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READING MATERIAL

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Uncertain Fate

  • Author:
  • Graham J. Brammer
  • Author Profile:
  • Graham J. Brammer served two operational tours of duty with the 2nd SAS Squadron in Vietnam. He now lives north of Brisbane Queensland.
  • Source Detail:
  • ISBN 978-1-86448-793-0, published by Allen and Unwin.First published in 1997.
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • This is a gripping story of an SAS Patrol in Vietnam. 9 Squadron RAAF veterans will get a very familiar taste of what the SAS did and the close association the SAS holds with No 9 Squadron RAAF. This is a great fictional read of just over 280 pages and many will remember working with the author in Vietnam.

Sandakan: A Conspiracy of Silence

  • Author:
  • Lynette Ramsay Silver
  • Author Profile:
  • Lynette Ramsay Silver is a well known Sydney writer and former school teacher. She is the Official Historian to the 8th Division Association and the author of a number of investigative histories.
  • Source Detail:
  • ISBN 1-86351-245-4. Sally Milner Publishing.
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • This book is quite a difficult read as the subject matter can be upsetting if not a source of tears. On the back cover is written 'The story of the greatest tragedy in Australian military history'. This is a totally gripping and horrifying tale, not only of the prisoners, but the reasons why they, and their story, became World War 2's most deadly secret. After reading this true story, you will fully understand why some WW2 veterans will never forgive the Japanese. This reader has added Sandakan to his 'Bucket List' for a visit.

Chickenhawk

  • Author:
  • Robert Mason
  • Author Profile:
  • Always wanted to fly and after gaining a pilot licence wanted to fly helicopters for the USARMY.
  • Source Detail:
  • Corgi by Guernsey Press, ISBN 0-552-12419-2
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • from the back cover of the book, 'Robert Mason gives a devastating bird's eye view of Viet Nam and all its horror, as he experiences the accelerating terror, the increasingly desperate courage of a man "acting out the role of a hero long after he realises that the conduct of the war is insane," says the New York Times.'
    This book is a good read from the start and is just as good on the fourth or even the fifth read. Many of our own helicopter aviators will be able to relate to what the author has written of his experiences through training and flying in Viet Nam. It is not new and was written in 1983.

NO PEACE, NO HONOR

  • Author:
  • Larry Berman
  • Author Profile:
  • Larry Berman, Professor and Director of the University of California Washington Center, has written two previous books on Vietnam, 'Planning a Tragedy' and 'Lyndon Johnson's War', and has appeared in several major television documentaries on the war.
  • Source Detail:
  • The Free Press, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Singapore.
    ISBN 0-684-84968-2
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • 'No Peace, No Honor is the most complete analysis of the Nixon era of the Vietnam War yet written. Larry Berman shows in devastating detail that the peace crafted by Nixon and Kissinger in January 1973 was anything but an 'honorable' accord. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand what really occurred during America's conduct of the Vietnam War.' - MARK CLODFELTER, National Defense University

    'Professor Berman highlights the duplicity the South Vietnamese side had to deal with, not only from the Communist side but tragically also from their US allies. This is a 'must read' book. The real participants in those peace negotiations could not have written any better.' - HOANG DUC NHA, former South Vietnam Minister of Information and Chief Aide to President Thieu during the peace negotiations.

THE SILENT TAKEOVER

  • Author:
  • Noreena Hertz
  • Author Profile:
  • Noreena Hertz is the Associate Director of the Centre of International Business and Management at the Judge Institute of the University of Cambridge, where she obtained her PhD. She is author of 'Russian Business Relationships in the Wake of Reform'.
  • Source Detail:
  • Arrow Books, The Random House Group
    ISBN 0-09-941059-1
  • Publication Type:
  • Journal
  • Reviews:
  • 'We are living in an emerging global business civilisation, the outlines of which are only dimly understood, and which menaces Western democracy and conceptions of the common weal. Noreena Hertz's 'The Silent Takeover' is the most compelling description yet of the new world and what it means, and a call to arms to every citizen to reassert an idea of the public realm.' - WILL HUTTON

    'The Silent Takeover' provides a new and startling take on the way we live now, and on who really governs us: showing how across the world corporations manipulate and pressurise governments, by means both legal and illegal; how protest, be it in the form of the protesters of Seattle and Genoa or the boycotting of GM foods, has become a more effective political weapon than the ballot-box; and how corporations in many parts of the world are taking over from the state responsibility for everything from providing technology for schools to health-care for the community.' - RANDOM HOUSE

    'Dr. Hertz is one of the world's leading young thinkers, whose agenda-setting book on corporate power is already sparking intense debate on both sides of the Atlantic.' - OBSERVER

INSIDE AL QAEDA

  • Author:
  • Rohan Gunaratna
  • Author Profile:
  • Rohan Gunaratna, the author of six books on armed conflict, was called to address the United Nations, the US Congress, and the Australian Parliament in the wake of 11 September 2001. He is Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St. Andrews University, Scotland. Previously, Gunaratna was Principal Investigator of the United Nations' Terrorism Prevention Branch, and he has served as a consultant on terrorism to several governments and corporations. He has lectured widely in Europe, Lating America, North America, the Middle East and Asia on terrorism. He lives in St. Andrews.
  • Source Detail:
  • Scribe Publications, Melbourne
    ISBN 0-9080-1195-4
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • 'The definitive work on Al Qaeda, this book is based on five years research, including extensive interviews with its members, field research in Al Qaeda-supported conflict zones around the globe, and monitoring of Al Qaeda's infiltration of diaspora and migrant communities in North America and in Europe.

