Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Passchendaele

Past Event

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Passchendaele: Requiem for Doomed Youth

With Paul Ham

Paul Ham will talk about this powerful book, the story of ordinary men in the grip of a political and military power struggle that determined their fate. Passchendaele lays down a powerful challenge to the idea of war as an inevitable expression of the human will, and examines the culpability of governments and military commanders in a catastrophe that destroyed the best part of a generation.

head shot of Paul Ham

Paul Ham

Paul Ham is the author of Hiroshima Nagasaki (2011), Vietnam: The Australian War (2007) and Kokoda (2004). Vietnam won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Australian History and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Non-Fiction (2008). Kokoda was shortlisted for the Walkley Award for Non-Fiction and the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction.

Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches, was published in 2012 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for History.

His last book was 1914: The Year The World Ended.

A former Sunday Times correspondent, with a Master’s degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics, Paul now devotes most of his time to writing history. He lives in Paris and Sydney with his family.

Log in to post comments

More events that may be of interest to you