The definitive account of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, by bestselling author of Kokoda.
"It is the comprehensiveness of Paul Ham's blockbuster on Vietnam that is both enticing and chilling to the core, in what is uncovered and laid out with precision and compelling evidence." - The Australian
Seen 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 our 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 - which sealed the fate of 50,000 Australian servicemen and women.
More than 500 soldiers were killed and thousands wounded. Those who made it home returned to a hostile and ignorant country and a reception that scarred them forever. This is their story.
About the Author
Paul Ham is an Australian historian who specialises in the 20th century history of war, politics and diplomacy. His books have received critical acclaim in Britain and Australia.
Between 1984 and 1998 Ham worked in London as a business and investment journalist - for the Financial Times Group and the Sunday Times (as its investment editor, 1994-1998).
In 1992 he co-founded a financial newsletter publishing company, whose titles included 'Governance' and 'The Money Laundering Bulletin', which he sold in 1997. For part of that period Ham also worked part-time, as the editor of 'Amnesty', the magazine of the British headquarters of Amnesty International.
On his return to Australia, in 1998, Ham was appointed the Australia correspondent for The London Sunday Times.
Format: Audio CD
Published: 1st March 2010
Weight (kg): 0.5