A Nation at War: Australian politics, society and diplomacy during the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 by Peter Edwards

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November 1997, no. 196

A Nation at War: Australian politics, society and diplomacy during the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 by Peter Edwards

Allen & Unwin, $59.95 hb, 460 pp

A Nation at War: Australian politics, society and diplomacy during the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 by Peter Edwards

by
November 1997, no. 196

A nation at war is a less than gripping tide, although it is suggestively ambiguous. Australia was at war in Vietnam for most of the decade covered in Peter Edwards’s book. In senses chiefly, but not wholly, metaphorical, it was also a society ‘at war’, divided over conscription and the commitment of troops to Vietnam. The excellent cover photograph illuminates the latter implication of Edwards’s title, as well as the importance of media coverage of both overseas conflict and domestic protest against it. A newsreel photographer looks back into another camera, and away from the policeman who is struggling to shift an inert demonstrator.

Peter Pierce reviews 'A Nation at War: Australian politics, society and diplomacy during the Vietnam War, 1965–1975' by Peter Edwards

A Nation at War: Australian politics, society and diplomacy during the Vietnam War, 1965–1975

by Peter Edwards

Allen & Unwin, $59.95 hb, 460 pp

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