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The dust of Uruzgan, Fred Smith

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The dust of Uruzgan
Title
The dust of Uruzgan
Statement of responsibility
Fred Smith
Title variation
Dust of Uruzgan
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the first comprehensive on-the-ground account of Australia's mission in Afghanistan : making sense of that country and that war, one song at a time
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Fred Smith has been described as 'Australia's secret weapon' in international diplomacy. As a career diplomat, he served in Afghanistan during the time Australian Defence Forces were engaged in our 'longest war' against Taliban insurgents. It was Fred's second career as a musician that came to the fore in Uruzgan province, where his guitar served as a bridge not only to the Australian troops, but also to the people of this war-torn region. His song about the death of Australian soldier Ben Ranaudo, 'The Dust of Uruzgan,' captured the hearts of many serving in Afghanistan and was recoded by Lee Kernaghan on his bestselling Tribute to Anzac album. Now, with Australian forces out of Afghanistan, this book is the first comprehensive insider account of Australia's deep involvement there. Part memoir, part history, part anecdote, it is set against a subsistence agricultural province with a 5% literacy rate, in which tribal leaders colluded and conspired against one another in a society where trust had been smashed by 35 years of brutal warfare. The cast of characters includes charismatic tribal leaders, corrupt Provincial Governors, domineering warlords, bustling US colonels, and courteous interpreters, all of whom Fred worked with daily during his unique mission..
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
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Smith, Fred
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Smith, Fred
  • Australia
  • Afghan War, 2001-2021
  • Afghanistan
  • Diplomats
  • Musicians
  • Afghan War, 2001-2021
  • Military assistance, Australian
  • Uruzgan (Afghanistan)
  • Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan
Target audience
adult
Label
The dust of Uruzgan, Fred Smith
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
000057553950
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 399 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781760292218
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour), map, portraits (chiefly colour)
Label
The dust of Uruzgan, Fred Smith
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
000057553950
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 399 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781760292218
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour), map, portraits (chiefly colour)

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