Take a Stand to Stop Government Spying

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Yesterday, Rand Paul stood on the Senate floor for nearly 12 hours to bring light to the government's bulk collection of private information of American citizens. He was joined by several Senators from both sides of the aisle.

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We've demonstrated our willingness to work with unlikely alliances this week because this issue really is one of us vs. the government.

Today we learned that Mitch McConnell has planned votes to end debate on the issue on Saturday. His goal would be for the government to continue spying on American citizens and unless we do something, he will succeed!

We need to target the following Senators and tell them that the American people are sick and tired of their government treating them like criminals who have already committed a crime. Tell them to stop this unwarranted spying. We must make a stand between now and Saturday to make sure they listen to their constituents. Call now!

Senator State Phone
James Lankford OK (202) 224-5754
Cory Gardner CO (202) 224-5941
John Hoeven ND (202) 224-2551
David Perdue GA (202) 224-3521
Jeff Flake AZ (202) 224-4521
David Vitter LA (202) 224-4623
Bill Cassidy LA (202) 224-5824
Pat Toomey PA (202) 224-4254
Mike Crapo ID (202) 224-6142
Mike Enzi WY (202) 224-3424
Jerry Moran KS (202) 224-6521
Daniel Sullivan AK (202) 224-3004
Shelley Moore Capito WV (202) 224-6472
Ron Johnson WI (202) 224-5323
Rob Portman OH (202) 224-3353

Time is of the essence if we want to stop this. Please make your voices heard today!

In liberty,
Tea Party Patriots Support Team

Fighting the Great War at Sea, Strategy, Tactics and Technology

B2183

In reviewing books, there is sometimes a touch of despair. The cost of production, including the royalties to photographers and photo libraries frequently constrains authors and publishers. This new book is an example of an author and publisher who have refused to compromise and consequently produced a book which is outstanding in a field of good books. The downside is that there will be potential readers who would struggle to justify the cover price, even though it is an aggressive price for a book of this quality and a testament to the management of production in driving down costs without reducing the book's quality. The publisher does run some amazing promotions and this is a book that must feature in those programs, opening it to a wider readership. The publisher has also been developing an extensive range of eBooks, into which this must eventually be added. However, those readers who can stretch to the cover price will be richly rewarded.

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NAME: Fighting the Great War at Sea, Strategy, Tactics and Technology
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2183
AUTHOR: Norman Friedman
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 416
PRICE: £45.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, war at sea, tactics, naval architecture, naval engineering, strategy, technology, warships, Royal Navy
ISBN: 978-1-84832-216-5
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DESCRIPTION: In reviewing books, there is sometimes a touch of despair. The cost of production, including the royalties to photographers and photo libraries frequently constrains authors and publishers. This new book is an example of an author and publisher who have refused to compromise and consequently produced a book which is outstanding in a field of good books. The downside is that there will be potential readers who would struggle to justify the cover price, even though it is an aggressive price for a book of this quality and a testament to the management of production in driving down costs without reducing the book's quality. The publisher does run some amazing promotions and this is a book that must feature in those programs, opening it to a wider readership. The publisher has also been developing an extensive range of eBooks, into which this must eventually be added. However, those readers who can stretch to the cover price will be richly rewarded.

WWI was a naval war of revolution. The numbers of new ship and aircraft types, and the introduction of radio communication, required major changes in tactics and permitted new strategies. The technology was often demanding, but the opportunities for navies that could meet the challenges was great.

From the start of WWI, the Royal Navy was able to launch the new locomotive torpedoes from major warships, fast torpedo boats, submarines and aircraft, the RNAS having successfully conducted the first drop of a torpedo from an aircraft four weeks before the start of WWI. The ability to launch torpedoes from all of these very different types of vehicle gave the RN many advantages, but the enemy was also able to field the torpedo, particularly from U-boats.

