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Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War Hardcover – 9 Mar 2006


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st Edition edition (9 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297846337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297846338
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bicheno is not a mincer of words... he understands how battles are fought, and explains those of the Falklands perhaps better than any other writer has done... he has done us all a service by explaining them so well for a new generation. (Max Hastings DAILY MAIL)

gripping (John Keegan DAILY TELEGRAPH)

a hard-hitting account of a short, sharp war. Well written and brilliantly illustrated. In short, a cracking read. (THE GUNNER)

Very detailed, ends a lot of myths. Fascinating and illuminating battle accounts. (SCOTTISH LEGION NEWS)

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The controversial memoir of a top British spy which finally reveals what really went on behind the scenes of the Falklands War

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By O. G. M. Morgan on 21 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a remarkable book: surely the most thorough analysis of the Falklands campaign, combined with a strong element of polemic. Hugh Bicheno is extremely even-handed in his description of the events of the war, giving credit and criticism where due to both sides, but he does not pretend to be impartial as to which set of combatants had right on their side. Argentina was a fascist state, in which the military was driven by extreme nationalism, but tortured and murdered those whose views differed only in terms of nuance. Similarly, the regime professed a devotion to Roman Catholicism, thereby winning support from elements in France, Belgium, Italy and elsewhere, but this supposed piety did not draw the line at throwing nuns out of aircraft. The readiness of the Foreign Office to hand over British subjects to such a regime inspires contempt. Bicheno raises the interesting point of the former Foreign Office minister, who announced in Parliament that British Intelligence could read Argentina's codes. He puts this down to stupidity, but elsewhere wonders how far elements in Whitehall and the BBC deliberately sought to undermine the British forces, with the aim thereby of forcing a change of government in Great Britain. As far as the actual fighting is concerned, it is hard to see how this book can be bettered. Myths grew up on both sides after the war, although the subsequent career trajectories of certain British officers showed that some correct lessons had been learned. Bicheno quotes the exasperation of a Royal Marine, fed up with the widespread acceptance of the idea that the land war was a pushover. If you think that, you should definitely read this book.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Black on 7 Aug 2014
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There's a first class 'bullet by bullet' of the Falklands war to be written, but I'm afraid that this isn't it...

He's very good at the military detail, but every officer on both sides above the rank of major is depicted as a rank incompetent, a snob or a coward.

He scrubs around the naval war and the tactics used in the air, this is all about the infantry fighting.

Also, his utter contempt for the British political system shines through on almost every page, he even, incredibly, manages to find something nasty to say about the Town and Country Planning Act...

It's worth a read, but if your politics are anywhere to the left of Genghis Khan you may find it heavy going.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Bell on 24 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
The thorough and careful research of the subject makes this book an authoritative record of the political build up to the actual fighting campaign of the Falklands/Malvinas War. The first four chapters are a complete manifestation of the complexities of Argentinian politics.

An excellent work that will become a reference text book for students.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Niolc Tiddler on 3 April 2007
Format: Paperback
One mans view of The Falklands Conflict - with a useful insight into the shadowy world of the Argentine Junta and why they couldn't believe 'that woman' would make war on them. Useful 'in the footsteps of' analysis of decisive actions in the war and uninhibited criticism of the 'so called' great and good.This jaded reader was impressed with the arguments mustered - even though not agreeing 100% (95% perhaps).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham P on 29 Mar 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is pure synthesis and evaluation of all of the germane activities in the conflict, clearly got by the author through sheer hard work and logical deductions which has been unmistakably based on well founded information. And not, unlike some other books on this subject, bias and opinion framed as analysis. This has context, air power, leadership and politics - even though the ending is known the various journeys are complex but written so as easier to understand and follow. There are even still many unknown unknowns about this conflict but this book sheds light on them and unravels them. I and many colleagues recognise this book as the real, even if unofficial, truth and factually correct based on our time in the Falklands. Thank you Hugh Bicheno for a fabulous book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian Fitch on 25 Aug 2008
Format: Hardcover
A refreshing new approach to the war that not only clarifies the action with research on site, but also crucially gives the background to the war with insight based on experience as a spanish speaking foreign office staffer in Latin America over a number of years.
It's damning conclusions on British foreign policy are second only to it's revulsion to the facist Argentine military regime.
This anti-facist stance does not seem to have won the support of those giving one star reviews however! Perhaps they are too right wing? I suspect the opposite to be true. Reviews from argentine sources predictably belong to the fantasy section, fittingly for a nation wedded to magical realism in literature.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Johnston on 2 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
by the title or the picture. This is a fantastic and ascerbic independent history of the war. Sadly much of what passes for history today is still following other agendas - this book is clearly its own master and all the better for it. Well written; challenging; often insightful in ways no other English history has been. It would be unfair to categorise it as either left or right wing - I personally agree with the author that this split is redundant now in any event. Truly - if you only read one book on the Falklands - make it this one.
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