The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history - 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home.
At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government. But it left a chequered aftermath; it was of no wider significance for British interests and taught no lessons. It has since been overshadowed by the two Gulf Wars, however, its political ramifications cannot be overestimated. Max Hastings’ and Simon Jenkins’ account of the conflict is a modern classic of war reportage and the definitive book on the war. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, The Battle for the Falklands is a vivid chronicle of a call to arms and a thoughtful and informed analysis of an astonishing chapter in the history of our times. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, has been editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly his work in the south Atlantic in 1982.
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Hastings and Jenkins have provided a very detailed account of what happened before the conflict and the failure of the major powers to settle a very simple question by diplomatic means. Efforts by Great Briton, the US and Argentina to resolve the question of who should own this tiny piece of real estate went back many years but after numerous meetings by various high powered teams of negotiators agreement could not be obtained.
Argentina then took the first step by sending troops to occupy the islands, effectively challenging Great Briton to do something (or nothing as they assumed) about it.
There followed the decision to take back the Islands by force and this forms the major part of the story.
A fascinating tale of success in spite of many errors and mistakes by all those involved. Very well written and an excellent narration by Stewart
I have listened to a number of Hasting's books and have yet to find one that has proved to lack interest. All his works are well researched and, more importantly a great story to tell. His work "Bomber Command" and "The Second World War" are both highly recommended
Have not heard Cameron Stewart before. His delivery was excellent including pronunciations of the Spanish and other foreign names and places.
This book comes highly recommended.
A narrative history--well done-- as usual for Max Hastings
Hastings does make an effort to present the Falklands crisis in context of Argentine history and politics, but still rather one-sided British perspective. Other wise a very good history of the war.
This is my first Max Hastings book but it will not be the last. I often tell people that my favorite war history is a book by the name of Pegasus Bridge by Stephen Ambrose. It is a great story about a critical but small operation during the D Day landings in France.
Hastings is in that style and for those interested in learning about the last war of empire this book is a critical and beautifully assembled collection of strategic, tactical and individual narratives that allows one to see the folly of overconfidence and the instability of a world were extreme violence and loss of life can occur over the most trivial of issues.
I have ordered more Hastings books and look forward to hearing them.
Max Hastings writing makes the English language bloom with the peculiarity typical of the British. Laden with humor and wit, it conveys the story of the Falkland war in great detail. The chosen narrator is the perfect match and makes the entire experience a treat. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
"everything you need to know."
Tells the whole story from soldiers on the ground to the political reasons behind the war. the fact the author was on the ground during the conflict really helps give an overall picture.
if you are only going to read one book about the Falklands conflict this would be a good one.
Loved listening to every minute of this book
I remember it well being a schoolboy and watching it on the news every night
A great listen
"The best book Max Hastings has released."
The detail and day to day accounts of the battle.
I have not read all of his books as of yet but I recommend DasReich again for the detail.
The accounting of losses for both sides and the overall look of the AA missile systems.
I urge you to purchase this novel as it brings back the memories of the Falklands as I feel the war has been somewhat forgotten in our time. It reminds us of what a united country and a excellent armed force is capable of.
"If you like this sort of stuff, you'll love this."
Yes, because there is a lot of information to take in and I guess you can always over look stuff that you pick up the second time around.
How the British armed forces overcame all the obstacles to achieve victory against the odds.
I don't think so, so can't compare.
The odds are stacked against the task force, who have the nations hopes and pride resting with them. Will they be victorious against this unknown enemy, and at what cost?
Awesome book, makes me what more and really gives an insight into the minds of the soldiers that fought for our nation.
A brilliantly detailed and balanced review of the conflict. This is a very informative book and shows the war through the eyes of the service personnel on both sides of the conflict, and also provides accurate portrayals of the political ramblings from both sides of the conflict. A really brilliant book.
"another great Hastings"
As with the other Hastings audio books this is very engaging well written history, great narration helps and all in all you get a wonderful picture of an important part of English modern history.
"Makes a great audiobook."
A very good account. My one criticism is that early on he is very critical about the RN's desire for "proper" large aircraft carriers, and he doesn't make the connection that these ships would have made a massive difference and saved many lives. Otherwise an excellent book and it makes an excellent audiobook. Not all books survive the conversion to audiobook but this one does.
must have book
This is the first time ive bought one of these type of book,i got it in a buy 1 get 1 free offer very impressed.
Strangly, the first part of the book was the most interesting as i was unaware of just how close we came to loosing,right from the get go....even before the fleet set sail.But i have to be honest i only bought it for the actual fighting,and the conflict the rest was a bonus.
This is a little gem,the person reading it is a bit stuffy,but you soon get into it,lots of info which i wasnt aware of,i enjoyed it, and will listen to it again at some point.
A truly great way to understand this important part of British history. Well told ,
Get this it is worth it
"Very good balanced history"
Yes provides much of the background information of the camaign together with some analysis
Well written good pacing
Odd question given its a history
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