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21st Century Courage: Stirring Stories of Modern British Heroes [NOOK Book]

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The book examines examples of outstanding courage exhibited by people living in modern Britain. These include British servicemen and servicewomen serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, police officers, and ordinary civilians in Britain and around the world. All of the cases cited have been awarded gallantry medals by the British government since 2000.

The purpose of the book is to inspire modern British people. In the past, the heroes of Empire were...
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21st Century Courage: Stirring Stories of Modern British Heroes

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Overview

The book examines examples of outstanding courage exhibited by people living in modern Britain. These include British servicemen and servicewomen serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, police officers, and ordinary civilians in Britain and around the world. All of the cases cited have been awarded gallantry medals by the British government since 2000.

The purpose of the book is to inspire modern British people. In the past, the heroes of Empire were well-known and respected, but since the Second World War people have tended to associate heroism with celebrity instead. We hear footballers and actors described as 'heroes', and this demeans the word, and the real heroes of modern British society. The generations that fought the First and Second World Wars have often been held up as the greatest generations of British people. This book shows Britons that the kind of grit, determination, courage and willingness to 'have a go' exhibited by previous generations are as alive now as they ever were, and heroes can come from all walks of life and all ethnic groups in modern Britain.

Mark Felton is a lecturer at Shanghai University. His previous titles with Pen and Sword include The Real Tenko, Slaughter At Sea, The Coolie Generals, Final Betrayal, Japan's Gestapo and Yanagi.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844683246
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 'Have a Go' Heroes 1

Chapter 2 Death and Diamonds 18

Chapter 3 Cops and Robbers 31

Chapter 4 Courage under Fire 46

Chapter 5 Fire and Rescue 71

Chapter 6 Terror on the Streets 81

Chapter 7 High Seas Hijack 106

Chapter 8 Disaster in the Air 112

Chapter 9 Nerves of Steel 124

Chapter 10 The Last Place on Earth 139

Appendix 1 170

Appendix 2 179

Appendix 3 182

Sources and Selected Bibliography 184

Index 188

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