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Conquerors' Road

Conquerors' Road
An Eyewitness Report of Germany 1945


  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521537513

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  • Re-issued in 2003, this highly acclaimed and beautifully written book by one of Australia's finest chroniclers of the Second World War tells the devastating story of war from the inside. Based largely on the author's own war diary and the articles he wrote as a war correspondent, this deeply personal account is unparalleled amongst the vast literature on World War Two. Osmar White was there to record and assess the climactic events of that time: the final days of the Third Reich and the uneasy occupation. And he was able to offer those who read his despatches something further, with insight and compassion he attempted to weigh the moral issues thrown up by victory and by what came after, while trying also to draw lessons for a future humanity. Chosen as one of the top 100 pieces of journalism in the twentieth century, Conquerors' Road remains as fresh and more timely than ever.

    • This highly acclaimed book is an incredibly moving and personal account of the Second World War, unlike any other
    • The author of this book, Osmar White, is highly acclaimed. His beautiful prose breathes new life into the vast literature on World War Two
    • This is one of the finest Australian accounts of World War Two
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Osmar White was not only one of the finest correspondents of the Second World War but a visionary writer and philosopher of courage and conviction. If you care about the future of civilisation then you must read this extraordinary book.' Phillip Knightley

    'Conquerors' Road is compelling reading: candid and immediate, full of vivid witness detail, but inquiring and sceptical.' Philippa Hawker, The Age

    'This book ought surely be considered a key document in the literature of the war and the Holocaust.' Tina Kane, Quadrant

    'This highly personal account of the death agonies of Hitler's Third Reich is war reporting at its absolute best. White was one of Australia's finest war correspondents and the publishing of this memoir opens a fascinating time capsule of contemporary reporting on remarkable events.' Tim Bowden

    'The writing is just excellent … I had not heard of Osmar White until I read this book but I will seek out his other writings now. He has provided a concise report which brings alive his part of the war. It seems to me to be as fresh as the day it was written and if this is a period which interests you or you are involved in reconstructing nations, then buy this book. It is a significant commentary from a skilled observer.' British Army Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521537513
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Winter Offensive
    Part II. Springtime in Germany
    Part III. Inside Hitler's Reich
    Part IV. The Aftermath
    Part V. Questions and Reflections.

  • Author

    Osmar White
    Osmar White is regarded as one of Australia's finest war correspondents. His account of the New Guinea campaign in 1942 and 1943, Green Armour, is a classic. In late 1944, Sir Keith Murdoch sent White to Europe for the Herald & Weekly Times group. He was attached to the US Third Army, under General George Patton, and it was this assignment that gave birth to Conqueror's Road.

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