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Watching War Films with My Dad | [Al Murray]

Watching War Films with My Dad

Have you ever watched a film with someone who, at the most dramatic scene, argues that the plane on screen hasn't been invented yet? Or that the tank rumbling towards the hero at the end of the film is the wrong tank altogether? Al Murray is that someone. Try as he might, he can’t help himself. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two.
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Publisher's Summary

Al Murray's (AKA The Pub Landlord) musing on his childhood where his fascination with history and all things war began

Have you ever watched a film with someone who, at the most dramatic scene, argues that the plane on screen hasn't been invented yet? Or that the tank rumbling towards the hero at the end of the film is the wrong tank altogether? Al Murray is that someone. Try as he might, he can’t help himself.

Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two. They didn’t go to football; they went to battlefields. Because like so many of his generation whose childhood was all about Airfix, Action Man and Where Eagles Dare, he grew up in the cultural wake of the Second World War.

Part memoir, part life obsession, this is Al Murray musing on what he knows best. And he’s sure to tell you things about history that you were never taught at school.

©2013 Al Murray (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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  • andrew
    United Kingdom
    1/5/14
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    "Really interesting way of learning about the war"
    What did you like best about Watching War Films with My Dad? What did you like least?

    Gave some great stories about the war , the techy side was really interesting and I learnt a lot of stuff I didn't know
    His pretense to be a jellied eel salt of the earth sort of guy ,rings hollow considering he's a public school boy though :/
    Books worth a read


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    3/5/15
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    "Informative, entertaining & poignant"

    Wasn't sure about this but enjoyed the (fairly) recent TV programmes on the same theme so gave it a go. Pleased I did. Much more intelligently presented than I expected and full of new perspectives on fairly well worn tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Frickingen, Germany
    2/19/15
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    "A different view of Al Murray"

    Not quite what I expected. Al took a while to get me comfortable, but I would certainly buy another of his books now.

    Excellent voice and delivery - I always prefer books read by the author. The footnotes were excellent and Al's grasp of historical events is very deep. Made more interesting by the fact that we have similar interests in military history, although Ihave to say that his go deeper than mine.

    Not heavy, but serious enough with some very funny parts , very well delivered. No big surprise there.

    Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Binky Bowles-Balls
    St Brelade, Jersey
    2/10/15
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    "Fantastic book."

    A brilliant book, really well researched and hugely informative,, genuinely laugh out loud funny especially if you watched war films with your father.


    As usual Al Murray is on fine form.

    10/10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • leigh
    2/3/15
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    "Good book"

    I expected this to be all about ww2 but to my surprise it wasn't which made for a nice surprise I enjoyed how Al read the book and that it cover lots of different thing related to ww2 history, Al career and his child hood great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. Curtis
    Bristol UK
    10/28/14
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    "It's Al Murray what more do you want?"

    I learnt some stuff and like Al Murray...

    I smiled a lot at the nerdy fascination with the historic inaccuracies of American war film in particular. If its Al Murray in his pomp you want this is it. If you want the story to take you somewhere then don't hold your breath...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Haverhill, United Kingdom
    3/2/14
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    "More history than memoir."

    Very interesting from a history point of view especially some of the lesser known facts about Arnhem & the D-Day landing. Not so good if you wanted to find out anything about the author though as it tells the listener pretty much bugger all about Al Murray the person his life & career.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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