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How We Lived Then: History of Everyday Life During the Second World War, A

How We Lived Then: History of Everyday Life During the Second World War, A [Kindle Edition]

Norman Longmate
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"An immense and impressive assembly... Must surely remain an invaluable essay in the remembrance of things past" (Times)

"Superbly detailed and illustrated... From stirrup pumps to Spam, Norman Longmate's marvellously comprehensive panorama misses nothing. Excellent" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A landmine of information covering every field of civilian life in wartime from the grandeurs of the blitz to the miseries of dried eggs and the six-inch bath" (Cyril Connolly)

"Much of it is extremely interesting; some of it is fascinatingly out-of-the-way; and all of it contributes to building up a true picture of everyday life in England from September 1939 to August 1945" (Observer)

"Mr Longmate has recruited an enormous volunteer army of home-front veterans who sent him their wartime recollections... He has brilliantly sifted and assembled the precious debris" (Guardian)

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'Minutely detailed, accurate, skilfully marshalled and engagingly written, it is quite the best social chronicle of the period I have read' Spectator

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5032 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (26 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031Y9DQO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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before in books about civilians in WW2. The accounts supplied by ordinary people are so poignant I cannot read them aloud to my husband without crying. I was born in 1949 and have always felt I had missed something when people spoke about it. Now I can "experience" it for myself. I have read 3 chapters, and already told my sister about it. She won't want to wait until I have finished it, she is getting one of her own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lived, survived and flourished! 8 Nov 2012
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I read this book some 2 or 3 years ago and found it the most interesting book that i had ever read. Since then i have read many other books but found nothing to compare and having been given a Kindle as a birthday present as soon as I realised that the book was available in this format I was determined to re-read it.
Highly recommended to anyone who either lived through that period or who has the desire to learn what our parents or grandparents went through, this book is a MUST !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still important after all these years.... 9 Aug 2012
By Bryan
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I am so pleased this remarkable book is still in print. It is nearly 40 years since I first read the Arrow paperback version which really changed the way I looked at history and opened my eyes to the gems hidden in the Mass Observation archive. 40 years on and I am still an avid reader of social history, but this book and Angus Calder's "The People's War" are what set me on the road, and they have never been bettered. Read this and be transported.....!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and full of fascinating detail 23 Feb 2012
My parents lived through the Second World War but I knew little of their lives then. This book fills in the details and answers for the questions that I never asked. It is a story of the lives of ordinary folk trying to survive on a day to day basis, with little money, resources and no knowledge of where their loved ones were. Looking at the references, Norman Longmate has undertaken a huge task and created a valuable resource for the lay reader and the historian alike.An increasingly important record as the remaining survivors of the war begin to decline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How We Lived Then 7 Oct 2011
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This book is useful for students or those with an interest in the past. In brings years now gone to life for those who live now; through its pages we can see the effects, socially, politically and personally, of war and the changes war and its associate sciences and attitudes brought.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How we lived 15 Oct 2012
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A great read this Book is full of information about the time of the Second World War would certainly recomend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Memories 30 April 2011
A book that brings back events and people that I had forgotten, being a book about all the things that effected the little people in their daily struggles, it brings back the uncertain feeling that we all faced, rumours travelled quickly which didnt help. My family consisted of my parents and six children, how my Mother managed to feed us all was a mystery. My brother was called up to the RAF, one sister to a factory making shells, another sister went into the Land Army so this was just a normal wartime family. I lived in a British Legion House on a small estate of 16 houses all residents were allocated a house on the basis of being disabled or widowed through injuries received through serving in the First World War, they must have all wondered what was required to be done to keep the peace!!
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This is a densely packed account of the war years in England compiled from hundreds of accounts by a lucid and engaging author.
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I have found the book to be extreamly informative. But written in a story type of way instead of just presenting the bare facts. Read more
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