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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (8 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754649113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754649113
  • ASIN: 1441131515
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[The book] is brilliantly bold in its overview and rigorously forenstic in its analysis... I do urge you to read North's book, because it's riveting and devastating... What North has achieved here is admirable. He has set out to reclaim for the people of Britain the credit for a glorious victory which was stolen from them by the political Establishment. --The Spectator

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Richard North has in recent years won a reputation as one of Britain s most expert defence analysts, through his Defence of the Realm blog. Formerly a research director in the European Parliament, North is also a political analyst through his EU Referendum blog, which examines Britain s place in the world with particular reference to its membership of the European Union. He has co-authored four bestselling books with the Sunday Telegraph columnist Christopher Booker, including Scared To Death: From BSE To Global Warming, How Scares Are Costing Us The Earth (2007) and The Great Deception (2005), a comprehensive history of the European Union. He is the author of Ministry of Defeat (2009).

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Valentini Vincenzo on 2 Sep 2012
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To say that I was impressed by this book is something of an understatement... In short the author has been able to weave together in a very convincing and documented way a series of threads that did not completely fit in the canonical version of the Battle of Britain. Yes because, when reading most of the books devoted to the BoB, a series of ill-fitting events continuously and annoyingly pop-up: the limited extent of Luftwaffe raids for instance, the lack of German narratives of the BoB as an organised attempt to destroy RAF air power, the lack of conviction from OKW and Hitler himself about Seeloewe, the Germans'supposed mistake of devoting themselves to bombing London after having almost succedeed to smash RAF. In this excellent book all these issues find finally a convincing explanation, that some people may find disturbing our not acceptable at all, as it diverges and conflicts widely with the official narrative of the BoB.
I find this a courageous book as I can imagine that the Guardians of the Memory, as we call in my country people refusing even to consider that events might have been different from what they have been traditionally told, must have risen up in arms to defend the official view of the BoB. Their problem is that this version is perfectly plausible and makes everything click together wonderfully.
Unfortunately it seems like modern nations and governments and often the majority of official historians are ill at ease with any attempt to provide original interpretations of problematic occurrances, choosing instead to consider them as challenges to their long accepted version of events.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Diane on 9 Mar 2012
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What the The Spectator said:

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A review by James Delingpol published in The Spectator extracted from the online edition 26 February 2011

We all know that the time before we were born was a golden age when men were manlier, women lovelier, civilisation more civilised, culture more edifying, values more valued and so on. But what if it isn't actually true?

What if, say, it turned out that Winston Churchill was damn near as slippery and unprincipled a politician as David Cameron? What if the Battle of Britain wasn't actually won by `the Few' -- and wasn't even primarily a fighter battle anyway? What if, damn it, the famously long hot summer of 1940 was in fact mostly overcast with just a hot bit right at the end in September? What if our radar technology really wasn't that early or special? What if that famous Low cartoon -- `Very well then, alone' -- was a joke, given that, even before America joined the party, we had an empire of 500 million on our side?

This is the problem I'm having reading The Many Not The Few, Richard North's revisionist history of the Battle of Britain. It's brilliantly bold in its overview and rigorously forensic in its analysis -- but it's also a mite depressing because it does rather drive a coach and horses through one of my favourite national myths: that Britain was saved by dashing young men just like I would have been, probably, if I'd had a pilot's licence and I hadn't been sent to Bomber Command, or I hadn't already been called up to some other branch of the services and ended up having something really crap happen to me like being sunk with the Prince of Wales and eaten by tiger sharks, or arriving in Singapore just in time to be captured and dispatched to the Railway of Death...
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Allan P. Gay on 11 Mar 2012
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I've just finished the book. It shines. To research so much data and to communicate it in such a readable text is a considerable achievement. The balanced judgements in the closing chapters are telling.

The book has demolished my simplistic view of the war and substituted a much more complicated, nuanced and interesting narrative. It has the ring of truth about it.

What we need now is a six-volume set by Dr North to stand alongside Churchill's history.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Artimus on 6 Feb 2012
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As a child you often find that what you believed in was just a myth; being told by your peers that Father Christmas did not exist, the feeling of loss felt that you kept half believing for a further few years and if you are of a certain age - Roy of the Rovers did not play for a real tem called The Rovers. So if you are a child of the early post war years that played with your Spitfires and had dog fights over the bomb damage of North London imagine the shock when the story of the Battle of Britain that you thought you knew off by heart was not was not the whole truth.

This is what happened to Political Author Dr Richard North; the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain seemed the ideal opportunity to bring this part of WWII to a modern media audience by writing a Daily Blog, Dr North being at the forefront of political writing with his EU Referendum site. While writing only the first page it was obvious that things doe not gel together as he thought they should - up pops up the researcher in him that has kept Richard North at the very centre of controversial yet well researched political writing. Today there are many sources of information that have bee collated during the past 70 years, unfortunately these sources have not been put together in one place. The speeches of Winston Churchill and the broadcasts of J B Priestley though at odds are in fact apart of the untold story of The Battle of Britain.

There is a misconception that the `Battle of Britain' was all that was happening during the summer of 1940 and the RAF was the only defence of the UK, there was in fact a Trade Union Conference taking place. But the real story is that of the Many who won the Battle of Britain.
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