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Gibraltar by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins
Mar 13, 2018 | 480 Pages
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“A page-turning tale of one of the era’s longest and most significant sieges . . . this well organized, fast-paced book is a worthwhile addition to the literature on a still-neglected subject.”
—Publishers Weekly

“The husband-and-wife historian team once again exhibit their talent for enlivening British history. . . . Many readers will wonder why this episode hasn’t been made into a movie, with all the heroics of soldiers, civilians, and, especially, families. Thankfully, the authors had a vast trove of letters and diaries of those who lived through the siege, and they use them to great effect. . . . The story is as compelling as it is fantastic—page-turning history of one of the most important eras of Western civilization.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“This intense account portrays the heroism and sufferings of the defenders while offering interesting vignettes that cover intriguing personalities on both sides. The Adkinses have created an absorbing examination of an important episode in British and European history.”
—Jay Freeman, Booklist

“Well-researched and briskly written . . . the Adkinses point out, some [British] politicians believed that ‘the possession of America has been sacrificed to the retention of Gibraltar.’ . . . Worthy of the most melodramatic Hollywood blockbuster.”
—Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times (UK)

“Fascinating . . . timely.”
—Tony Rennell, Daily Mail (UK)

“This book is a fascinating, well-crafted account of a siege that defined Britishness, and shaped the strategy of the next four major wars.”
—Andrew Lambert, BBC History Magazine

“Daring sea battles, flaming shipwrecks and an attempted invasion of England: all feature in this spirited retelling of the late-18th century Siege of Gibraltar. . . . Roy and Lesley Adkins’ account never loses sight of the human story at the heart of an extraordinary international incident.”
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“[The Adkins provide] fascinating insight, not only into the history of Gibraltar and its relations with Spain, but also of the impact the conflict had back in Britain, which experienced a new wave of patriotism against its European neighbors. Under constant fear of invasion . . . militia and fencible ‘home guards’ sprang up across the nation.. . . An enthralling and colorful history told with human stories at its heart, providing insight into a little-discussed period of Britain’s past. The repercussions of which we are still experiencing today.”
—Family Tree

“Another epic and illuminating look at Britain’s past from Roy and Lesley Adkins, masters of the historical narrative. Ordinary mortals in extraordinary circumstances leap off the pages.”

“Roy and Lesley Adkins have put together a highly readable account of the siege, based on exhaustive research of papers and documents left behind by the people involved. The depth of research allows the reader to be taken directly into the garrison, to experience the growing dread as the siege began to bit and the resourcefulness of both British and Spanish protagonists. The result is a very personal story. . . . With plenty of drama to draw upon and an impressive commitment to research, this is a book to delight the military history enthusiast.”
—History of War

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