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In 1963, 28-year-old Australian Captain Barry Petersen was sent to Vietnam as part of the 30-man Australian Training Team, two years before the first official Australian troops arrived. Seconded to the CIA, he was sent to the remote Central Highlands to build an anti-communist guerrilla force among the indigenous Montagnard people. He was sent off with bagloads of cash and a vague instruction to 'get to know the natives'. Petersen took over the running of the paramilitary force that had been started by the local police chief and started to earn the Montagnards respect. He lived drank and ate with the Montagnards, learned their language and respected their skills. The Vietcong dubbed Petersen's force 'Tiger Men'. When Petersen he heard this, he had special badges made for their berets and supplied tiger print uniforms. The Montagnards loved Petersen and flocked to join his force but the CIA were worried. They thought he was out of control and too close to the Montagnard people...
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Frank Walker is a veteran journalist. His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for the SUN-HERALD covering defence, veterans affairs, national security and terrorism. He's also worked on the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, the NATIONAL TIMES, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany. In 2009, Hachette published his first book, THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM - the remarkable true story of the secret war of Captain Barry Petersen in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It was a bestseller. Frank followed this with his bestselling GHOST PLATOON in 2012 and MARALINGA in 2014. He lives in Sydney with his family. For more visit www.frankwalker.com.au.Review:
Cracking tale of Lawrence of the Highlands ... an extraordinary yarn ... finely researched. - SUN-HERALD This is one of those great untold stories and Walker tells it with verve and excitement and with meticulous attention to detail. - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD this remarkable true story is much richer and more compelling than anything Hollywood could conjure - WEST AUSTRALIAN this book drips with adventure and intrigue - THE AGE
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Book Description Hachette, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110733623662
Book Description Hachette, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0733623662