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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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