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Henry Ford is reputed to have claimed that ‘History is bunk’, and in the view of Brigadier Chris Roberts he is partly correct. According to Roberts, much popular history is based on myths and misperceptions, including as a result of the misuse of source material, shallow research
and poor knowledge of subject matter. Myths and misperceptions are especially evident in histories of World War I, a prime example being those of the landings at Gallipoli in 1915. In researching The landing at ANZAC, 1915, Brigadier Chris Roberts followed Sir Michael
Howard’s sage advice to ‘read in width, in depth, and in context’, which revealed three fundamental lessons: analyse and evaluate your sources; know your subject; and let the evidence shape your story. He wrote for his readers, to make a complex subject understandable and interesting to the layperson. Presentation of the information, the
simplicity of the story and the written style were paramount in shaping the book.
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