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Pacific Fury - How Australia and her Allies Defeated the Japanese Scourge

By: Peter Thompson (588/35892)
Publisher: William Heinemann ISBN: 9781741667080

Pearl Harbour, The Fall of Singapore, Curtin's fight with Churchill, the bombing of Darwin, POW Camps, the Battle of Midway, Kokoda, Buna, kamikaze Pilots and Hiroshima.

These words alone are enough to convey the terror, courage and drama of the Pacific War, when the balance of power stood on a knife-edge and the future of Australia was on the brink - threatened by Japanese aggression on the one hand and British deception on the other.

After a conflict that took an unimaginable number of lives and ended with the unleashing of the most powerful weapon the world had ever seen, the Allies emerged victorious, Australia, however, was criticised by Churchill and his generals for showing cowardice in the face of the enemy and for not caring about the fate of other nations. The endorsement of these claims by contemporary commentators shows that the smear has not gone away. Until now.

Peter Thompson presents, for the first time, an account of the conflict that places Australian voices and action at the heart of the struggle.

Based on exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and written with the pace and verve of a master storyteller, Pacific Fury brings the people and the battles to life in a sensational history not to be bettered in a generation.

July 2008

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