Australia's Vietnam: Myth vs History by Mark Dapin
Why everything you think you know about Australia's Vietnam War is wrong.
When journalist and historian Mark Dapin first interviewed Vietnam veterans and wrote about the war, he swallowed (and regurgitated) every popular misconception. He wasn't alone. In Australia's Vietnam, Dapin argues that every stage of Australia's Vietnam War has been misremembered and obscured by myth. He disproves claims that every national serviceman was a volunteer; questions the idea that Australian troops committed atrocities; debunks the fallacy that there were no welcome home parades until 1987; and rebuts the fable that returned soldiers were met by spitting protesters at Australian airports.
Australia's Vietnam is a major contribution to the understanding of Australia's experience of the war and will change the way we think about memory and military history.
'This book should be read by anyone interested in the way myths become accepted as history.' — Peter Edwards, author of Australia and the Vietnam War
About the Author
Mark Dapin is a novelist, journalist and historian. The Nashos' War: Australia's National Servicemen and Vietnam, won the People's Choice Prize at the 2015 Nib Waverley Library Awards and was shortlisted for the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Award for non-fiction. His novel Spirit House, about Jewish prisoners of war on the Burma Railway, was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year. He is the author of Jewish Anzacs: Jews in the Australian Military (NewSouth) and editor of The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing.