Rich Relations: The American occupation of Britain 1942-1945 Paperback – 9 Apr 1996
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Wonderful [it] touches on so many fascinating topics that a reviewer can hardly convey its scope and excellence Angus Calder, Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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David Reynold's entertaining, illuminating book explores the rich variety of relations between pushy, homesick American GIs, famously lampooned as 'over-paid, over-sexed, over-fed and over here', and their British hosts – 'under-sexed, under-paid, under-fed and under Eisenhower' – during the Second World War.
"What a rare pleasure to find a book which achieves such high standards of readability and scholarship. It is also excellently produced with fine maps and lavish illustration…an important and original contribution to our understanding of the Second World War."
JOHN KEEGAN, 'Daily Telegraph'
"There have been studies of this transatlantic encounter before, but David Reynold's is so good, so thoroughly researched in both archives and the memories of those who were there, that it needs to be announced to the sound of trumpets…It deserves to be read by anyone and everyone interested in Anglo-American relations. At times it moves one to disgust, even shame; at times to a lump in the throat, if not to actual tears."
DAVID CAMERON WATT, 'Independent'
"David Reynolds's book is rich, ambitious in concept, irresistible in detail and written with a burning conviction that war is social history as much as the politics of power…(his) enormous skill lies in the interplay between the official statistics and reports and the individual emotional histories. What a relief, for once, to read a historian of soldiering who pays as much attention to women as men…the most riveting chapters are those on GI girlfriends…This book reeks with recollection. Reynolds enters into the realms of oral testimony most historians are scared of."
FIONA MACCARTHY, 'Observer'
"Reynolds marries the 'new' military history which studies armies in social and psychological terms, to political, diplomatic, economic and social history, and he articulates his astounding range of material with the fluency of a first-rate novelist…the paramount hero of Reynolds's book is GI Joe himself, eventually tested and not found wanting in the battles in France to which Reynolds at last turns. I won't tell you how his story ends. I fancy the last page will move others, like myself, to tears."
ANGUS CALDER, 'Sunday Times'
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David Reynolds set out to explore the neglected history behind that cliché, reminding the reader in the process of the important fact that this US army was a citizen army, that the soldier was also the civilian. Too often, he argues, social historians have left the war years to the military historians, who lump all the soldiers together in one gray-clad mass, handing them back to the social historians at the close of the war. This conveniently skates over the fact that the experiences of men who never intended to be soldiers, drafted into the armed forces and stationed in a country at once strange and familiar can allow a real insight into Anglo-American relations in this period.
Reynolds covers these years in admirable detail, ranging from initial problems of finding enough accommodation and barrack space for the GIs in an already crowded country, through to the various schemes and events organised to try and accommodate the GIs to the British population and vice versa.Read more ›
I would recommend the book to anyone researching their family history relevant to the GI's stationed in the UK.
Possibly one of my best reads this year.
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A truly excellent account of the start of the Americanisation of present day Britain.
Anyone disturbed by the changes in our country since the second world war should read... Read more