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"Must be read by all our military people and anyone who wants to find out what really happened on the Falkland Islands." ―James M. Gavin

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"Will probably endure as the standard history of the campaign."
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"Authoritative and very readable."
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"Stirring, impressively detailed."
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Max Hastings, a military historian and journalist, covered the Falklands war for the London Evening Standard.

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R. E. Statham
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An excellent book, very well researched, that''s stood the test of time
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
This excellent book has well stood the test of time. It''s hard to believe that this small war back in 1982 could so impact the world stage-- and to demonstrate British resolve-- so well and for so long. The two authors divide their responsibilities to both the political... See more
This excellent book has well stood the test of time. It''s hard to believe that this small war back in 1982 could so impact the world stage-- and to demonstrate British resolve-- so well and for so long. The two authors divide their responsibilities to both the political as well as the military doings, and both are equally interesting and contain well researched first hand accounts that were obviously gleaned from face to face interviews.

The Argentine Military Junta made the fatal mistake of believe that the British Lion would file a formal complaint but ultimately do nothing. The Royal Navy, with a long tradition of excellence, showed them otherwise.

The switch in the book between the political and the military doings is flawless, and the writing style of the two authors are, from my perspective, identical. Chocked full of facts, anecdotes and what was going on behind the scenes as well as what actually happened. If the book has any flaw, it''s that there were few from the Argentina side that could have been interviewed when the book was written, and so the books is somewhat one-sided.

In my opinion, this book really brings out the ego and ineptitude of American Secretary of State and retired US Army General Alexander Haig, who let his ambition get in the way. Rather than quietly work behind the scenes to try to broker peace between the participants, he ended up making a fool of himself to both sides in the conflict by publicly demonstrating the famous Haig ego and his own ineptitude. History has not been kind to General Haig, and based on my own brief dealings with him for a few minutes in the US Army 28 years ago, I wasn''t sorry to see him leave the world stage. I''ve been told that he was a good NATO commander and a snappy dresser. Let''s let it go at that.

I purchased the audio book version of this, which came as two MP3 disks, and the content and delivery are excellent. I had recently read books about the air war version of this as well as the submarine that sunk the Argentine Cruiser Belgrano, but I was extremely pleased with the information presented-- as well as how it was presented. I put mine into my CD player in my pickup and listened to it as I drove. Much to listen to and think about.

f you''re looking for an excellent book on the Falkland Islands war of 1982, buy this one.
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Laurence Goldstein
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Diplomats and politicians in two countries fail to perform their functions.
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2020
Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins, “The Battle for The Falklands.” Hastings was a war correspondent who was on the scene with the combat troops. Jenkins was a political editor for The Economist in London before and during the war. The Argentinians invaded the Falklands in... See more
Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins, “The Battle for The Falklands.” Hastings was a war correspondent who was on the scene with the combat troops. Jenkins was a political editor for The Economist in London before and during the war. The Argentinians invaded the Falklands in April, 1982 and surrendered in June – two and a half months later. The book is copyright 1983, a contemporaneous account that is likely to stand. Hastings and Jenkins do not line out who wrote which part, but it is easy to spot the spiffy Economist style prose of the political parts as distinguished from the terse, tense tales of combat.
The Falklands were claimed by Spain during the Age of Discovery. Argentina claimed title as successor to Spain. Meanwhile, Britain occupied the islands in the early nineteenth century. Both countries claimed title thereafter. They began negotiations to resolve the issue in the 1960s. The British treasury didn’t want the expense of maintaining the islands, the Argentinians wanted the islands as a matter of Argentine national honor, the Falkland residents very much wanted to remain British citizens, a House of Commons cohort perceived the residents wishes to be a matter of British national honor, and British cabinet members could summon the will to face down the pro-Falkland backbenchers. Desultory negotiations dragged on for onto twenty years. The Argentine junta, faced with another oncoming Peronista credit crunch, invaded the islands. Diplomatic this and that followed, then the marines and special forces sailed eight thousand miles south. Both sides suffered significant sinkings. Antarctic winter, supply shortages, logistic snafus, militarily ignorant politicians setting strategies, and (not least) combat.
Overwhelmingly, it is a story of diplomats and politicians in two countries failing to perform their functions – and of the British military performing its function in extreme conditions.
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DaMacGuy
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A detailed history, from the British perspective, of the Battle for the Falklands.
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2014
This is a very comprehensive and detailed history of this small and unusual conflict. This book gives you a really good feeling for the battle and the struggles of the sailors, soldiers, and pilots of the British side. Not as much detail on the Argentine side, though the... See more
This is a very comprehensive and detailed history of this small and unusual conflict. This book gives you a really good feeling for the battle and the struggles of the sailors, soldiers, and pilots of the British side. Not as much detail on the Argentine side, though the heroism of the Argentine pilots shines through. Military operations takes up only about 1/3 of the book, with the other 2/3 taken up by diplomatic maneuvering and decision making on the British side and the triumphal return of the British military after the battle.

