For Australia, a new nation with a relatively small population, the death of 60,000 soldiers during World War I was catastrophic. Australians evaluating the conflict have tended to focus on the sheer quantity of all those countrymen who did not return.
Ross McMullin has retrieved the stories of ten exceptional Australians who exemplified Australia’s gifted lost generation of that conflict and are little known today. They include a revered medical scientist, an Antarctic explorer, a Rhodes Scholar, a rising star in NSW Labor, a visionary vigneron, a talented Duntroon graduate from Marrickville, a dazzling footballer, and a popular farmer who inspired the film Gallipoli.
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