Don Tate – author, Vietnam veteran, teacher and family man has lived a complex and challenge-filled life. He will be visiting the library on October 7th talk about his life and his brutally honest book ‘The War Within‘ published by Murdoch books.
“Ostensibly a memoir, “The War Within” is much more than that. Sixty years of living allowed Don to take broad strokes to Australiana- from life in Ellen Grove, an impoverished suburb of Brisbane where outlaw behaviour was the norm , to child abuse within the state and private school systems, about being an infantryman in Vietnam – one of the most unpopular wars this nation ever fought- of blatant army incompetence, and medal-grabbing by officers, and then, after being badly wounded, life as a disabled veteran. But it is more than that- it is a quest to understand those processes that define a man, from genes and heritage and the effects of environment, to the relationship between faith and circumstance. It’s about the struggle of a man to rise above the horrors of war and the sins of his past, and of the love of a virtuous woman who stands by him.”
Don’s also going to show some footage that he took as an infantryman in Vietnam, so come and have a look. Bookings essential on 8397 7333.