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Achtung Schweinhund Paperback – Jan 30 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown Book Group; 1 edition (Jan. 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316861367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316861366
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,145,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.6 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like tanks, planes, miniatures, this is the book for you. Aug. 10 2016
By Bart Brodowski - Published on
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This is a great book for anyone who grew up playing with toy soldiers, watching war movies, building military medals, painting miniatures or playing wargames. If you did any of those things, you will be able to identify with some of the themes running through the book - 1) obsessive collecting, 2) modding and customizing, 3) interest in military history, and/or 4) hatred of everything fantasy or sci-fi (namely Lord of the Rings and Warhammer), and really laugh along. Also, if you like this book, check out this one as well: Beer Chicks and Wargames, by Gregory Spikeman.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read about gaming history and personal experience of gaming July 23 2008
By Galvanized Yankee - Published on
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I enjoyed this book, Harry Pearson and I are roughly the same age and experience toys and growing up at the same time. Though my toys where slightly different as I grew up in the US.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane . . . April 17 2008
By M. Hawash - Published on
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The worst thing about this book is that it ends!

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.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun read for anyone who is Oct. 18 2016
By Jeffrey Armadillo - Published on
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This is a fun read for anyone who is, or was, a plastic modeler. Great insights and wit, and in a few places cut a little close to home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Wargamer Feb. 7 2009
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What a treat! I have not had that much fun reading a book and re-living my own experiences as a young and old wargamer in a long time. This book is for anyone who loves wargaming, miniature, board or collecting. It is fun and imaginative- kudos.