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    Description'As one of the last remaining survivors of the Great Depression and the Second World War, I will not go gently into that good night. I want to tell you what the world looks like through my eyes, so that you can help change it...' In November 2013, 91-year-old Yorkshireman, RAF veteran and ex-carpet salesman Harry Leslie Smith's Guardian article - 'This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time' - was shared almost 60,000 times on Facebook and started a huge debate about the state of society. Now he brings his unique perspective to bear on NHS cutbacks, benefits policy, political corruption, food poverty, the cost of education - and much more. From the deprivation of 1930s Barnsley and the terror of war to the creation of our welfare state, Harry has experienced how a great civilisation can rise from the rubble. But at the end of his life, he fears how easily it is being eroded. Harry's Last Stand is a lyrical, searing modern invective that shows what the past can teach us, and how the future is ours for the taking.


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    Title
    Harry's Last Stand
    Subtitle
    How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save it
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harry Leslie Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 366 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848317260
    ISBN 10: 1848317263
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: BJ
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: JF
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    Abridged Dewey: 901
    BISAC V2.8: HIS049000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 1DBK
    DC23: 941.082092
    Thema V1.0: JB, DND, NHD
    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    Icon Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Icon Books Ltd
    Publication date
    09 September 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Duxford
    Author Information
    Harry Leslie Smith is a survivor of the Great Depression, a second world war RAF veteran and, at 91, an activist for the poor and for the preservation of social democracy. His Guardian articles have been shared over 60,000 times on Facebook and have attracted huge comment and debate. He has authored numerous books about Britain during the Great Depression, the second world war and postwar austerity. He lives outside Toronto, Canada and in Yorkshire.
    Review quote
    'A kind of epic poem, one that moves in circular fashion from passionate denunciation to intense autobiographical reflection ... should be required reading for every MP, peer, councillor, civil servant and commentator. The fury and sense of powerlessness that so many people feel at government policy beam out of every page.' Melissa Benn, Guardian 'Smith's unwavering will to turn things around makes for inspirational reading.' Big Issue North 'Mr Smith's is a rousing, earthy writing that's part Tony Harrison, part Dennis Skinner' NudgeMeNow.com 'This hymn of wrath against the toxic nexus of money and power in austerity UK from a Bradford pauper's son, excommunicated from the Catholic church for marrying an "enemy" woman in post-war Germany, is a compelling life-verdict.' Paul Routledge, The Tablet