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on 13 May 2012
I can highly recommend this book. The reader can imagine Tony Banks telling it as it is and his vocabulary can be 'rich' at times. Outlining his early life in a poor but hard working, loving family in Dundee to "Secret Millionaire" which was the turning point in his life when he recognised that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from his service with the Paras in the Falklands War was at the bottom of his driven lifestyle. He was working so hard and making money that it all impacted on his private life and ruined his marriage. Interestingly, his new partner is a life coach!

A real page turner, this book is an easy read. Very straightforward and direct in a soldier's way, it pulls no punches.
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on 8 September 2017
Good quality item
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on 27 July 2017
excellent book
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on 8 September 2017
This a brutal but compelling first-hand account of The Falklands war, which I knew very little about before reading this.

I found it insightful and gripping and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys war history.
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on 29 February 2012
To many the Falklands War seems a life time ago. To others it feels like yesterday and In Storming the Falklands former Para Tony Banks reminds us what it was really like. Written through the eyes of a young soldier he recounts the horrors and tragedies, the fears and the comraderie, the poignancy, and the futility of war. He lifts the lid of some of the lesser known facts and is outspoken in many instances. Highlighting the terrors of PTSD which has affected so many veterans both in the UK and Argentina, it is a must read for everyone. It is also a great educator for people born since 1982.
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on 1 March 2012
I remember as a young man watching on television the Falklands war and all the developments on a daily basis. This book sets the scene in a vivid way. Tony Banks recalls his story giving an insight to his experiences both during and after the conflict. He is very outspoken regarding some actions taken by the British, highlighting the futility of war. A read that was both illuminating and at times shocking.
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on 1 March 2012
This is a book that covers so much. An insight into growing up in Dundee in the 70s, the sadness of living with family tradgedy, the moving experience of war, the inspiration of self belief and professional success coupled with the emotion of making a difference to other people's lives.
The book is well written and a real page turner.
The only down side is the rather 'blokey' looking cover that may deter women readers which is a shame.
Highly recommended.
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on 22 March 2012
I expected the usual 'I won the war on my own' but didn't get it. A good narrative (often quite graffic) of his own perspective of the Falklands war, but that is not what marks this book out. The description of how war affects the soldiers is accurate and honest. The analysis of PTSD and how so many Service personnel are affected is touching. An inspiring book, many thanks to the author for sharing.
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on 21 March 2012
War books tend to be about conflicts from another generation- but this is an inspiring story of a man drawn into a conflict of our time. Particularly interesting given the current situation over the Falklands and Argentina.
Tony Banks gave a frank and searing insight into war, and I particularly loved the section of the book where he seeks out his former enemy.
I'd like to see this as a tv drama. The twists and turns pull you in and the narrative is so dramatic you can lose your eyes and feel you are standing in his shoes. His own conflict long after the war shows no-one escapes their past. For me, he became a true hero when he talked about this aspect of his life. Deeply moving and a first class read.
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VINE VOICEon 16 January 2015
Tony Banks served in the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment and Storming the Falklands: My War and After is his first book. He grew up in working class Scotland and ended up joining the Paras as a young man, ultimately being sent to fight the Argentinians in 1982.

This book is 300 pages long. The first third deals with Banks' life before the war, so there's a lot about his school life, places where he grew up, going out on the town with his mates et cetera. The fairly brief middle section concerns the actual war itself, the bloody, terrifying fighting, the freezing conditions, the anger, the adrenalin, the horror; the most interesting final third concerns the after-effects of the war: the awful, vivid anguish of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how that can take many years to fully evidence itself and the ways in which it can manifest - reclusiveness, drinking, violent outbursts and displacement activity - in Banks' case, this was throwing himself headlong in to running his own business and becoming a millionaire, while his family life crumbled.

If you are looking for a book that describes the actual combat in great detail, this is not the book for you. Though Banks fought in the same Battalion as author John Geddes and describes many of the same events, I'd recommend Geddes' book, Spearhead Assault, for a better first-hand account of the Falklands War. However, despite the macho title and "Boy's Own" cover (hardback version), Banks' book is never intended to be an exhaustive description of the fighting; rather, this is, in essence, quite a reflective and somber account of the terrible effects that war can have on the psyche and how the mental scars last many years after the physical wounds are overcome.

Storming the Falklands sees Tony Banks revisit the Falklands and meet the islanders, as well as paying an honourable visit to Argentina itself and meeting the soldiers who were mutually trying to kill each other. Sections of this book are quite rightly given over to the Argentinian perspective. The Argentinian soldiers' experiences after the war mirrored the British experience, in the lack of follow-up health care for their mental health problems. It was worse for the Argentinians, though, because they went home with the stigma of defeat: "When we came home, nobody wanted to know. Society looked at us as part of the dictatorship, and the dictatorship looked at us as witnesses of a crime who had to be silenced." These are the standout portions of the book.

Ultimately, Storming the Falklands is an honest accounting of author Tony Banks' experiences as a soldier in a dedicated fighting unit, people who are trained to the highest degree to fight, kill and succeed in environments where most of us would fail. What the soldiers weren't prepared for is the reintegration in to society and how so many lives were lost to suicide because of PTSD, more than the number who died in the actual fighting and how many family lives were destroyed, how many marriages and relationships broke down. This is the most valuable part of Banks' book and these lessons are too important and hard-won to be forgotten.
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