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Fascinating, in-depth study of the character and spirit of soldiers. Rich in narrative and anecdote, this involving, poignant and important book takes as its starting point interviews with Chelsea Pensioners whose lives in the army span the 20th century, and who have seen action from the First World War to Korea.
Philip Ziegler is the author of London at War, the biographer of, among others, Diana Cooper, Mountbatten, Harold Wilson and Edward VIII, and a historian of the Black Death. He is a skilled and sensitive interviewer and regards this book as the most important he has written.
"Intensely moving, humbling, heartening - this is a handsome book" * The Times * "One of the most experienced and versatile biographers of his generation" * Observer * "The great virtue of this book is that with Ziegler's help, nice remarkable men who might otherwise have remained unchronicled, have written their dispatch and each has a gripping tale to tell" * Evening Standard *