Naval aviation was very new but the RN was already adding carriers to its fleet and this was eventually to provide the option to launch pre-emptive strikes against enemy ships in port, using large numbers of aircraft equipped with bombs and torpedoes, launched from carriers cruising off the enemy coastline. Before the end of WWI, the RN not only had a growing fleet of aircraft-carrying vessels, including lighters towed behind fast destroyers, but had built fighter carrying airships and vessels designed from the start to carry naval aircraft into battle.

Communications were revolutionized by radio. For the first time, the Admiralty could communicate with ships and squadrons around the world. For the first time, a warship could sail on a mission without becoming blind to critical events that were known to the Admiralty. Communication was also possible between ships and naval aircraft. The world had shrunk dramatically. This ability to communicate enable the RN to also direction find enemy ships from their radio transmissions and accurately forecast some enemy actions from changes in radio traffic. This rapidly led into a contest between those producing encryption systems and those breaking them.

Against the static war of attrition on land, particularly on the Western Front, naval warfare was amazingly fast and flexible. For the first time it was truly global with actions in all oceans and most seas, including inland waters. Warships were carried in kit form and assembled on the shore of African lakes. German raiders sought refuge in rivers and were hunted by aircraft. Submarines preyed on convoys of merchant ships and the RN used large numbers of airships to shadow convoys, detecting and sinking German submarines. Some airship crews were airborne for days in a range of weather.

There were just so many 'firsts' in the war at sea and the RN managed to rise to the challenges across all of the new areas. The result is that this new book is encyclopedic. There is extensive text and a great many photographs and drawings. In a single book, it would be very hard to match the comprehensive coverage of this work. There will be areas were books of much narrower scope will be able to compete and offer more detailed insights. The nature of history also means that there will be some assertions that will be challenged, although not necessarily with success.

If there is criticism, it could be in the font size used throughout. It is entirely understandable that a publisher would use a smaller font size to avoid even more pages, increasing production cost. It is a size used in many books with less justification and it should not present a problem for most readers. The publisher is to be commended for committing resource to such a fine work that will become one of the key reference works for the naval warfare of WWI. The author has undertaken a considerable work and brought it to successful conclusion after an epic period of research

A Shipyard At War, Unseen Photographs from John Brown’s Clydebank 1914-1918

B2182

For a book of this quality and level of unique illustration, it is already at an aggressive price, although it may be beyond the pocket of many who would love to read it. Fortunately Pen & Sword is famous for its special offers and there are still lending libraries that will stock copies. For anyone with an interest in the sea, ships, shipbuilding and WWI, this is a book that must not be missed. Outstanding!!!

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NAME: A Shipyard At War, Unseen Photographs from John Brown's Clydebank 1914-1918
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2182
AUTHOR: Ian Johnston
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 192
PRICE: £30.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, war at sea, shipyard at war, naval architecture, naval engineering, Clyde, John Brown, Liners, passenger ships, Scottish shipbuilding
ISBN: 978-1-84832-216-5
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DESCRIPTION: The author was brought up in a shipbuilding family and his books always convey his pride in and love of the Clyde shipyards. Anyone who has read the author's work before will need no recommendation to this work. It fits neatly into the story told in other best selling books from the author and this new work brings out the story of how John Brown's Clydebank played a very important role in the naval campaigns of WWI. The text is concise and fully supports the outstanding collection of rare photographs. This is not a coffee table photo essay, but a book of substance that is lavishly illustrated to tell the rich story of the ships and men that immortalize Clydebank at war.

The end papers carry side views of the range of ships constructed, maintained and updated on Clydebank. They range from the liner Aquitania to the iconic and tragic HMS Hood, with warships of all the intermediate sizes.

For a book of this quality and level of unique illustration, it is already at an aggressive price, although it may be beyond the pocket of many who would love to read it. Fortunately Pen & Sword is famous for its special offers and there are still lending libraries that will stock copies. For anyone with an interest in the sea, ships, shipbuilding and WWI, this is a book that must not be missed. Outstanding!!!

