** 'The strength of For King and Country is what it teaches us about the indomitable human spirit . . . it is impossible to read without comparing the folly of the politicians and the generals with the quiet heroism of the men they sent to die
** 'A fascinating and important collection of contemporary letters, speeches, diary extracts and newspaper reports
** 'MacArthur . . . replays the voices of the dead. His work is an anthology of particularly well chosen letters, poetry and prose . . . But the book does no derive its merit solely from anthologising. MacArthur understands both the overall sweep and the minutiae of history . . . The voices that MacArthur replays carry irony, sadness - and a warning. It can happen again. Ask them in Kosovo, or Chad.
** 'As Brian MacArthur says in this fascinating and important collection of contemporary letters, speeches, diary extracts and newspaper reports, no family in Britain was to remain unaffected.