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From Notes to Narrative eA history of World War II in which Churchill Hitler Eisenhower Roosevelt and others scarcely get a look in is always worth a read So often histories of the warither take an overview approach or a specifically military approach or they focus on a specific group a specific battle or theatre of war But this book is very much about the ordinary man and woman in the street and their wartime Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America experiences rather than high level politics and military manoeuvres Even the Blitz as anxtraordinary vent gets very little time it is very much about the day to day xperiences of wartime the minor and the mundaneLongmate who himself lived through the war
AS A TEENAGER TAKES A THEMATIC RATHER THAN CHRONOLOGICAL a teenager takes A THEMATIC RATHER THAN CHRONOLOGICAL EACH CHAPTER FOCUSING thematic rather than chronological approach Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) each chapter focusing a different aspect of life on the home front rationing the black out wartime weddingsvacuation schools garden air raid shelters pets holidays travel sports and ntertainment ven personal hygiene It really brings home just how total a war it really was there was almost no lement of life that continued unchanged and undisturbedLongmate collected a huge uantity of personal reminiscences for this book and very chapter Foraging for Survival every page is full of memories and anecdotes from his contributors These personal accounts really give life and immediacy to the narrative and very often the banal uality of them makes itven poignant For most people didn t couldn t see the bigger picture and the day to day petty inconveniences and deprivations were their most salient memories of the war And yet in many ways these are the most interesting lements of the wartime story because they are most representative of real life and real people One can find many books on the history of World War
from the perspective of country involved to the political undertones to the xperiences of officers and footsoldiers This book is uniue written in 1970 in a sweeping attempt to Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries explain how the war in England was won on the homefrontThis book was somewhat personal for me in that some of the artifacts in it were common items from my childhood we would go through large shoeboxes of pictures andphemera and at one point we found ration coupon books and played war shops Somehow as children of the 1970s the story had come down to us about our English relatives hardship in finding the most basic of foods and clothing as the war dragged on for six long years an migrant cousin or two brought her ration books with her just in case and they stayed in a cabinet for decades until we brought them out Reading about how English ingenuity used garden hose and rope to replace failed bicycle tires any textiles at all to replace worn clothing and hundreds of other make do fforts made me appreciate the civilian sacrifice all the. Although nearly 90% of the population of Great Britain remained civilians throughout the war or for a large part of it their story has so far largely gone untold In contrast with the thousands of books on military operations barely any have concerned themselves with. ,II From The Perspective Of
Unity to pick up chapters here and there if that S What You Fancy Exceptionally Good Read The Book Is what you fancy Exceptionally good read The book is history in content but not in form as Longmate brilliantly weaves hundreds of reminiscences into a compelling narrative
No aspect of English wartime life goes uncovered what they ate what they wore and how they made do Theaspect of English wartime life goes uncovered what they ate what they wore and how they made do The chapters are of particular interest to me dealing with the films they watched the songs they sang the broadcasts they heard and the books they read The chapter on wartime reading has given me leads on many titles some of which may turn up on Goodreads by and by HOW WE LIVED then was first published in 1971 so it may assumed that most of the first hand observers have passed but as best I can tell Longmate is still among the uick This book is about the British home front day to day life during World War IIThis book ncompasses an incredible amount of information put together in an asily read interestingly organized manner In fact considering the uantity and variety of subjects covered and the large number of sources used I would have to say the organization is masterful Longmate s own memories statements and opinions sometimes jar but I found this a fascina World War II was in many instances the defining vent for modern Britain It lasted 6 long years two of which they were fighting Germany alone Norman Longmate gives us an ncyclopedic look at what it was like to live in the UK during those years From rationing which lasted until 1954 to mandatory national service for anyone under the age of 60 to the nightly bombing during the Blitz and later attacks by V 1 and V 2 rockets to the friendly but still disconcerting invasion of over a million foreign troops one can only have boundless admiration for the British people who not only managed to keep on going but who were remarkably cheerful about itToday we fight ugly little wars in faraway places and no one One Ticket To Texas except the families of our all volunteer armed services make any kind of sacrifice It s instructive to read a book like this to see what people had to do when they were literally with their backs to the wall trying to save western civilization This book written in 1971 is filled with amazing first person accounts of life in Britain during World War II It s obviously been used by other authors as a source of material as many stories in this book can be found in newer books Every aspect of life during the war years is covered using the memories and diaries of people who lived through them Now that the war generation is passing into history books such as this one written when these people were still alive to be interviewed become invaluable This book is a treasure trove I highly recommend it for those interested in this time period. He civilian's story largely through their own recollections and in their own words Mr Longmate has recruited annormous volunteer army of home front veterans who sent him their wartime recollectionsHe has brilliantly sifted and assembled the precious debris Guardian.