Our Boys

Our Boys The Story of a Paratrooper

Paperback (06 Jun 2019) | English

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WINNER OF THE LONGMAN-HISTORY TODAY BOOK PRIZE 2019
WINNER OF THE TEMPLER MEDAL BOOK PRIZE 2019
WINNER OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON MEDAL FOR MILITARY HISTORY 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2019
A SPECTATOR BOOK THE YEAR 2019

'Brilliant. The best discussion of soldiers in combat, their motivation, behaviours and fears, that I have come across' Robert Fox, Evening Standard

Our Boys brings to life the human experiences of the paratroopers who fought in the Falklands War, and examines the long aftermath of that conflict. It is a first in many ways - a history of the Parachute Regiment, a group with an elite and aggressive reputation; a study of close-quarters combat on the Falkland Islands; and an exploration of the many legacies of this short and symbolic war.

Told unflinchingly through the experiences of people who lived through it, Our Boys shows how the Falklands conflict began to change Britain's relationship with its soldiers, and our attitudes to trauma and war itself. It is also the story of one particular soldier: the author's uncle, who was killed during the conflict, and whose fate has haunted both the author and his fellow paratroopers ever since.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780141984698
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 997.11024
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xix, 386
Weight: 304g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 24mm