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The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history - 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home.

At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government. But it left a chequered aftermath; it was of no wider significance for British interests and taught no lessons. It has since been overshadowed by the two Gulf Wars, however, its political ramifications cannot be overestimated. Max Hastings’ and Simon Jenkins’ account of the conflict is a modern classic of war reportage and the definitive book on the war. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, The Battle for the Falklands is a vivid chronicle of a call to arms and a thoughtful and informed analysis of an astonishing chapter in the history of our times. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, has been editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly his work in the south Atlantic in 1982.

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Superb

Interested in the Falklands conflict? Then this is is a must buy. The structure is near perfection and the performance matches the material. Found myself sitting in my car long after arriving at my destination unable to turn it off.

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An excellent deep dive

Excellent deep dive into one of the strangest wars on modern history. Definitely worth a listen.

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A long and in-depth look at a short war.

How's into terrific detail. Lots of politics. Not to much military jargon . Knowledgable author on military matters.

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Detailed walkthrough of the Falklands War.

Loved the detail and quick pace of this historical narrative. It was not a struggle to get through and the narrator was excellent in tone and expression.

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A job well done

classic British war story with the anecdotes and attitude you'd expect. good land of historic and anecdotal details but not too long and boring either with different perspectives explored. didn't feel dated as I expected.

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Excellent book, well read

Excellent book blending political and military aspects of the war from the British perspective primarily. Cameron Stewart did an excellent job narrating, and I will be looking for other books read by him.

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  • George B
  • 2018-03-30

Political Wrangling and the Fog of War

Having been a 12 year old and living in Britain at the time of the Falklands War, this book brought back a mixture of strong emotions and memories. A number of reviewers have stated that this book has a heavy bias towards the British and this is true to some extent. However, it is important to note that Argentina was at the time rules by a Military Junta, who refused to release or confirm accurate details of their countries loses. This book was written by two English writers, for a predominately British audience. That said, the book is well written, offering a largely balanced perspective, is historically accurate and the audio is excellently narrated. 8.5/10

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  • James P. Allen Johns
  • 2018-11-24

Probably the definitive work on the Falklands

This is the most comprehensive look at the war. While the battle descriptions are good, the most interesting is the political dimension to this conflict. In an even handed manner the flaws and miscalculations of Britain, Argentina, and the United States are shown.

An excellent study in how pride and hubris can lead to a conflict, that only the bravery and determination of the soldiers, sailors, and air crew can get their political masters out of.

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  • Charlie Hovenas
  • 2015-02-14

Superb in every regard.

Max Hastings writing makes the English language bloom with the peculiarity typical of the British. Laden with humor and wit, it conveys the story of the Falkland war in great detail. The chosen narrator is the perfect match and makes the entire experience a treat. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • iceph03nix
  • 2018-05-16

So British it hurts sometimes.

The style, focus, and context of the book are all unashamedly British. The authors (and narrator) thankfully don't try to hide that, but I had hoped for something a little more unbiased. Part of that may be because of the long term fallout from the topic and that much of the primary material is from the British side of things so it's somewhat forgivable.

That being said, the content is excellent, and the authors do go out of their way to criticize and compliment both sides. And the level of detail is in just the right spot for my tastes. It can give an excellent taste of what both the people on the ground were thinking as well as a higher overview.

I definitely learned a lot about a fight I'd only had vague references to before.

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  • Cord
  • 2019-08-01

A good but biased history

Interesting account! Apparently the entire war was due to the bumbling American Administration! Sort of kidding, but worth a read.

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  • Bryan
  • 2015-06-13

The Story behind the Story of the Falklands war

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Hastings and Jenkins have provided a very detailed account of what happened before the conflict and the failure of the major powers to settle a very simple question by diplomatic means. Efforts by Great Briton, the US and Argentina to resolve the question of who should own this tiny piece of real estate went back many years but after numerous meetings by various high powered teams of negotiators agreement could not be obtained.
Argentina then took the first step by sending troops to occupy the islands, effectively challenging Great Briton to do something (or nothing as they assumed) about it.
There followed the decision to take back the Islands by force and this forms the major part of the story.
A fascinating tale of success in spite of many errors and mistakes by all those involved. Very well written and an excellent narration by Stewart

What other book might you compare Battle for the Falklands to and why?

I have listened to a number of Hasting's books and have yet to find one that has proved to lack interest. All his works are well researched and, more importantly a great story to tell. His work "Bomber Command" and "The Second World War" are both highly recommended

Have you listened to any of Cameron Stewart’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not heard Cameron Stewart before. His delivery was excellent including pronunciations of the Spanish and other foreign names and places.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure?

Any additional comments?

This book comes highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014-06-19

One sided--British view

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

A narrative history--well done-- as usual for Max Hastings

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Hastings does make an effort to present the Falklands crisis in context of Argentine history and politics, but still rather one-sided British perspective. Other wise a very good history of the war.

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  • Juan Manuel Galvis Espinoza
  • 2021-01-21

Just the British side

The book is full of British war stories and misses many events, such as the Belgrano sinking, the Exocet attacks on the Coventry, and the Invincible. In the book, the Argentinians are portrayed as invaders, while it is well known that the British kicked out the Argentinian Garrison in the 19th century. The book missed a lot from the Argentinian side.

Also, the book is charged with 8 hours of diplomacy and UN stuff that's irrelevant details, also misses that Peru helped Argentina, that the US ignored the alliance with the American countries, something similar to the NATO agreement.


The book is recommended for British readers, but from a global perspective, it is inferior and lacks plenty of sensational events from The Falkland Wars (Guerra De Malvinas).

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  • Dave
  • 2020-10-08

great historical story

Very informative on the way government departments battled against each other because of individual preferences. Narration was excellent. History is always very informative.

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  • J.Brock
  • 2019-08-30

Max Hastings at his finest

Sir Max Hastings is always an astute, forthright historian. The Falklands conflict is one little understood limited war, one fought by the British against Argentina. A limited conflict from the start, it was unnecessary, but still fought with valor. Hastings was an investigative journalist at the time, and his insight into the happenings are those that only one close to the war itself would be aware and have access to. Superb narration by Cameron Stewart. An all around eye opening listening.