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Behind Enemy Lines: The Autobiography of Britain's Most Decorated Living War Hero by [Macpherson, Sir Tommy, Bath, Richard]
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"My book of the year, without question . . . reads like a combination of a Biggles adventure and Dick Barton"

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The memoirs of one of the last surviving heroes of the Second World War

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital; Reprint edition (11 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TBQM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
A very readable book about a man who took opportunities when they arose and lived through the war on his wits with a certain amount of luck and charm thrown in. If this was made into a film it would seem too fantastic.
It also gives an insight into a certain generation when you either had jam or butter on your bread,not both, bad manners were not tollerated and travel by public transport or foot was the norm. I'm not sure I would walk 3 miles for Sunday dinner, I could, but I don't think I would. Although he clearly feels that his rugby wasn't up to much, compared to his brother, few get to play at that level and his achievements whether during or post war make a remarkable story.

Having met the author I have to say that he still maintains the charm that comes over in the book and a remarkable amount of modesty considering his experiences and achievements. A very good read and recommended as a Xmas present for anyone with an interest in WWII.
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Format: Hardcover
Like a few other reviewers I expected this book to be about the authors expoits during the Second World War. The book covered this subject admirably, plus his childhood and schooling which I found fascinating. This is probably one of the best "behind the lines" accounts of the Second World War that I have read to date. However, the author spoils the book by turning it into a name dropping exercise regarding his successes since the War. The author is obviously a remarkable chap, but was it necessary to name in detail all of the businesses he has worked for and the board positions he has successfully held since then? What started off as a biography earning a five star review quickly became deteriorated to three stars, and by the end became very tedious. My suggestion is that any readers should put the book down and lose it at the point where the War ends, allowing your opinion of the author to remain in the hero category which he justifiably deserves.
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Format: Hardcover
A fascinating and very readable life story of one of the real tough men of that generation who are fast disappearing. It is to Sir Tommy's great credit that he has committed his story to print for us to get some insight into what happened during WW2. This is one of those rare books that I will read again very soon after the first reading and I thoroughly recommend it.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am pleased and grateful that Sir Tommy MacPherson got around to sharing his story with a wider public. It is well written by his ghostwriter Richard Bath. Although I would agree with another reviewer that the chapters on childhood and civilian life might be of less interest than his wartime experiences, in my opinion these DO add something to the book: it is clear that Sir Tommy is an extremely able and determined character who managed to surmount all sorts of difficulties from childhood onwards. I don't read war stories usually, but would certainly recommend this one highly.
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This is a book guaranteed to make you feel totally inadequate! Sir Tommy seemed to succeed in everything he attempted. The fact that he got through the war at all was a feat in itself given his exploits. I agree with the majority of other reviewers that the second half of the book, about his business life mainly, was dull and full of name dropping. That said, I thought his description of his politics tutorials at Oxford which he shared with Tony Crosland was fascinating.

Definitely worth purchasing if you want a nice easy read to while away a few hours at an airport!
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Great book, this man just loved getting into sticky situations. He led a full life that anyone could look back on and be proud of. He proved that through natural ability and tenacity you can do anything you want to in life. My biggest surprise was how he made it big in "civvy street" and became a leading figure in British Commerce. He even had time to play rugby for London Scottish.
What a man !!
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A book with title Behind Enemy Lines, and sub-title autobiography of Britain's most decorated living hero, puts Tommy Macpherson immediately exclusively in the special forces category, and gets away with fact simply with the word living. In reality, Macpherson's life, and autobiography was much more than his war years. It was only a small part of a very full life.

In many ways his war was a mere interval. A Scot from Newtonmore in the Highlands, with many similarities to the great Eric Liddell: his grandfather, a minister in the Church of Scotland, his father who worked for many years overseas in India in the Indian Civil service, while his brothers and sisters were all sporty: two brothers who played rugby for Scotland: Phil, known as GPS, was captain of the Grand Slam of 1925; while his brother in law, HJ Kittermaster was Scotland's stand-off. It was hardly surprising that his paths crossed with Liddell, and he too took up sport seriously: rugby: for Oxford University and London Scottish; athletics, and even for a time cricket. It isn't supposed to be a book full of name dropping: Abrahams, Bannister, Chataway, the Czech Zatopek, and the 1948 silver medallist, June Gardner - whose light dimmed behind the victorious Dutch housewife Fanny Bankers-Koen; it was just that all these runners were around where he frequented, and they all got on well together, and if you like your sport you'll like this.

His post-war career took him everywhere in business, working closely with the likes of the Brooke Bond Group, TSB, Sears Roebuck of Chicago, Boustead of Singapore, and Louis Leonowens, in Thailand - son of the Anna in the King & I story, and wherever he went it appears results came, too.
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