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"A meticulopus account of the advance on Singapore... an excellent opportunity to revisit these hard
questions." -- Sydney Morning Herald, August 27, 2005
"He has a sharp eye for the telling anecdote...incidents well known to Australians... are fresh in the telling." -- Book Talk, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, August 20, 2005
"a magisterial account...Colin Smith knows how it feels to be a soldier and his story is unforgettably well told"
Neal Ascherson -- The Observer, 12 June,2005
'Smith succeeds brilliantly in weaving hundreds of individual stories into a coherent whole' -- Sunday Times
'Smith tells the story vividly . . . a fine history of what now seems primarily a particularly poignant and horrifying human tragedy' -- Literary Review
...beautifully told, shrewd and fair in its judgments and on occasions wryly funny...the definitie book on this extraordinary drama -- Daily Telegraph May 21,2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Colin Smith is an author and award-winning journalist. He covered many wars for the Observer and served terms as its Defence, Middle East, Asia and Washington correspondent. His previous books include (with John Bierman) Alamein: War Without Hate.See all Product Description
It has always been difficult to find thorough and readable studies of the lost campaigns of ww2, and no campaign was more lost than Singapore. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Billy McJohnson
As a resident of Singapore,I found Colin Smith's book eye opening as to the WW2 events that took place within a couple of kilometers from where I live. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cassell R. Meyers
Many books on the Malayan Campaign tend to use 'Singapore' in part of the title rather than 'Malayan' (compare the number of books listed under the search string 'fall of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chin Joo Quek
Pearl Harbor might have been a sitting duck but not Singapore. Protected by the impenetrable Malayan jungle to the north and long considered impregnable, the island city fell to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ted Stanger
This is narrative history at its best. It is truly superb. It is a long book, almost 700 pages but i simply could not put the book down and read it in under two days. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas S-R
As a military history, this account is probably one of the best. Smith integrates personal stories with the military campaigns to "bring it to life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John R. Millspaugh
There is no doubt that Smith writes very well indeed. In the end the book fails because Smith makes the Australians the scapegoats for the fall of Singapore. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aussie Armchair General
Again an excellent read showing that a lot of the senior officers and the civil servants, were really out of their depth. Read morePublished 13 months ago by anthony