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The centenary of the First World War has prompted many new history books, and Peter’s biography of Australia’s first official war correspondent is an excellent addition to that important library. Charles Bean is controversial, and this book is clear about mistakes he made, particularly in his anti-Semitic attempts to interfere in the advancement of John Monash. But it also charts the way his thinking changed – on many things. The early years in England are finely observed, as are the years of journalism prior to the war, as are the years at war and the decades thereafter, writing the monumental Official History. Bearing Witness will, no doubt, continue the debate about where Bean should sit in the pantheon of Australian heroes. Its elegant and uncluttered style, the care with which it addresses difficult parts of the story, and the evident desire to respect and acknowledge Bean’s influential life, makes this volume a truly rewarding biography.
About the Author
Peter Rees has been a journalist for forty years, working as federal political correspondent for the Melbourne Sun, the West Australian and the Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of The Boy from Boree Creek: The Tim Fischer story (2001), Tim Fischer's Outback Heroes (2002), Killing Juanita: A true story of murder and corruption (2004), which was a winner of the 2004 Ned Kelly Award for Australian crime writing, The Other Anzacs (2008) republished as Anzac Girls (2014), Desert Boys ( 2011) and Lancaster Men (2013). He lives in Canberra.