- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143123017
- ISBN-13: 978-0143123019
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food Paperback – July 30, 2013
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"Ambitious, compelling, fascinating."
— THE GUARDIAN (UK)
"Every now and again a book comes along that tranforms our understanding of a subject that had previously seemed so well-worn and familiar. That is the measure of LIzzie Collingham's achievement in this outstanding global account of the role played by food (and its absense) during the Second World War. It will now be impossible to think of the war in the old way."
— Richard Overy, LITERARY REVIEW
"Fascinating... After this book, no historian will be able to write a comprehensive history of the Second World War without putting the multifarious issues of food production and consumption centre stage."
— Andrew Roberts, FINANCIAL TIMES
"Lizzie Collingham's book possesses the notable virtue of originality... [She] has gathered many strands to pursue an important theme across a global canvas. She reminds us of the timeless truth that all human and political behaviour is relative."
— Max Hastings, THE SUNDAY TIMES
“An important, original contribution”
“A definitive work of World War II scholarship.”
About the Author
Lizzie Collingham is the author of Imperial Bodies: The Physical Experience of the Raj and Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors. Having taught history at Warwick University she became a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. She is now an independent scholar and writer. She has lived in Australia, France, and Germany and now lives near Cambridge with her husband and small daughter.
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The problem is that I have seldom if ever encountered a book so riddled with glaring, basic factual errors -- whoppers, in many cases. It boggles the imagination that this has gone through several editions, presumably with editors.
Random sampling: rampant confusion with dates (British blockade begins in August of 1940, so apparently, in May of 1940, in response, German officials started streamlining agricultural production. Huh?)
FDR apparently had a Ministry of Agriculture (and War Ministry) and ag policy was set by the Agriculture Minister.
US and British troops faced the Wehrmact in North Africa -- and never again until Normany. Try telling that to the troops that fought in Sicily and Italy.
And on and on. Fascinating as many of the insights appear to be, with that kind of terrible rigor, I have no idea if anything else in the book is even accurate.
Beyond the immediate impact of the war itself, the continuing effects of the events and strategies undertaken in pursuit of its outcome are noteworthy -- such as the consequence of changes to the food preferences in the South Pacific, as only a single example.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone with patience and even a passing interest in World War II.
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