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Book Reviews

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A selection of Book Reviews reviews have been prepared for viewing online as pdf documents (Adobe Acrobat reader required - visit www.adobe.com and download (free)).

Book Reviews are listed in alphabetical order by author. Hold down [Ctrl] then press [F] to search for a review, then click on the green button to download and view it.

CLICK HERE to download article David W. Cameron
The battle of Long Tan: Australia’s four hours of hell in Vietnam
Reviewed by Marcus Fielding
CLICK HERE to download article Kevin Foster
Don’t mention the war: the Australian Defence Force, the media and the Afghan conflict.
Reviewed by Marcus Fielding
CLICK HERE to download article Paul Ham
Passchendaele: requiem for doomed youth
Reviewed by Marcus Fielding
CLICK HERE to download article Alistair Horne
Hubris: the tragedy of war in the twentieth century
Reviewed by Marcus Fielding
CLICK HERE to download article Jennifer Lawless
Kismet: the story of the Gallipoli prisoners of war
Reviewed by Marcus Fielding
CLICK HERE to download article Ian Morris
War! What is it good for? The role of conflict in civilisation, from primates to robots
Reviewed by Marcus Fielding
CLICK HERE to download article Mary Roach
Grunt: the curious science of humans at war
Reviewed by Marcus Fielding
CLICK HERE to download article Fred Smith
The dust of Uruzgan
Reviewed by Marcus Fielding
CLICK HERE to download article Nikolaus Wachsmann
KL: a history of the Nazi concentration camps
Reviewed by Marcus Fielding

  Preparing and Submitting a Book Review

Writing tips

A book review written for United Service should not exceed 400 words (short reviews) or 850 words (long reviews).

The opening paragraph should be designed to capture the reader’s attention and should briefly state what the book is about – its key focus, e.g. naval strategy in the Pacific during World War II.

The second paragraph should give a brief background of the author and his/her suitability or qualifications for writing this book.

Subsequent paragraphs should elaborate the book’s main content.

• If the author presents a specific theme, thesis or position in the book, that theme should be clearly presented.
• It may be appropriate to comment on the nature, quality and extent of the research undertaken by the author to underpin his/her thesis.
• If the reviewer has an opinion on the author, contents or presentation of the book, it is appropriate to state that opinion. If the author takes a controversial position on a matter, this may be critically examined.
• It may be helpful to a potential reader to summarise the book’s structure and content.

In the penultimate paragraph(s), it may be appropriate to comment on the presence or absence or quality of the index, references, bibliography, maps, photographs, diagrams or similar inclusions. It also may be appropriate to comment on the style in which the prose is written, e.g. a book may be criticised as being written in a dull or overly-journalistic style.

The concluding paragraph should summarise the reviewer’s overall assessment of the book, e.g. this book provides new insight into the topic, or is one of the best I have read on the topic. The concluding paragraph should also include a recommendation about the people to whom the book might appeal – general readers, Australian Defence Force personnel, veterans, students, historians, etc.

Submission

The review should be submitted as a 'Word' file. The content should conform to the style of similar book reviews in recent issues of United Service and the guide for MAJOR PAPERS as applicable. For recently published books, the review should be accompanied by a scanned photo of the cover as a separate .pdf or image (.jpg, .png) file.

The reviewer should include her/his first name and family name; and provide the following details of the book:

• title;
• author;
• name of publisher;
• place of publication;
• date of publication;
• number of pages;
• ISBN;
• recommended retail price (for recently published books only); and
• Ursula Davidson Library call number (for books that are in the library only).

Reviews should be addressed to the Editor either at office@rusinsw.org.au (preferred); or by post to the Institute’s offices: Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, New South Wales, Locked Bag 18, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia. For electronic submissions, text should be attached to the e-mail as a ‘Word’ file and illustrations as a separate .pdf or image (.jpg, .png) file.

Submission of book review implies the transfer of the copyright from the author to the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, New South Wales as the website publisher. Submission also implies that the author has not published the material, nor submitted it for publication, elsewhere; unless previous publication is clearly stated and the first publisher has granted permission for the material to be re-published.


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