img Leseprobe Leseprobe

Victoria's Cross

The Untold Story of Britain's Highest Award for Bravery

Gary Mead

EPUB
ca. 10,99
Amazon iTunes Thalia.de Weltbild.de Hugendubel Bücher.de ebook.de kobo Osiander Google Books Barnes&Noble bol.com Legimi yourbook.shop
* Affiliatelinks/Werbelinks
Hinweis: Affiliatelinks/Werbelinks
Links auf reinlesen.de sind sogenannte Affiliate-Links. Wenn du auf so einen Affiliate-Link klickst und über diesen Link einkaufst, bekommt reinlesen.de von dem betreffenden Online-Shop oder Anbieter eine Provision. Für dich verändert sich der Preis nicht.

Atlantic Books img Link Publisher

Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Geschichte

Beschreibung

LONGLISTED FOR THE HESSELL TILTMAN PRIZE

When 25-year old Private Johnson Beharry won the Victoria Cross in 2005 for bravery under fire in Iraq, he was the first person to win Britain's highest military honour since the Falklands war in 1982 and the first living recipient since 1969, when two Australians were given the award for action in Vietnam.

Born out of the squalor of the Crimean War in 1856 and the fragility of the monarchy at that time, the VC's prestige is such that it takes precedence over all other orders and medals in Britain. But while many books have been written about specific aspects of the VC and its recipients, none have asked why so many brave men who deserved the medal were denied it, and why no women have ever been awarded the VC, even though they are entitled.

Military historian Gary Mead's vivid and balanced account of the VC's life and times exposes the hypocrisy behind one of the UK's last sacred cows, and explores its role as a barometer for the shifting sands of political and social change during the last 150 years.

Rezensionen

s scholarship, deep research and ability to express an argument with lucidity and passion, as well as his readiness to name names. The Ministry of Defence must now listen to his arguments, and profoundly reform the way we reward - or more often fail to reward - our heroes
This highly revisionist, hard-hitting book will I predict be highly controversial. Yet no-one will deny Gary Mead'
book for anyone interested in military and social history.
<i>Victoria's Cross</i> is a highly original, judicious book, which questions our long-held assumptions about Britain's highest honour. In beautifully lucid prose, Gary Mead reminds us of the complex background to the creation of the VC. More importantly, he reveals how this decoration, originally a means of recognizing exceptional individual gallantry, has, almost imperceptibly, come to be a potent political tool, far removed from its roots. This is a "must-read"

This book is not simply another collection of heroic VC stories. It is, rather, a critique of the criteria by which the medal is awarded, and its conclusions about the arbitrary nature of many VC awards are quite disturbing.
.
Mead pulls no punches in asserting that the kind of behaviour necessary to gain a VC today is not so much courage as "madness"
s scholarship, deep research and ability to express an argument with lucidity and passion, as well as his readiness to name names. The Ministry of Defence must now listen to his arguments, and profoundly reform the way we reward - or more often fail to reward - our heroes
This highly revisionist, hard-hitting book will I predict be highly controversial. Yet no-one will deny Gary Mead'

A thorough, cogent and almost unarguable case
.
Mead pulls no punches in asserting that the kind of behaviour necessary to gain a VC today is not so much courage as "madness"

This book is not simply another collection of heroic VC stories. It is, rather, a critique of the criteria by which the medal is awarded, and its conclusions about the arbitrary nature of many VC awards are quite disturbing.
book for anyone interested in military and social history.
<i>Victoria's Cross</i> is a highly original, judicious book, which questions our long-held assumptions about Britain's highest honour. In beautifully lucid prose, Gary Mead reminds us of the complex background to the creation of the VC. More importantly, he reveals how this decoration, originally a means of recognizing exceptional individual gallantry, has, almost imperceptibly, come to be a potent political tool, far removed from its roots. This is a "must-read"

A thorough, cogent and almost unarguable case
Weitere Titel von diesem Autor

Kundenbewertungen

Schlagwörter

Crimean War, First World War, Military History, Military medals, Second World War, World War Two, VC, World War One, Vietnam War, Victoria Cross