A Bastard of a Place
By (author) Peter Brune
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Bastard of a Place by Peter Brune
Book DescriptionIn the spirit of Les Carlyon's bestselling Gallipoli, this book restores Milne Bay, Gona, Buna and Sanananda to their rightful place beside Kokoda as sacred ground, and a vital part of Australian history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781741144031
(230mm x 152mm x 45mm)
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Peter Brune
Descent Into Hell, Hardback (August 2014)
There have been many Weary Dunlop books published which focus on one individual, one POW camp or one incident such as a particular death march. This book will be a comprehensive account of the Australians in the jungles of Asia in World War 2 written in the style of A Bastard of a Place .
Ralph Honner, Paperback (October 2007)
The definitive biography of one of the great heroes of the Kokoda Trail.
Those Ragged Bloody Heroes, Paperback (August 2005)
From July to September 1942, a single poorly-equipped battalion managed to keep a force of 10,000 crack Japanese troops from breaking through the front line. Their dedication, courage and spirit were not destroyed by the tragic cost of their near victory. This title offers an account of Australian soldiers on the Kokoda Trail.
We Band of Brothers, Paperback (August 2000)» View all books by Peter Brune
We Band of Brothers is the story of Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Honner, one of Australia's great World War II battalion commanders. Honner fought as a junior officer in the first and triumphant North African battles of Bardia, Tobruk and Derna.
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Book Review: Bastard of a Place by Peter Brune - Reviewed by Boomert (13 Jan 2010)
This is by no means Peter Brune’s first book about Papua in World War II. So A Bastard of a Place proceeds with welcome confidence and competence. Brune (like Les Carlyon with his magnificent Gallipoli) in his own stout boots has covered kilometres of the weary terrain. Both authors know that there is no other way of getting the scene exactly right.
This is a big book with various ambitious themes that at times elbow each other aside, seeking attention. Brune tries to make the three Papuan mini-theatres coherent and bring them into context so we can appreciate the relation to each other of Kokoda, Milne Bay and Gona-Buna-Sanananda. He thinks (and I agree) that Kokoda occupies a disproportionate share of Australia’s public imagination and celebrity. Kokoda was but one phase of the Papuan campaign and the others – just as bloody and just as heroic – are less understood and renowned. For example, the Australian victory at Milne Bay should...
Author Biography - Peter Brune
Peter Brune is a leading authority and writer on the Australian campaigns in New Guinea in World War II. Peter has also written the bestselling Those Ragged Bloody Heroes, The Spell Broken and We Band of Brothers and has co-authored with Neil McDonald 200 Shots: Damien Parer and George Silk and the Australians at War in New Guinea.
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