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4.0 out of 5 stars The Darker Side Of The War at Home
Much of what we have been told about the war on the home front reflects the blitz spirit and the defiance of the blitzed cities.this book tells us about what was really happening.I appreciate that this may not be a book for students of the period due to its lack of first hand accounts but nevertheless it does tell a lot of home truths.I dont actually agree with everything...
Published on 6 April 2011 by Wingate

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2.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal and disappointing
Sadly this book was just a rehash and compilation of stories and anecdotes from the more major histories of the British Home Front by Calder, Longmate et al. It brings nothing new to the subject and seems to just use published histories rather than original first hand sources. Frustratingly for the student, although there is a bibliography, this book is unusable as it...
Published on 14 Feb 2005


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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal and disappointing, 14 Feb 2005
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This review is from: Careless Talk: The Hidden History of the Home Front' (Paperback)
Sadly this book was just a rehash and compilation of stories and anecdotes from the more major histories of the British Home Front by Calder, Longmate et al. It brings nothing new to the subject and seems to just use published histories rather than original first hand sources. Frustratingly for the student, although there is a bibliography, this book is unusable as it does not contain footnotes or reveal where he got his facts, so cannot be quoted from. A seemingly lazy, disappointing and wasted opportunity to write on an exciting and original subject. If you want a brilliant, original and well-sourced history of the Home Front's darker real side, try 'Underworld at War' by Donald Thomas.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Darker Side Of The War at Home, 6 April 2011
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Much of what we have been told about the war on the home front reflects the blitz spirit and the defiance of the blitzed cities.this book tells us about what was really happening.I appreciate that this may not be a book for students of the period due to its lack of first hand accounts but nevertheless it does tell a lot of home truths.I dont actually agree with everything he says.He is critical of the films turned out by the MOi through the GPO Film Unit,ignoring the fact that some of these films,in particular those directed by Humphrey Jennings are amongst the finest documentaries ever made by the British cinema.I am not too fond of his habit of highlighting some stories by putting them in a grey box.On some occasions i found them tough to read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, 26 Sep 2013
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This is a very interesting book on the war years, things I had never heard of before. Great one for my collection!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A darker take on the black out., 18 Oct 2003
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Hylton offers a readable account of Britain and the Blitz - not the official account of 'Britain can take it', but a warts and all look at the reality of war. Disasters, crime, pomposity. An excellent corrective to the emotional hype which has tended to dominate the era.
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