There have been many books written about valor in battle. This is not one of them. On the contrary, On The Run deals entirely with those men and women who, over thousands of years, have departed with alacrity and for multifarious reasons from life in the armed forces. For as long as there have been wars there have been those who have fled, sometimes precipitously, from the cannon's roar.
This fascinating history of deserters and desertion, from the beginning of recorded time to the present day, details many of those characters who, for a multitude of often complex reasons, have gone absent without leave. Among their number are poets and pugilists, thieves and thugs, lovers and lunatics, princes and politicians, comedians and conspirators, film stars and fanatics, and even a Pope, all brought together by the simple fact that at one time or another they went on the run. Covering thousands of years in time and over forty different countries, this extraordinary book, the first of its kind, presents a fascinating anecdotal history of perhaps the most controversial and emotive subject in war, in this and any other age.
Graeme Kent is a former BBC producer and author of The Strongest Men on Earth .
|Publisher:||Biteback Publishing, Ltd.|
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About the Author
Graeme Kent is a prolific author published in more than twenty different countries. His books include The Strongest Men on Earth, The Great White and Olympic Follies. He is also author of the Sister Conchita series for Soho Crime. He has written for stage and screen, as well as for radio and many national newspapers and magazines. He served with the army in Korea, worked as a BBC producer and a consultant to Yorkshire Television, and was the headmaster of a primary school. For eight years he ran an educational broadcasting service in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. He has two grown-up children and lives with his wife Janet in Lincolnshire, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Full of interesting stories. Generally accepts the legitimacy of enforced military service. Mentions runaway slaves but fails to pursue the analogy.