As a country boy from Queensland, John Cantwell signed up to the army as a private and rose to the rank of major general. He was on the front line in 1991 as Coalition forces fitted bulldozer blades to tanks...
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As a country boy from Queensland, John Cantwell signed up to the army as a private and rose to the rank of major general. He was on the front line in 1991 as Coalition forces fitted bulldozer blades to tanks and buried alive Iraqi troops in their trenches. He fought in Baghdad in 2006 and saw what a car bomb does to a marketplace crowded with women and children. In 2010 he commanded the Australian forces in Afghanistan when ten of his soldiers were killed. He returned to Australia in 2011 to be considered for the job of chief of the Australian Army. Instead, he ended up in a psychiatric hospital. Exit Wounds is the compassionate and deeply human account of one man's tour of the War on Terror, the moving story of life on a modern battlefield: from the nightmare of cheating death in a minefield, to the poignancy of calling home while under rocket fire in Baghdad, to the utter despair of looking into the face of a dead soldier before sending him home to his mother. He has hidden his post traumatic stress disorder for decades, fearing it will affect his career. Australia has been at war for the past twenty years and yet there has been no stand-out account from these conflictsand-Exit Wounds is it. Raw, candid and eye-opening, no one who reads this book will be unmoved, nor forget its imagery or words.
Greg Bearup has been a feature writer at Good Weekend for the past six years. During his time on the magazine he has twice been awarded a Walkley Award for his writing. Prior to working on the magazine he worked for The Sydney Morning Herald for seven years, primarily as a crime reporter. Greg was born in northern NSW and began his career as a cadet on country newspapers, firstly at the Armidale Express, the Inverell Times and then the Newcastle Herald, before moving to Sydney. In 2004/5 he took two years' leave from his job at the magazine and worked and lived in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria. He filed for The Guardian, The Times and the Christian Science Monitor. He also worked for the United Nations on the elections for Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iraqi's living in Syria. He spent six months in Bamyan, in the remote mountains of Central Afghanistan, working on the Afghan Parliamentary Elections in 2005.