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Australian history
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HarperCollins Publishers

About the book

Book cover Charles Bean - If people really knew: One man's struggle to report the Great War and tell the truth.

CEW Bean's wartime reports and photographs mythologised the Australian soldier and helped spawn the notion that the Anzacs achieved something nation-defining on the shores of Gallipoli and the battlefields of western Europe.

In his quest to get the truth, Bean often faced death beside the Diggers in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front—and saw more combat than many. But did Bean tell Australia the whole story of what he knew?

In this fresh new biography Coulthart explores the man behind the legend.