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Rogue Forces Paperback – 18 August 2021
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Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award's Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction.
Rogue Forces is the explosive first insiders’ story of how some of Australia’s revered SAS soldiers crossed the line in Afghanistan, descending from elite warriors to unlawful killers.
Mark Willacy, who won a Gold Walkley for exposing SAS war crimes, has penetrated the SAS code of silence to reveal one of the darkest chapters in our country’s military history.
Willacy’s devastating award-winning Four Corners program, ‘Killing Fields’ captured on film for the first time a war crime perpetrated by an Australian: the killing of a terrified, unarmed Afghan man in a field by an SAS soldier. It caused shockwaves around the world and resulted in an Australian Federal Police war crimes investigation. It also sparked a new line of investigation by the Brereton inquiry, the independent Australian Defence Force inquiry into war crimes in Afghanistan. It was a game changer.
But for Willacy, it was just the beginning of a much bigger story. More SAS soldiers came forward with undeniable evidence and eyewitness testimony of other unlawful killings, and exposed a culture of brutality and impunity.
Rogue Forces takes you out on the patrols where the killings happened. The result is a gripping character-driven story that embeds you on the front line in the thick of the action as those soldiers share for the first time what they witnessed. Willacy also confronts those accused about their sides of the story.
At its heart, Rogue Forces is a story about the true heroes who had the courage to come forward and expose the truth.
This is their story. A story that had to be told.
'[T]his brilliant and courageous book should be required reading for anyone seeking to paint our most recent military adventure as morally unambiguous. As Willacy shows, the “moral injury” sustained by many veterans was often a case of friendly fire.’ The Australian
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Australia (18 August 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1761101781
- ISBN-13 : 978-1761101786
- Dimensions : 15.5 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 20,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written from the POV of somebody staring at hours of video footage and in doing so develops a god complex and throws the craft of journalism right out the window. Disrespectful to grieving families, not as accurate as it thinks it is and you would think a leading ABC journalist would try to be accurate and impartial? None of this matters to Willacy he has to conjure things up to prove a point, sure war crimes may have happened...find a war where they haven't? I'm sure Willacy's peers think this is revealing high-level journalism, it isn't. Expositional commentary at best, skimming along the surface trying to go deep but failing on every page. All those hours of staring at classified footage created a delusional god complex, the output is cliche'd hysteria and outrage and rarely tries to get anywhere near trying to understand a soldiers mindset
If I could give less than 1 star I would.