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Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War Hardcover – 9 Mar 2006

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st Edition edition (9 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297846337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297846338
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bicheno is not a mincer of words... he understands how battles are fought, and explains those of the Falklands perhaps better than any other writer has done... he has done us all a service by explaining them so well for a new generation. (Max Hastings DAILY MAIL)

gripping (John Keegan DAILY TELEGRAPH)

a hard-hitting account of a short, sharp war. Well written and brilliantly illustrated. In short, a cracking read. (THE GUNNER)

Very detailed, ends a lot of myths. Fascinating and illuminating battle accounts. (SCOTTISH LEGION NEWS)

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The controversial memoir of a top British spy which finally reveals what really went on behind the scenes of the Falklands War

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Format: Hardcover
This is a remarkable book: surely the most thorough analysis of the Falklands campaign, combined with a strong element of polemic. Hugh Bicheno is extremely even-handed in his description of the events of the war, giving credit and criticism where due to both sides, but he does not pretend to be impartial as to which set of combatants had right on their side. Argentina was a fascist state, in which the military was driven by extreme nationalism, but tortured and murdered those whose views differed only in terms of nuance. Similarly, the regime professed a devotion to Roman Catholicism, thereby winning support from elements in France, Belgium, Italy and elsewhere, but this supposed piety did not draw the line at throwing nuns out of aircraft. The readiness of the Foreign Office to hand over British subjects to such a regime inspires contempt. Bicheno raises the interesting point of the former Foreign Office minister, who announced in Parliament that British Intelligence could read Argentina's codes. He puts this down to stupidity, but elsewhere wonders how far elements in Whitehall and the BBC deliberately sought to undermine the British forces, with the aim thereby of forcing a change of government in Great Britain. As far as the actual fighting is concerned, it is hard to see how this book can be bettered. Myths grew up on both sides after the war, although the subsequent career trajectories of certain British officers showed that some correct lessons had been learned. Bicheno quotes the exasperation of a Royal Marine, fed up with the widespread acceptance of the idea that the land war was a pushover. If you think that, you should definitely read this book.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
One mans view of The Falklands Conflict - with a useful insight into the shadowy world of the Argentine Junta and why they couldn't believe 'that woman' would make war on them. Useful 'in the footsteps of' analysis of decisive actions in the war and uninhibited criticism of the 'so called' great and good.This jaded reader was impressed with the arguments mustered - even though not agreeing 100% (95% perhaps).
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Format: Hardcover
A refreshing new approach to the war that not only clarifies the action with research on site, but also crucially gives the background to the war with insight based on experience as a spanish speaking foreign office staffer in Latin America over a number of years.
It's damning conclusions on British foreign policy are second only to it's revulsion to the facist Argentine military regime.
This anti-facist stance does not seem to have won the support of those giving one star reviews however! Perhaps they are too right wing? I suspect the opposite to be true. Reviews from argentine sources predictably belong to the fantasy section, fittingly for a nation wedded to magical realism in literature.
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by the title or the picture. This is a fantastic and ascerbic independent history of the war. Sadly much of what passes for history today is still following other agendas - this book is clearly its own master and all the better for it. Well written; challenging; often insightful in ways no other English history has been. It would be unfair to categorise it as either left or right wing - I personally agree with the author that this split is redundant now in any event. Truly - if you only read one book on the Falklands - make it this one.
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Format: Paperback
For anyone who lived through the Falklands War,it's aftermath and the stream of TV documentaries on the 10th,20th......anniversary, you'd think it was impossible to say anything new.
Bicheno disagrees.He's bilingual in Spanish and English, and did ground research in the Falklands, tracing the route of both British and Argentine troops.His basic thesis is that the politicisation of the Argentinian armed forces since the 1930's,accelerated dramatically since the Dirty War from 1976 onwards, made them unfit to fight against trained troops who were prepared to shoot back.
However,his high Toryism (or Thatcher-worshipping) make some of this laughable. The usual right-wing view that the BBC is a den of traitors is half-expected, his hatred of anyone who disagrees with Thatcher (Michael Foot excepted, for some strange reason) is simply ludicrous.
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Format: Paperback
There have been lots of books on the Falklands War and I read Max Hastings book shortly after 1982 and not much since. Hugh Bicheno writes in a thorough, engaging style which puts the conflict in context and simply states that it was a war against the facist protaganists of the Dirty War. The British reaction was not expected and that they eventually prevailed was a result of muddling through better than the Argentinians.

The level of detail and factual context is excellent with some excellent research. All-in-all, one of the best military history books I have read.
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This book is a must if you want to learn more about the Falklands war. Its strength is its even handedness based on masses of well founded research. It does well to put aside the sacred cows and myths of politically correct post war criticism. It exposes both sides for their degrees of resolve and ineptitude. It confirms that war is a brutal and damaging business. Hugh Bicheno's style is engaging and the book is idifficult to put down. In conclusion he confirms that the British who had right on their side were stung into action by the machismo display of a corrupt and poisonous regime. The best men won, the ferocious SNCOs and other ranks of the British ground forces whose resourceful leadership, training and courage carried the day. One is left thinking, as one did at the time, that was close!!
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