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A Foreign Field - a True Story of Love and Betrayal During the Great War Paperback – January 1, 2010


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper Press (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007395264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007395262
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,204,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BEN MACINTYRE is writer-at-large and associate editor of the Times of London. He is the author of Agent Zigzag, The Man Who Would Be King, The Englishman's Daughter, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Kate Muir, and their three children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darren Robinson on January 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a history book that reads like a novel. During WW1, a French village - Villeret - is taken by the Germans. Several stragglers from the retreating British army decide to hide rather than surrender. Some of the villagers choose to resist the Germans in their own small way by taking care of the soldiers.

However, as weeks turn into months, the danger of being caught and the threats of punishment by the occupying German administrators increase dramatically. The villagers lose their privacy, their properties, their possessions, and finally, for some, their will to resist. The soldiers are betrayed.

After the main story is concluded, the author investigates how things unravelled and tries to discover exactly who was responsible for betraying the soldiers.

Many people would not be interested in reading about alliances of nations and huge bloody battles, therefore this book would be an ideal starting point for someone unfamiliar with this war. The setting is an uncomplicated rural region of France, and the conflicts are generally between people rather than nations or armies.
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I am half way through A Foreign Field and it seems that it is the same book as The Englishman's Daughter. sometimes the same book will have a different cover, but a different title????..Still a good book, but I feel a little taken advantage of.
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