- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: HarperPress; Revised edition edition (29 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007436408
- ISBN-13: 978-0007436408
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One Hundred Days Paperback – 29 Mar 2012
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, and more.
‘One of the most gripping, convincing and realistic accounts of a naval battle ever published.’ John Keegan, Daily Telegraph
‘Perceptive, vivid, engaging.’ Guardian
‘One of the clearest and frankest accounts ever written of modern naval warfare.’ Field Marshal Lord Carver, Sunday Telegraph
From the Back Cover
THE ACCLAIMED BEST-SELLER
With a Foreword by The Rt. Hon. Margaret Thatcher
"The best book about the Royal Navy at war since Monsarrat wrote 'The Cruel Sea' forty years ago"
GORDON MACKENZIE, 'Daily Mail'
"A first-class account of the Falklands War – thrilling as well as lucid in explaining the complicated technology that dictated its tactics; vivid in its description of what it all looked and felt like; magnanimous in its judgement of men. Best of all, it gives a wonderfully penetrating account of 'the interior workings of the mind of a battle commander'… As enlightening as it is enthralling"
"One of the clearest and frankest accounts ever written of modern naval warfare"
FIELD MARSHAL LORD CARVER, 'Sunday Telegraph'
"Not since Lord Nelson has any senior naval commander described so frankly the loneliness of high command"
TOM POCOCK, 'The Times'
"One of the most gripping, convincing and realistic accounts of a naval battle ever published"
JOHN KEEGAN, 'Daily Telegraph'
"A compulsive narrative with a strongly human undertone"
GENERAL SIR JOHN HACKETT, 'Spectator'
"Perceptive, vivid and engaging"
Inside This Book(Learn More)
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Woodward admits that during the fighting, he often wasn't aware that sometimes he had stepped on his counterparts' toes.
A better satellite communications system would certainly have helped cure some of these headaches, it seems.
What comes across is something of the loneliness of command. Wodward says he dealt with it by letting off steam in his diary -- of which there are chunks in the book.
In all a well-written account - for which the Admiral quite properly thanks Patrick Robinson, who wrote most of the book.
Woodward and co-author Patrick Robinson weave accounts of grand strategy and military politics through a genuinely absorbing narrative of men and machines in heavy weather, incessant tactical maneuvering, and flashes of terrifying combat. Along the way, there are plenty of 'what-if's to chew on. We learn that Woodward had to manipulate London to get HMS Conqueror to sink the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano (British subs weren't under his tactical command). He explains why the sinking was both necessary and tragic, and how Conqueror watched but spared Argentine ships coming to Belgrano's aid. He also reveals that his ships almost shot down a Brazilian airliner mistaken for a pesky Argentine recon jet; he personally gave the order to withhold fire. And Woodward's character shines through his account of ordering HMS Alacrity on a potential suicide mission to scout mines--in an exceptionally gracious mea culpa of command, he praises the captain's sterling courage while faulting his own mundane direction.Read more ›
There's a disarming frankness about much of his account, contrasting with some of the other written accounts by servicemen which, while excellent in many respects, can have a certain air of self-justification about them. In contrast, Sandy's self-deprecating manner and tendency to British understatement read very well. For example, he tells us some of the names he was called, both during and after the campaign, including arrogant, incompetent and cowardly - the latter mainly for taking the very obvious precaution of stationing his two aircraft carriers well to the east of the Falklands, out of range of Argentinian aircraft and missiles. He deals with some of these criticisms, in a tolerant and civilised manner, in the preface to this updated 2012 edition; and elsewhere he describes himself simply as "a bloke who found himself in charge".
Of course in reality he was much more than that. His account of his naval training and career reminded me of the excellent book "Highest Duty" by Captain Chesley Sullenberger - the pilot who landed his plane and passengers safely on the Hudson River - in the sense that, with hindsight, it becomes clear that what has gone before was a highly effective preparation for the moment when all of this knowledge and skill are to be tested to the limit, and as a result the bloke in charge is able to deliver the goods.Read more ›
Sandy Woodward was aged 50 at this time and was a very well qualified and experienced naval officer.
There are sub themes in this book which are conflicts between his concern about individual ships and their crews and the overall purpose of the Task Force. The regular failure of computer systems and missiles is reported and I felt a sense of despair. Here were very expensive systems which were no good. The effect of a few days heavy seas' salt encrustation on missiles working or not should be a warning to those that design these things. To command forces to be in a place where they would be defenceless (probably) required a great sense of duty and determination to get the job done. Other conflicts included the lack of being able to control the submarines available because London wouldn't let go of this, the vagaries of politics, and the lack of clarity over who was in command are all dealt with in a very honest and open way.
This paperback version includes three prefaces, each an update for each edition. The book is very very readable. I now plan to look for the books written by the landing Commander and the Brigadier in charge of land forces.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having served in the Falklands during the conflict it was good to read about all the decision making that went on behind the scenes, an excellent read.Published 6 days ago by waterfj
First class book I was Ill and should have been their but I am very glad I was ill.Published 1 month ago by COMMANDER
An excellent read and Admiral Woodward fills in the gaps that we could only guess at when John Nott gave us his bulletins on the television. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vynor Hill
What an excellent book with a focus on the Navy, from the perspective of the on-scene commander. Combined with other books focusing on the air-and land-battles and the politics in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jorgen Rasmussen
The perspective from the top from somebody who has to make the life or death decisions.Published 3 months ago by G P Perrett
Having personal connections in this conflict was ideal .Published 5 months ago by mrs eunice steadman
Look for similar items by category
- Books > History > Britain & Ireland > Edwardian and Early 20th Century 1901-1913
- Books > History > Britain & Ireland > Inter-war Period 1919-1938
- Books > History > Britain & Ireland > Ireland
- Books > History > Essays, Journals, Letters & True Accounts > 20th Century
- Books > History > Europe > Early 20th Century 1901-1913
- Books > History > Europe > Inter-war Period 1919-1938
- Books > History > Military History
- Books > History > North America > Early 20th Century 1901-1913
- Books > History > North America > Inter-war Period 1919-1938
- Books > History > World History > 1901-1913
- Books > History > World History > Inter-war Period 1919-1938