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Tom Pocock is the author of 18 books (and editor of two more), mostly biographies but including two about his experiences as a newspaper war correspondent. Born in London in 1925 - the son of the novelist and educationist Guy Pocock - he was educated at Westminster School and Cheltenham College, joining the Royal Navy in 1943. He was at sea during the invasion of Normandy and, having suffered from ill-health, returned to civilian life and in 1945 became a war correspondent at the age of 19, the youngest of the Second World War. After four years wth the Hulton Press current affairs magazine group, he moved to the Daily Mail as feature-writer and then Naval Correspondent, becoming Naval Correspondent of The Times in 1952. In 1956, he was a foreign corresponent and special writer for the Daily Express and from 1959 was on the staff of the Evening Standard, as feature writer, Defence Correspondent and war correspondent. For the last decade of his time on the Standard he was Travel Editor. He wrote his first book, NELSON AND HIS WORLD in 1967 on his return from reporting the violence in Aden and his interest in Nelson has continued. Indeed, eight of his books are about the admiral and his contemporaries; his HORATIO NELSON was runner-up for the Whitbread Biography Award of 1987. Tom Pocock has contributed to many magazines and appeared on television documentaries about Nelson and the subject of another of his biographies, the novelist and imperialist Sir Rider Haggard.
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Initially I thought the book was about how the defeated viewed the final days of WW2. But it was a cheerful romp of the victorious through the end of the War and the beginnings of peace for some and the Cold War for many. Definitely a book I'd like to keep in my bookshelf.
The blurb rather belies this book teeming to be a dramatic account of the end of the war as seen through the eyes of a newly created war correspondent. it is that but also it’s a documentary of attitudes and prevailing influences as well, a bit of journalistic speak as well thrown in. Each chapter begins with some or other dramatic scene before descending in to the above mentioned documentary elements which some readers will, i believe, find utterly tedious if drama is what you’re looking for. alternatively, if you’re looking for a broader aspect of the war’s end then this will suit you very well since it does give perspective so, it really depends on what you expect from this book as to whether you’ll find it enjoyable and informative or just a piece of dry drivel. I find it interesting but, I don’t think I could take it all in at once. not sure if I’ll finish it mind. It’s like having too much for dinner. No room left for dessert if you finish the main course.