Rep., 2004. Vii + 387 pp., photo & other plates, including 2 cold. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Gentle wave to pages o/w FINE. This book tells some of the stories of those who have won the Victoria Cross with blow-by-blow accounts of courage in action. Recreating battle scenes from across the globe, from the Crimean War to the Second World War, peppering his narrative with first-hand reports, the author looks deeply into the hearts and minds of a number of exceedingly brave men. With accounts of Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, Gurkhas and Indians, and backed by his own experience of war in many theatres, the author reveals the backgrounds and characters of V.C. winners and shows how high the price of fame can be. Some have been unable to handle the renown that the award brought them, several committed suicide, and others have ended their lives in paupers' graves neglected by the nation they served.