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Paul Ham's 'Passchendaele : Requiem for Doomed Youth' | North Lakes
Fri. 14 October 2016, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm AEST
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The photos are unforgettable : blackened tree stumps rising out of a field of mud, corpses of men and horses drowned in shell holes, terrified soldiers huddled in trenches awaiting the whistle.
Award-winning history writer, Paul Ham discusses his new book, Passchendaele: Requiem for Doomed Youth and examines why this particular World War One battle epitomises everything that was most terrible about the Western Front.
Paul Ham’s Passchendaele: Requiem for Doomed Youth shows how ordinary men on both sides endured this constant state of siege, with a very real awareness that they were being gradually, deliberately, wiped out.
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.
Paul Ham is the author of a number of military history books, including Vietnam: The Australian War (2007) which won the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize for Non-Fiction (2008); and Kokoda (2004) was shortlisted for the Walkley Award for Non-Fiction and the NSW Premier’s Prize for Non-Fiction. Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches, (2012), was shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for History. His last book was 1914: The Year The World Ended.
Paul Ham will be signing books after his talk. Buy from Dymocks North Lakes at the event, or bring your own copy along to be signed.
Doors open 6pm
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