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The Wildest Province: SOE in the Land of the Eagle

The Wildest Province: SOE in the Land of the Eagle [Kindle Edition]

Roderick Bailey
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"What makes Bailey's book so readable is not only his grasp of strategy but his hold on tactics and personalities.... The Wildest Province...establishes him as a modern historian of great skill... Anyone interested in human nature under stress, or problems of counter-insurgency, or sheer adventure, will read it with profit" (Literary Review)

"This is a gripping account of two wars...a rich and rounded account...he has mastered a mass of complex material, and analysed it with great clarity and is hard to imagine the task being done better than this... History more breathtaking than any thriller" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Reminiscent of John Buchan and The Thirty-Nine Steps... Extreme stuff" (Daily Mail)

"Beautifully written and impeccably researched... a compelling work and by far the most comprehensive yet undertaken on the subject...The Wildest Province is a must-have acquisition for anyone remotely interested in the region, the war, its politics or the experiences of the men who fought there. I devoured the book quickly" (The Times)

"A tribute to average men with the guts to be extraordinary... The author's research is monumental" (Sunday Express)

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The full story of Britain's Special Operations Executive in Albania and the extraordinary challenges and conditions they faced.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2393 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (31 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NHQ07M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Historical Adventure 16 May 2008
This excellent and gripping book is a must buy for anyone serious about understanding the Second World War and its aftermath, as well as for anyone serious about cracking good reads. On almost every page there is a fascinating fact - not least legendary British actor Anthony Quayle's involvement in SOE - and they are all woven into a skillful whole that will by the end give the reader a new perspective on Europe and the perils of messing about in other people's countries. By turns breathtaking, funny, tragic and sometimes horrifying, the book is an indictment of the human spirit and what it is capable of: courage, determination, betrayal and dreadful violence. The best kind of modern history writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and extremely well researched 12 July 2009
Roderick Bailey paints a detailed and extremely well researched picture of a hardly known episode of WWII when British soldiers fought with the partisans in occupied Albania. It is full of historical data based on many primary sources including declassified official documents, oral reports, diaries etc. There is not only plenty of historical insight, but a beautifully written, readable story which should appeal not only to historians, but also to the interested general reader. This book thoroughly deserves five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of a little known conflict 11 July 2010
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I echo what other enthusiastic Amazon readers have written about this excellent book. It is first rate narrative history: thoroughly researched, highly detailed and with the successful sweep of epic fiction, except of course it isn't fiction. From the start of the account of the SOE in Albania you are gripped by the story which is bizarre, comic, tragic and terrifying. "The Wildest Province" is Bailey's first book based I understand on some ten years' preparatory work. As such it is a remarkable achievement.

On a personal note, I worked as a young teacher in the late 1960's with one of the characters who has a prominent role in the book. At the time I had no idea of his wartime exploits in Albania:he was a somewhat diffident, middle-aged art teacher by the time I got to know him and he never referred to the subject. Imagine my surprise when I saw his photograph in this book, a smiling, early twenty-year-old, sitting on a rock, high-powered rifle in hand!

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every modern Albanian 3 Oct 2011
Fascinating read, and extremely well researched and documented.Cleary shows there was no grand conspirancy within SOE ranks to favor the Communist led resistence at the expense of what passed for 'resistance' by the motley crew of mountain tribes, the Mat region, and nationalist factions.
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