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Max Hastings , Simon Jenkins
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21 May 2010 Pan Military Classics

The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history – 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home. At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government. But it left a chequered aftermath; it was of no wider significance for British interests and taught no lessons. It has since been overshadowed by the two Gulf Wars, however, its political ramifications cannot be overestimated.

Max Hastings’ and Simon Jenkins’ account of the conflict is a modern classic of war reportage and the definitive book on the war. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, The Battle for the Falklands is a vivid chronicle of a call to arms and a thoughtful and informed analysis of an astonishing chapter in the history of our times.

‘Skilfully woven with Simon Jenkins’ sharp political passages are Max Hastings’ wonderful dispatches’ Sunday Times

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (21 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033051363X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330513630
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Hastings, author of over twenty books, has been editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly his work in the south Atlantic in 1982.

Simon Jenkins is an award-winning journalist and author of over fifteen books. He writes for the Guardian and the Sunday Times, as well as broadcasting for the BBC.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book 25 Nov 2003
This book is an in-depth study of the war fought between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland Islands from April to June 1982. The book begins with a highly informative history of the islands, focusing on the two countries' claims to the islands. The war is recounted in excellent depth, focusing heavily on the British side. The final chapter is on the aftermath of the war, which is severely limited, due to the fact that the book was published in 1983.
Finally, there are three excellent appendices: A covers the British task force, giving everything from silhouettes of the ships and airplanes through list of the units involved complete with their commanders; B lists the honors given to Falklands veterans; and appendix C contains the Franks Report on the conflict. The maps contained in the book are excellent, as are the numerous black-and-white pictures.
This book is quite fascinating, and highly informative on the war. I found myself completely unable to put this book down, but just had to read a little more, and a little more, and a little more... I wish that it contained more information on the Argentine side, which would give the book more all-around information. However, that said, it is a great book, giving the reader a good idea of what happened both on the battlefield, and in the halls of the politicians (a great deal of the British side was run for more political, rather than military reasons).
This is a great book, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this fascinating war.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A freak event in history 10 Jan 2006
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That’s what Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins call the battle between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Their rather thorough study on the 1982 conflict makes a fascinating read.
The authors start off with covering the history of the Falklands, which is quite useful background. Simon Jenkins does a good job detailing the political developments right up to the invasion. It would appear that the conflict was as much a result of the fallacies of modern diplomacy as a perceived need by the Argentinean regime to deflect the population from the domestic situation. That’s at least the message I took home from reading the authors’ account of the Seventeen Years’ War and Galtieri’s Gamble.
The actual war is recounted in quite some detail, but largely from the British point of view as Argentinean sources were not freely available at the time of publication (1983). The book also gives the impression that the British were in a bit of trouble quite a number of times during the conflict, but that as a result of a lack of co-ordination (or call it rivalries) between the different services of the Argentinean forces, they got away with their own shortcomings. The authors note that if the different services had better co-ordinated their efforts, the British task of regaining the Islands would have been much harder if not impossible.
At the end of the narrative, there are three excellent appendices on the Falkland Islands Task Force, the Honours List and the ‘Frank Report’ examining the ‘why it hadn’t been prevented in the first place’ issue.
This is an excellent book on the subject.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Mar 2000
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A first class history of modern warfare. Deals with both the military and political aspects in a comprehensive but compelling narrative. Thoroughly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging account of every aspect 11 April 2009
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Engaging and complete is the less I can say about this book. The authors tell the story of British side of events, from a brief description of the history of the island, the Argentine occupation by force and the following diplomatic offensive -- to the preparation, deployment and succesive war either by sea and land. The book is full of interestings facts, like the logistics problems of the British, the submarine warfare and the difficult task that it was to deal with air and missile attacks (exocets). Here you see the importance of aircraft carriers, submarines, frigates, artillery fire, good radar systems, ground-to-air missiles, air-to-air missiles and no less important, a good professional army.
The Argentine Junta gambled and they lost, and they lost big since this totally diminished any bargaining position. There is no such thing as share sovereignity, and to finish the war was the best thing to do by the British. There was a cost of lives, we could not see much about the sufferings in combat, we just could see how the Argentine airplanes made brave incursions on the British ships and we can only imagine the horrors of this war in both sides. When I saw the images of the Argentine concripts in their trenches, I just felt pity for them -- What on earth the Argentines were thinking, really? Patriotism only is not enough againts an army with tradition and experience. Fortunately, the war was short and no more blood was shed at Port Stanley. For Chile, this was the best outcome indeed for peace and stability reign again in the region. Finally, I consider the Falklands and South Georgia of strategic importance, we might not think this now but you never know what the future can say.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best account of the war 30 July 2007
Max Hastings is a journalist who has an unerring knack of writing for publications that I would normally walk a thousand miles to avoid. Notwithstanding this, however, I have to say that he has done an absolutely sterling job with this book.

Although first published in the immediate aftermath of the war it has withstood the test of time well and, as a general history of the conflict, it will probably not be surpassed.

If you want to read the best written, most accessible account of the Falklands war then, without doubt, this is the book you should buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good historical record with reasoned personal opinions which even...
Very good historical record with reasoned personal opinions which even if a few of them are true, show how amateurish are our Foreign Office and part of the security services while... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Tony Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Max Hastings lets you live history within his writing.
Published 16 days ago by David Yare, 0000
3.0 out of 5 stars War good politics bad
Too in depth in the politics side if things so not what I want as I prefer a much simpler read, a good in depth historical account but one for historians rather than the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lots of facts which is what I needed
Published 20 days ago by sheilaa
5.0 out of 5 stars I missed this one by being in the wrong place ...
I missed this one by being in the wrong place at the wrong time so it was of interest to see what I missed and also to expand on what the official story was.
Published 27 days ago by Mac McAllister
5.0 out of 5 stars a very well written book
A concise and and well written overveiw of the falklands war max hastings must have done a large amount of research to produce a book of this quality . Read more
Published 1 month ago by thomas_p16
5.0 out of 5 stars falklands war
bought as a birthday present for my son he is finding it most interesting and informative would recommend it if interested in the whys and wherefores of this war
Published 2 months ago by moirathomason
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Max Hastings is a fantastic historian and the fact that he was right in the thick of it made it even more engrossing.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This history is more telling than many I've read on the subject. It goes into great detail. As with all of Hastings work I feel it needs to be balanced with other writers... Read more
Published 3 months ago by GDD
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise
I never thought I'd read a Max Hastings's book on holidays or give it a 5. Frankly I wasn't the biggest fan of this highly popular author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nico
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