Since the war of 1982, the 3,000 people who live in the remote Falkland Islands have replaced traditional colonial rule with their own autonomous government, and become wealthy from the sale of fishing licences. Now oil has been discovered, and it promises almost unimaginable wealth. Money has already transformed this tiny society – not always for the better. But home-grown challenges are as nothing compared to the threat from their neighbour, Argentina.
The oil discoveries have fuelled Argentina’s ambitions to take the Islands that they believe were stolen from them almost 180 years ago. Buenos Aires is making the ‘Malvinas’ a regional issue involving other South American countries, and has established an economic blockade of the Islands, virtually cutting them off from the continent. It is a policy they say they will continue until London agrees to discuss a transition to Argentine rule. In response, the Prime Minister has stated that Britain will support the Islanders’ right to remain British.
The author was born in the Falklands, and returned there to see for himself the profound ways in which his homeland has changed. He considers what islanders have gained and lost, the challenges they face and why they may soon be at the centre of another South Atlantic crisis.
As I read Graham Bound’s Fortress Falklands, the author regularly bemoaned his lack of access to the British military command and the RAF’s Mount Pleasant facilities, which also serve as the Islands’ international airport. It’s... [read full review]Moon Travel Guides
Graham Bound's Fortress Falklands is about a possible future conflict not just in the Falklands but in the whole southern Atlantic. Graham Bound is a Falkland Islander. In this book he returns to his roots... [read full review]RUSI Journal
Bounds review of the success of Falklands' commerce, especially the squid and fishing industry as well as tourism and oil exploration, is comprehensive and explains why the local economy today is healthy, if delicately balanced.Pennant
This is a well written, and timely publication.Britain at War
I have enjoyed reading Graham's new book. I think it adds something to the debate about the future of the islands. He has produced an excellent, easy-to-read, right up-to-date portrait of the Islands, combining his... [read full review]Falklands-malvinas discussion forum
Graham Bound casts a fascinating spotlight on a worrying situation in the South Atlantic.Soldier Magazine
He (the author) returns to his birthplace to comment on how the Falklands have changed in the last 30 years, especially following the discovery of oil, the challenges islanders face and the continued threat of... [read full review]Beetroot
Though he now lives in west London, Graham, now 54, returns to his homeland often, and although he sees a very different place now to the forgotten outpost he lived in back in 1982, one... [read full review]Mirror Online
Reflects the profoundly serious challenges facing the Islands in 2012. There is a strong military presence manning the ramparts. And civilians within the fortress are well aware that the blockading Argentine government is doing... [read full review]Penguin News
Pick of the month. Timely and very readable.Soldier Magazine
A book published this week in Britain takes an in-depth look at the Falklands Islands 30 years on from the short but deadly conflict of 1982.Merco Press
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