The Truth Behind the Killing of 'Breaker' Morant
Murder or justice?
The question of "The Breaker's" innocence is still being fiercely debated more than a century after Lieutenant Harry Morant and Lieutenant Peter Handcock were shot on a lonely veldt outside Pretoria at dawn on 27 February, 1902, by a British military firing squad.
SHOOT STRAIGHT, YOU BASTARDS! is a universal account of greed, ambition and the power of the political machine that crushes anyone who gets in the way. In much the same way that Bruce Beresford's award-winning feature film "Breaker Morant" captured the popular imagination, SHOOT STRAIGHT, YOU BASTARDS! is an explosive read as controversial an event today as it was 101 years ago.
In every war there is a character like Morant - a rebellious spirit who ends up on the wrong side of the "great cause". This updated edition includes an appendix containing dramatic new evidence that Kitchener gave orders to "take no prisoners". Expert legal opinion supporting the Breaker's innocence and a strong campaign to secure a proper judicial review combine here in a story Australians have waited more than a century to read!
“Critical acclaim for SHOOT STRAIGHT, YOU BASTARDS!:”
“‘A ripping yarn that examines grave questions of morality and the value of human life’ - The Sydney Morning Herald”
“‘An eye-opening version of the most controversial killing of two Australians in war time ever known’ - Daily Telegraph”
“‘A comprehensive exploration of the legend of Breaker Morant … compelling reading’ - Sunday Times (South Africa)”