Kokoda (by Paul Ham)

  • by Paul Ham
  • Narrated by Peter Byrne
  • 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a unique and balanced portrayal, renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II.
It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth along 90 miles of river crossings, steep inclines and precipitous descents, with both sides wracked by hunger and disease, and terrified of falling into enemy hands. Defeat was unthinkable: the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conquer ‘Greater East Asia’.
Paul Ham captures the spirits of those soldiers and commanders who clashed in this war of exceptional savagery, and tells of the brave souls on both sides of the campaign whose courage and sacrifices must never be forgotten.


What the Critics Say

"If you read just one book about the Kokoda Track, this should be it." ( Courier Mail)


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Customer Reviews

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Another very well written account of this particular conflict. Paul Ham has become one of my favourite writers and Peter Byrne does a brilliant job with the narration. I have never been disapointed by anything from these two guys, well worth a listen, and if you like this look for 'THE AUSTRLIAN WAR' by the same Paul Ham. an account of the australian 'digger' in Vietnam.
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- andy collier

Expanding my world

I am amazed how insular my world view is. The sacrifice of life is vividly written and the acts of bravery described Listening on the bus made me cry, The tales of back stabbing military high commands and policticl in fighting. made me angry
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- Theresa Thornton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd