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Cosgrove: Portrait of a Leader by Patrick Lindsay
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'My name is Major General Peter Cosgrove. My task is to restore peace and order to East Timor. I plan to carry out that mission.' - General Peter Cosgrove General Cosgrove's leadership of the Peacekeeping Force in East Timor saw him become the face of the Australian digger and our well-loved and best-known General since World War II. "Cos", as he was known among friends, was born to wear khaki. He followed his father and grandfather into the army, and, as a gung-ho 22-year-old soldier, won the Military Cross for bravery under fire in Vietnam during an assault on enemy positions. It was the start of a fascinating odyssey from cocky lieutenant to revered Commander-in-Chief. This is the untold and long awaited story of the man under the slouch hat. Acclaimed author Patrick Lindsay looks at the real Cos - the soldier, the diplomat and the man - through the eyes of those whose lives he touched, and reveals the journey to the top as the Chief of Australia's Defence Forces in one of the most turbulent periods in our history.

Author Biography

After a long career as a print and television journalist, Patrick Lindsay is now a best-selling author and public speaker. THE ESSENCE OF KOKODA, BACK FROM THE DEAD, THE SPIRIT OF THE DIGGER, THE SPIRIT OF KOKODA and COSGROVE: Portrait of a Leader were all best-sellers. Prior to writing fulltime, Patrick had leading roles on the Nine Network's Today, Sunday, Wide World of Sports, Sports Sunday, A Current Affair Summer Edition, and Seven's Today Tonight. Patrick lives in Sydney with his wife, Lisa Cotton. He has three adult children, Nathan, Kate and Sarah.
Release date NZ
July 2nd, 2007
Illustrations (some col.)
Country of Publication
Random House Australia
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