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This is a very graphic account of endurance and survival against brutal odds. The story may be difficult to read in parts but that level of brutal treatment usually is. A story that had to be told and deserves to be read.


This is a fascinating book that is valuable for several different reasons - as a view of life in the Soviet Union, for its account of the fighting over Korean, often dominated by the American view and as an account of the first battles to be fought between jet aircraft.

History of War

What a fascinating book this turned out to be! For the first time, through the many letters and instructions that passed between them, we are given a glimpse into the personal emotions and thoughts of several of the key figures involved in this war. The work is well presented and readable and if you are an enthusiast, or student, of the Anglo Zulu War, then i believe this book is a thoroughly worthwhile read and its wealth of contemporary material puts it into the collectors' category.

Dave Sutcliffe, Secretary of the Battlefields Region Guides of Kwa-Zulu-Natal

Urban gives a careful and highly readable survey of the highways and byways of18th century warfare, with an enjoyable and arresting emphasis on the individual's experience of war.

John France

Husband-and-wife Russian experts John and Carol Garrard highlight complex Jewish aspects of their subject's own life in The Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman, writer of the seminal 20th century epic, Life and Fate, recently receiving renewed popularity after the BBC's dramatisation of Robert Chandler's fine translation.

Jewish Chronicle