Shortlist year: 
2017
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
NewSouth Publishing

About the book

Book cover of Valiant for Truth: The life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent by Neil McDonald

Chester Wilmot (1911–1954) was a renowned Australian war correspondent, broadcaster and writer. Covering the North African battles of Bardia, Tobruk and Derna, the disaster of the Greek Campaign, the epic struggle along the Kokoda Track, the invasion at Normandy and the defeat of Nazi Germany, his voice stood above all others during BBC and ABC broadcasts throughout World War II.

Following the war he continued reporting and published The Struggle for Europe, his classic account of the Normandy invasion, before he was tragically killed in 1954.

Valiant for Truth charts Wilmot’s exceptional life as he reported key events of the twentieth century.