- Paperback: 653 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Reprint edition (30 Dec. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060925574
- ISBN-13: 978-0060925574
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,790,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blood, Tears, and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II Paperback – 30 Dec 2005
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‘A splendid read … He has a novelist’s eye for the sort of facts that bring a narrative to life’ Evening Standard
‘Every page of Deighton’s work glows with the excitement of discovery … What wonderful stuff it is!’ Guardian
‘The skill with which he unmasks his villains, the brilliance with which he can sketch a scene and the sharpness of his characterisation are all unrivalled’ Independent--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
After FIGHTER and BLITZKRIEG, Len Deighton now sets a drama of war on a world stage, revealing the reality of global conflict in moving individual accounts by participants at every level. 'Remarkable and absorbing. . . an absolute landmark as regards the history of the Second World War. ' Jack Higgins --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
For long-time devotees of Deighton, it ties a neat, red ribbon around his fiction writing by bringing together so many of the historic references in his many novels and short stories in one cohesive narrative. Class analysis always brings out the best in British writers: Deighton's contempt of the British officer caste is matched only by the revulsion he expresses for the inept pacifism of the labour movement.
The breadth of coverage and detailed knowledge contained within this long book(600 pages) is staggering. Deighton's knowledge of every aspect of the war is unsurpassed. He really can tell us what life was like aboard a battleship, flying in a bomber or inside a tank. He is also old enough (b.1929) to have interviewed countless veterans of all ranks.
Given that so many books have been written about the war, much of the book covers familiar ground but Deighton's writing is always fresh. His coverage of the Battle of Britain, for example, focuses on Britain's parlous financial state as much as the aerial combat: by the autumn of 1940 most of Britain's gold reserves had gone. Deighton is also scathing about the class and education system; both of which held the country back.
As well as covering familiar episodes Deighton also succeeds in telling the story of some of the war's more neglected campaigns. Prior to reading this book I knew nothing about the bitter east African campaign to restore Haile Selasse to his throne or the RAF's struggle to hold on to a besieged Iraq with a scratch force of obsolete bi-planes and bombers.
I also didn't feel the book to be too Anglocentric. The book clearly shows us just how complicated World War Two was.Read more ›
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Sad but true analysis of our near almighty failure and how we scraped by until we were rescued by the US industrial machinePublished 4 months ago by Dr Jo
Very readable with lots of very regular illustrations (about one in 5 pages) making a very pleasant book, however there are some questionable conclusions, and completely misses a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nickisrc
A very different view of the period,and contains much to think about.Worth reading even if you find yourself not fully agreeing with the authors opinions.Published 13 months ago by peter shields
Cover 3/5 and title 4/5
Contents. Although I understand the book is a collection of information written in many other books and papers it succeeds for me in giving a... Read more
An alternative look at history, meticulously researched and nicely illustrated - but a bit ambitious for its length. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Simon Linton