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Rich Relations: The American occupation of Britain 1942-1945 Paperback – 9 Apr 1996

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (9 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006863507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006863502
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,410,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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In the months prior to D-Day in the summer of 1944, the American 'invasion' of Britain reached its height, with some 1.65 million GIs stationed in the country awaiting the 'big push'. The story of the GIs in Britain has long been the subject of much myth - the old chestnut 'overpaid, over-sexed and over here' still has a great deal of currency even today.

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.
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Format: Paperback
This is a great book! If you are interested in Anglo-American relations during WWII, this book looks at on-the-ground relations. It is highly interesting and fascinated topic, which tends to be overlooked. We might think that Anglo-American relations were never better between the political leaders, but was that the case on the ground? Especially, when the United States still enforced segregation laws and the British did not. Another topic Reynolds focuses on is America's rise to a 1st world power, and how the GIs embodied that phenomenon. David Reynolds is a great author and if you like this book you should check out his other books!
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Well documented & scholarly, even a reference in parts, but still a great read. My 87 yr old aunt recognised the accuracy & how the spirit of the time is captured & she was a part of it!
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An excellently written and obviously well researched book. Very easy to read and understand the content that whilst factual, was enjoyable to follow.
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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