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An Underworld at War: Spivs, Deserters, Racketeers and Civilians in the Second World War

Thomas, Donald

Editore: John Murray Publishers Ltd, 2003
ISBN 10: 0719557321 / ISBN 13: 9780719557323
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Titolo: An Underworld at War: Spivs, Deserters, ...

Casa editrice: John Murray Publishers Ltd

Data di pubblicazione: 2003

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Riassunto: The activities of the underworld, extending into a civilian black market and the armed forces, are one of the great untold stories of the Second World War. The profits of civilian racketeering dwarfed the rewards of smash-and-grab or safebreaking, though these continued apace. Professional gangs raided government offices for ration books and underground presses counterfeited petrol and clothing coupons in tens of thousands. The scale of theft in the army was also colossal, with whole consignments of cigarettes, razor-blades and NAAFI stores disappearing. Donald Thomas draws on extensive archive material to tell the extraordinary tale of these less-heroic Britons. The facts he uncovers are often so preposterous that in a novel they would seem unbelievable.

L'autore: 'An Underworld at War' follows Donald Thomas's widely-praised 'The Victorian Underworld', shortlisted for the Golden Dagger Award. He is the author of seven biographies including 'Cardigan of Balaclava' and his best-selling life of 'Cochrane: Britannia's Sea Wolf'. He is also a respected novelist and has won the Gregory Award for his poems 'Points of Contact'. He was born in Somerset, educated at Queen's College, Taunton and Balliol College, Oxford. He holds a personal chair in the University of Wales, Cardiff.

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