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The People's War: Britain 1939-1945 by [Calder, Angus]
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"Full of vivid anecdote … and of epigrammatic flair … it is a dense, detailed, moving chronicle." (Richard Eyre Independent on Sunday)

"A tour de force of historical reconstruction" (Sunday Times)

"The People's War is more than a salutary iconoclastic analysis of its period and more than an immensely fastidious social history. It is full of vivid anecdote...and of epigrammatic flair... I've read Angus Calder's book several times and passed it on to friends. I've commissioned and directed several plays and films which have been inspired by it. It is a dense, detailed, moving chronicle that I am still unable to read without feeling both nostalgia and pain for the unfulfilled promise of the world I was born into" (Richard Eyre Independent on Sunday)

"No verdict can I pronounce on The People's War other than, read it" (Elizabeth Bowen Spectator)

"He has provided an engrossing, beautifully organized book that could provide a valuable education for the post-war generation and a salutary re-education for his elders" (Phillip French Financial Times)

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A magisterial and award-winning history that was the first substantial work to question conventional wisdom on wartime Britain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5108 KB
  • Print Length: 658 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0712652841
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JDTT0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had a sense, when reading Angus Calder's seminal "The Peoples War", of not just visiting one lost world (that of the home front during the second world war), but also that of the time the book was written in, late 1960's Britain; and not just because of (thankfully rare) sentences such as "For the New Britain rearmament meant a gay boom in aircraft production." The books discussions of the social and economic circumstances of wartime Britain are clearly written in pre-Neo Liberal times, when a mixed economy, a welfare state, and social cohesion were regarded as the norm. One could hardly imagine a writer tackling the vast subject of the home front in quite the same manner as Angus Calder did forty years ago, and his book is none the worse for that. On the contrary therein lies much of it's value in that "The Peoples War" allows the reader a double dose of time travelling: explicitly to the wartime 1940's, and implicitly to the post-war consensus that was still alive when this book was written.

At nearly 600 pages plus footnotes, bibliographical essay and index this book is difficult to pick up, but it is even more difficult to put down. Calder chronicles the home front in Britain, from the phoney war (called "The Bore War" at the time) to the general election which saw a landslide victory for the Labour Party in summer 1945, and reflects on a number of events in-between including the ascendancy of Churchill, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, rationing, evacuation, the mobilization of people and economy for the wartime struggle, the planning for a "peoples" post war Britain that would embrace all classes, and the V-weapon attacks.
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A book that has stood the test of time. It tells you what it was like to live through the war as a civilian on British soil. This is not about armies and battles but about the home front - the factories, the homelessness, the trade union cooperation and complaints, the food, the air craft production and sheer drudgery of going about life with bombed train stations, meagre information and bereavement mixed with perky bravado. If you want a change from military history, this is a fine place to start.
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This book was found to contain a vast amount of relevant information concerning the implications of the Second World War upon a society which was undergoing a huge upheaval in its approach to cultural, social and even feminist issues. It was at times vague and descriptive, yet beyond this it produces a very solid foundation in which to tackle this period of history. It is personally felt as a full-time student that this book would benefit anyone studying at AS level through to degree level and possibly higher. GO Out and Buy IT!!!
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I have owned my copy of this book , a 1982 reprint , for close to thirty years . It has always given me great pleasure whenever I have read it . It has also always given me great pride in my parents and grandparents generations . It chronicles well the achievements of wartime Britain and how , even in the direst moments of adversity , its people looked forward to and worked for a better future . 'Post War Concensus' produced the world of my 50s childhood and 60s youth . I and millions like me grew up in a world shaped by a people and politicians with vision . If only we still had that vision .
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A very interesting book, good clean copy, good price.
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Fine read and lots of info.
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For anyone researching the lives of ordinary people during WW2 this is a great book. It is a great insight into how people thought and reacted.The People's War: Britain 1939-1945: Britain, 1939-45
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Truely a great read
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