Wednesday, April 04, 2007

You must read this book

if you have any interest in the Falkland's War.

"Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War", Hugh Bicheno (buy the paperback which is essentially edition 1.5).

It is not an eye-witness account, although he did go and tread the battlefields.

It is not an evidence-free damnation of Maggie or the Conservative Government, although he really, really does not rate the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or its Ministers:
The result was to encourage Argentine aggression, exacerbate Kelper distrust and to mislead ministers into believing that hard decisions could be fudged indefinitely.

It is not a panegyric for the British military: their leaders, the men or their kit.

It is just a very, very good book.

One final quote that will appeal to Wat, Fabian and Lewis:
where 'public' came to be seen as in some way morally superior to 'private' by a large proportion of the population, despite the fact that everything run by the British government, including defence, delivers lower quality service at significantly higher unit cost than comparable institutions elsewhere in the developed world.


1 comment:

James Higham said...

Indeed. Sounds a good book.

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