Ing the memories and diaries of people who lived through them Now that the war generation is passing into history books such as this one written when these people were still alive to be interviewed become invaluable This book is a treasure trove I highly recommend it for those interested in this time period Exceptionally good read The book is oral history in content but not in form as Longmate brilliantly weaves hundreds of reminiscences into a compelling narrative No aspect of English wartime life goes uncovered what they ate what they wore and how they made do The last chapters are of particular interest to me dealing with the films they watched the songs they sang the broadcasts they heard and the books they read The chapter on wartime reading has given me leads on many titles some of which may turn up on Goodreads by and by HOW WE LIVED then was first published in 1971 so it may assumed that most of the first hand observers have passed but as best I can tell Longmate is still among the uick Fascinating first person accounts on the social history of World War Two I ll be coming back to this one once the boys cycle round to this period in history Evocative and moving A history of World War II in which Churchill Hitler "Eisenhower Roosevelt and others scarcely get a look in is always worth a read So often "Roosevelt and others scarcely get a look in is always worth a read So often of the war ither take an overview approach or a specifically military approach or they focus on a specific group a specific battle or theatre of war But this book is very much about the ordinary man and woman in the street and their wartime xperiences rather than high level politics and military manoeuvres Even the Blitz as an xtraordinary vent gets very little time it is very much about the day to extraordinary vent gets very little time it is very much about the day to The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 experiences of wartime the minor and the mundaneLongmate who himself lived through the war as a teenager takes a thematic rather than chronological approachach chapter focusing on a different aspect of life on the home front rationing the black out wartime weddings A Meditation on Murder evacuation schools garden air raid shelters pets holidays travel sports andntertainment ven personal hygiene It really brings home just how total a war it really was there was almost no lement of life that continued unchanged and undisturbedLongmate collected a
Huge Uantity Of Personal Reminiscences uantity of personal reminiscences this book and Travis every chaptervery page is full of memories and anecdotes from his contributors These personal accounts really give life and immediacy to the narrative and very often the banal uality of them makes it ven poignant For most people didn t couldn t see the bigger picture and the day to day petty inconveniences and deprivations were their most salient memories of the war And yet in many ways these are the most interesting lements of the wartime story because they are most representative of real life and real peopl. He civilian's story largely through their own recollections and in their own words Mr Longmate has recruited an normous volunteer army of home front veterans who sent him their wartime recollectionsHe has brilliantly sifted and assembled the precious debris Guardian. .
S popular music the influx of other Allied troops books the media school the vacuation of children from dense cities family relations and far Because it was written just a few decades after it happened he interviewed women and former children who had these xperiences and thus includes firsthand accounts "that are no longer possible so as a historical document this is rich with informationMuch xists about this "are no longer possible so as a historical document this is rich with informationMuch xists about this but reading about how it permeated very aspect of civilian life allows a 21st century reader to truly understand how it was the cultural touchpoint of a generation It is well worth the time to read through it and reflect World War II was in many instances the defining The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online event for modern Britain It lasted 6 long years two of which they were fighting Germany alone Norman Longmate gives us anncyclopedic look at what it was like to live in the UK during those years From rationing which lasted until 1954 to mandatory national service for anyone under the age of 60 to the nightly bombing during the Blitz and later attacks by V 1 and V 2 rockets to the friendly but still disconcerting invasion of over a million foreign troops one can only have boundless admiration for the British people who not only managed to keep on going but who were remarkably cheerful about itToday we fight ugly little wars in faraway places and no one Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet except the families of our all volunteer armed services make any kind of sacrifice It s instructive to read a book like this to see what people had to do when they were literally with their backs to the wall trying to save western civilization This is a great collection of first person accounts of life on the home front during WWII Covering rationing the creation of Anderson shelters weddings births and thevacuation of children from London and much the book gives a really interesting perspective of what the situation was like for those keeping the home fires burning during the midst of the warYou can definitely choose to read this from front to back or pick chapters that you re interested in and skip the ones you don t like as it is uite a large book with a significant amount of detail given to 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) each topic in the book There s no continuation of characters from chapter to chapter which gives the opportunity to pick up chapters here and there if that s what you fancy 25 stars MemoirW 225 U 25 T 225 3263 Exact 246A collective memoir of WWII from the point of view of English civilians Published in 1971 it is an uncommon viewpoint upon the war Mediocrity and insipidity make its recommendation limited This book written in 1971 is filled with amazing first person accounts of life in Britain during World War II It s obviously been used by other authors as a source of material as many stories in this book can be found in newer books Every aspect of life during the war years is covered us. The individual'sxperience The problems of the ordinary family are barely ver mentioned food rationing clothes rationing the black out and air raids get little space and veryday shortages almost none at all This book is an attempt to redress the balance; to tell This book is about the British home front day to day life during World War IIThis book Your Everyday Art World encompasses an incredible amount of information put together in anasily read interestingly organized manner In fact considering the uantity and variety of subjects covered and the large number of sources used I would have to say the organization is masterful Longmate s own memories statements and opinions sometimes jar but I found
this a fascinating read Though I had read at least twenty books abouta fascinating read Though I had read at least twenty books about during World War II before reading "This One Much Of "one much of specific hardships living situations amusements occupations so many things were new to me or were covered completely A random Why Photography Matters example would bexactly how clothing coupons workedKeeper An island nation mostly abandoned by its allies fights off the fascist continental Doreen Valiente Witch empire with austerity hard work and cooperation Sure the militaryspecially the air force did its work But Longmate focuses on the lives of ordinary civilians often letting them tell their stories in their own words I Duty Free Murder enjoyed the first hand accounts of rationing blacking out building shelters and joiningverything from the fire brigade to civil defense units and knitting circles This was the lived Asperger - Leben in zwei Welten : Betroffene berichten: das hilft mir in Beruf, Partnerschaft Alltag experience of my family so I will never tire of learning about it One can find many books on the history of World War II from the perspective ofach country involved to the political undertones to the xperiences of officers and footsoldiers This book is uniue written in 1970 in a sweeping attempt to xplain how the war in England was won on the homefrontThis book was somewhat personal for me in that some of the artifacts in it were common items from my childhood we would go through large shoeboxes of pictures and Venous Catheters ephemera and at one point we found ration coupon books and played war shops Somehow as children of the 1970s the story had come down to us about our English relatives hardship in finding the most basic of foods and clothing as the war dragged on for six long years anmigrant cousin or two brought her ration books with her just in case and they stayed in a cabinet for decades until we brought them out Reading about how English ingenuity used garden hose and rope to replace failed bicycle tires any textiles at all to replace worn clothing and hundreds of other make do fforts made me appreciate the civilian sacrifice all the The United States is currently fighting on several fronts but civilians have been asked to give up nothing and we are not particularly aware of the realities of these wars The English fought hunger and deprivation at home to spare for their sons and husbands on the front lines with very little complaining and a chin up attitude I still find in my family todayAt over 700 pages Longmate covered nearly all possible aspects of home life kitchen cooking clothing shopping movie. Although nearly 90% of the population of Great Britain remained civilians throughout the war or for a large part of it their story has so far largely gone untold In contrast with the thousands of books on military operations barely any have concerned themselves with.