The Battle for the Falklands

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Pan Macmillan, Mar 22, 2012 - History - 460 pages

The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history – 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home. At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government. But it left a chequered aftermath; it was of no wider significance for British interests and taught no lessons. It has since been overshadowed by the two Gulf Wars, however, its political ramifications cannot be overestimated.

Max Hastings’ and Simon Jenkins’ account of the conflict is a modern classic of war reportage and the definitive book on the war. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, The Battle for the Falklands is a vivid chronicle of a call to arms and a thoughtful and informed analysis of an astonishing chapter in the history of our times.

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For a "little" war, the Falklands struggle has turned out some good books (q.v., Sunday Times Insight Team, War in the Falklands), but this one will be hard to top. Hastings (Bomber Command, Das Reich ... Read full review

The Definitive History of the Falklands War

User Review  - Aviation Book Junkie - Borders

Sir Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins have written a masterpiece in "Battle for the Falklands". In a single volume, between the two authors they provide a comprehensive look at the diplomatic efforts and ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Sir Max Hastings, author of numerous books including Armageddon, Going to the Wars, and Das Reich, was editor of the Daily Telegraph for almost a decade, then for six years he edited the Evening Standard. In his youth he was a foreign correspondent for newspapers and BBC television. He has won many awards for his books and journalism, particularly his work in the South Atlantic in 1982. He was knighted in 2002 for services to journalism.

Sir Simon Jenkins is an award-winning journalist and author of several books on the politics, history and architecture of England. He writes for the Guardian and the Sunday Times, as well as broadcasting for the BBC. Jenkins was knighted for services to journalism in 2004.