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In a unique and balanced portrayal, renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II.
It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth along 90 miles of river crossings, steep inclines and precipitous descents, with both sides wracked by hunger and disease, and terrified of falling into enemy hands. Defeat was unthinkable: the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conquer ‘Greater East Asia’.
Paul Ham captures the spirits of those soldiers and commanders who clashed in this war of exceptional savagery, and tells of the brave souls on both sides of the campaign whose courage and sacrifices must never be forgotten.
©2004 Paul Ham (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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"If you read just one book about the Kokoda Track, this should be it." (Courier Mail)
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By daryl on 10-03-10

Pulls no Punchs

This is an excellent coverage of a little know battle. The author plays a fair hand and spares nobody. The coverage is broad but the detail is there in the right places. The narrator has that great Australian accent that is both clear and easy on the ears.

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By Michael on 11-08-13

Understand the campaign, understand Australia

This is the campaign where Australia shows itself, warts and all to be the fighting nation its reputation claims to be. With cowards, heroes, leaders both great and foolish this book shows it all. The waste, the miss opportunities and the Japanese cruelty and fighting spirit, this book covers almost everything. This campaign is the true Anzac spirit and should never be forgotten. I would even go to say this campaign meant more to Australia than the Gallipoli campaign. This book narrated by Peter Byrne is excellent.

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By andy collier on 10-20-10

kOkODA

Another very well written account of this particular conflict. Paul Ham has become one of my favourite writers and Peter Byrne does a brilliant job with the narration. I have never been disapointed by anything from these two guys, well worth a listen, and if you like this look for 'THE AUSTRLIAN WAR' by the same Paul Ham. an account of the australian 'digger' in Vietnam.

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By Theresa Thornton on 05-02-15

Expanding my world

I am amazed how insular my world view is. The sacrifice of life is vividly written and the acts of bravery described Listening on the bus made me cry, The tales of back stabbing military high commands and policticl in fighting. made me angry

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