A unique and anecdote-filled history of desertion. There have been many books written about valour in battle. This is not one of them. On the contrary, On the Run deals entirely with those men and women who, over thousands of years, have departed with alacrity and for multifarious reasons from life in the armed forces.
For as long as there have been wars there have been those who have fled, sometimes precipitously, from the cannon's roar. This fascinating history of deserters and desertion, from the beginning of recorded time to the present day, details many of those characters who, for a multitude of often complex reasons, have gone absent without leave. Among their number are poets and pugilists, thieves and thugs, lovers and lunatics, princes and politicians, comedians and conspirators, film stars and fanatics, and even a Pope, all brought together by the simple fact that at one time or another they went on the run.
Covering thousands of years in time and over forty different countries, this extraordinary book, the first of its kind, presents a fascinating anecdotal history of perhaps the most controversial and emotive subject in war, in this and any other age.
A unique and often-overlooked subject in military history, this history of deserters and desertion from military operations explores a subject that deserves further study. With a British formalism and sophistication, John Telfer performs this detailed history of desertion, On the Run: A History of Deserters and Desertions by Graeme Kent. Author of several other works of history and former producer for the BBC, Graeme Kent tells the story of desertion anecdotally, beginning thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt and continuing through the wars of the 20th century. For military history buffs, this audiobook won't cease to entertain as Telfer narrates these desertion stories throughout the ages.
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The story is supposed to be about "deserter's" through history. The book is read in a style more suited for a comedy. The book also appears to be part of a cover up. What cover up? There is not one word about the only American soldier executed for desertion Eddie Slovik, I am familiar with Mr. Slovic;s story and hoped for insights. But since the execution was done in secret it appears the story remains in the dark.
If believable hearing of a few well known men who were deserters.
Interesting topic but... (3.5 stars)