The Resource Charles Bean

Charles Bean

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Charles Bean
Title
Charles Bean
Statement of responsibility
Ross Coulthart
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Charles Bean
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if people really knew: one man's struggle to report the Great War and tell the truth
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Language
eng
Summary
On the eve of the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign comes a long overdue new biography of this iconic Australian war correspondent, C E W Bean. Charles Bean's wartime reports and photographs mythologised the Australian soldier and spawned the notion that the Anzacs achieved something nation defining on the shores of Gallipoli and the battlefields of western Europe. But did Bean tell the whole story of what he knew? In this new biography, Ross Coulthart explores not only the veracity of Bean's post-war official history but also how closely his actual experience from his diaries and other first-hand accounts compares with what he actually wrote as a journalist during the conflict. Much has been made of Bean's journalistic honesty, but the evidence suggests Bean did not have to be censored much at all. How constrained was he not only by the threat of official censorship but also by his own social and class prejudices and considerations of continued journalistic access? Coulthart's thesis is that repeatedly throughout Bean's frontline reportage, he made journalistic compromises to avoid clashing with the commanders who gave him unhindered access to the front lines. What has never been properly examined is how Bean abandoned any notion of covering the conflict as a proper news reporter to instead dedicate himself to the official history - perhaps because he knew that an attempt to honestly report what he was seeing would not be allowed to be told as the war still raged. This meant that like every other correspondent reporting on the allied armies in the Great War, the full catastrophic story of strategic and command failures was never properly told to his readers. Bean certainly faced death as often as many of the soldiers he stood beside in the trenches, seeing more combat than most of them. But did he get too close and in so doing, lose sight of the role of a journalist/correspondent in a war zone?
Summary
On the eve of the centenary of Gallipoli, Ross Coulthart tells the real story of the iconic Australian war correspondent. 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 Ross Coulthart explores the man behind the legend
Award
Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History, 2015.
Biography type
individual biography
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10470677
Cataloging source
ANL
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Coulthart, Ross
Dewey number
070.4333092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
  • facsimiles
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Biography
Target audience
adult
Label
Charles Bean
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BORROWBOX:HCP_082101
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781460700525
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Charles Bean
Control code
BORROWBOX:HCP_082101
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781460700525
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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