Dadland

Dadland

Book - 2017
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A family memoir about the author's race to document her father's story as a World War II paratrooper before his mind succumbed to dementia relates how he overcame formidable obstacles and maverick impulses to join an elite special ops unit that was a first collaboration between the American and British Secret Services.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2017.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780802125149
080212514X
Characteristics: 415 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, genealogical table ; 24 cm

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 16, 2018

Huge snapshot of the British Empire in decline. Author pieced together her non-conformist father roller-coaster ride as a SOE agent, Jedburgh in France & Burma to messy civilian life with dysfunctional family.
Really heartbreaking that stubborn REMF pre-war governor Dorman-Smith in Burma probably spitefully masterminded assassination of Aung Sun nationalist just because the rules have changed, he could not control Burmese nationalism & locals won't go back to the old Imperial days.
Author wondered if Colby, former CIA director & her father friend from Jedburgh days really die of natural causes.
Chuckled on shyster/scrape-grace who stole subject's name in post 9/11 book get exposed on live national television

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TheresaAJ
Jun 27, 2018

What happens to daring young war heroes when the war ends? How does a young man adjust to civilian life where rules, procedures, and order reign supreme? Keggie Carew, in this memoir about her enigmatic father, Tom, unravels the story as her father descends into dementia at the end of his life. Tom Carew, dubbed the "Mad Irishman", was a member of an elite World War II special operations in France and Burma. When the war ended, Tom never really adjusted to civilian life despite 3 wives and 4 children. As the author slowly unravels the mysteries of her father's life, she is also honest about her emotions and actions during the same time. Lavishly illustrated with family photos, Carew shares her family's compelling and often sad story.

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