Not a HERO in Sight

Not a HERO in Sight

Many authors have written of heroes and victories, of which Australia has had more than its fair share, but the earthy and ridiculous may appeal more to those of us who can identify with the less than heroic. These are stories which could not be told to the child who innocently asks “What did you do in the war Grandpa?” Not A Hero In Sight is an irreverent account of an ex-digger’s life and reflections from his early childhood to the present with the emphasis on the period before, during and after the Vietnam Conflict. It is bawdy, sardonic, humorous, delightfully politically incorrect, honest and most importantly true.
Every Australian digger, and for that matter, ex-servicemen from any country, could relate to these tales. All civilians should also get a giggle out of real-life soldiering.

WARNING: This book contains sexual references and strong language.




VIETNAM: War Peace and People

This book is an amalgamation of several genres: It is an insightful collection of interviews with those who have experienced the horrors of warfare, it is also part diary, part travelogue, and part autobiography. Without claiming to be a definitive history of a country long-plagued by invasion, colonisation and brutality, it examines events over the last two thousand years with an emphasis on military conflict.
The time of Australian participation in the ‘American War’ is contrasted with today’s Vietnam with no attempt made to discover who was right or who was wrong.
When writing of the close-knit relationships of families and neighbours, the author cannot disguise his admiration and love of the Vietnamese people and the enigma that is Vietnam.


author brad cooperBrad Cooper was born in Tasmania and traces his Australian ancestry back to 1830 when his great-great-grandfather arrived as a guest of His Majesty King George IV, on the second trip of the convict ship Persian.
Despite the criminal DNA in his blood he has so far avoided incarceration but can’t guarantee that some of his forebears were quite so lucky.
Although living in Tasmania, he tries to maintain regular contact with his four children and five grandchildren, who live on a large island approximately 600 km to the North.
Over his working life he has had a wide range of employment, established a couple of companies, with varying degrees of success and had a love/hate relationship with the army for 20 years. He wonders how he put up with the military for so long and vice versa.
He loves jazz, old mates and gin, particularly gin,­­­ and can see beauty in things today that he could never recognise in the past.


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