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A decade on from the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Australians are embroiled in what they were told was a 'good' war, the nation's longest military conflict - the war in Afghanistan. This book charts for the first time the decisions, motives and influences that carried Australia into Afghanistan. Based on interviews with dozens of key political and military figures in Australia and abroad, the book looks at the role of domestic politics and the decision to also wage war in Iraq, and lays bare the tensions between political and military decision-making, the nature and potency of the US alliance and the influence of individual personalities in charting Australia's course. And it confirms that if ever there is a good war, this one has become anything but.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522857665
ISBN-10: 0522857663
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 31mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2011
Country of Publication: Australia


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Author Biography - Karen Middleton

Karen Middleton is a political journalist with more than two decades' experience reporting on national and international affairs in print and broadcast media. A former president of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and a Churchill fellow, she is chief political correspondent with SBS Television, a long-time newspaper columnist and radio commentator and a panellist on the ABC's lnsiders program. Karen was in Washington DC on September 11, 2001, and reported from Afghanistan in 2007 and 2011

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