Liaison 1914, a Narrative of the Great Retreat

B2181

This is a substantial work, fluently written and well-supported by maps and very strong photo plate section. The foreword by Winston Churchill, who became a life long friend of the author, sets the context of the work. This is one book of WWI that no enthusiast can afford to be without, also a firm foundation for historians.

There are so many lessons in this book that it should become essential reading for school children in Britain and France. It also provides a foundation for understanding the land war through to victory in 1918. To highly commend this work is barely adequate to its value.

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NAME: Liaison 1914, a Narrative of the Great Retreat
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2181
AUTHOR: Edward Spears
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 588
PRICE: £30.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, Western Front, the retreat, Royal Irish Hussars, Mons, Marne, Churchill
ISBN: 1-47382-746-9
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DESCRIPTION: This is a substantial work, fluently written and well-supported by maps and very strong photo plate section. The foreword by Winston Churchill, who became a life long friend of the author, sets the context of the work. This is one book of WWI that no enthusiast can afford to be without, also a firm foundation for historians.

The author was of junior rank in 1914 but, as a fluent French speaker, he was to become a vital link between the British and the French at the most critical stage of WWI. He was to become the point between success and failure and he performed superbly, being highly decorated by both the British and the French.

The senior British commanders tended to the cautious and their field commanders proved brilliant rear guards, fighting a numerically superior German invasion with a dogged determination that should make Britons then and now proud of their achievements. The French had a huge investment in 'elan' and this made them impetuous and fast to change positions. Linking the two armies by reliable communication maximised the potential of both and acted to reduce or avoid some of the matching weaknesses.

As that reliable communication, the author enjoyed a unique perspective of the BEF and their French allies and ensured that the BEF knew exactly where the French would be and where they intended to move. The French were able to encourage the British commander Sir John French as he ordered his force to fall back in order and then to take the centre between two French Armies to land a telling blow on the Germans and force them back to the Belgian border.

This is an incredible book that has unique authority. There was some controversy about the author during the events, but his decoration by France and Britain demonstrates the regard in which he was held and of the appreciation of his unusual contribution. As a 28 year old subaltern, the author not only held the most junior commissioned rank but was old for that rank. He spoke his mind before very senior officers and his dual fluency in English and French ensured that both sets of commanders clearly understood each other. Considering that neither army had been able to exercise together and that the alliance of Britain and France was in itself novel, the potential for misunderstanding was enormous. It is incredible but true that a very junior officer not only conveyed accurate information between the commanders, but that his forthright manner contributed to the decisions in a most unusual but supportive way.

There are so many lessons in this book that it should become essential reading for school children in Britain and France. It also provides a foundation for understanding the land war through to victory in 1918. To highly commend this work is barely adequate to its value.

A French Soldier’s War Diary 1914-1918

B2180

Very little has been published in the English language about the French experiences in the Great War. This is a great shame because the BEF and the French divisions fought closely together and it was their co-operation that avoided early defeat and won eventual victory. This book is an account by a French officer that was first published in French in 1971. A flowing translation has brought this fascinating story to English language readers.

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NAME: A French Soldier's War Diary 1914-1918
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2180
AUTHOR: Henri Desagneaux, Edited, Jean Desagneaux
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 112
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, Western Front, trench warfare, no-man's-land, mining, static war, war of attrition, over the top
ISBN: 1-47382-298-X
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DESCRIPTION: Very little has been published in the English language about the French experiences in the Great War. This is a great shame because the BEF and the French divisions fought closely together and it was their co-operation that avoided early defeat and won eventual victory. This book is an account by a French officer that was first published in French in 1971. A flowing translation has brought this fascinating story to English language readers.

The writer was trained as a lawyer who was mobilized as a reserve, reached the rank of major and was decorated for his bravery. It is interesting to compare his experiences with those accounts by and of British officers of the same period. After the war the writer returned to local government, remobilizing as a major in 1940. He died in 1969 and his diary was saved through its publication in French in 1971. Happily, a number of similar documents that were written, but never published, then published after the death of the writer decades later by family members have also survived and become public information.