It''s characterized as the last colonial war, with Great Britain mobilizing to "defend" its far flung colonies in the Falklands and South Georgia. Hastings and Jenkins go into great detail on the history of the Falkland Islands and conflicting historical claims of Argentina and Great Britain to these forlorn islands almost a stones throw away from Antarctica. There were years of diplomatic discussions about "returning" the Falklands to Argentina, but these did not result in any progress before the Argentine military junta led by Galtieri decided to reclaim the Isla Malvinas to bolster their tottering regime. That more or less forced the British to mount their expedition to retake the islands. The unprepared and sometimes poorly equipped Royal Navy and British Army were able to prevail thanks to poor logistics and spotty leadership of the Argentine forces. Nonetheless, it was sometimes a close-run thing for British units, who were often outnumbered and outgunned by the Argentines. The outnumbered, but better trained, led, and motivated British forces ended up winning.
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ACL
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I would recommend, however
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2018
Most enjoyable book I''ve read on the Falklands War. Written by a reporter with an eye toward keeping you engaged. I would recommend, however, that if you''re interested in this war that you buy several more books for some perspective, including one from the Argentine... See more
Most enjoyable book I''ve read on the Falklands War. Written by a reporter with an eye toward keeping you engaged. I would recommend, however, that if you''re interested in this war that you buy several more books for some perspective, including one from the Argentine perspective. It ads context and depth to the story.
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Craig MACKINNON
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A fast-paced but thorough look, somewhat Anglocentric
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2002
The Falkland Islands War was a strange event. I was only 12 at the time, but even so, I remember thinking it was very unusual that a war could start and end so quickly, between nations you would not consider traditional enemies. As the authors point out, it was the last... See more
The Falkland Islands War was a strange event. I was only 12 at the time, but even so, I remember thinking it was very unusual that a war could start and end so quickly, between nations you would not consider traditional enemies. As the authors point out, it was the last of Britains colonial wars - fought maintain prestige more so than because of the worth of the territory. Argentina invaded the Islands on the assumption that Britain would not fight for them. Obviously they underestimated the will of the British people, and especially that of the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who quickly dispatched the largest task force she could muster to reclaim the islands. This book starts well before the war and explains the colonial situation and the history of Argentina''s attempts to win sovreignty over the islands they can the Malvinas. It then moves to the details of the actual invasion and attempts to rationalise the motives behind the Argentine junta''s decision. The book really hits its stride with the dispatch of the task force and the battles that then took place on land and at sea.
The book was written shortly after the end of the war. Max Hastings is a journalist that accompanied the task force, and brings a level of authenticity that only a first-hand experience can give. Simon Jenkins''s contribution was on the home front, detailing the cabinet and parliamentary discussions and direction of the war. That these two parts seamlessly mesh is a credit to the editor.
Even though there was little time between the end of hostilities and the release of the book, the conclusions of the authors have stood the test of time. Unfortunately, we will likely never know all the details about the Argentine side (due to the instability of the government at the time), so most of the commentary and description of events is from the point of view of the British forces. The authors are careful not to "cheerlead" the British side, and condemn both sides equally for failing to resolve the dispute peacefully.
Most importantly, the book is very easy to read, and tells an exciting story besides. The conclusions are inescapeable - the British won due to superior training, tactics, and motivation of the footsoldier on the ground. Full marks go to the Argentine Air Force for their spirited conduct during the hostilities, but air power alone cannot win a war. The authors also blame the situation on the lack of human intellegence (as opposed to signal or satellite intel) that totally missed the imminent threat to the Falklands from Argentina. They further argue for balanced armed forces because, as we rediscovered on Sept. 11, you never know what kind of threat you will face. These conclusions are applicable today, which tells for the universality and timelessness of this fine account.
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Lewis Woolston
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Detailed and well written history
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2012
This book would have to be the best book about the Falklands war i have ever read. The authors go into lots of detail about both the military campaign and the diplomatic build up to the crisis. The authors are fair and balanced when discussing both sides of the conflict and... See more
This book would have to be the best book about the Falklands war i have ever read. The authors go into lots of detail about both the military campaign and the diplomatic build up to the crisis. The authors are fair and balanced when discussing both sides of the conflict and i found their insights into the mindset of the Argentianain junta very interesting. The book shifts perspective from high levels of the government to common solidier or sailor on the ground very well and describes each very vividly. I felt i understood the Flaklands war better after reading this book and i would definately recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
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Robert B. Martin
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Thorough, even-handed account of an unnecessary war
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2020
I read it while traveling to the Falklands on a cruise ship and taking a Falklands War land tour with a Falklander who was wounded in the war.Excellent coverage of the political and government situation in the U.K. leading up to and during the relatively short war.One... See more
I read it while traveling to the Falklands on a cruise ship and taking a Falklands War land tour with a Falklander who was wounded in the war.Excellent coverage of the political and government situation in the U.K. leading up to and during the relatively short war.One author covered this aspect while the other focused on the military operation and the English fear of losing one or both of their only two aircraft carriers to the strong Argentinian air force.
An outstanding read.
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Chris O'Neill
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Softcover book reinforced with a good tape job - great buy!
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
1983 publication of the book that has an unmarked interior and a softcover that has tapes along the edges of the front and back covers as well as the spine.

