Blood, Tears, and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II Paperback – 30 Dec 2005
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This is an absolute landmark as regards the history of the Second World War. It is a remarkable achievement... There is quite simply no-one to touch Len Deighton as a historian of that conflict. (Jack Higgins)
Blood, Tears and Folly, his most ambitious book yet, is a global history of "the darkest hour of the Second World War", from the invasion of Czechoslovakia to the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Each section, moreover, is set against a deep background which locates the particular chain of events in a large historical perspective... What wonderful stuff it is! Every page of Deighton's work glows with the excitement of discovery. (Geoff Dyer Guardian)
His instinct for reality is as sharp as his ability to convey it. (Martin Gilbert Sunday Times)
Here is historical "truth" of a type which will not date, as the sometimes arid debates of professional historians can. (Keith Jeffery The Times Literary Supplement)
A splendid read. He has a novelist's eye for the sort of facts that bring a narrative to life. (John Grigg Evening Standard) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 (1994-12-06) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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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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 4 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 10 months ago by Simon Linton
Another perceptive, informed and well written critique from Len Deighton. Difficult to put down and highly recommended. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book gives a great insigh.
Very frightening knowing how ill prepared we were before the war and as to what was happening prior to WW11. Read more