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.