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If You're Reading This...: Last Letters from the Front Line

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
In this brilliant and profoundly moving collection of farewell letters written by servicemen and women to their loved ones, Sian Price offers a remarkable insight into the hearts and minds of some of the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the past three hundred years. Each letter provides an enduring snapshot of an impossible moment in time when an individual stares death squ ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Frontline Books, (first published February 19th 2012)
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Sarah
Apr 12, 2017 Sarah rated it it was ok
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The 2 star review reflects the book's analysis and not the content of the letters. Fans of letters of note will be disappointed as there are more excerpts than complete letters, with the analysis for each war offering little insight. Saying that it is interesting to see how the style of the final letter changes over time and with each conflict. It would have been more interesting if there were more letters available from 'the other side' demonstrating the finality all soldiers had to come to ter ...more
Paul
Oct 15, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If You’re Reading This

Every year we remember our war dead in the main from the two world wars and the recent conflicts, but as a nation we have over the years, had many who have paid the ultimate price for their country. With literacy improving and media we learn more what is happening in the conflicts that occur, but the one part we do not see are those private letters home. All modern soldiers now right a final letter in the event of being killed in action for their loved ones to open; in earl
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Gary Daly
"Anyone who writes one of these letters is basically saying I'm very sorry I'm not there. I wish I still was." (Colonel Bob Stewart) This collection of letters by servicemen and women ranges from the Napoleonic Wars through to Afghanistan. Not all letters are 'final' letters as some are written by people who survived their experience in hell. Yet, the majority are written by those who were killed in battle shortly after writing their 'last letter'. The book does not simply provide the letter in ...more
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