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War Stories

On sale

21st September 2017

Price: £25

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781473618275

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Highly readable . . . an intimate and varied account of fascinating stories of people at war’ History of War

War Stories is a fascinating account of ordinary men and women swept up in the turbulence of war. These are the stories – many untold until now – of thirty-four individuals who have pushed the boundaries of love, bravery, suffering and terror beyond the imaginable. They span three centuries and five continents. There is the courage of Edward Seager who survived the Charge of the Light Brigade; the cunning of Krystyna Skarbek, quick-thinking spy and saboteur during the Second World War; the skullduggery of Benedict Arnold, who switched sides in the American War of Independence and the compassion of Magdalene de Lancey who tenderly nursed her dying husband at Waterloo.

Told with vivid narrative flair and full of unexpected insights, War Stories moves effortlessly from tales of spies, escapes and innovation to uplifting acts of humanity, celebrating men and women whose wartime experiences are beyond compare.


History of War
Highly readable . . . an intimate and varied account of fascinating stories of people at war . . . a very engaging and recommendable work that is well paced
History Revealed
The diverse scope means that it's as good to dip in and out of as it is to read cover to cover
Oxford Times
From the SAS to spies, runners and civilian acts of bravery, commanders, traitors and war heroes, children and turncoats, those recognised and long forgotten, it is an extraordinary collection and a riveting read
Daily Telegraph
Clear and energetic delivery . . . women are well represented . . . memorialises the extraordinary courage, cunning and compassion of ordinary people . . . Snow and MacMillan cover conflicts from the 18th century to the present, spanning five continents, and their subjects are not just soldiers but the full range of people affected by war: doctors, nurses, inventors ,civilians, spies and spouses . . . the book reminds us that valour can be the flip side of arrogance, recklessness or mindless patriotism
Toronto Star
War Stories is written by two veteran journalists (husband and wife, a Brit and a Canadian) who know the best way to deliver an entertaining history lesson is through the stories of those who lived it. The collection covers almost three centuries and 34 men and women . . . Ten of the 34 are women, unusual in a military history
Church Times
Amid works about past strategies and great conflicts this book provides a different approach and a refreshing read . . . Peter Snow and his wife pace a story and hold attention . . . A serious and well researched book