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Book Club Online

24 August 2021 - 11:30 am-12:30 pm

This month we will meet online via a Zoom Meeting to discuss ‘You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War’ by Elizabeth Becker.

The long-buried story of three extraordinary female journalists who permanently shattered the barriers to women covering war.  

Kate Webb, an Australian iconoclast, Catherine Leroy, a French daredevil photographer, and Frances FitzGerald, a blue-blood American intellectual, arrived in Vietnam with starkly different life experiences but one shared purpose: to report on the most consequential story of the decade. At a time when women were considered unfit to be foreign reporters, Frankie, Catherine, and Kate   challenged the rules imposed on them by the military, ignored the belittlement of their male peers, and ultimately altered the craft of war reportage for generations.

In You Don’t Belong Here, Elizabeth Becker uses these women’s work and lives to illuminate the Vietnam War from the 1965 American buildup, the expansion into Cambodia, and the American defeat and its aftermath. Arriving herself in the last years of the war, Becker writes as a historian and a witness of the times.

What emerges is an unforgettable story of three journalists forging their place in a land of men, often at great personal sacrifice. Deeply reported and filled with personal letters, interviews, and profound insight, You Don’t Belong Here fills a void in the history of women and of war.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 24 August
Time: 11.30am
Venue: Online

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24 August 2021
11:30 am-12:30 pm
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Sylwia Kaminska
02 9017 0139