The Many Not The Few Hardcover – 8 Mar 2012
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[The book] is brilliantly bold in its overview and rigorously forenstic in its analysis... I do urge you to read North's book, because it's riveting and devastating... What North has achieved here is admirable. He has set out to reclaim for the people of Britain the credit for a glorious victory which was stolen from them by the political Establishment. --The Spectator
About the Author
Richard North has in recent years won a reputation as one of Britain s most expert defence analysts, through his Defence of the Realm blog. Formerly a research director in the European Parliament, North is also a political analyst through his EU Referendum blog, which examines Britain s place in the world with particular reference to its membership of the European Union. He has co-authored four bestselling books with the Sunday Telegraph columnist Christopher Booker, including Scared To Death: From BSE To Global Warming, How Scares Are Costing Us The Earth (2007) and The Great Deception (2005), a comprehensive history of the European Union. He is the author of Ministry of Defeat (2009).
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I find this a courageous book as I can imagine that the Guardians of the Memory, as we call in my country people refusing even to consider that events might have been different from what they have been traditionally told, must have risen up in arms to defend the official view of the BoB. Their problem is that this version is perfectly plausible and makes everything click together wonderfully.
Unfortunately it seems like modern nations and governments and often the majority of official historians are ill at ease with any attempt to provide original interpretations of problematic occurrances, choosing instead to consider them as challenges to their long accepted version of events.
The book has demolished my simplistic view of the war and substituted a much more complicated, nuanced and interesting narrative. It has the ring of truth about it.
What we need now is a six-volume set by Dr North to stand alongside Churchill's history.
A review by James Delingpol published in The Spectator extracted from the online edition 26 February 2011
We all know that the time before we were born was a golden age when men were manlier, women lovelier, civilisation more civilised, culture more edifying, values more valued and so on. But what if it isn't actually true?
What if, say, it turned out that Winston Churchill was damn near as slippery and unprincipled a politician as David Cameron? What if the Battle of Britain wasn't actually won by `the Few' -- and wasn't even primarily a fighter battle anyway? What if, damn it, the famously long hot summer of 1940 was in fact mostly overcast with just a hot bit right at the end in September? What if our radar technology really wasn't that early or special? What if that famous Low cartoon -- `Very well then, alone' -- was a joke, given that, even before America joined the party, we had an empire of 500 million on our side?
This is the problem I'm having reading The Many Not The Few, Richard North's revisionist history of the Battle of Britain. It's brilliantly bold in its overview and rigorously forensic in its analysis -- but it's also a mite depressing because it does rather drive a coach and horses through one of my favourite national myths: that Britain was saved by dashing young men just like I would have been, probably, if I'd had a pilot's licence and I hadn't been sent to Bomber Command, or I hadn't already been called up to some other branch of the services and ended up having something really crap happen to me like being sunk with the Prince of Wales and eaten by tiger sharks, or arriving in Singapore just in time to be captured and dispatched to the Railway of Death...Read more ›
This is what happened to Political Author Dr Richard North; the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain seemed the ideal opportunity to bring this part of WWII to a modern media audience by writing a Daily Blog, Dr North being at the forefront of political writing with his EU Referendum site. While writing only the first page it was obvious that things doe not gel together as he thought they should - up pops up the researcher in him that has kept Richard North at the very centre of controversial yet well researched political writing. Today there are many sources of information that have bee collated during the past 70 years, unfortunately these sources have not been put together in one place. The speeches of Winston Churchill and the broadcasts of J B Priestley though at odds are in fact apart of the untold story of The Battle of Britain.
There is a misconception that the `Battle of Britain' was all that was happening during the summer of 1940 and the RAF was the only defence of the UK, there was in fact a Trade Union Conference taking place. But the real story is that of the Many who won the Battle of Britain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as a gift - very well received. I pinched a read of it.....I'm not 100% sure I agree with Dr. N's arguments but they are detailed and very well laid out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Allan One
It's always refreshing to come across a book that doesn't "go with the flow", whether you agree with it or not. Read morePublished 6 months ago by birchden
I am a bit confused by the sensational 5 star comments. In my opinion, the book is only worth a couple of them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JS
An excellent myth buster. Very well researched and argued. Essential reading for anyone interested in the military and political history of WWII especially 'The Finest Hour'... Read morePublished 9 months ago by RedKnight
This is a mean spirited and third rate book from an author whose main aim is to denegrate and disparage famous people and organisations eg. Read morePublished 22 months ago by G.I.Forbes
Clearly Dr. Richard North has a very sound background founded in his service in the RAF.
North's research and sourcing is inovative and easy to follow as it is mainly based on... Read more
In a country with - to this day - little hold on democracy or the truth, its good to see the facts being brought out, about the way in which the war was won. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2012 by Charlotte Peters Rock
Nothing to add to the reviews already shown, save to wonder why such a meticulous man with such an excellent long term collaborator as Christopher Booker could not be troubled to... Read morePublished on 10 April 2012 by Nicholas R. Oglethorpe