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Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.
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Publisher's Summary

For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

Conditions on the track were hellish - rain was constant, the terrain close to inhospitable, food and ammunition supplies were practically non-existent, and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the Japanese. Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia - a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track - and defeated them.

©2005 Peter FitzSimons (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Yehoshua North Richmond, Australia 11-21-12
    Yehoshua North Richmond, Australia 11-21-12

    I am a retired social worker/psychotherapist/group therapist. I am also a qualified senior flight instructor. I served as an air traffic control officer in the Australian Air Force during the Vietnam War. I am a keen sea-kayaker. I recently completed a Master's degree and am working towards a PhD.

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    "A very moving and graphic account."

    This book gives a very moving and graphic account of the first time the Japanese Imperial Army was defeated on land during World War 2. It describes how a battalion of Australian Army Reserve soldiers slowed the advance of the Japanese across New Guinea long enough to allow the arrival of battle seasoned Australian Army Regular soldiers from the Middle East. Eventually, the Australians pushed the Japanese back and defeated them.

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    Kevin C. Ford 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding!"

    An amazing story. Strong performance. Any history enthusiast would enjoy this. And I'm not even Australian.

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    jon west allis, WI, United States 04-19-15
    jon west allis, WI, United States 04-19-15
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    "A provincial view of 1941-42"

    Australians are all wonderful Good ol' Boys.

    The British and Americans are all evil morons out to harm Australia either thru Imperial disregard or incompetence.

    If you ever wanted to know what an aging rugby player thinks of himself and his people, this is the book for you. In choosing to make it a semi narrative story, interspersed with personal stories and antidotes, as opposed to true history the author feels the need to make the Australians utterly abandoned by the world.

    All context of larger issues in the disastrous days of early 1942 are subsumed by the resounding bellows of a parochial Australian looking to take shots at the outside world. In 1915 Australia sent men to Europe, now Britain has abandoned Australia! As if the plan was for Singapore to fall in a couple months.

    You get the sense that this is a man who hates the British Empire, considers himself working class, and revels in the tough guy reputation of Australia and all his views and opinions are seen thru these prisms.

    I cannot recommend this book unless you are an Australian Nationalist. If you are you will enjoy it.

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    Andrew 04-11-15
    Andrew 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "ANZAC enthusiasts will enjoy this one"
    What did you like best about Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)? What did you like least?

    The historical detail provided by the author


    Has Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No the history was interesting but characters used to tell the story did not improve it.


    Which character – as performed by Lewis FitzGerald – was your favorite?

    None in particular


    Could you see Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes it could become a movie, perhaps the screenplay who do the characters more justice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph J. Anglim Philadlephia, PA USA 04-04-15
    Joseph J. Anglim Philadlephia, PA USA 04-04-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Much better than the movie."
    What did you love best about Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)?

    I liked that it totally covered the Kokoda Track Campaign from beginning to it's conclusion. The story of the 39th Battalion did not drag despite the length required.Much better than the Mel Gibson movie of the same title.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The cast was too vast for me to pick just one. There were just so many heroic diggers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Never give in and never give up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 03-04-15
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 03-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wow! What an amazing story."

    This was a piece of the war in the Pacific that I knew little about. If you want to learn about some real Aussie heroes, I highly recommend this fine book.

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    Mike 02-27-15
    Mike 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Eye opening"

    The war that many of us did not know but should! The truth about stupid generals and the truly expendable soldier.

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    Paul A. Schmidt Southern BC 02-25-15
    Paul A. Schmidt Southern BC 02-25-15

    Paul

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    "So good I had to write my first review"
    What made the experience of listening to Kokoda the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has by far the best voice and delivery of any audio book I have listened to: He was flawless. I did like the echo effect when he was quoting someone. First time I will be searching for audiobooks based on the narrator rather than the author or content.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The detail in which he describes the struggle of doing the Kododa trail.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Over 16 hours? Come on.


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled on this book during an audible promo and sure glad I did. I cant stop listening to it and makes me look forward to the drive to and from work.

    I have read a lot of WWII history but mostly on the European theatre. I had not idea this took place. Plenty of history and facts but still reads like a novel. Hollywood needs to take a look at this but then again...

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    Sintillator Flagstaff, AZ 02-18-15
    Sintillator Flagstaff, AZ 02-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Heartbreaking, Fabulous, Humbling, Horrific"

    War, stupidity, honor, death, courage beyond comprehension, insanity, loyalty, arrogance, duty, sorrow and so much more. Told in away that puts it all within the grasp of your minds eye. Even while you know you'll never know. Honor these men by listening to their story. Be taken to their time and place by a narrator of exceptional talent and amazing skill. This story was a honor to find and listen to and to be able to Highly Recommend!

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    Michael Williams Austin, Texas 01-26-15
    Michael Williams Austin, Texas 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kokoda heros and legends!"

    A great honor to the men who fought this epic battle, on both sides, and it shows how front line commanders can succeed in spite of how inept their area commanders can be.

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