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Read online The Rugby War.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Rugby War Tells the story of the revolution in world rugby that led to the game becoming fully professional The author relates the battle for control of Rugby Union between Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch by Peter FitzSimons

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The Rugby War
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For Australians i Kokoda i is the iconic battle of World War II yet few people know the names of the men who fought on the track or even the details of what happened More Australians died in the months of fighting in Papua than in any other campaign of World War II br br Now bestselling author Peter FitzSimons tells the i Kokoda i story in a gripping and moving style for all Australians i Kokoda i was a defining battle for Australia where a small force of young ill equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow precarious jungle track Again and again the outnumbered Australians risked everything to stop the Japanese from advancing along the track towards mainland Australia br br Conditions on the track were hellish rain was constant the terrain close to inhospitable food and ammunition supplies were practically non existent and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery as well as the Japanese The Australian troops were wounded and exhausted beyond belief but always found that extra bit of spirit to fight on with the help of the local people br br i Kokoda i is a superb blend of authority and gripping storytelling history at its best, Eureka Stockade The Unfinished RevolutionIn Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade Though brief and doomed to fail the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind Henry Lawson wrote poems about it its symbolic flag is still raised and even the nineteenth century visitor Mark Twain called it a strike for liberty Was this rebellion a fledgling nation s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule Or was it merely rabble rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes, The Shipwreck of the Batavia combines in just the one tale the birth of the world s first corporation the brutality of colonisation the battle of good vs evil the derring do of sea faring adventure mutiny ship wreck love lust blood lust petty fascist dictatorship criminality a reign of terror murders most foul sexual slavery natural nobility survival retribution rescue first contact with native peoples and so much more br br Described by author Peter FitzSimons as a true Adults Only version of Lord of the Flies meeting Nightmare on Elm Street the story is set in when the pride of the Dutch East India Company the Batavia is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when just off the coast of Western Australia it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night br br While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the long boat across miles of open sea for help his second in command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over quickly deciding that people on a small island is unwieldy for the small number of supplies they have Quietly he puts forward a plan to odd mutineers how they could save themselves kill most of the rest and spare only a half dozen or so women including his personal fancy Lucretia Jansz one of the noted beauties of Holland to service their sexual needs A reign of terror begins countered only by a previously anonymous soldier Wiebbe Hayes who begins to gather to him those are prepared to do what it takes to survive hoping against hope that the Commandeur will soon be coming back to them with the rescue yacht br br It all happened long ago and it is for a very good reason that Peter FitzSimons has long maintained that this is far and away the greatest story in Australia s history if not the world s FitzSimons unique writing style has made him the country s best selling non fiction writer over the last ten years and he is perfect man to make this bloody chilling stunning tale come alive, b Love him or loathe him Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers ploughs b br br Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy s brushes with the law Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination Was he even a political revolutionary an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka br br Peter FitzSimons bestselling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of this nation s history is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories From Kelly s early days in Beveridge Victoria in the mid s to the i Felons Apprehension Act i which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang to Ned s appearance in his now famous armour prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim He is the devil and He is the bunyip FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life weighing in on all of the myths legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish Australian rebel See more at a target blank href http www randomhouse com au books peter fitzsimons ned kelly aspx sthash krvD GcJ dpuf rel nofollow http www randomhouse com au books p a