Buy Used
£2.80
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This item will be picked, packed and shipped by Amazon and is eligible for free delivery within the UK
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Amazing Tales for Making Men out of Boys Hardcover – 15 May 2008

4.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£55.55 £0.01
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718153820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718153823
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 3.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

'A must-have collection' -- The Times

'Oliver is a wonderful storyteller. This is a book told from the heart with both a passion and breathless awe for the deeds recounted that leaps from every page. Sumptuously illustrated, beautifully told, and in turns both moving and inspiring, it is a joy from start to finish. I defy any reader, whether they be aged nine or ninety, not to walk with a slightly straighter back after putting down these amazing tales.' -- Sunday Telegraph

From the Publisher

Amazing Tales is packed with vivid new accounts of classic stories of courage and heroism including: The Battle of Britain, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Siege of Dien Bien Phu, The Cockleshell Heroes, The Battle of Isandlwana, The Penlee Lifeboat Disaster, Apollo XIII, The SAS and the Battle of Mirbat, The Yangtse Incident, The Battle of Trafalgar, Shackleton's Boat Journey, Scott of the Antarctic and many more

See all Product Description

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I first heard about this book when I seen the Author on a TV show and he was promoting the book. Believe me he was right about everything he said, this book is brilliant. The stories make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end!! This is not a book you read and forget, you will want to read it again and again. What heroes they were, go for it, you won't be dissapointedAmazing Tales for Making Men Out of Boys
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I didn't find this quite as riveting and `exciting' as some reviews say, not because of the lack of stupendous courage, and almost extinct `manliness', but more because it wasn't written in a particularly stimulating way. For me it's quite `dry' a lot of the time, and just lacks the `life' these stories should feel, because they certainly ARE remarkable stories in themselves.

It kept my interest, however, because it's impossible to not be in awe of the unbelievable courage in these stories, and maybe it's in describing the background history which robs the book of its momentum. Historic background is sometimes `dull' in it's telling.

This book does, however, strike a very powerful note with me. It makes a statement at it's core; that modern male children, and young men, have become so `feminised', and masculinity so unfashionable, that modern men of this new generation have lost their way. Traditional male roles have been so diluted that even men's appearance is strongly feminised. (You think not??? Well, when a man's body hair is now treated by most women with at least some revulsion, and that has resulted in many men waxing and shaving, even their legs sometimes, that's a very worrying trend.)

Political correctness and the great feminist movement have brought us to be a shadow of what British men once were, ............and for being brave enough to make the statement it makes about that, means this book is well worth the reading.

It's aimed at older boys as well as adults, but I rather doubt many of those boys would read it cover to cover, which is a shame because they need to read, and be captivated by stories like these.

Had the stories been brought to life a little more, it would have got the full five stars from me.
Read more ›
1 Comment 18 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is well presented with a bold cover, just like those magazines you might remember from when you were a kid. It's really all about the heroes boys used to aspire to be - in the days when it was better to die a brave death than to live as a coward. It's a worthy collection of classic battles and genuine heroes, but the intersections of Scott (of the Antarctic) are a bit tiresome and the defined audience is not really very clear. If it's for kids then it's really too big and long. If it's for adults then some of the language used is a bit archaic, or childish even. It is a good book and worth a look, but could have just done with a bit of final thought at the editing stage that could have made it great.
1 Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Really loved reading this to myself and my Grandson at bedtime. Full of stirring tales of how men used to behave when their back was to the wall. As a boy I used to read the Boys Own Paper,& Victor, Hotspur Comics. What memories it evoked.

I thoroughly reccommend it.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I found this book hugely entertaining, informative and written in a style that took me back to those heady days reading the Topper and Victor. Great stuff Neil.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is absolutely great. Neil Oliver has a real talent for the written word with events springing from the pages in a thoroughly engaging, entertaining and intimate way. Neil has a keen understanding of his audience and writes with the infectious enthusiasm of teenager combined with the knowledge and authority of an expert in his subject. A wonderful book to keep by your bed to simply dip into and read a chapter or two. Each of the chosen stories stands on its own merits but are cleverly linked into the thread that runs through each. I recommended this to my brother who bought a copy and, like me, thinks it is great. Buy it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This collection of tales of derring-do is easy to read, and each episode is told with Oliver's trademark enthusiasm and his obvious admiration for the heros involved. Despite the male-ness of the title it's equally rewarding for females to read -- it's just that the subjects of these adventures are mainly men.
The cover depicts the epic journey which Scott made to conquer the Antarctic, and that story provides the backbone which runs through the book. Scott's life story is told in segments, leading up to his fateful, final expedition. It's interspliced with other stand-alone epiosdes of heroic endeavour, many of which serve to illustrate one aspect of Scott's accomplishment.
So we also read about the 300 Spartans at Thermopyle, the pilots of the Battle of Britain, the lifeboatmen of Penlee, Ernest Shackleton, the French Foreign Legion, the Light Brigade and another half-dozen examples of heroic conduct plucked from the pages of history. All of it is delivered at something of a dash, creating easily-digested individual stories which are heavy on action and spiced with a little modern interpretation.
None of this is ground-breaking but it is a corking good read. At times the device of splitting up Scott's story doesn't work so well -- in fact, it makes the most important tale in the book feel somewhat disjointed, and reduced the eventual impact of the episode. That's the worst complaint, though.
Neil Oliver doesn't pretend to have any of the qualifications of the heros he describes, but he obviously admires the Britons who were prepared to sacrifice all for their countrymen and colleagues. I also liked the fact that he returns to the theme of 'Britishness' in his comments.
Recommended for all ages and both genders; very useful as a way to introduce younger folks to a bit of history. Perfect for long air flights, too!
9/10
1 Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback