General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC is one of Australia's most significant public figures. As a soldier he saw action in Vietnam, winning the MC, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of Defence Force. Retiring from the army he immediately took charge of the huge relief and rebuilding operation in Qld after the devastation of Cyclone Larry. In 2014, Cosgrove became Australia's Governor General. As Governor General he was everywhere, supporting Australians in times of crisis and sadness, or joy and celebration, representing us on the world stage with humour, intelligence and a force of personal magnetism that was felt by everyone from the Queen to US Presidents.
When he retired as Governor General in July 2019, it was as one of the most beloved and respected in Australia's history. Cosgrove represents the traits we truly value - humour, humanity, toughness and loyalty - like few others. This book is the memoir of his extraordinarily full and eventful life, covering some of the military life that featured in his 2006 bestseller, My Story, but in ways that reflect his changed perspective on them, and also allowing us an incredible insight into the role and world of Australia's Governor General. He was there when three Prime Ministers where toppled by their own parties. He was there through disasters both natural and man-made, such as the destruction of MH 17. He was there for world leaders, and for ordinary Australians. This book is the story of his life and experiences, written with intelligence, forthrightness and a brilliant eye for a telling anecdote.