African Trilogy – Alan Moorehead

My introduction to Australian War Correspondent, Alan Moorehead was an essay Clive James wrote about him in his 2005 Cultural Amnesia. I recently tracked down an old copy of African Trilogy, Moorehead’s superb first-hand account of the conflict between the Allied and Axis armies in North Africa and the Mediterranean during 1940-43.

I have just finished it, and Clive James is right; it is exceptionally good.

Alan Moorehead was there to observe almost all of the major battles in North Africa and his dispatches, bashed out on a portable typewriter, sometimes under fire, capture the events in clear, vivid prose. Moorehead brilliantly pieces together the tactical and the strategic, the personal and the statistical, the humorous and the tragic.

My 592-page hardback copy is the 1945 reprint of the 1944 first edition. I believe it is still in print.

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~ by Garry on September 24, 2011.

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