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Brad Cooper was born in Tasmania on Melbourne Cup day in 1940, and traces his Australian ancestry back to 1830 when his great-great-grandfather arrived as a guest of His Majesty King George IV, on the second trip of the convict ship Persian.

Over his working life he has had a wide range of employment, established a few companies, with varying degrees of success and had a love/hate relationship with the army for 20 years. He served in Vietnam in the early seventies.

He loves jazz, old mates and gin, particularly gin, and can see beauty in things today that he could never recognise in the past.

His first book, Not a Hero in Sight, received reviews varying from 'I found it personally offensive and demeaning'' to 'Achingly funny', ' Perceptive', and 'A refreshing expose of the diggers' larrikin culture.'

Brad is a frequent visitor to Vietnam and has fallen in love with the country and the people. He will never be able to understand the tragedy of the Vietnam War, or, as the Vietnamese call it, The American War.

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Not a Hero in Sight is an irreverent account of an ex-digger's life and reflections from his early childhood to the present with the emphasis on the period immediately before, during and after the Vietnam conflict.
It is bawdy, sardonic, humourous, delightfully politically correct, honest and most importantly true.

I read in two sittings this extraordinary roller-coaster, well-designed and charmingly illustrated novel ‘of non-fiction’. It is deeply moving, side-splittingly funny and warrants an honourable place in Australian literature for its unpretentious honesty and at once ephemeral and eternal reflections of people. Not a Hero in Sight is a wonderful, astute snapshot of sections of Australian society from the end of WWII to the increasingly fraught second decade of the 21st Century. It belongs on every Australian bookshelf and not a few others.
Lt Col Lance Collins (Rtd) 15 August 2016
Author of:
A Dowry for the Sultan: a tale of the siege of Manzikert 1054, and with Warren Reed, Plunging Point: intelligence failures, cover-ups and consequences, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2005.

The book from Brad Cooper is really a biography rather than a military history book. He writes in a cheeky style, which is easily read and in most cases entertaining. It won’t be, however, to everyone’s taste. I think it is a book you will either love or simply can’t stand. Once you begin and enjoy you won’t put it down. It is humorous, certainly bawdy and politically incorrect. The book states that it “contains sexual references and strong language.” The book is certainly politically incorrect and as one who loathes PC it certainly did not offend your reviewer, reminding me who grew up in the same era, how much freedom we have lost to the Thought Police. But descriptive terms which were used in the 60s and 70s may offend the modern reader, which really is just too bad. The language and sexual references could be offensive too and if so just don’t read it. However, if you want a rollicking story with no holds barred, this just could be for you. It is a classy presentation ….. hard cover with dust jacket, with a convenient page ribbon. 294 pages in length with many comical drawings.
Reg Watson
FOHL, Author and Historian

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Vietnam: War Peace and People is an amalgamation of several genres: It is an insightful collection of
interviews with those who have experienced the horrors of warfare, it is also part diary, part travelogue, and part autobiography. Without claiming to be a definitive history
of a country long-plagued by invasion, colonisation and brutality, it examines events over the last two thousand years with an emphasis on military conflict.
The time of Australian participation in the ‘American War’ is contrasted with today’s Vietnam with no attempt made to discover who was right or who was wrong.
When writing of the close-knit relationships of families and neighbours, the author cannot disguise his admiration
and love of the Vietnamese people and the enigma that is Vietnam.

As a fellow author, I found this book was hugely entertaining and very humorous. Brad has written in a very readable and companionable 'you are there' genre. You feel that you are literally with him on his journeys. But make no mistake, it also portrays a very down to earth soldiers- take on what was none the less a very solemn and brutal time in history. Brad's involvement appears, however, not to have soured him but provided the impetus, in due course, to seek answers to his own, and his country’s, participation.
Thank you Brad, my immense appreciation for a job well done, I understand this conflict and its aftermath so much clearer now thanks to you.
Ian Alister JOHNSTON
5th August 2020
Author: Paradise Lost
A story of life as a police officer in Papua New Guinea

Unlike many books on the Vietnam War, this one takes a much lighter and more novel approach.
Brad Cooper, served in Vietnam during 1971, and left the Army after 20 years, as an Int Corps WO1.
No longer serving, he was unconstrained by political correctness, as shown on sundry occasions throughout his book.
Cooper advises anyone offended by his, sometimes strong, opinions “to suck it up”.
This book is a “then and now” yarn with the author using a fictitious third party he calls “Gazza,” who travelled around Vietnam in 2019-20 speaking with locals who took part in the war on all sides.
He relates incidents that occurred in the 1960s with the people he interviews to give a comparison of how the country has changed over 50 years. Many of his interviews take place over a glass, or three, of Vietnamese beer resulting in Cooper, aka Gazza, leaving former enemies’ premises as best mates.
The book is an easy read with short chapters. It is well-illustrated with dozens of black and white photos, as well as a detailed map of Vietnam for those too young to win a free trip there 50 years ago.
Australian Army Newspaper
October 2020

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