World War Britain


BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? by James Lingard (paperback ISBN 9781434359339) (Kindle ASIN: B005QNPQLE) (ebook ISBN9781434359346) presents a picture of how a small boy saw life in the war – a fascinating journey full of danger and uncertainty – interspersed with a potted history of the war giving historically accurate facts and figures which bring the period vividly to life. It is interwoven with quotations from Churchill’s speeches and overviews of the major campaigns adding a political context; ideal for those who seek balanced background information about the war and the reality of life then.

The book has received a number of excellent reviews including:-

History Direct and History Times (May 2009)

‘James Lingard’s Britain at War 1939-1945 presents the reader with an excellent easy to digest overview of the key events that affected Britain during World War two. He has skilfully weaved personal accounts and his own experiences into the book to deliver a fascinating insight into the trials of civilian life in Britain at this key juncture in our nation’s history.’

The History Magazine (Spring Issue 2009)

For many older people the Second World War was the major event in their lives, but for the rest of us it is just history and it is hard to imagine what life was really like for them. In his book James Lingard tries to give us a picture of how a small boy saw life in the war interspersed with a potted history of the war to put things in context This book gives historically accurate facts and figures and cuts through the propaganda which was fed to the wartime public. I enjoyed this book giving as it does an insight into one person’s war.’

UCL People (University College London) (March 2009)

‘A memoir of boyhood in Britain during World War II, this short but powerful book brings together personal reflections with the historical and political context. The author’s memories are interwoven with quotations from Churchill’s speeches and overviews of the major campaigns. ‘Britain at War’ is written from the standpoint of people directly involved, and all personal experiences are based on actual events.’

The Sunday Times of Canada

‘A great book by James Lingard introduces the reader to the harsh realities of war.’

Personal comments from Amazon include:

Mr. M. W. Wabe (UK)  

‘This is a factual but interesting book of the lives of people who lived through WWII. It gives the stories of peoples’ lives, interspersed with the great speeches of such great men as Winston Churchill. It is enjoyable as a read in itself, but even more so for the memories it evokes for those who lived in those times. It provides a valuable insight into those times for us who were born in the 1950s, and onwards and without such a book, it is impossible for us to understand what life was like then. Death was almost always imminent from the bombing, food was short, hunger was not unusual, but a sort of national spirit emerged that is no longer present today.’

Interesting read, 18 July 2008 By DJ Colbran (Liverpool, England)

I really enjoyed this book. It is a great account of war not only from an historical point of view, but also from the social point of view.

It is now available on Kindle at a price of £7.44

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