About this book
Explores the extraordinary institution of National Service with great sympathy and curiosity, revealing the little-known story of how it changed millions of lives and transformed modern Britain. From the author of the highly-praised "A History In Fragments: Europe In The 20th Century".
Attempts to get to grips with the reality of National Service, an extraordinary institution which now seems as remote as the British Empire itself. With great sympathy and curiosity, the author unpicks the myths of the two 'gap years', which all British men who came of age between 1945 and the early 1960s had to fill with National Service.