Escaping a violent home life, Private Ron Cashman had just turned 19 when he was pitched into the front line of the Korean War. Over the next two years he fought with the diggers in one of the pivotal wars of the twentieth century. Cashman took part in desperate hand-to-hand combat, was wounded three times and won the Military Medal for saving the lives of three mates. In a brief interlude, he fell in love with the woman who would see him through the conflict and its unexpected aftermath.
For more than 30 years Cashman was haunted by visions of the thick white mists that swirled around the Korean mountainsides, providing cover for waves of attacking Chinese soldiers. His traumatic memories led to a restless, ill-starred life, until a retired army psychiatrist used the power of hypnosis to free him from his terrible burden.
Peter Thompson, born in Melbourne, joined the London Daily Mirror in 1966. He was a Fleet Street journalist for twenty years, rising to night editor and deputy editor of the Daily Mirror, editor of the Sunday Mirror and a director of Mirror Group Newspapers. In 1988 Thompson was the first Mirror Group editor to break ranks and expose the criminality of his boss Robert Maxwell. Thompson’s first book, Maxwell: A Portrait of Power, written with former Mirrorman and fellow Australian Anthony Delano, detailed the publishing tycoon’s rise to power through acts of fraud, deception and ...
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