Archive for January, 2013

BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945

January 6, 2013

BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945.

Many people are interested in what it was like to live in wartime Britain. This prompted me to write BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? by James Lingard (paperback ISBN 9781434359339) (Kindle ASIN: B005QNPQLE) (ebook 9781434359346). The book gives ‘an excellent easy to digest overview of the key events that affected Britain during World War two’(History Direct and History Times (May 2009) and presents a fascinating insight into the trials of civilian life in Britain during the war.

It has received a number of very good reviews, including:

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.’

Practical Family History (April 2009) ‘Written from the standpoint of the people who were involved, Britain at War brings the period alive with accurate facts and figures to illuminate the personal experiences described in their fascinating stories.’

The History Magazine (Spring Issue 2009) James Lingard gives 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. He gives a graphic description of bombing raids and tells of how as a four year old boy he was nearly arrested as a spy just because he waved to a German plane. This book gives historically accurate facts and figures and cuts through the propaganda which was fed to the wartime public. I enjoyed this book’

The Sunday Times of Canada wrote: ‘A great book by James Lingard introduces the reader to the harsh realities of war.’

The Historical Association – a charity which supports teachers in primary and secondary education but also academics at all levels and anyone interested in history – has recommended the book to members. The book brings alive the harsh realities of life in Britain during the war – life full of uncertainty and the danger of impending death. It also provides a concise history of the salient campaigns in World War 2 ideal for anyone who lacks the time or inclination to study the larger works.

 

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