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Britain at War 1939 to 1945

November 9, 2014

In view of the reviews, the publishers – now a Penguin Random House Company – have decided to re-launch the book.

Title: BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 what was life like during the war? paperback (ISBN 9781434359339) and ebook (ISBN 9781434359346) 

About the Book

Book description (short): A short 33,000 word insight into the harsh realities of the Home Front; an overview of the major campaigns in the Desert, Russia, Italy, Europe and the Far East, including the Battle of Britain, D-Day and Victory; with quotations from Churchill’s speeches.

Book description (long): This history of the Second World War is written from the standpoint of people directly involved. What was it like to live through such a war? The book aims to bring the period alive for the reader by providing a short (33,000 words) but fascinating insight into the harsh realities of life in Britain during the war – life full of drama and the danger of impending death. ‘If a bomb has your name on it, you are dead; in not, it will miss you.’ However, facts and figures are historically accurate rather than the propaganda then fed to the public.

The reader may be surprised at how close the Allies came to disaster. Was Churchill right to persist with the Italian campaign rather than expedite landings in the south of France? Written by a leading lawyer with a lifelong interest in history, BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 provides a concise, easy to digest but comprehensive overview of the key events and salient campaigns in the war, bringing together personal reflections – interwoven with quotations from Churchill’s speeches – with the historical and political context. By slightly dramatizing some personal experiences (all based on actual events), it adds human interest. How can a family with a small child caught up in such a war survive?

The book will evoke memories for people who lived in those times.

To read extracts from the book go to:-

http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=9781434359346

https://jamesrl.wordpress.com/tag/britain-at-war/ or

https://www.goodreads.com/jamesbat or

http://www.amazon.com/britain-at-war-ebook/dp/B005QNPQLE

Reviews

Published reviews include:-

The Historical Association – a British charity for teachers in primary and secondary education and other academics – ‘Members will be interested in BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? which 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.’

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.’

 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.’

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

The Heritage Officer of the Watford Museum has referred to the book as ‘a fascinating read and a very important document’.

Personal comments from Amazon include:

5.0 out of 5 stars WWII England, 24 Jan 2010 By Mr. M. W. Wabe (UK) – See all my reviews (REAL NAME)

This review is from: Britain at War 1939 to 1945: What was life like during the war? (Paperback)

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.

5.0 out of 5 stars Britain at War 1939 to 1945, December 5, 2013 By Tony R. Parsons “tony parsons” (emporia KS) – See all my reviews (REAL NAME)

This review is from: Britain at War 1939 to 1945: What was life like during the war? (Paperback)

A glimpses of WWII (Battle of Britain) & the horrors Britain had to endure during WWII. Also how it affected lots of other nations worldwide; human lives, mental/medical, financial (cost of war), unemployment, poverty, politics/reasons why the war, personal individual/family perspectives…an endless list. In 2007, Britain had paid off their debt to the US from WWII. True/not account of the war awesome story content, great summary of events, a few key characters; Churchill, General Eisenhower, President Roosevelt, General De Gaulle, Rommel, Hitler, General Alexander, General Montgomery, Kesselring, General Stilwell… & always stuff I did not know. I am retired Army, a history buff, as well as my emphasis is on wars. This short story deserves 5 stars. Tony Parsons MSW

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