1914, They Were There!, Memories of the Great War 1914-1918 by Those Who Experienced It

B2179

With so many books being released as part of the centenary celebrations, and with most of them achieving a high standard, it can be very difficult for a reader to select to suit his or her tastes and interests. This book stands out because it has a fine selection of images and sharp text that presents a series of snapshots across the full range of the war in Europe. It is ideal for those readers who know little of the Great War because it is a great introduction. It is also valuable book for the enthusiast and the knowledgable because its scope covers all of the aspects of the Great War that might have been missed.

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NAME: 1914, They Were There!, Memories of the Great War 1914-1918 by Those Who Experienced It
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2179
AUTHOR: Edited, William Langford
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 272
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, Western Front, trench warfare, no-man's-land, mining, static war, war of attrition, over the top, armoured trains.
ISBN: 1-78383-105-7
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DESCRIPTION: This is a rework of a magazine, 'I Was There', that was published in September 1938 at the height of the failed Anglo-French policy of appeasing Hitler. It vividly brought before the public the stories of those who had fought and suffered and triumphed in the Great War. These were stories that had been told in 1918 and been allowed to dim through a peacetime desire to forget about the sorrow and pay almost any price to avoid a repeat.

This book provides a comprehensive view of the actions and is heavily illustrated with a fine collection of images through the body of the book. It includes some of the less well recognized aspects of the Great War, An example is the operation by the Naval Division of an armoured train in defence of Antwerp.

With so many books being released as part of the centenary celebrations, and with most of them achieving a high standard, it can be very difficult for a reader to select to suit his or her tastes and interests. This book stands out because it has a fine selection of images and sharp text that presents a series of snapshots across the full range of the war in Europe. It is ideal for those readers who know little of the Great War because it is a great introduction. It is also valuable book for the enthusiast and the knowledgable because its scope covers all of the aspects of the Great War that might have been missed.

A Story of the Great War, Before Action, William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons

B2178

The author has established a formidable catalogue of books and contributions to radio and television, with a special interest in the Great War. In this new book, she draws on the writings and unpublished letters of Hodgson, who has been best remembered for his poetry. This has enabled a recreation of a volunteer battalion and its commitment to violent battle at Loos, where Hodgson won the Military Cross. This is a moving story and encapsulates life in the BEF on the Western Front.


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NAME: A Story of the Great War, Before Action, William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2178
AUTHOR: Charlotte Zeepvat
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 237
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, Western Front, trench warfare, no-man's-land, mining, static war, war of attrition, over the top.
ISBN: 1-78159-375-9
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DESCRIPTION: The author has established a formidable catalogue of books and contributions to radio and television, with a special interest in the Great War. In this new book, she draws on the writings and unpublished letters of Hodgson, who has been best remembered for his poetry. This has enabled a recreation of a volunteer battalion and its commitment to violent battle at Loos, where Hodgson won the Military Cross. This is a moving story and encapsulates life in the BEF on the Western Front.

The author has been able to present a well rounded picture of life for the volunteers, family and friendships. The photo plate section provides a view of life before the conflict, and life and death during it. Some will find this a particularly emotional view of people and events that are now beyond living memory.

The Devonshires are a vivid example of the most bestial events of WWI. In a morning, half their strength was destroyed. The survivors would never be the same again. For a military unit that drew its volunteers from a relatively small area, the survivors were not just fellow soldiers with the casualties, but friends before the war began. Their loss had great impact at home and some of the best of a generation were slaughtered on the Western Front.

From The Somme To Victory, The British Army’s Experience on the Western Front 1916-1918

B2177

So much has been written about the futility of trench warfare during WWI it is easy to believe that nothing new can be said. This book proves that fresh insights can be applied of the War to End All Wars. The author has produced a thought-provoking study of the British Army during the second half of the War. Crisply written, and supported by maps and a good selection of images in the photo plate section, this collection of essays provides a perceptive and original study of what may be the only war to be fought on land to such scale and intensity. Highly recommended.

