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4.0 out of 5 stars MAJOR FARRAN'S HAT by DAVID CESARANI
As one who served in Palestine at the time of the events recorded in this book I found it well researched and on the whole fair, although rather biased towards the Jewish viewwpoint. I felt that Roy Farran's wartime career was not given its due credit. (Read Operation Tombola for instance)
What I found particularly intesting was the ramifications, political and...
Published on 13 April 2009 by David E. Morris

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3.0 out of 5 stars Major Farran's Hat
I was disappointed in this book. It is very good at painting the general background to this very controversial episode but there appear to a lot of assumptions made in the book where no reference is made to the evidence from which these assumptions must spring. Ultimately, I am no more knowledgable about whether Roy Farren actually committed the alleged murder. The actual...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Major Farran's Hat, 25 July 2011
This review is from: Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948 (Hardcover)
I was disappointed in this book. It is very good at painting the general background to this very controversial episode but there appear to a lot of assumptions made in the book where no reference is made to the evidence from which these assumptions must spring. Ultimately, I am no more knowledgable about whether Roy Farren actually committed the alleged murder. The actual evidence that is quoted is extremely sketchy and could not support a conviction in any court but the author talks of Farren as being a murderer and refers to documents he has not seen (because they have been destroyed) in support of this conclusion. I would have hoped an academic would have based any conclusion on clearly established evidence, rather than hearsay, speculation and propaganda from the protagonists.
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2.0 out of 5 stars OK but biased, 29 Sep 2013
This review is from: Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948 (Hardcover)
Was looking forward to reading this book but was very disappointed. The writer obviously has an axe to grind and used emotive language when it was unnecessary. The narrative of the story would have sufficed to have condemned Farran but the writer puts the boot in time and again. I honestly thought the writer was related to the murdered boy.

Some interesting background to the crisis. The writer mentions without any moral judgement that Stern approached the Nazis against Britain! He says Bevin exaggerated the US Israeli lobby but later says that Truman promoted for domestic votes Jewish immigration to Palestine.

Has a dig at Farran's "deep and primitive" Catholic faith and also how he shot Germans in Crete during a savage battle. Farran is pitiless to his enemies. At least he didn't hang them or booby trap them I suppose. Also Farran has a blatant disregard for the law. Hello David, Palestine was pretty lawless at the time.

To ensure the reader is unsure if Farran is a bad egg the fact that he has 100 when he escaped was a "hint that he was not quite as innocent as he pretended to be". It's just relentless. He also has a low dig against Farran saying he didn't fight the Nazis to stop the Holocaust and couldn't have cared less for the Jews. Farran's legal team is described as "pushy". He has "powerful friends in London". On verdict Farran's mother shows "cloyingly sentimental expressions of relief". Newspapers who agree with verdict are "jingoistic". He got it dead right about Browning, one of the most slippery and incompetent senior officers in the Army at that time.

The sergeants killings and King David hotel bombing are passed over quite quickly, the riots are dragged out like Kristallnacht. Even equates the riots against Jewish community like blaming the Christian community for the Nazi atrocities! Didn't know the Nazis were particularly Christian.

The writer concludes with a condemnation of Britain's anti-terror campaigns, particularly that strange title "shoot to kill". The fact that the Israeli armed forces use similar tactics goes unmentioned. I have to say that the photographs of the Farran case dominating the front pages of the Daily Express were interesting. Searched in vain for references to Princess Diana but suppose that was yet to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MAJOR FARRAN'S HAT by DAVID CESARANI, 13 April 2009
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This review is from: Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948 (Hardcover)
As one who served in Palestine at the time of the events recorded in this book I found it well researched and on the whole fair, although rather biased towards the Jewish viewwpoint. I felt that Roy Farran's wartime career was not given its due credit. (Read Operation Tombola for instance)
What I found particularly intesting was the ramifications, political and terrorist, in Europe and in England,as those serving in Palestine had little acces to media reports from England. Infomative and interesting. CLEVELAND
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5.0 out of 5 stars Major Farrans Hat, 22 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948 (Hardcover)
Major Farran a highly decorated ex SAS officer leading a covert- terrorist squad fighting for British rule in Palestine.
Good interesting reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hat's off to Mr. Cesarini's book, 31 May 2009
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This review is from: Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948 (Hardcover)
David Cesarini has crafted a book that holds the reader's interest on many levels - political thriller, courtroom drama, human interest and well referenced historical expose based on the latest documents made available for research. Getting to grips with Farran's character and settling on any kind of moral judgement is one of the challenges that real history keeps throwing up. I kept getting the feeling that had this capable young man arrived in Palestine 10 years earlier he could well have been sharing street names in Jerusalem alongside Orde Wingate and the tragic Rubowitz. Of course anything to do with terrorism and how it is policed is highly relevant to today and part of the author's analysis looks at how policy in Palestine shaped Britain and the West's response to insurgency throughout the 20th century and beyond. Cesarini draws his own conclusions on its effectivness in the closing chapter of the book. Whether or not you agree with them (and I am not sure that I do) is something you will have to decide for yourself when you read the book!

Best of British to the veteran reviewer above. If he (and I assume it is a 'he') would like to read, what I think, is a more sympathetic view of the British Mandate in Palestine he should try 'One Palestine Complete' by Tom Segev. In fairness to Mr. Cessarini, however, I don't think the Farran affair constituted our finest hour and the book does not set out to present an assesment of the rights and wrongs of British policy in its entirty.
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