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on 4 November 2016
Hastings and Jenkins combine their efforts to report on the Falklands conflict, in this book. It is of excellent quality, making a good reading companion to Woodward's Hundred Days, with Hastings' laser-sharp focus on the military side of the conflict, which he examines with a balanced, but surprisingly sympathetic eye to all parties in the conflict. In particular, the authors experiences of the ground war, as a correspondent, give the reader a good feel for the conflict at ground level, as Woodward's book did for the sea. This is one of Hastings' better works, written to much the same style and quality as his work on Korea; unsensationalist, fact-based reporting forming the basis of realistic conclusions on the conduct of the war.
Jenkins, meanwhile, chronicles the frenetic efforts at diplomacy of the British, of the Americans; and impact of the war in Whitehall, which at time take on the appearance of a farce, featuring Americans both traitorous and noble, bumbling civil servants, an admiral in full regalia, Dennis Healy's remarkable capacity for hypocrisy, and of course, the grandest joke of all, Margaret Thatcher. John Nott plays an excellent Fool to Thatcher's Lear. At times, as you may have guessed, the goings and venalities of the Establishment are a bit infuriating, particularly the strange obsession of both parties with doing away with aircraft carriers, for reasons loosely established as an unhealthy phobia of Soviet submarines.
Anyway, I digress, and considerably more than the authors. It's a good, solid book on the conflict, and if you ever wanted a single, unitary account of the war, this is it.