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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Books (September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844155390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844155392
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin Povey on June 27, 2014
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Most military commanders are not shy, retiring people-calling most of them Type A personalities is an understatement: Think of Napoleon, McArthur, Halsey, Grant, Sherman, etc.

Sure, there are a few more reticent ones; Eisenhower and Jackson come to mind. But Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart must surely lead the list.

How can I say that:
Sir Adrin won the Victoria Cross in WWI, his second war, and NEVER mentioned it in the book.

In the Boer war, he was wounded twice, and barely mentions it.

In the first World War, he was wounded 8 times: He was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear. Barley mentions them. Describing his experiences in World War I, he wrote, "Frankly, I had enjoyed the war."

In the second World War, he survived two plane crashes; was captured and made a POW, and after four previous escape attempts, he tunneled out of the POW camp. After finally getting out of the POW camp, he ends up as the UK military representative to China

He ended up as a three-star general, while starting from a private in the cavalry.

A life few people could survive, let alone enjoy, but he did, and wrote a very good book about it. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew C. Gilbert on July 15, 2013
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If you are an Anglophile with an appreciation of English lit and wit; a war buff with a romantic side well...you will love this book. de Wiart is simply a classic English solider in the old mode before political correctness. It's a great read. I hope they make the movie and/or some enterprising young writer turns this fellow's life into historical fiction as highly readable as his own non-fiction. Oh, and Churchill loved this guy. Nuff said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AngloHistory on October 28, 2013
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I would recommend this book to all with an interest in WW2 and even before that.

Biographies like these aren't written any longer. The language is clear and simple, but I kept noticing how the book rarely give negative critic of anyone, maybe except the Bolsheviks and the Jap. Other than that it is all positive.
It goes from great to fantastic to magnificent to speechless and beyond.
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By Cologodan on November 25, 2013
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The earlier reviewers point out that Carton de Wiart served his adopted country long and bravely. He suffered the loss of an eye and a hand in battles before it came to official attention that this Belgian aristocrat was not technically a British subject. No matter, he soldiered on. True, there is little technical information about his campaigns. His straightforward comments about places and people do not "grate" on my ears; they are harmonious and welcome in these days of imbecile political correctness and other contrived sensitivities. His comments on India, for instance, apply still today, only everything is worse. A noteworthy failing is that while he served in China as the official British liaison in the rank of Lieutenant General, he makes no mention of the gross levels theft and corruption that wasted so much of the military supplies brought to China at the cost of many Allied lives and much treasure. The vendor, SuperBoookDeals, waited seven days after the order was placed to dispatch the book, and USPS media mail took five more days to deliver it.
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