Chris Masters in conversation with Peter Leahy


Chris Masters will be in conversation with Peter Leahy on Chris's new book No Front Line. Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan.

In this remarkable book about the intense combat environment experienced by our soldiers in Afghanistan, Chris Masters captures the highs, the lows, the courage and the sacrifice of Australian warriors and their loved ones in our longest war.' - Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd)

In No Front Line.,Australia's foremost investigative journalist, goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan. In an extraordinary investigation undertaken over ten years, Chris Masters opens up the heart of Australia's Special Forces and their war in Afghanistan. He gives voice to the soldiers, he takes us to the centre of some of the fiercest combat Australia has ever experienced and provides the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country's elite fighting forces. But he also asks difficult questions that reveal controversial clouds hanging over our Special Operations mission in Afghanistan. No Front Line will become recognised one of Australia's finest books on contemporary soldiering.

Chris Masters is a distinguished figure in Australian journalism. In 1985, he won Australia's most prestigious award in journalism, the Gold Walkley for his Four Corners report on the Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. His reports  'The Big League' and 'The Moonlight State' both led to royal commissions that helped transform the nation. He is the author of the bestselling Jonestown (2006) and the critically acclaimed Uncommon Soldier (2012).

Professor Peter Leahy AC was Chief of Army from 2002- 2008, retiring after a 37 year career with the rank of Lieutenant General. During his tenure as Chief of Army he was responsible for the rapid expansion and development of the Army, including the Special Forces to enable it to cope with the many changing demands of modern conflict and a changing security environment. On leaving the Army, Peter joined the University of Canberra as a Professor and the Foundation Director of the National Security Institute. 

The vote of thanks will be given by Karen Middleton, The Saturday Paper's chief political correspondent. Karen's book An Unwinnable War. Australia In Afghanistan was published in 2011.

Book signings will take place at 5.30pm before the conversation and then again after. This event is free.