side of the enthusiasts is a chorus of critics claiming that the appetite for Anzac is militarising our history and indoctrinating our children. So how are we to make sense of this struggle over how we remember the Great War?
Anzac, the Unauthorised Biography cuts through the clamour and traces how, since 1915, Australia's memory of the Great War has declined and surged, reflecting the varied and complex history of the Australian nation itself. Most importantly, it asks why so many Australians persist with the fiction that the nation was born on 25 April 1915.
Carolyn Holbrook is a research fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia. She completed a PhD in history at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2012 and has previously worked as a food and wine journalist and a policy adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.