    This book sheds light on Al Qaeda's financial infrastructure and how the organisation trains combat soldiers and vanguard fighters for multiple guerrilla, terrorist and semi-conventional campaigns in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Caucasus and the Balkans. In addition, the author investigates the clandestine Al Qaeda operational network in the West.

    Gunaratna reveals how the recently proscribed Jemaah Islamiyah organisation has infiltrated the whole of South-East Asia, and has sent operatives to Australia....that one fifth of international Islamic charities and NGOs are infiltrated by Al Qaeda.' - SCRIBE PUBLICATIONS

THE DEATH OF THE WEST

  • Author:
  • Patrick Buchanan
  • Author Profile:
  • Patrick J. Buchanan, a senior adviser to three American presidents, ran twice for the Republican nomination for president, in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party's presidential candidate in 2000. The author of 5 other books, including the bestsellers 'Right from the Beginning' and 'A Republic, Not An Empire', he is a syndicated columnist and a founding member of three of America's foremost public affairs shows, NBC's The McLaughlin Group and CNN's The Capital Gang and Crossfire.
  • Source Detail:
  • Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, New York
    ISBN 0-312-28548-5
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • 'Collapsing birth rates in Europe and the United States, coupled with population explosions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, are set to cause cataclysmic shifts in world power, as unchecked immigration swamps and polarizes every Western society and nation.

    Drawing on UN population projections, recent US census figures, and expert policy studies, prominent conservative Pat Buchanan takes a cold, hard look at the future decay of Europe and America and the decline of Western culture. In 'The Death of the West', Buchanan contends that the United States now harbors a 'nation within a nation', that Europe will be inundated by an Islamic-Arab-African invasion, and that most First World nations, including Japan, have begun slowly to vanish from the earth.

    And aside from a rapidly aging population, Buchanan argues that the counterculture of the 1960s has now become America's dominant ethos and is systematically demolishing America's history and heritage.

    Bold, powerful and persuasive, 'The Death of the West' details how a civilization, culture and moral order are passing away and foresees a new world that has terrifying implications for our freedom, our faith and the pre-eminence of American democracy.' - THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS

BOYD: THE FIGHTER PILOT WHO CHANGED THE ART OF WAR

  • Author:
  • Robert Coram
  • Author Profile:
  • Robert Coram, a former journalist has written many books on themes embracing military, drugs, corruption, leisure and human interest topics, which are outlined on his personal website accessible through any internet search engine.
  • Source Detail:
  • Published by Little, Brown and Co., November 2002
    ISBN 0-759-59806-1
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • Coram breaks his book into three sections: Fighter Pilot, Engineer and Scholar. But early in the prologue, Coram lets the reader know he, like Boyd, is not going to pander to images. He writes of Boyd, Boyd was more than a great stick-and-rudder man. He was that rarest of creatures a thinking fighter pilot. Anyone familiar with the Air Force can tell you two things with confidence: one, fighter pilots are known for testosterone, not grey matter; and two, military doctrine is dictated by people with stars on their shoulders. But in 1959, when he was just a young Captain, John Boyd became the first man to codify the elusive and mysterious ways of air-to-air combat first in America and then, when it was declassified, for air forces around the world. Put another way, while still a junior officer, John Boyd changed the way every air force in the world flies and fights.

    Assigned to F86s, Boyd flies 29 combat sorties in Korea, damages one MiG but gets no kills. After Korea, Boyd returns to the States and is selected to attend the prestigious Fighter Weapons School, graduate school for fighter pilots at Nellis AFB, near Las Vegas. Boyd impresses the FWS instructors and is invited back as an instructor. But Boyd wants to do more than fly and instruct. He wants to tweak tactics. Realizing his university education has not equipped him for his tasks, Boyd teaches himself calculus and then formulates equations to demonstrate aircraft performance. To the chagrin of fighter pilots, Boyd adds more academics to FWS, but Boyd is out to teach fighter pilots more than just how to fly: Boyd wants to teach them how to think. But Boyd retains his stick-and-rudder skills, and to prove it, he puts forth the challenge.

    Boyd puts his opponent at his 6 oclock position, about 500 feet in trail, and Boyd bets that within 40 seconds, he can reverse the positions and be at his opponents six: 40 seconds or 40 bucks. Coram notes that, while some of Boyds detractors chortle at his nom de guerre, 40-Second Boyd, and protest that Boyd was a very predictable one-trick pony who would have been hosed in combat, none could produce the name of any aviator who defeated Boyd or won the bet. The only name that Coram could find was Hal Vincent, a Marine who did not defeat Boyd but fought him to a draw and later was the first Marine aviator to attend the USAF FWS.

