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Summer Soldier [Paperback]

M. S. Power , Phillip Williams
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28 May 1990
Guardsman Philip Williams was 18 when he fought in the Falklands War. He was left for dead and a memorial service was held for him. On his return, the press treated him with hostility and his life turned sour. He has left the Army and is often unemployed. This is his account of the experience.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing plc (28 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747505985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747505983
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 14 Oct 2009
By M. Jay
I knew Phil for a while, years ago. Really interesting account, great conclusion. Essential reading for anyone thinking of signing up.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Summer Soldier book review 8 May 2011
By Kenneth W. Simmons - Published on
The book did accomplish my intent for getting it, explain what happened to this individual in the Falklands in 1982. But it describes an individual that was very shallow and not able to deal very well with life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Soldier 19 Nov 2009
By Helen Gibson - Published on
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The book gives an account of a true event which seemed unbelievable at the time it occurred, but with hindsight is an example of the way the army both recruited and treated its members. Let's hope there has been substantial change since this sad period in the life of a very unfortunate but admirable individual.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sad Story 10 Feb 2005
By Kevin Killian - Published on
If you were living in England or Argentina back in the 1980s you probably remember the Falklands War and the battle of Tumbledown. Philip Williams, a young boy from Scotland, joined the Army mostly because in depressed Britain there just wasn't any other way to make a living, no alternative for starving youth. Imagine his surprise when he got sent into an illconceived war and was knocked out by enemy fire.

He woke up days later, in a daze, and he realized that he had been left behind by his own soldier boys! The war in fact was over, and the British had sailed away.

It took him the best part of two months to get back to civilization, freezing his balls off in the worst blizzard to hit Argentina in over 200 years, totally unprepared for the weather and having to pick his way through a pile of unburied Argentinean corpses!

And then when he finally made his way back home, he found out that his parents gave up on him (the UK government had informed them that Philip had died), and they had held his funeral in his absence. Oddly enough, this is when things turned even grimmer. The tabloid press got all over his ass accusing him of being a deserter, and even some of his own colleagues in the Army--it will remind American readers of the Swift Boat People who accused John Kerry of lying more recently. Pigs making martyrs of heroes.
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