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

Book - 2014
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"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 over 80,000 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.
Publisher: London : Icon Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781848317260
Characteristics: xix, 202 pages ; ; 20 cm


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Jan 17, 2019

I wish our Governor and State legislators would read this book.

Oct 26, 2017

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

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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