    Coram moves to Boyds years in the Pentagon and his involvement with the development of the F15. Boyd meets and makes more fast friends and forms a group many angrily called the Fighter Mafia. It is the Fighter Mafia that takes on the USAF Generals and essentially rams two concepts down the USAFs throat. No one wants a tiny, lightweight, single-engine fighter, and everyone chokes on the concept of a slow, ugly, twin-engine subsonic attack airplane with twin tails. The tiny fighter becomes the F16 and the ugly subsonic attack aircraft is produced as the A10.

    The title says it all. You may or may not agree with Corams assertion but in reading Boyd, you will surely come away with a different idea of how the Pentagon works and an understading of how the USAF wound up with a recognized great little dog-fighter and a big-do attack airplane and knowledge of where one of the basic concepts of modern fighter tactics came from. John Wiley

AMONG THE BARBARIANS - THE DIVIDING OF AUSTRALIA

  • Author:
  • Paul Sheehan
  • Author Profile:
  • Paul Sheehan's writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly, but most of his writing has been for the Sydney Morning Herald, where he is a Senior Writer. He has served as the Herald's Chief of Staff, Day Editor and New York Correspondent. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, was educated at the Australian National University and Colombia University in New York. A piece he wrote for the New Yorker was selected for the Best American Essays 1997.
  • Source Detail:
  • Random House,
    ISBN 009 183636 0
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • This is the story the media will not tell. Among the Barbarians exposes one of the greatest political frauds in Australian history. Australia has achieved the most brilliant social transformation, yet is now on the brink of being damaged and divided. Why? - RANDOM HOUSE, 1998

    A story was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 25 May 96 titled: The Multicultural Myth, which described an industry of tax-fed lawyers, political operatives and racial axe-grinders that has grown like an enormous parasite out of Australia's heroic commitment to cultural diversity. The openness and tolerance of Australians is one of the themes that defines this book (Among the Barbarians) .... a book of reportage ... a depiction of Australia at a moment in time. The primary sources were telephone and face-to-face interviews. These were supplemented by Hansard, court records, annual reports, scholarly papers, government reports and newspaper articles. Most direct quotations are from interviews with the author. Most sources are noted at the time that they are quoted. I am indebted to colleagues at John Fairfax, publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald, notably defamation lawyer Mark Polden, economic writer Max Walsh and librarians Helen Bayliss and Franca Bopf. Thanks to the Editor-in-Chief John Alexander for the time and space to write stories; which later expanded into the chapters: An Empire of the Soul, White Dreaming, The Man Who Wasn't There, Strip Mining, The Vote Eaters and A Grand and Powerful Country. - PAUL SHEEHAN

SLEEPING WITH YOUR EARS OPEN

  • Author:
  • Gary McKay
  • Author Profile:
  • Gary McKay served as as a rifle platoon commander in Vietnam and was awarded a Military Cross for Gallantry. Has written several best sellers based around Australian activities in Vietnam.
  • Source Detail:
  • Allen and Unwin. First published in 1999.
    ISBN: 1 86448 978 2
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • Takes you on patrol with the Australian SAS as they conduct their operations in Borneo and South Vietnam. Also reflects quite deeply on the relationship with No 9 Squadron. Has many photographs and former 9SQN members will recognise many familiar faces. Is a great read of 307 pages and will take you back in time.

HOWARD'S WAR

  • Author:
  • Alison Broinowski
  • Author Profile:
  • Alison Broinowski is a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University. A former Diplomat, she is the author of six other books including 'The Yellow Lady': Australian Impressions of Asia, and 'About Face': Asian Accounts of Australia. She lives in Sydney.
  • Source Detail:
  • Scribe Publications Pty. Ltd.,Carlton North, VIC, Australia
    ISBN 0 908011 99 7
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • Why did John Howard lead Australia into a highly unpopular war with Iraq? The war cost us more than $700 million but, predictably, has made Iraq and its neighbours more unstable, and hasn't delivered any of the results our leaders promised: replacing Saddam Hussein with a democratic regime, finding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, or combating terrorism. And how could the war have been in our interests if it has made Australia a target for further terrorism, put us at odds with our Asian neighbours, and fractured the United Nations? - SCRIBE SHORT BOOKS

    'The outcomes of the war against Iraq, like the consequences of all wars, involve many kinds of damage. Whoever won or lost, or in the long run wins or loses, we are all damaged - invaders and the invaded alike. Our mutual expectations of each other have been undermined, our security, our environment, and our institutions have been eroded; damage has also been done to nations' credibility, and to our common future.' - ALISON BROINOWSKI

CHICKENHAWK

  • Author:
  • Robert Mason
  • Author Profile:
  • Personal narative of the Author and what he saw in Vietnam and how it affected him
  • Source Detail:
  • A Corgi Book 0 552 12419 2
  • Publication Type:
  • Book
  • Reviews:
  • "Contains the most vivid, astoundinglydetailed descriptions of flying.Itis a devastating account of men at war,of courage and cowardice, boredom and exhilaration, lasting friendship and sudden death. Sends a powerful message, which will stay in the memory long after the last page is turned."