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The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, Volume 1: The Origins of the Falklands War: v. 1 (Government Official History Series) Hardcover – 28 Jun 2005

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (28 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714652067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714652061
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 799,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'In Lawrence Freedman, the campaign has found an impeccable official chronicler.' - Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph

'Freedman is not just a good historian but a terse, readable writer. This is a fine book about modern war, warts and all, in an age when such evenly balanced conflicts are rare.' - Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times

'Drawing on an impressive range of government archives, as well as on interviews with key participants, this is official history at its best.' - Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, UK

'These two volumes are a formidable achievement and, not least because of access to the official files, provide a major resource for scholars and others concerned with public policy.' - Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, UK

'Freedman deserves high praise. It would be good to see a comparable account of the recent war but I doubt it.' - Jeremy Black, University of Exeter, UK

 

 

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Format: Hardcover
The first volume of The Official History of the Falklands War makes fascinating reading. The author's privileged access to government records allows an in-depth analysis of the events leading up to the Argentine invasion in 1982. Whilst there is very little to surprise readers familiar with the conflict, this book remains surprisingly readable. Most valuable is the insight into the workings of government, notes, papers and committees. Freedman does not seek to apportion blame for any failure of diplomacy, indeed he shows that governments of all colours had a remarkably consistant and realistic approach to the rights and privileges of a couple of thousand people living 8,000 miles from the mother country.
You would expect such a tome to be very dry and tough to digest, but in fact it is extremely well written and draws you into a complex narrative.
Many people may be tempted to skip Volume I in favour of the meat of Volume II. This smaller book does form an integral part of the overall history and should not be missed.
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This is an excellent work condemned to be overlooked by many who will go straight to volume two as the history of the Anglo-Argentine dispute and gestation of the conflict will be seen as less interesting than the history of the conflict itself. That is a great shame as this is very well written and in a sense addresses a deeper and more fundamental series of issues than volume two. Far from being the poor relation this is illuminating, challenges much conventional accepted wisdom and deals with the issues which are essential to making any attempt to understand the conflict.5* book.
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this book is much shorter than the second volume and the cost was about the same. not as good value as volume 2. better than Max Hastings book.
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An excellent history of the Falkland Islands and Dependencies although not without an error that can be confirmed by reading Operation Tabarin.
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perhaps a little too detailed. it is almost the length of a history of WW2. Freedman knows his subject.
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