Harry's Last Stand

Harry's Last Stand

How The World My Generation Built Is Falling Down, And What We Can Do To Save It

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Harry Leslie Smith was born in 1923 in Barnsley. King George V was on the throne. Stanley Baldwin was Prime Minister. There was no NHS, no welfare state. Those who could afford to took care of themselves; those who couldn't, suffered. And then out of the rubble of the Second World War Harry's generation rebuilt the country. They wanted to build a better, fairer world for their children and grandchildren. And they succeeded. But now Harry sees history repeating - from NHS cutbacks to immigration policies and everything in between. 'Harry's Last Stand' is a searing modern polemic that shows, with the indisputable force of lived experience, why the past shouldn't stay buried, and the future is ours for the taking.
Publisher: London : Icon Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781848317260
1848317263
Characteristics: xix, 202 pages ; 21 cm

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fisherman13
Oct 26, 2017

A must read to save democracy. Last 33 pages should be mandatory reading for everyone.

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bookwormjeph
Oct 26, 2014

The one interesting aspect of this I found was not that it said anything new but that it comes from a 94 ( I think) year old englishman who experienced hardship, poverty and deprivation in the 30's and can see the same problems today with austerity measures, corporate greed and dominance and callous politicians. My point being he knows shat he is talking about and while one can see the connections I did feel that he laboured his points a little too much. There are many similarities with the social situation here in NZ as there is in many other countries following neo- liberal policies. In spite of those shortcomings it is an easy read with his style of writing being grounded in common language as opposed to many other tomes I have read on the same themes that are written by experts, policy analysts and corporate mouth pieces.

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