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Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Hated and adored, trusted and feared, respected and scorned—public opinion has never been indifferent to Sir Oswald Mosley. A brilliant politician, Mosley turned his back on conventional party politics to found, in 1932, the British Union of Fascists. Over the intervening years until now, many have worked hard to guard Mosley’s reputation, but Blackshirt casts new light on ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Penguin UK (first published February 13th 2007)
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CB
Mar 17, 2012 CB rated it it was ok
Like many biographies, this book suffers from poor editing. The author appears to have simply published his research. Compendious. 600+ pages. A shame, because parts are very well written and insightful but get lost in the excess details (thus only 2-1/2*). Nonetheless, an interesting pathology of fascism.

On an odd personal note, I discovered in reading this book that my grandfather (Cdn. Infantry), Oswald Mosley and Hitler, were all coincidentally together at Ypres on April 22nd, 1915, the date
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Honoria
Oct 11, 2014 Honoria rated it liked it
Stephen Dorril's biography of Mosley has been thoroughly researched, and the political storyline is well told, making the book essential reading for anyone with an interest in the subject. However my interest in Moseley is lukewarm, and I found Dorril's biography difficult to stick with - despite being a great reader of history and biography. The fault isn't necessarily Dorril's.

My first glimpse of Mosley was P.G. Wodehouse's caricature, amateur dictator Sir Roderick Spode and his 'Black Shorts
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Katharine Holden
Apr 24, 2016 Katharine Holden rated it it was ok
interesting, but the book badly needed a good editor. It's not necessary to include every detail unearthed in research, i.e., if a letter isn't revelatory of something important or key then you probably don't need to analyze it, and you certainly don't need to analyze it in depth. Ultimately, a dull book.
Richard Thomas
Nov 23, 2014 Richard Thomas rated it it was amazing
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A thorough examination of Mosley and his fascists. As a student many years ago, I studied the 1930s in British politics closely and this illuminated some corners not well covered at the time I was studying.
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May 26, 2013 Rob Brown rated it really liked it
Very detailed which was great for my A level studies. I think was the most helpful book I read when studying Mosley's life.
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