No Front Line: Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan
Chris Masters is Australia's foremost investigative journalist. In Uncommon Soldier he explored the nature of Australian soldiering from recruitment to being on the front line in Afghanistan. His descriptions of battle are some of the most powerful reporting from that war. No Front Linetakes this story even further, to the heart of Special Forces and its war in Afghanistan, a war the Australian public know very little about. Implicitly trusted by Special Forces, Chris gives voice to these soldiers. He takes us right into the centre of some of the fiercest combat, opens up the story of the relationship between the Australians and their US partners and provides the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country's elite fighting forces. Masterfully told, No Front Linewill be as controversial as it is revealing. It will also find a place as one of the finest contemporary books on soldiering.
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.
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: CoinPART VII: TransitionPART VIII: RetrogradeConclusion Acknowledgements Notes List of abbreviations Index