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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

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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. ,

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 The aspect 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.

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The United States is currently fighting on several fronts but civilians have been asked *to give up nothing and we are not particularly aware of the realities of these wars The *give up nothing and we are not particularly aware of the realities of these wars The fought hunger and deprivation at home to spare for their sons and husbands on the front lines with very little complaining and a chin up attitude I still find in my family todayAt over 700 pages Longmate covered nearly all possible aspects of home life kitchen cooking clothing shopping movies popular music the influx of other Allied troops books the media school the Helpmate evacuation of children from dense cities family relations and far Because it was written just a few decades after it happened he interviewed women and former children who had thesexperiences and thus includes firsthand accounts that are no longer possible so as a historical document this is rich with informationMuch Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy exists about this war but reading about how it permeatedvery aspect of civilian life allows a 21st century reader to truly understand how it was the cultural touchpoint of a generation It is well worth the time to read through it and reflect 25 stars MemoirW 225 U 25 T 225 3263 Exact 246A collective memoir of WWII from the point of view of English civilians Published in 1971 it is an uncommon viewpoint upon the war Mediocrity and insipidity make its recommendation limited Fascinating first person accounts on the social history of World War Two I ll be coming back to this one once the boys cycle round to this period in history Evocative and moving An island nation mostly abandoned by its allies fights off the fascist continental mpire with austerity hard work and cooperation Sure the military specially the air force did its work But Longmate focuses on the lives of ordinary civilians often letting them tell their stories in their own words I njoyed THE FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS OF RATIONING BLACKING OUT BUILDING first hand accounts of rationing blacking out building and joining verything from the fire brigade to civil defense units and knitting circles This was the lived Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead experience of my family so I will never tire of learning about it This is a great collection of first person accounts of life on the home front during WWII Covering rationing the creation of Anderson shelters weddings births and thevacuation of children from London and much the book gives a really interesting perspective of what the situation was like for those keeping the home fires burning during the midst of the warYou can definitely choose to read this from front to back or pick chapters that you re interested in and skip the ones you don t like as it is uite a large book with a significant amount of detail given to Bryozoan Evolution each topic in the book There s no continuation of characters from chapter to chapter which gives the opport. The individual'sxperience The problems of the ordinary family are barely Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) ever mentioned food rationing clothes rationing the black out and air raids get little space andveryday shortages almost none at all This book is an attempt to redress the balance; to tell ,

How We Lived Then A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War