From the bestselling author of Vietnam: The Australian War comes another authoritative account of Australia's military history. Recently televised as a two-part documentary on the ABC.
Paul Ham's Kokoda is the bestselling history of the crucial battles in Papua New Guinea that saved Australia from the threat of Japanese attack. In this acclaimed account, Ham describes both sides of the appalling struggle along the Kokoda Track in 1942 when a few badly trained Australian troops confronted the Imperial Japanese Army in the worst terrain imaginable. Few of us know the true story behind that legend; few know the guts inside the myth. Kokoda was a war without mercy; a predatory war, where men hunted down men like wild animals. No army had fought in such conditions; no Allied general believed it possible. Yet Kokoda was a vital struggle; undoubtedly a turning point in the Pacific War. Had the Japanese captured Port Moresby, Australia would surely have been bombed and cut off as the only base in the South West Pacific for the Allied counter-offensive. The diggers were fighting for their very country's survival as the last free nation in Asia.
About the Author
Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player.
Peter is the author of over 20 books - including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age and biographies of Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales.
Peter is Australia's biggest-selling non-fiction author of the last ten years.
Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.
He lives with his wife, Lisa Wilkinson, and their three children in Sydney. His latest bestseller is Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend. His forthcoming book, to be published in November 2014, is Gallipoli.
"Authoritatively researched, intelligently structured and beautifully written, Kokoda is a substantial book that will appeal to scholars, students, history buffs and readers with an interest in World War II." - The Age
Format: Audio CD
Published: 1st February 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Weight (kg): 0.5