Book Review “Britain at War 1939-1945 : What Was Life Like During The War” James Lingard

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The book gives a short insight into the horrors of the home front told from the perspective of someone who actually experienced them, a fascinating look at the harsh realities of life in Britain, life full of drama and the danger of impending death. How did a family with a small child caught up in such a war survive?
There follows an overview of the major campaigns in World War II, giving an insight into the big picture, enlivened by personal experiences and quotations from Churchill.


I will go ahead and get my only criticism out of the way. From the title, I felt like there would be more actual story than there was. There are some experiences detailed regarding the author and his family, but I really wanted more. The enticing thing about a book like this is the lure of seeing such a tremulous time in history play out from human eyes and emotions instead of the dry history rhetoric we all know from school. The parts of this that are in the book are fantastic. I really wanted more.

The quotes are perfectly placed and add that needed emotion while reading the dryer details of war. It actually helps keep the reader interested instead of skipping those pages. There are many things that Mr. Churchill did in his political career that I disagree with. However, there are also things I think he handled in an impressive manner. Using him for the majority of the quotes was a brilliant way to “live” this story like you were actually there.

The book is well researched and well formatted. There were a few of the statistics that really surprised me. I have read a lot about World War Two and I was surprised to find new information. These added details really help the reader understand the immense strategy and luck that kept Britain from being invaded. 

In conclusion, I enjoyed learning more about this time in history through the eyes of someone who lived it. I would like to see the author write a book with more eye witness accounts of this time. Mainly, the years after the war ended and the rebuilding of life.

I give this book 4 stars.

4 star

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The Technical Data:

Title: Britain At War | Author(s): James Lingard |

Publisher: Author House UK / Publication Date: 5-20-2015 |Pages: 150 (Print) | ISBN: 9781504942126 | Genre(s): History/ Education  |Language:English | Rating: 4 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2-10-2016 | Source: Copy from Author

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