Bestselling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians
For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved.
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.
Peter FitzSimons looks at the importance and symbolism of Kokoda in our history, and what we can all learn from it personally.
‘…an engrossing narrative, beautifully controlled by a master storyteller.’ Sydney Morning Herald
Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is also a regular TV commentator, a former radio presenter (very successfully, with Mike Carlton on Radio 2UE) and is also a former national representative rugby union player.
Peter is the author of over 20 books - including Gallipoli, Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age, Eureka and biographies of Nancy Wake‚ Ned Kelly, Charles Kingsford Smith, Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales.
Peter is Australia's biggest-selling non-fiction author of the last ten years.
Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations.
He lives with his wife, Lisa Wilkinson, and their three children in Sydney.