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The Victoria Cross: The Secret History of Britain's Highest Award for Bravery

Mead, Gary

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ISBN 10: 1843542692 / ISBN 13: 9781843542698
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This controversial book, by one of our finest military historians, reveals the squalid truth about Britain's highest military honour, exposing a shameful history of racism, misogyny and political expediency. Num Pages: 464 pages, 2 x 4 page plate section. BIC Classification: 1DBK; HBW; JWT. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 246 x 165 x 34. Weight in Grams: 708. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781843542698

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Title: The Victoria Cross: The Secret History of ...

Publisher: Atlantic Books

Binding: Hardcover

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When 25-year old Private Johnson Beharry won the Victoria Cross in 2005 for bravery under fire in Iraq, he was the first person to win Britain's highest military honour since the Falklands war in 1982 and the first living recipient since 1969, when two Australians were given the award for action in Vietnam. Born out of the squalor of the Crimean War in 1856 and the fragility of the monarchy at that time, the VC's prestige is such that it takes precedence over all other orders and medals in Britain. But while many books have been written about specific aspects of the VC and its recipients, none have asked why so many brave men who deserved the medal were denied it, and why no women have ever been awarded the VC, even though they are entitled. Military historian Gary Mead's vivid and balanced account of the VC's life and times exposes the hypocrisy behind one of the UK's last sacred cows, and explores its role as a barometer for the shifting sands of political and social change during the last 150 years.

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Gary Mead was a journalist for the Financial Times for ten years and has worked extensively for the BBC and Granada TV. He is the author of The Doughboys: America and the First World War (2000) and The Good Soldier (2007).

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