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Extract from Foreword to Starlight

This book is truly magnificent. … I commend strongly his story to all as an outstanding account of the duties and life of a frontline Australian doctor in the Vietnam War. …For his outstanding service Tony White received the well-deserved honour of Mentioned in Despatches. I believe the book should be compulsory reading … almost a textbook … for all Australian medical graduates considering service in the Australian army.

General W.B. Digger James
AC MBE MC MBBS (Syd)
Former Director General Army Health Services


Review extracts:


There are not many published personal accounts of the life experiences and duties performed by Australian medical officers during service in Vietnam. This story by a young battalion RMO is a truly excellent account and contains many facts and descriptions which, at the time, unfairly escaped publication within the Australian media. I commend Starlight most earnestly. It should be prescribed reading for today’s Service health providers at all levels of proficiency and experience. It is equally recommended to the wider readership, both to those who partook or remembered the Vietnam War era, as well as to today’s younger generation.

Air Vice Marshall Bruce Short AM (ret’d)
Former Surgeon-General of the Australian Defence Force
Reviewed in United Service 62 (4) December 2011
(Journal of the Royal United Services Institute of NSW) CLICK HERE for full review.


As an RMO, his special knowledge and responsibilities placed him both inside and outside the chain of military command. His memoir of the “most dense and dangerous year of my life” is inseparable from the relentless stress of 5RAR operations he describes as they ground on from May 1966 to April 1967. At the same time, he keeps a cool eye on both himself and his war in a narrative that works on a number of levels and is more complex than it first appears to be.

Greg Lockhart
Honorary Historian, Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia
The Vietnam Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Journal
December 2011


Starlight is one of the best personal accounts of the Vietnam (or any) war that I have read.

Michael Kennedy
Royal Australasian College of Physicians News
February 2012


This book is strongly recommended as a valuable account of an important time in Australia’s history and an experience of medicine truly ‘at the edge’.
Maureen Rogers
RADIUS (Sydney Medical School Magazine) March 2012


White’s memoir is of his year at the sharp end, tending to the wounded, sick and, on occasion, dying men of the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. [It] is an engaging mix of narrative and extracts from the large number of letters he wrote home to his family. This highly readable and moving account is undoubtedly one of the better memoirs of a medical officer involved in a messy and divisive war.

Elizabeth Stewart
WARTIME (The official magazine of the Australian War Memorial)
Winter 2012


Starlight … is a superb account of an Australian RMO’s experience in Vietnam. It is highly recommended for all current and former serving medical staff in the ADF… and will appeal to all those interested in the humanitarian perspective of the impact of war and operational deployments.

Prof. Peter A. Leggat
Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health
August 2012


Invaluable lessons shine through this book.

Chee Kong Teo
Australian Medical Student Journal
Volume 3, Issue 2, 2012


extraordinary in its ability as a non-fiction story to hold the reader's attention. I would commend this book to anybody as a warm, heartening, oft-times funny, and thoughtful read, but it would be of particular interest to anybody with an interest in Vietnam, in Asia, in military history and especially for those of us who lived through this period either as "patriots" or "pacifists". It should also be compulsory reading for medical students. The book, in common with all I have yet seen from Copyright Publishing, is beautifully bound, a perfect print size and layout, and enhanced with excellent descriptive photos. It would be a credit to any bookshelf.

Heather Stone http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14810.
 

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