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Our longest days : a people's history of the Second World War /
[by the writeers of Mass Observation] ; edited and introduced by Sandra Koa Wing.
imprint
London : Profile Books, 2008.
description
xiv, 320 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
1846680883 (pbk.), 9781846680885 (pbk.)
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London : Profile Books, 2008.
isbn
1846680883 (pbk.)
9781846680885 (pbk.)
catalogue key
6685154
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [294]-296) and index.
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"This was life as it happened and there's nothing more fascinating than reading history through the words of those who lived it."-- Publishing News "This is an authentic living, breathing history, almost cinematic in its immediacy." - The Observer "...a compelling collection of real wartime diaries...a waking dream of blown-out-windows drama and real domesticity." - Good Housekeeping "A fascinating insight into the lives of Britons during the Second World War." - Sunday Express
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This powerful, detailed and heart-warming account of the Second World War is told through the voices of those who wrote for the 'Mass Observation' project - ordinary men and women of almost every age, class and occupation.
Main Description
A powerful, detailed and warming story of the Second World War.
Main Description
For six years the people of Britain endured bombs and the threat of invasion, and more than 140,000 civilians were killed or seriously wounded. Men and women were called to serve in the armed forces in record numbers, and everyone experienced air raids and rationing. In these terrible times, volunteers of almost every age, class and occupation wrote diaries for the "Mass Observation" project, which was set up in the 1930s to collect the voices of ordinary men and women. Using many diaries that have never been published before, this book tells the story of the war - the military conflict, and, mainly, life on the home front - through these voices. Through it all, people carry on living their lives, falling in love, longing for a good meal, complaining about office colleagues or mourning allotment potatoes destroyed by a bomb.
Main Description
"This was life as it happened and there's nothing more fascinating than reading history through the words of those who lived it."-Publishing News This is a powerful, detailed, and warming story of World War II told through the previously unheard voices of those who described the home front for the "Mass Observation" project. Using diaries that have never been published before, this book tells the story of people falling in love, longing for a good meal, complaining about office colleagues, or mourning allotment potatoes destroyed by a bomb.
Main Description
“This was life as it happened and there’s nothing more fascinating than reading history through the words of those who lived it.”- Publishing News This is a powerful, detailed, and warming story of World War II told through the previously unheard voices of those who described the home front for the “Mass Observation” project. Using diaries that have never been published before, this book tells the story of people falling in love, longing for a good meal, complaining about office colleagues, or mourning allotment potatoes destroyed by a bomb.
Table of Contents
1939: Expecting Warp. 1
1940: Alonep. 22
1941: A Bleak Prospectp. 64
1942: Waiting for Good Newsp. 109
1943: The Tide Turnsp. 149
1944: The Beginning of the Endp. 189
1945: Victoryp. 234
Glossary and Abbreviationsp. 269
A Note on the Selectionsp. 272
Diarists' Biographiesp. 274
The Mass Observation Archivep. 279
Endnotesp. 281
Selected Further Readingp. 294
List of Illustrationsp. 297
Indexp. 299
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