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Guidance from the Greatest by Gavin Mortimer

Guidance from the Greatest: What the World War Two generation can teach us about how we live our lives

Gavin Mortimer

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Imprint: Constable
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 27 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9781472135124

A timely exploration of the twelve best qualities of the wartime generation - and how we can use these to improve our individual character and collective response in the face of crisis.

4 stars out of 5
25 Oct 2020

"How the 'slackest generation' became our Second World War heroes"

Mortimer has spent his entire career interviewing survivors of the war. He identifies the 12 qualities he believes saw them through: stoicism, fellowship, ingenuity, liberality, selflessness, courage, vitality, integrity, duty, self-discipline, humour and forgiveness. He has collected inspiring examples of each characteristic and put them into this conversational little book, which begins with a reminder that: ‘Before we get too sentimental about the Second World War (and, in the process, run ourselves down) it’s worth pointing out that in the 1930s, the so-called Greatest Generation were regarded as the “Slackest Generation”.’