Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat

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Abacus, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 246 pages
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This is a book about men and war. Not real conflict but war as it has filtered down to generations of boys and men through toys, comics, games, and movies. Harry Pearson belongs to the great battalion of men who grew up playing with toy soldiersórefighting World War IIóand then stopped growing up. Inspired by the photos of the gallant pilot uncles that decorated the wall above his father's model-making table, by toys such as Action Man (according to Pearsonónota doll)†and board games such as Escape from Colditz, dressed in Clarks' commando shoes and with the Airfix Army in support, he battled in the fields and on the beaches, in his head and on the living room floor, and across his bedroom ceiling. And†30 years later he still is. This hilariously self-deprecating†memoir is a celebration of those glory days, a boy's own story of the urge to play, to conquer, and to adopt very bad German accents, shouting "Donner und Blitzen!" at every opportunity. This is a tale of obsession, glue, and plastic kits. It is the story of one boy's imaginary war and where it led him.

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Review: Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat

User Review  - Kevin Godin - Goodreads

This was a surprisingly fun read from an authour that is new for me. If you're a geek, I think you'll love Pearson's confessional tone. If you're not a geek, consider this autobiographical journey as a sort of National Geographic guide to the exotic world of wargamming. Read full review

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User Review  - Ipswichblade - Goodreads

Another excellent book by Harry Pearson. Full of laughs as he confesses about his wargaming hobby and tries to convince us he is neither a nerd or a geek! Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Harry Pearson is a journalist who contributes regularly to The Guardian and GQ and the author of Around the World by Mouse, Racing Pigs and Giant Marrows, and A Tall Man in a Low Land.

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