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Where the Hell Have You Been?: Monty, Italy and One Man's Incredible Escape Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906021538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906021535
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An utterly compelling account of how one POW kept his identity secret from the Nazis and evaded capture, relying on the bravery and kindness of strangers. A terrific read." Andy McNab -- Andy McNab

"One man's extraordinary odyssey of escapenthrough wartime Italy: riveting and remarkable." Ben Macintyre, author of Agent Zigzag --Ben Macintyre, author of Agent Zigzag

"An escape story in the finest English tradition. Beautifully written and poignant to the end - deserves to become an instant classic" David Loyn, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent --David Loyn, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent

"Tom Carver's excellent book gives us a better understanding why our most well known World War II General was the complex man he was." General the Lord Guthrie, Chief of the Defence Staff, 1997-2001 --General the Lord Guthrie, Chief of the Defence Staff, 1997-2001

"This account of Monty's step-son's exploits in the Second World War is a gem. It reminds one of the gallantry and devotion to duty of a generation that has nearly left us."
Patrick Cordingley, Commander of the Desert Rats, Iraq, 1991
--Patrick Cordingley, Commander of the Desert Rats, Iraq, 1991

"An utterly captivating memoir"
--Daily Mail, October 2009

About the Author

Tom Carver was a long-time foreign correspondent with the BBC. He was latterly the BBC's Washington Correspondent and continues to live in Washington working as a writer and consultant. He is the step-grandson of Field Marshal Montgomery.


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This is not just the obvious exciting adventure of escape and evasion in enemy territory but also a mystery, told with detective-novel skill, of a son's slow unveiling of the biggest story of his father's life and the extraordinary, daily and nightly, kindness of strangers that saved a PoW on the run. The hero being Field Marshal Montgomery's stepson, the book also sheds light on the private life of Monty whose harsh and even nasty professional demeanour masked a fondness for the simple and silly delights of being with children: this is a man who wept, in uniform, at his wife's funeral.
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Very enjoyable book. Part history book - detailing his father's escape from a POW camp - and part personal memoir, it is a touching and enlightening account.

Well worth reading by all those interested in Montgomery, or in POW escapes, or in all of our relationships with our fathers.

Recommended.

BW
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Not sure how to rightly describe Where The Hell Have You Been? Sometimes feels like a book about General Montgomery. Sometimes feels like a son's book to his father (both in terms of the author writing to his father - and Richard Carver writing about his step-father, Monty). Can rightly say though that book is superbly researched and well written - and different aspects and voices in book make Where The Hell Have You Been? greater than the sum of its parts.
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Really enjoyable. Part touching biography, part boys own Second World War story. Where The Hell Have You Been sheds new light on the character and career of Monty from a wholly original angle. Highly recommended.
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I couldn't put it down. A thoroughly engaging story of a man captured during the desert campaign of WWII, his incarceration by the Italians and his trek down through Italy after the Italian surrender until he reached the allied lines. Coincidentally, he was Montgomery's stepson. It also describes how the Italian peasants helped him and other allied "escapees" in spite of strong and brutal German forces. Especially poignant when describing his and his helpers' efforts to make contact long after the end of the war.
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In the years between 1945 and around 1960 there appeared a swathe of 'What I did in the War' and 'Heroic Event' biographies including many that were turned into successful movies during that period including 'The Dambusters', 'Cockleshell Heroes', 'Reach for the Sky' and 'Sink the Bismarck' among a great many more. 'U-571' and 'Enigma' (both based upon the same core events), and 'The Great Escape' which followed in later years were partly fictionalised versions of others as was the TV series 'Colditz'. Over the following decades, the numbers of similar books pertaining to WW2 grew fewer but others relating to more recent wars continue to appear.

Although the numbers of surviving WW2 participants are growing fewer with time, a few more of this ilk are beginning to appear and 'Where the Hell Have You Been?' is a recently published story of one of those involved in the North African campaign during the earlier years of WWII.

As one whose soldier father of low military rank was captured during the early stages of that campaign although initially a POW at Italian hands, Richard Carver may have benefitted from some personal advantages. Not only was he a junior officer, he was also the stepson of Field Marshall Montgomery. When captured by the Germans during the battle of El Alamein, his captors were bewildered and unsure how to handle him.

Somehow, Carver was able to escape and trek hundreds of miles to safety and then get back to the front. When he appeared in front of his step-father, somewhat dishevelled and much the worse for wear, after a year's unexplained absence the resulting comment clarifies the book's unusual title. The book makes for an interesting and atypical story from WWII and is lightly illustrated with some personal and other photographs, a few maps and graphics.

Written by Carver's son Tom, a one-time and long-serving correspondent for the BBC, and not therefore a first-hand telling it is still within living memory.
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Chock full of tales and it was a good read some people thought that being Montgomery's stepson was like drawing a short straw but Tom Carver had a lot of love and respect for his stepdad and it showed . Montgomery's reputation was systematically destroyed by the Americans who never gave a sucker and even chance and to add a little vitriol to the mix the Yanks also nursed the biggest inferiority complex since the time of Brutus and Julius Caesar. Montgomery's private life was full of tragedies and achievements coping with it made him who he was.

Tom Carver had it hard sometimes he got captured in the Western Desert and then he endured the variable attentions of the Italians in prisoncamps in Italy to eventually escape and then spend a frustrating and paralous interlude unable to break through the German Lines to freedom along the way Tom Carver and his friend met a poor Italian peasant Family who adopted them and and thanks to this poor Italian family they survived and eventually reached the Allied Lines Tom Carver went to see his stepfather and typically Montgomery burst out "Where the Hell have You Been" just like my dad did when I got lost on the beach at bridlington in the fifties. The book then goes to the time after the Second World Ware when Tom Carver took his wife and sons to italy to try to find the family which had saved his life for him - the story goes on and they meet eventually... read the rest to findout.
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