Battle for the Falklands

  • by Max Hastings
  • Narrated by Cameron Stewart
  • 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, has been editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly his work in the south Atlantic in 1982.


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Customer Reviews

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One sided--British view

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

A narrative history--well done-- as usual for Max Hastings

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Hastings does make an effort to present the Falklands crisis in context of Argentine history and politics, but still rather one-sided British perspective. Other wise a very good history of the war.

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- P. J. Strohm "Strohm"

The Story behind the Story of the Falklands war

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Hastings and Jenkins have provided a very detailed account of what happened before the conflict and the failure of the major powers to settle a very simple question by diplomatic means. Efforts by Great Briton, the US and Argentina to resolve the question of who should own this tiny piece of real estate went back many years but after numerous meetings by various high powered teams of negotiators agreement could not be obtained.
Argentina then took the first step by sending troops to occupy the islands, effectively challenging Great Briton to do something (or nothing as they assumed) about it.
There followed the decision to take back the Islands by force and this forms the major part of the story.
A fascinating tale of success in spite of many errors and mistakes by all those involved. Very well written and an excellent narration by Stewart

What other book might you compare Battle for the Falklands to and why?

I have listened to a number of Hasting's books and have yet to find one that has proved to lack interest. All his works are well researched and, more importantly a great story to tell. His work "Bomber Command" and "The Second World War" are both highly recommended

Have you listened to any of Cameron Stewart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not heard Cameron Stewart before. His delivery was excellent including pronunciations of the Spanish and other foreign names and places.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

This book comes highly recommended.

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- Bryan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios