FREE Delivery in the UK.
Usually dispatched within 1 to 3 weeks.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Leading from the Front: A... has been added to your Basket
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This item will be picked, packed and shipped by Amazon and is eligible for free delivery within the UK
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Leading from the Front: An autobiography Paperback – 26 May 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£10.99
£4.26 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£10.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. Usually dispatched within 1 to 3 weeks. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Leading from the Front: An autobiography
  • +
  • Taking Command
  • +
  • Soldier: The Autobiography
Total price: £39.91
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552162612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552162616
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

"A passionate and searingly honest account of four decades of army service, it offers both a sober caution of the past and a carefully thought-out blueprint for the future" (Saul David Sunday Telegraph)

"In this book, Sir Richard Dannatt has some thoughtful things to say not only about the past but also about the future shape of our forces. No one can read it without being reminded that we need, as a country, to take the military covenant with our forces with the utmost seriousness" (Richard Harries Church Times)

Book Description

The frank-speaking autobiography of one of Britain's most respected military leaders

See all Product Description

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
General Sir Richard Dannatt's memoir of his time in the British army manages somehow to be both fascinating and banal.

Fascinating because of the detail he provides to back-up his severe criticism of Ministry of Defence civil servants and politicians, Labour ones in particular but Gordon Brown above all, for failing to fund the army sufficiently for the jobs they demanded of it. Banal because, despite his long experience of counter-insurgency and peace-keeping operations starting with Northern Ireland in the 1970s, his repeated message through the book is one of `give the army more money, give the army more time'.

The contrast with the US army and the way, for example, it has massively altered its counter-insurgency approach under General Petraeus is marked. Resources and time certainly feature in the lessons learnt by the Americans, but are very far from the whole picture. The picture Dannatt paints of the British army by contrast is, in this respect, unintentionally a deeply unflattering one because it gives the appearance of an army looking over the last 40 years and pointing the finger at others rather than asking questions of itself.

In fact, the British army has been rather smarter than Dannatt's account gives out, but how it has learnt the lessons of its mistakes such as those in Northern Ireland or tries to meet the continuing challenge to ensure that soldiers do not go violently out of control in the stresses of counter-insurgency are not stories told in this book.

The one significant area of army error Dannatt does concede in the epilogue is that the army's doctrine of "Go first, go fast, go home" was a wrong one.
Read more ›
Comment 23 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I read this book because I was impressed by the author's Christian testimony in the press. It is here in the book but I think muted in a typical traditional Anglican way. So I was rather disappointed that there was not more about how his faith influenced his life.

The general got to the top army post and was only denied charge of all the armed forces because of his outspoken standing up for the interests of his troops in a way the Labour government did not appreciate. One admires his courage on behalf of his troops and also his courage under fire in Northern Ireland.

If one is not into the technicalities of the army large parts of the book are hard going but Dannatt comes across as a first rate soldier and family man.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A very interesting read and now I perhaps have a much better understanding of how successive governments have 'stuffed' the Services, especially the foot soldiers for their own political ends. From my perspective I might not have needed to be present at so many repatriations had the politicians understood and done their jobs properly. Having a succession of Defence Ministers in one parliament makes no sense at all
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Amidst the uninspiring splurge of self-congratulatory memoirs that have found their way into the bookshops this autumn this book stands out as something very different. Perhaps this is to be expected from the man who made the hallmark of his time in office a resolute defence of the men and women under his command. Where he fought battles - in the press, for public opinion, and against the political classes - it was for his soldiers, their living conditions, pay, equipment, training and morale. He stood up publicly for the men and women who daily place their lives on the line for their country, as well as their families, and reminded us all of the sacrifice they were and are making for the comforts and freedoms we take for granted. His book, therefore, is refreshingly and strikingly honest, the exact opposite in fact of the ego-maniacal tomes we have seen from ex-Labour politicians of late.

Dannatt was attacked by some (especially those on the left of the political spectrum) for being 'too political', but this accusation does not stand scrutiny. It is even a little pathetic. By standing up to an uncomprehending liberal elite (in and out of government) for those who had to fight Blair and Brown's wars but who themselves had no significant political voice, Dannatt reminds us powerfully of the responsibility society has to its Armed Forces when they are sent to fight on our behalf. The other Chiefs appeared parochial, tribal and silent in contrast, except where it was to defend their numbers of fast jets or surface vessels.

As CGS Dannatt quite rightly defended the Army, but this book demonstrates convincingly that he did not do it not do so uncomprehendingly, or blindly.
Read more ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've read many biographies, and this is the least self-serving in a long time. It is a clear, entertaining and informative account of the life so far of a remarkable servant of the Crown who exemplifies the Sandhurst motto "Serve to Lead".

I was privileged as a young man to know General Richard, and I can tell you that he really is the honest, modest and decent person who leaps from these pages.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback