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Inhaltsangabe: Seen through the eyes of nine Chelsea Pensioners, this is a wonderfully moving account of what it was like to be a soldier during the 20th century. These tales, chronicling their early lives and reasons for joining up, and spanning conflicts from the First World War to Indonesia, are also stories of poverty-stricken childhoods and boy soldiering, of thwarted ambition and cheerful acceptance, of dogged determination and unsung heroism. Searching, touching, unsentimental and imbued with great humanity ...to read this book is to understand what soldiers are all about, what they fight for, and how they fit into the world of the twenty-first century.
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A fascinating in-depth study of the character and spirit of soldiers.
Rich in narrative and anecdote, this involving, poignant book takes as its starting point interviews with Chelsea Pensioners, who saw action from the First World War to Korea, and whose lives in the army span the 20th century. Ziegler is intrigued by the values the veterans share, which he believes the army must have instilled in them -- self-discipline, acceptance of risk and pain, patriotism, and solidarity with their fellow soldiers.
But he also acknowledges the bigotry, narrow-mindedness and even blinkered stupidity that are part of a soldier?s life. Above all, he celebrates the lives and attitudes of soldiers, and comes to an understanding of the world that means so much to them.
Buchbeschreibung ISIS Publishing, 2002. Buchzustand: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. No dust jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 4754025
Buchbeschreibung ISIS PUBLISHING, 2002. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Dust Jacket Included. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. 301 pages; Used but in Good condition, may show a little wear. With Index. Hinges weak. Internally good. Large Print, height is tall, thickness is thick, weight is light, hardback without dust jacket, 453 pages, bibliographic note. Buchnummer des Verkäufers BBI847085
Buchbeschreibung Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. F.... New York: Alfred A. Knopf . First American edition. First printing. Hardbound. New, in dust jacket. A nice unread copy. Remainder mark top edge. 0.0. Buchnummer des Verkäufers farm6
Buchbeschreibung Isis Large Print, 2002. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0753197405