The Battle For History: Re-Fighting World War Two by John Keegan

By John Keegan

With an analogous erudition, discernment, and crisp prose that made his A historical past of battle a global bestseller, Keegan surveys the literature of worldwide conflict II, choosing the works he reveals most crucial and illuminating whereas analyzing the occasionally savage controversies raised through generations of the war's historians.

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P. 9. W. Brown, Interview with author. Bennetts, ‘Press, Parliament and Public Interest’, p. 9. , p. 14. , p. 4. W. Brown, Interview with author. Alan Reid was political correspondent for the DailyTelegraph in Sydney. Bennetts, ‘Press, Parliament and Public Interest’, p. 16. P. Burgess, Interview with author. The initial response from the Government and communiqués between Saigon and Canberra are an important source of political attitudes to overseas reporting at this time. Australian Embassy, ‘Saigon, Press and Visitors to Vietnam’, CRS A4531 Correspondence files.

152–3. Sexton, War for the Asking, p. 135. Tiffen, ‘The War the Media Lost’, p. 125. , p. 137. Bruce Piggott and John Cantwell were also killed, along with English journalist Ron Laramy. Australian journalist Frank Palmos, also in the jeep when it was attacked, escaped. For his account of the incident, and his journey back to confront his foe after the war, see Palmos, Ridding the Devils. Lloyd, Parliament and Press, p. 268. Poem, ‘Men of Parliament’, quoted from Michael Birch Papers, National Library of Australia, Manuscript 2361.

The same editorial claimed that the British commitment in Vietnam had been 38 War and Words: The Australian Press and the Vietnam War the provision of the expert advice from Thompson that had resulted in the formation of ‘strategic hamlets’: The Australian contribution is accordingly balanced between the British and American commitments, which has been the hazardous intention generally of our policies abroad. It seems a wise course. 47 The fleeting query of the validity of the need for this balance was countered by affirmation that the Australian equilibrium between British and American policy was ‘wise’, as ‘probably’ also was the maintenance of SEATO as the basis of Australian support to Vietnam.

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