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LAST ENEMY, THE Hardcover – 1 Jan 2003

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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: PIPPIN PUBLISHING CORPORATION; Commemorative Ed edition (1 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887511031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887511035
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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"The Last Enemy rapidly acquired the aura of a book that says something vital, whose importance goes beyond what it literally describes." (Sebastian Faulks)

"`This slim volume of Hillary's seems to have a weight which makes it sink into the depths of one's memory, while tons of printed bulk drift as flotsom on its surface. '" (Arthur Koestler)

"One of the classic books of World War Two." (Philip French London Review of Books)

"Rivetingly well told...It will still speak to anyone who cares for the romance and tragedy of a lost hero." (Godfrey Smith Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Richard Hillary is one of the three `fatal Englishmen' in Sebastian Faulks's recent Hutchinson bestseller. THE LAST ENEMY - long out of print - is the book he wrote about his experiences in the Second World War. now regarded as a classic, this edition has a new introduction by Sebastian Faulks. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A beautiful book, beautifully written and so personal. Richard Hillary was all set to be a brilliant writer in our time, but sadly his life was tragically cut short. His own war was to see him attacked and shot down by the Luftwaffe. Badly burned, he goes to East Grinstead where Archibald McIndoe fixes him up. His account of this time is fascinating. He and the other pilots and airmen there endured so much. They formed a club which is still going today. Hillary had a part to play in the growth of this tremendous, commendable club that became a charity, helping its members over the years. The book is a fantastic read for any history fan, especially for fans of WW2. It's interesting, rich in imagery, dramatic and, I'm certain, a very honest and personal account of this young man's experiences of war. His is a very interesting perspective, especially his thoughts on death and on killing as a fighter pilot. A must read.
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Read this again 50 years or so after the first time. What a classic of WW2 writing-deeply reflective, idealistic and yet full of the immediate existential realism from a group of young airman whose life expectation was the human equivalent of a mayfly. They are aware of sacrificing their lives like 'gunslingers' in Westerns or 'knights in battle' centuries ago and each has a different desire for a better future. It is a touching, compelling and inspiring narrative of a world which, in the hands and minds of Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron has been bitterly betrayed. What a heritage passed on to the politically myopic and self serving!
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One of the heros of WWII, one of McIndoes's "Guinea Pigs", the author shows no self pity although it is clear that an engineering fault jammed his canopy and stopped him bailing out.

I would almost say the story is too short, I want to know so much more. I trained with his friend Noel Agazarian's sister Monique, who in herself was very gallant as a transport pilot. But I want to know what happened to Dick: Did he marry; did he have children; what about the other operations - did his hands recover?

Incredibly brave in every way, I just thank him and people like him for the fact that we are part of the free world.
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Richard Hillary was a real life 'guinea pig'. A badly burned airman who were the subjects of pioneering surgery during WW2. The writing style is that of his era, and he makes little mention of the sheer pain he must have been in with a half melted face. But the injuries are only a small part of Hillary's tale of air warfare and the attempts to organise a defence of Britain.
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An important account from a man of his time, from which all of us can learn something about the frailty of youth in adversity and the journey to maturity and human understanding. The journey from an overconfident (some might say arrogant youth) to developing the courage to face severe physical and emotional suffering, exposing all the ups and downs that it entailed, is riveting and as relevant today as it was then. An important read for anyone!
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Beautifully written thought provoking autobiography which points up the horrors of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many young men during the 2nd World War to enable those of us who survived/followed them to live in a free society. So sad that so many had to die to achieve that result - and what lessons were learnt?
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Richard Hilary was a wartime fighter who is talented good looking and privileged. However his attitudes do not make you warm to him. Yet as the book unfolds - and viewed from the outset (forward by Seb Faulkes of Birdsong fame) in the knowledge that he wrote it just before his death at the age of 23 - this book becomes a tribute to a brave young man who is full of self loathing - and the books' surprise final pages provide a twist with a unique insight into both a troubled mind and the redemptive qualities of horrific negative experiences on the human spirit.
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Without doubt the best book of it's kind you'll every read. Very different from any other because it was written by a young fighter pilot who, had he survived the war, would have been a great writer. Here you'll 'feel' Britain as it was pre-war; the exuberance and arrogance of highly educated youth going to war only because the war came to them....please read this.
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