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NAME: From The Somme To Victory, The British Army's Experience on the Western Front 1916-1918
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2177
AUTHOR: Peter Simkins
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 254
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, Western Front, trench warfare, tank, tank battles, mining, static war, war of attrition
ISBN: 1-78159-312-4
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DESCRIPTION: So much has been written about the futility of trench warfare during WWI it is easy to believe that nothing new can be said. This book proves that fresh insights can be applied of the War to End All Wars. The author has produced a thought-provoking study of the British Army during the second half of the War. Crisply written, and supported by maps and a good selection of images in the photo plate section, this collection of essays provides a perceptive and original study of what may be the only war to be fought on land to such scale and intensity. Highly recommended.

After the initial war of movement, as the Germans attempted to sweep around the French Army and destroy it, the Western Front settled into a war of attrition where both sides viewed each other across a sea of mud and terrible casualties were suffered for very little gain. It is very difficult to visualize the full horror of the trenches because there has never been a similar war since. That the senior commanders had little choice is not well recognized and it has become all too easy to write them off as a bunch of bloodthirsty old men who cheerfully condemned millions to a terrible death.

Once the initial German advance had been blunted by an heroic rearguard action by the British Expeditionary Force, and then rolled back by an Anglo-French counter attack of some brilliance, there was very little option for the soldiers but to begin to dig in. From the first hurried foxholes, scraped out of the ground, a huge twin defensive line stretched from the Channel Coast to Switzerland. Each side dug deeper as the months went by and began to develop new skills and technologies in building defensive works that provided a continuous line with the trenches being very close together in places, so that the troops in one line could hear the enemy across the barbed wire. That situation continued until the arrival of the tank and its use as a means of moving strong points behind which the infantry followed.

The author has reviewed the battles and the tactics, but also reviewed all of the key supporting factors of training and equipment. This will be a very valuable addition to the available knowledge of a war that may remain unique and uniquely terrible.

Despatches from the Front, The Royal Navy and the War At Sea, 1914-1919

B2176

This series of books provides primary source material in the form of correspondence home and official documents sent back by commanders. This book is ably introduced and compiled, providing a very interesting set of views of the war at sea. There is a strong photo plate section that features extended captions and will appeal to many readers who may not take WWI naval history as a first choice. Historians, enthusiasts and naval professions will value the logical and clear layout.

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NAME: Despatches from the Front, The Royal Navy and the War At Sea, 1914-1919
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2176
AUTHOR: John Grehan, Martin Mace
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 204
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, Royal Navy, naval architecture, naval combat, submarines, battleships, Q-Ships, cruisers, destroyers, torpedo boats, aircraft carriers, White Russians, Intervention Forces, Naval Division, Western Front, commerce raiders
ISBN: 1-78159-317-5
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DESCRIPTION: This series of books provides primary source material in the form of correspondence home and official documents sent back by commanders. This book is ably introduced and compiled, providing a very interesting set of views of the war at sea. There is a strong photo plate section that features extended captions and will appeal to many readers who may not take WWI naval history as a first choice. Historians, enthusiasts and naval professions will value the logical and clear layout.

Official and private correspondence from the battlefields on land, at sea and in the air is essential material to enthusiasts and historians. It provides insights that are not available in other forms and it provides a narrative in the language of the time. In collecting together a representative selection of material and introducing it provides a very easy to follow format that is of considerable value to any researcher and allows the enthusiast to go directly to primary source as a comparison with historians accounts.

WWI was a unique period for the Royal Navy. The rearmament program that introduced Dreadnought and then developed from that revolutionary base for battleships was matched by new designs for destroyers, cruisers and other established classes. The submarine represented a major new direction, as did naval aviation. The RN had a well-developed stores and transport system through DGSTN that included special vehicles that were capable of transporting major aircraft components by road and recovering sections of crashed German airships. The RN also had, in addition to the Royal Marines, its own army group in the form of the Naval Division that fought alongside British Army Divisions on the Western front. The addition of naval aviation and carriers also gave the RN its first strategic bombing capability and pioneered the concept of pre-emptive strike on warships in port and on the means of production within the enemy's territory. As the other Services were converting into peacetime organization in 1918, the RN was to continue on into 1919, providing intervention forces that were sent to assist the White Russians against the insurgents during the Russian Civil War that followed WWI. This was a shadowy area and some RN personnel to not leave Russia until 1923.

