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3.0 out of 5 stars "Is it worth it?", 4 Nov 2002
This review is from: When the Fighting is Over: A Personal Story of the Battle for Tumbledown Mountain and Its Aftermath (Paperback)
A trully heart-wrenching book. The closest comparison that one can come up with is Ron Kovic's equally amazing "Born on the fourth of July". However, be warned that whilst Robert's parts are the highlights, insightful, interesting and even funny, his father John's tendency to litter his passages with prayers for his wounded son do begin to grate the reader a little and, i am sorry to say are even a little embarassing.
On the whole, however, this book should be recommended to anybody with an intest in modern warfare and especially to any one wishing to join the army of this "great" nation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fight For Right Never Ceases, 5 July 2004
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john kuzma (Springwood, NSW, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: When the Fighting is Over: A Personal Story of the Battle for Tumbledown Mountain and Its Aftermath (Paperback)
The book, by halves, is very much a worthwhile read and an insight into a proud, loving English family. Yet the father in his various accounts comes across as a pompous socialite who expects a destructive English class structure to be adhered to. Nevertheless I do have a glowing admiration for his honesty and total devotion to his family and nation. Roberts' account throughout the book is at times gut wrenching. His heart felt words painted a picture of true grit, bravery and a strength of character that a Military Cross is only a small token of.

Robert should be a hero not only in Britain but a hero of mankind, survival and justice. Throughout life you learn of great accomplishments yet when a person survives the harrowing, physical and mental disfigurements of war nobody, it seems, wants to know. People like Robert are the real Conquerors of lifes' Everests. As the eye finds it difficult to accept what is before it, so the character of one must close that person out of its self centred world. It's a sad reflection on the society of today.So many politicians struggle to be the leaders of countries; here was a platoon leader acknowledging his responsibilities only to be ignored and deserted by those self righteous who sent the young off to war.
They say a true hero doesn't need to write a saga to convey the tials and tribulations, the accomplishments and achievements. This book definitely proves a lot can be said in a few words. If this book had only been written by Robert it would have had a greater reaction and a listing high in the memoirs of wartime success stories. On the other hand if the father had not written his contribution the full story would never have been known. The name dropping and throwing off people like a dirty rag are rather egotistical and abhorrent.
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