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Cheshire By Richard Morris

Cheshire
by Richard Morris

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Broad in scope, this text examines a man who's life was peopled with priests and politicians, diplomats and the dispossessed, the famous and the obscure. They contribute to the emerging picture of a Christian humanitarian whom Nehru described as "the greatest man I have met since Gandhi".
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Cheshire: The Biography of Leonard Cheshire, VC, OM by Richard Morris

Group Captain Leonard Cheshire flew 101 operations in World War II. The first, in 1940, took place six days after Dunkirk. After the 100th he was awarded the Victoria Cross. His 101st - and last - mission was to Nagasaki, where he witnesssed the dropping of the atomic bomb. In this biography Richard Morris examines the profound character of a man whose war career brought him the highest military distinction, and whose peacetime work of compassion earned him the Order of Merit. Broad in scope, and drawing on a vast array of previously unpublished letters and documents, this biography examines Cheshire's family history and his days at Oxford; his experiences as a bomber pilot, which included his time in command of 617 Squadron, also known as the Dambusters; his post-war work for Barnes Wallis; his serious illness and convalescence; and the pursuit of new challenges in his pioneering work to provide recognition and accommodation for the disabled. It is peopled with priests and politicians, diplomats and the dispossessed, the famous and the obscure, who all contribute to the emerging picture of a Christian humanitarian whom Nehru described as "the greatest man I have met since Gandhi". Together with his wife, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw, Leonard Cheshire's campaign for the relief of suffering remains unparalleled. "Cheshire" reveals the magnetic personality of a man whose courage, compassion, determination, charm and, above all, faith have left a legacy of achievements and influence which spans the world.

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About Richard Morris


Richard Morris is a writer and lecturer in archaeology and history and is now Director of the Council for British Archaeology. His acclaimed biography of Guy Gibson was also published in Viking and Penguin. He is married with three children and lives in Harrogate.

Table of Contents


Part 1 Tokens and signs, 1917-1940: lines from other days; Stowe; Oxford and beyond. Part 2 To war, 1940-1943: wonderful life; every wise man's son; places you might not come back from. Part 3 Lights and fires, 1943-1944: night scenes; no easy run; second to none. Part 4 One or two violent shocks, 1944-1945: Asia and Washington; Potsdam and Tinian; centreboard. Part 5 The night journey, 1945-1952: smitten cities; le court; near England's end. Part 6 All or nothing, 1952-1955: contemplation and action; Lourdes and Bromley; closely observed. Part 7 India, 1955-1959: touch and go; gateway; Raphael. Part 8 Chosen vessel, 1959-1992: flames from a candle; at home and abroad; for your tomorrow; going forth; chosen vessel; epilogue.

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GOR001399683
Cheshire: The Biography of Leonard Cheshire, VC, OM by Richard Morris
Richard Morris
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2001-08-30
560
0140254269
9780140254266
N/A
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