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- DescriptionSeen as the last 'hot' frontline of the Cold War, the ten-year struggle in the rice paddies and jungles of South Vietnam unleashed the most devastating firepower on the Vietnamese nation and visited terrible harm on civilians and soldiers. Yet the Australian forces applied tactics that were very different from those of the Americans. Guided by their commanders' experience of jungle combat, Australian troops operated with stealth, deception and restraint in pursuing a 'better war'. Drawing on hundreds of accounts by soldiers, politicians, aid workers, entertainers and the Vietnamese people, Paul Ham reconstructs for the first time the full history of Australia's longest military campaign. From the commitment to engage, through the fight over conscription and the rise of the anti-war movement, to the tactics and horror of the battlefield, Ham exhumes the truth about this politicians' war. More than 500 soldiers were killed and thousands wounded. Those who made it home returned to a hostile and igrant country and a reception that scarred them forever. This is their story.
- Author BiographyPaul Ham is the author of the highly acclaimed Kokoda (HarperCollins, 2004) and the Australia correspondent of the London Sunday Times. He was born and educated in Australia and lives in Sydney, having spent several years working in Britain as a journalist and publisher.
- PrizesShortlisted for Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia): Non-Fiction 2008.
- Author(s)Paul Ham
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
- Date of Publication01/08/2008
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationPymble
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintHarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
- Content Note3 x 8-page black and white picture sections
- Weight1248 g
- Width155 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine62 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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Interesting but yet heartbreaking.
Why I bought the book, Firstly it's a great book to research, secondly it's personal as a couple of mates died there. We know something but you learn more reading non-fiction.
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