Peter FitzSimons, the bestselling author of Kokoda and Gallipoli, tells the epic story of Australia’s deadliest Vietnam War battle in his new book The Battle of Long Tan. An engrossing and powerful history that brings to life the personal stories of the men who fought, the events leading up to that memorable battle, the long war that followed, and the political decisions made in the halls of power that sealed their fates.
Join Australia’s bestselling non-fiction writer Peter FitzSimons AM at the Library as he reveals the horror, the bravery, the wins and the losses that faced our soldiers, and shows the costs of war never end.
Peter FitzSimons AM is Australia’s bestselling non-fiction writer, and for the past 35 years has also been a journalist and columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun-Herald. He is the author of a number of highly successful books, including Breaker Morant, Burke and Wills, Monash’s Masterpiece, Kokoda, Ned Kelly and Gallipoli, as well as biographies of such notable Australians as Sir Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake and Nick Farr-Jones. His passion is to tell Australian stories, our own stories: of great men and women, of stirring events in our history. Peter grew up on a farm north of Sydney, went to boarding school in Sydney and attended Sydney University. An ex-Wallaby, he also lived for several years in rural France and Italy, playing rugby for regional clubs. He and his wife Lisa Wilkinson AM — journalist, magazine editor and television presenter — have three children; they live in Sydney.