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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st Edition edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408703696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408703694
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A vivid and harrowing first-hand account (Military History Magazine)

[A] visceral, fast-paced, no-holds-barred autobiography . . . Strongly recommended (Neil Faulkner Military History Monthly)

A vivid, thoughtful book (Herald magazine)

A harrowing first-hand account (Daily Mirror)

The battle on the ground is told starkly and emotionally by Tony Banks (John Nott Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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* The fascinating true story of the battle for the Falklands, and one man's struggle to readjust afterwards

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fred Harris on 29 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
To many the Falklands War seems a life time ago. To others it feels like yesterday and In Storming the Falklands former Para Tony Banks reminds us what it was really like. Written through the eyes of a young soldier he recounts the horrors and tragedies, the fears and the comraderie, the poignancy, and the futility of war. He lifts the lid of some of the lesser known facts and is outspoken in many instances. Highlighting the terrors of PTSD which has affected so many veterans both in the UK and Argentina, it is a must read for everyone. It is also a great educator for people born since 1982.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Ross on 1 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
I remember as a young man watching on television the Falklands war and all the developments on a daily basis. This book sets the scene in a vivid way. Tony Banks recalls his story giving an insight to his experiences both during and after the conflict. He is very outspoken regarding some actions taken by the British, highlighting the futility of war. A read that was both illuminating and at times shocking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicky Dorrian on 1 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that covers so much. An insight into growing up in Dundee in the 70s, the sadness of living with family tradgedy, the moving experience of war, the inspiration of self belief and professional success coupled with the emotion of making a difference to other people's lives.
The book is well written and a real page turner.
The only down side is the rather 'blokey' looking cover that may deter women readers which is a shame.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Q on 22 Mar 2012
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I expected the usual 'I won the war on my own' but didn't get it. A good narrative (often quite graffic) of his own perspective of the Falklands war, but that is not what marks this book out. The description of how war affects the soldiers is accurate and honest. The analysis of PTSD and how so many Service personnel are affected is touching. An inspiring book, many thanks to the author for sharing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ladymac on 21 Mar 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
War books tend to be about conflicts from another generation- but this is an inspiring story of a man drawn into a conflict of our time. Particularly interesting given the current situation over the Falklands and Argentina.
Tony Banks gave a frank and searing insight into war, and I particularly loved the section of the book where he seeks out his former enemy.
I'd like to see this as a tv drama. The twists and turns pull you in and the narrative is so dramatic you can lose your eyes and feel you are standing in his shoes. His own conflict long after the war shows no-one escapes their past. For me, he became a true hero when he talked about this aspect of his life. Deeply moving and a first class read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brizer on 21 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
A real page turner you will find difficult to put down. Great story of a young man growing up in difficult circumstances and an amazing view of the Falklands war from the front line. Being so far away from the action during the war it is difficult to comprehend what our troops went through. This puts a different perspective on the whole conflict and highlights the need to be aware of post war issues which those who serve in the forces need to cope with. Highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kieran Findlay on 20 Mar 2012
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For many, the Falklands War ended in June 1982. For those who made it back to the UK, the war remained a part of their lives for years. Tony Banks recalls a poignant account of his experiences before, during and after an event which would shape him and many others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scottishjourno on 1 Mar 2012
Format: Hardcover
A harrowing account of the Falkland War -- how it really was -- and of how veterans on both sides suffered and continue to suffer after the war. More suicides among vets after the conflict than were killed in the land fighting. Shocking that 800-900 men have killed themselves since the bloody fighting.

An easy to read Falklands book with a difference.
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