War of Words: The Man Who Talked 4000 Japanese into Surrender

Author(s): Hamish McDonald

Military History

Thirty years ago when Hamish McDonald was Asia Correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald in Japan, he was given a box of papers by a departing journalist. The box contained a large manuscript and photographs that detailed the amazing life of Charles Bavier. Born in Japan in the late 1800s, the illegitimate son of a Swiss businessman, Charles was raised by his father's Japanese mistress. By the early 1900s, as turmoil builds with Russia and suspicion of foreigners increases, Charles' life in Japan becomes untenable. Over the following decades, Bavier fights with the revolutionaries in China, enlists in the Australian army and survives Gallipoli, becomes an agent for British Secret Service in Singapore and the Australian intelligence service in the Second World War. He was a man of two cultures and two countries - and yet claimed by neither. A War of Words is the account of the extraordinary life of Charles Bavier, based on his own diaries and three decades of research by Hamish McDonald.


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Hamish McDonald is the author of several books, including Mahabharata in Polyester and (with Desmond Ball) Death in Balibo, Lies in Canberra.

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  • : 9780702253171
  • : University of Queensland Press
  • : University of Queensland Press
  • : April 2014
  • : 230mm X mm
  • : Australia
  • : May 2014
  • : books

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  • : Hamish McDonald
  • : Paperback
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  • : 344