All of these factors required new tactics and strategies that led to the RN becoming an all-arms Service until the formation of the RAF in 1918, and the disbandment of the Naval Division.

The selected material in this excellent book provides a set of examples of this wide scope of RN activity during the War at Sea and the parallel battlefields on land and in the air.

Byng of Vimy, General and Governor General

B2175

The author has written what must be regarded as the definitive biography of an effective soldier and Governor General who was highly regarded by those who served with him but who was also controversial and not regarded with as much favour by the Establishment. Those interested in WWI generally, and the land battle of the Western Front in particular, will greatly enjoy this biography, but it will also appeal to those with interests in politics, the Empire, Canada and statehood. The writing style is engaging and the illustrations add greatly to the book's interest.

The reader will not only enjoy the book and its excellent supporting illustrations, but gain fresh insights into all of the places, people, conditions and politics touched beneficially by Byng. A Great Read!!

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NAME: Byng of Vimy, General and Governor General
DATE: 180315
FILE: R2175
AUTHOR: Jeffery Williams
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword,
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 399
PRICE: £16.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, The Great War, 1914-1918, The Old Contemptibles, The Contemptable Little Army, Mons, fighting retreat, battlefields, monuments, cemeteries, welfare, morale, recognition, politics
ISBN: 1-47382-382-X
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DESCRIPTION: The author has written what must be regarded as the definitive biography of an effective soldier and Governor General who was highly regarded by those who served with him but who was also controversial and not regarded with as much favour by the Establishment. Those interested in WWI generally, and the land battle of the Western Front in particular, will greatly enjoy this biography, but it will also appeal to those with interests in politics, the Empire, Canada and statehood. The writing style is engaging and the illustrations add greatly to the book's interest.

Field-Marshall the Viscount Byng of Vimy did receive official recognition in his title and rank. He was regarded with affection by those who served with him and under him because he treated them with respect and knew them. He began with reforms of dress and conditions of his own regiment, the 10th Royal Hussars, and continued this enlightened approach through the terrors of the Western Front, leading the Canadian Corps and the 3rd Army in the first major tank battle at Cambrai. He was sent to Gallipoli to turn a failing campaign around but he very quickly understood the serious problems and recommended a withdrawal against the wishes of Churchill and Kitchener. He pressed his assessment and won, then planning a very successful withdrawal that has few rivals in the history of war.

Byng could been have highly regarded for his military service as a commander in WWI, but he was to then undertake an inspired service as Governor General of Canada and later to reform the Metropolitan Police, while fighting a wasting illness. It is a fascinating story of singular achievement in several fields and provides valuable insights that have been under-recognized.

Byng's Period of service as Governor General of Canada was of great service to Britain, the British Empire and to Canada. Until the outbreak of WWI, when many things began to change for ever, the British Empire had developed in a unique way, enriched Britain, but also contributed much to the colonies and protected territories. What it had not done was continue the development of relations between Britain and the territories around the world. There was a point with each territory and community/society when the administration of Empire failed to take adequate notice of the developing aspirations. The most terminal point was the relationship with the American colonies and inevitably lead to separation. Canada had however remained loyal to Britain and managed to adequately respect the French-speaking areas. It deserved similar developing respect from Britain. Fortunately it was Byng who was sent. He had a perceptive and sensitive side to his personality and appreciated the changes large and small that were required to meet Canadian aspirations and maintain relations between Britain and what was a fully functioning new nation.

The reader will not only enjoy the book and its excellent supporting illustrations, but gain fresh insights into all of the places, people, conditions and politics touched beneficially by Byng. A Great Read!!