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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099484420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099484424
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"He... writes with force and wit...Page's book deserves attention... Offers a guide to the armed forces and their problems which anybody who cares about them should read... Page does a splendid job of sharpening axes." (Max Hastings Sunday Telegraph)

"'Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs is a Fast Food Nation for the armed forces... It is very unlikely that anything this entertaining or important will be written on military matters this year. It deserves to be a bestseller, and perhaps it will be if red-faced civil servants are sent out to buy up every copy before the public can get their hands on it.'" (Independent)

"'Devastating... In my own recent book on modern follies I suggested that defence procurement policy was so corrupt...that only a satirist could do it justice. Page is that satirst.'" (Francis Wheen Daily Express)

"It's very unlikely that anything this entertaining or important will be written on military matters this year. It deserves to be a bestseller" (Independent on Sunday)

"Page writes with force and wit...I hope he soon gets the job he deserves, as a defence correspondent in the national media. The MoD and chiefs of staff might tremble in their boots about the consequences, but that is as it should be. Page does a splendid job" (Sir Max Hastings Sunday Telegraph)

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A biting, controversial and hilarious polemic on the curious ways of the British armed forces by a brilliant young former Naval Officer. With a preface by Harold Evans (the legendary former editor of the Sunday Times) and a brand new afterword by the author, bringing the book right up to date.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MJW on 31 Oct 2008
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I've always been bemused by my government friends' complaining about the constant infighting between the 3 services (apparently there's a huge argument brewing right now between the RAF and the Navy, which has nothing to do with war and everything to do with the respective authority and budgets of the two forces). No longer.
This book does an excellent job of demonstrating that for all the attempts at bi-partisanship between Tories and Labour over the war, the political tensions within the forces are alive and well and never went away.
And, of course, he shows up massive incompetence within MoD and BAe, which won't be a surprise to anyone who has observed any government project up close.
The writing style is similar to that of Ben Goldacre, of "Bad Science" fame, and Lewis Page seems to have similar concerns about the competence of journalists to hold the government to account on defence expenditure.
Non-military buffs like me will definitely need to use the glossary - a lot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. O'Neill on 9 Jan 2013
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Me: Previously infantry.
First read this not long after it came out but have now felt I had to write a review because it deserves more than 4 stars. I can only assume that those who marked it down have an agenda or are incapable of critical thought.
Basically Page provides an overview of the kinds of equipment used by our Forces and comes to the conclusion that a great deal of what our Forces have is either unnecessary (now) or rubbish (in many cases). If there is good stuff, there's usually not much of it. For example, Page dismisses frigates and destroyers as pointless because hunting submarines (frigate work) is better performed by aircraft or other submarines, while destroying aircraft (destroyer work) is better done by other aircraft because of the threat of anti-ship missiles...only 1 has to get through any screen a destroyer can put up. Therefore a future Navy would consist of either submarines or ships carrying planes...for surface-vessel officers this is not sexy work...no more sleek, dashing surface ships??! Unthinkable! Of course, some surface ships are needed but (to my mind) they would be Patrol ships that are simple, can carry a couple of helicopters and have provision for some troops...perfect for light humanitarian/rescue/evacuation tasks. Needless to say the RN is still busy buying frigates and destroyers. To escort our aircraft carriers perhaps...oh sorry, we don't have any.
Page points out, to this reader's shock, just how over-officered our Forces are. But the Forces are a public organisation and anyone who works in a public organisation today just how 'over-managered' they are (I work in the emergency services now...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. McKenzie on 24 Sep 2010
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I was aware of several of our defence procurement shambles over the years, but this book, written in plain & simple language, sets them in the context of unbelievable MOD incompetence, inter-service rivalry, political skulduggery, and a persistent and enduring determination to base all defence decisions on military strategy that is always 3 decades out of date.

I've told several people about this book and have considered buying a copy for my MP, but they and I have found there is a shortage. Could do with a reprint and/or update.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By researcher on 18 May 2006
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To most of us defence expenditure is not the most exiting subject. Page gets around this by writing in an exiting, informative and often humorous manner. I have no reservations about recommending this book to anyone. Indeed, it is an essential read for anyone who worries how their tax is being spent. Thirty billion pounds a year is an awful lot of cash to be spending on rubbish kit.

After some checks - it seems factually correct to me. Indeed, I can't find the inconsistancies profered by his detractors and wonder about their motivations.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Overseas Reviewer on 3 Jan 2007
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I really enjoyed this. Three of the reasons why:

1) The writing style, laced with black humour, is easy to follow - it is indeed a page turner, which is perhaps surprising given the subject matter.

2) It serves as a very good 'noddy's outing' to the roles and utility of different parts of the forces and the equipment they use (I now know why a Lt General is senior to a Maj General, what a frigate is for etc).

3) Although unashamedly polemical, most of the arguments presented by the author are consistent and coherent. Rather than spending the whole book detailing the flaws in different weapons systems, the author credibly challenges the strategic rationale underpinning much of our procurement policy and capability as a whole. For example why do we wish to have and continue to develop, massive anti-submarine warfare capability in the post cold war era?

Anyone interested in current or military affairs should read this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Purvis on 26 Mar 2008
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Thoughtful but entertaining writing style bringing to life what would otherwise be a difficult subject. The fact is that defence of the realm is the single most important point of a government and as this book makes clear our political leaders and policy makers have used it as a very large job creation scheme, and even on these terms they have not been very successful.

Both his theories and background information carry a great deal credibility and as a consequence we citizens of the UK should be hounding our politicians to sort out the mess that is British defence procurement. The complicity of senior armed forces officers and civil servants in the ongoing catastrophe just makes it worse and more vital that we tackle our leaders over this. The very sad truth of this book is that we could have armed forces that were the envy of the world and a scourge to our enemies with the £32bn that we spend every year. Due to massive incompetence and blinkered empire building we are far from it, and our real fighting soldiers, sailors and airmen bear the brunt of this failure.

Lewis Page has done a great service to our country, perhaps more than he did when in uniform, if by this excellent book he initiates change at the MOD and in our government.
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