Achtung Schweinhund Paperback – Jan 30 2007
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'Funny, perceptive ... Pearson has you laughing throughout with guilty recognition. You learn a lot of quirky facts and a fair bit of military history from this endearing memoir―SUNDAY TIMES
His war-obsessed childhood is so warm and funny and true you might be tempted to hug yourself with delight―SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
He has a very good line in comedy―DAILY MAIL
A funny, perceptive book about men and their ineradicable love of war ... Harry Pearson has you laughing throughout with guilty recognition―Christopher Hart, SUNDAY TIMES --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Harry Pearson is a journalist and writer who contributes regularly to the GUARDIAN, GQ and WHEN SATURDAY COMES.
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The book is filled with tidbits on the history of wargaming, and game design mixed in with Harry's personal experience with playing wargames, and being with wargamers.
Mr Pearson's experience of fellow wargamers is a little less pleasant. He seems to enjoy the concept of wargaming more than the actual games. Thus he has become a figure collector, not a player.
But still a good read, and the parts of his boyhood play adventures and becoming a wargamer are lots of fun. Some of his descriptions of toys and their backgrounds had me in tears.
The book gets less interesting, when he decides he dislikes the people (other than a very select few) he has to play with, and descends into a bit of a rant about people who play games (like himself). But he makes his peace and finds his niche in the hobby.
Harry Pearson's autobiographical musings about growing up in Northern England during the 60s and 70s are hysterical and insightful. Although some of the references will be lost on American audiences, anyone who grew up in England between 1965-1980 will instantly recognize the comics, books, TV shows, toy soldiers and wargames that Pearson refers to.
The book was an absolute delight to read, particularly for those of us who lived through the 60s and 70s alongside the author. If you ever read Commando comics or Leo Kessler novels or played with Airfix toy soldiers or model airplanes, this book is a warm and wonderful trip down memory lane.