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The Nib Presents - Mark Dapin - Australia's Vietnam: Myth vs history

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Waverley Library Theatrette

32 - 48 Denison St

Bondi Junction, NSW 2022

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Join award-winning author, journalist, historian and screenwriter Mark Dapin to discuss his new book Australia's Vietnam

‘This book should be read by anyone interested in the way myths become accepted as history’ – Peter Edwards

When journalist and historian Mark Dapin first interviewed Vietnam veterans and wrote about the war, he swallowed (and regurgitated) every misconception. He wasn’t alone.

In Australia's Vietnam, Dapin argues that every stage of Australia’s Vietnam War has been misremembered and obscured by myth. He disproves claims that every national serviceman was a volunteer; questions the idea that Australian troops committed atrocities; debunks the fallacy that there were no welcome home parades until 1987; and rebuts the fable that returned soldiers were met by spitting protestors at Australian airports.

Australia's Vietnam is a major contribution to the understanding of Australia’s experience of the war and will change the way we think about memory and military history.

Mark Dapin is a novelist, journalist and historian. The Nashos’ War: Australia’s national servicemen and Vietnam, won the 2015 Nib People’s Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the 2016 NSW Premiers Literary Awards for non-fiction. His novel Spirit House, about Jewish prisoners of war on the Burma Railway, was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year. He is the author of Jewish Anzacs: Jews in the Australian military (NewSouth) and editor of The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing.

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Australia's Vietnam:Myth Vs history is published by New South Books
Free. Refreshments served.

Books will be available for purchase on the night, with thanks to Nib Award Community partner, Gertrude and Alice Bookstore Cafe.

The Nib Presents series supports the Mark & Evette Nib Literary Award. Council acknowledges the generous support of our principal sponsor Mark & Evette Moran.

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