Another Man's War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten African Army Hardcover – 4 Sep 2014
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‘Barnaby Phillips has uncovered a tale which touches the world in every sense. The story is a deceptively simple one, of a lanky boy who runs away from his dusty Nigerian village to join the British Army and is left for dead thousands of miles from home in the Burmese jungle. The miraculous sheltering and survival of Isaac Fadoyebo not only make an irresistible human drama. They also illustrate the terrifying global swirl of the conflict. Told with warmth and colour, this account of a forgotten soldier in a forgotten army in a forgotten war will not itself be easily forgotten.’(Ferdinand Mount, author of The New Few)
‘Dramatic, moving, often shocking, painstakingly researched and brilliantly told, Another Man’s War is a story the world should hear, not just so that West Africans may know the part they played in the Burma campaign and in the Second World War, but so that Britain and the world knows it too.’(Aminatta Forna, author of The Hired Man and The Memory of Love)
‘Another Man’s War is a testament to the kindness of strangers and the power of memory. Meticulous research is matched by profound human emotion.’(Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News)
‘A rich story, richly told. An inspiring instance of common human deceny, handled brilliantly by a writer whose research is as dogged as his touch is fine.’(Tim Butcher, author of Blood River and Chasing the Devil)
‘The hard-won victories of the Second World War define British identity to an extraordinary degree. Phillips illuminates vividly, through a very human story, how that ostensible struggle between democracy and fascism was experienced and interpreted by a large majority of the world’s population. Another Man’s War admirably complicates and deepens our sense of history.’(Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire)
‘An enthralling human story of soldiers whose sacrifice has been too long neglected… This book deserves to become a classic of war history.’(Fergal Keane, BBC Foreign Correspondent and author of Road of Bones)
‘Brimming with facts, anecdotes and pathos, this page-turner is a must-read for anyone interested in military history and Nigeria’s transformation in the mid-twentieth century.’(Noo Saro-Wiwa, author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria)
‘Two young West African soldiers shipped halfway across the world in 1943 to fight for the British in Burma find themselves abandoned – wounded, starving and sick – in the unmapped jungle of the Arakan. Their astonishing adventures are reconstructed here in gripping detail… A real-life thriller with sobering implications for the British reader – but I found it impossible to put down.’(Hilary Spurling, author of Burying the Bones)
‘Excellent… such a gripping and valuable contribution to the literature… fascinating’(African Arguments)
'Such a moving tribute to the power of the human spirit that it ranks alongside such classics of wartime literature as THE GREAT ESCAPE and BOLDNESS BE MY FRIEND’ Five stars(Daily Telegraph)
'hypnotically told'(Daily Telegraph Books of the Year)
"Another Man's War is riveting. It's an extraordinary story, well-researched and beautifully told — but not about the World War II you might know. Phillips delves deep into relationships, identity and much more in this stunning book. I couldn't put it down."(NPR)
‘Impressive… Phillips is a confident narrator… a gripping military history which brings African witnesses to the dying days of the British Empire out of the shadows’(TLS)
'An extraordinary story of moral fortitude and strength of character, calling to mind two other forest war classics —Spencer Chapman’s The Jungle is Neutral and George MacDonald Fraser’s Burma memoir Quartered Safe Out Here... [Phillips] captures nuances of Nigeria that only a man who knows and loves a place and people can... an extraordinary story, very well told'(Spectator)
About the Author
Barnaby Phillips is a senior correspondent for Al Jazeera English, which he joined at the time of its launch in 2006. His documentary Burma Boy won the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. Previously, he was for fifteen years a correspondent for the BBC, reporting primarily from Africa. Phillips grew up in Kenya and now lives in London. This is his first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is Barnaby Phillips's first book and I am sure it will not be his last. He tells the reader about Nigeria before the war, its involvement in WW2 and the hows and whys of the Burmese part in the war. The easy manner in which this book is written brings the characters to life as he weaves the narrative through the history of first Nigeria and then Burma. He visits Isaac in Nigeria and tells the reader what happened to him and his country in the post war years and then travels to Burma to take a letter from Isaac to his rescuer Shuyiman.
I could not put this book down, it is a fascinating story, beautifully researched and written. I particularly liked the final paragraph following Isaacs death…."The Yorubas say the end of a long life well lived is a time for celebration, not mourning. Death is not the end, just a transition to another place."
But those are just the bare bones of the narrative. Phillips tells the story with great vividness. His account of fighting in the dark, dense tropical jungle, perhaps more terrifying than any other form of warfare, is spellbinding. There is an unforgettable description of the soldiers moving through the jungle in the monsoon. Weeks of incessant downpour with every item of clothing and kit soaked, backpacks weighing double and feet festering and rotting. And the constant fear of a Japanese ambush round every corner.
The author has a wonderful eye for detail. He has obviously also done a huge amount of first hand research. The information he has dug up (presumably by talking to a lot of very old men in Britain, Japan and Africa who fought in the Burma Campaign) forms a priceless and probably unique historical record of that campaign from the strategic and political as well as the personal point of view. Phillips writes like a disciplined historian making nothing up or gratuitously over-dramatising his story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book tells at least two stories, each wondrous and moving. In the first, Isaac, a young Nigerian, joins the British Army in World War Two. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick Spicer
An excellent addition to the literature of the Campaign in Burma.Published 2 months ago by K. R. Clements
I would like to thanks Barnaby Phillips for the superb job he has done in bringing to the world's attention the story of Issac Fadoyebo and David Kargbo. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RP FRAZER
An excellent story from start to finish, and a part of WWII History that never see's the light of day on the school curriculum. Read morePublished 4 months ago by paul h.
I had no idea about the African troops and their involvement. Very emotional and enlightenment reading.Published 13 months ago by "Slow Cook"
I have to declare I am biased as I was brought up in Nigeria from the age of six months until I was 17, that said this book brought the memories flooding back and I am only some 50... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jammiedodger
This is so different to the boys-and-bombs genre of war publishing. I didn't expect to be so moved; so cleverly drawn in by small, intimate, domestic detail. Read morePublished 19 months ago by tessa boase
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