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5.0 out of 5 stars If only history was taught like this in school...
James Holland's generosity of spirit and indefatiguable labour has created one of the best general histories I've read recently--and there's a lot of stiff competition about. As well as using written sources, Holland personally interviewed survivors from all sides of the conflict; Germans, Poles, Canadians, Britons, Americans, Italian partisans and fascists. These...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Badly edited
Irritatingly badly editted (don't historians have editors these days?), so much so that I found it hard to believe that it can have been properly researched.

A female guerrilla carries four "mortars" in a shopping bag; a unit gets "within site" (sic) of its objective; terms are non-standard, to say the least - we get "bazooka gunners" and the Nebelwerfer...
Published on 6 Dec 2010 by T. Walton


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5.0 out of 5 stars Reflective, 11 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Italy's Sorrow: A Year of War 1944-45 (Paperback)
This is not a blood and guts thing, but full of insights into the country and what is was like to be involved in sadly unnecessary campaign. A sensitive man's reactions. You need to know something about the war to place some of what he is saying.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a clear and honest book, 23 April 2008
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Kent Barker "Barker World" (Bowerchalke England) - See all my reviews
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This book makes a very clear picture of a very comlex part of the second world war. Harrowing in places the brutal truth of war and its impact on the civilian population is here in all its naked horrow.
I can't rate this high eneough and i cant wait to read his Novel based in the second world war due out in May.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb achievment!!, 3 Oct 2010
A superb piece of research & writing. Unputdownable - despite being a long work &, in hard back,a heavy-weight product.
Excellent focus on storytelling by using a number of characters. As well as the story of all the combatants, James Holland looks at the effect on civilians of the long year of the campaign in Italy. Superbly useful maps.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly edited, 6 Dec 2010
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T. Walton (Barcelona, Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Italy's Sorrow: A Year of War 1944-45 (Paperback)
Irritatingly badly editted (don't historians have editors these days?), so much so that I found it hard to believe that it can have been properly researched.

A female guerrilla carries four "mortars" in a shopping bag; a unit gets "within site" (sic) of its objective; terms are non-standard, to say the least - we get "bazooka gunners" and the Nebelwerfer becomes a "rocket firer".

Does the author actually know anything about military history, I wondered at times, is he qualified to write this book? Which might also explain why he quotes anecdotes at length but sketches very hastily over things like strategy.

Another quibble: it really isn't a history of the Italian campaign, as it begins in the early summer of 1944, totally ignores Sicily and largely ignores the Salerno landings too. The subtitle does allude to that, but the author might at least have explained why he chose that rather arbitrary date.

Disappointing.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars just a history book,thought it might be upto James Hollands high standards, 12 Mar 2013
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I bought the book expecting a fictional account not a history lesson ,I skipped most of it.Looking foreard to James Holland new Devils Pack
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Italy's sorrow, 26 Jan 2011
This review is from: Italy's Sorrow: A Year of War 1944-45 (Paperback)
I NEVER RECEIVED THE BOOK!! I am very disppointed with the entire proicedure... Over a month ahs passed and there has been total radio silence...
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