For the price and condition - this really can''t be beat.
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A. S. Hunt
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Truly excellent.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2016
Hastings and Jenkins combine their efforts to report on the Falklands conflict, in this book. It is of excellent quality, making a good reading companion to Woodward''s Hundred Days, with Hastings'' laser-sharp focus on the military side of the conflict, which he examines...See more
Hastings and Jenkins combine their efforts to report on the Falklands conflict, in this book. It is of excellent quality, making a good reading companion to Woodward''s Hundred Days, with Hastings'' laser-sharp focus on the military side of the conflict, which he examines with a balanced, but surprisingly sympathetic eye to all parties in the conflict. In particular, the authors experiences of the ground war, as a correspondent, give the reader a good feel for the conflict at ground level, as Woodward''s book did for the sea. This is one of Hastings'' better works, written to much the same style and quality as his work on Korea; unsensationalist, fact-based reporting forming the basis of realistic conclusions on the conduct of the war. Jenkins, meanwhile, chronicles the frenetic efforts at diplomacy of the British, of the Americans; and impact of the war in Whitehall, which at time take on the appearance of a farce, featuring Americans both traitorous and noble, bumbling civil servants, an admiral in full regalia, Dennis Healy''s remarkable capacity for hypocrisy, and of course, the grandest joke of all, Margaret Thatcher. John Nott plays an excellent Fool to Thatcher''s Lear. At times, as you may have guessed, the goings and venalities of the Establishment are a bit infuriating, particularly the strange obsession of both parties with doing away with aircraft carriers, for reasons loosely established as an unhealthy phobia of Soviet submarines. Anyway, I digress, and considerably more than the authors. It''s a good, solid book on the conflict, and if you ever wanted a single, unitary account of the war, this is it.
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dubeagle uk
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Important higher level scene setter
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2019
This was originally written soon after the event, so does not include much of the detailed military information which became available in the following years eg the Blackbuck operation. That said it is an invaluable work around the political and high level background to the...See more
This was originally written soon after the event, so does not include much of the detailed military information which became available in the following years eg the Blackbuck operation. That said it is an invaluable work around the political and high level background to the conflict. Whilst the invasion can never be justified, the diplomatic messages reportedly being sent out from within the UK for some while beforehand, are a shameful revelation.
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Superb read, balancing the political background with the front line action
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 18, 2020
Absolutely enjoyed reading this book. There is a great amount of background regarding the political attempts to resolve the issue over soverignty including a lot of historical background leading to the invasion and the response. Sad to see that disoite the outcome, our...See more
Absolutely enjoyed reading this book. There is a great amount of background regarding the political attempts to resolve the issue over soverignty including a lot of historical background leading to the invasion and the response. Sad to see that disoite the outcome, our treasured armed forces did not have everything they needed for the response. A very good read. Highly recommended.
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Dawn Grimwood
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Good book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2020
Having started work weeks before the conflict and about to visit the Falkland Islands, I wanted to find out more about the conflict. Having read some of Max Hastings books before, this one did not disappoint as an interesting read for someone with no military experience.
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Carrosio Roberto
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Great Britain shows that she is still able to protect her citizens.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2013
This book is about the war between Argentina and Great Britain about the possession of the Falkland Islands on 1982. It was even a war between an old democracy (Great Britain) and a new dictatorship (Argentina). Argentina''s generals saw into the occupation of the Falkland...See more
This book is about the war between Argentina and Great Britain about the possession of the Falkland Islands on 1982. It was even a war between an old democracy (Great Britain) and a new dictatorship (Argentina). Argentina''s generals saw into the occupation of the Falkland Islands a way to gain the population''s approval (after thousand of deaths and more than 30000 of desaparecidos ), but they didn''t consider that Great Britain would''nt accept to be humiliated in such a way. Indeed to free her citizens, Great Britain planned and realized an anphibious operation 8000 miles far from her own coasts. To mention it is that even because of the huge militar defeat, the militar Argentian Junta collapsed. This is what''s this book about. As all the Max Hastings'' books, the book is divided into three parts : antefacts and diplomatical/miltar preparations, description of the campaign, afterwards. For sure the best account about the battle for the Falklands
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