Harry's Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built Is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save It

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W. F. Howes Limited, Jan 6, 2015 - Civilization, Modern - 203 pages
Harry Leslie Smith was born in 1923 in Barnsley. King George V was on the throne. Stanley Baldwin was Prime Minister. There was no NHS, no welfare state. Those who could afford to took care of themselves; those who couldn't, suffered. And then out of the rubble of the Second World War Harry's generation rebuilt the country. They wanted to build a better, fairer world for their children and grandchildren. And they succeeded. But now Harry sees history repeating - from NHS cutbacks to immigration policies and everything in between. 'Harry's Last Stand' is a searing modern polemic that shows, with the indisputable force of lived experience, why the past shouldn't stay buried, and the future is ours for the taking.

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Full (vicious) circle Harry Smith has a lot to say, and thinks he might have little time to say it. He is in his 90s now, and has lived through the worst grinding poverty of the Depression. He saved ... Read full review

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Harry Leslie Smith was born in Barnsley, England on February 25, 1923. He started working at the age of 7 to help support his family. He quit school at the age of 14 when he got a job as a grocer's assistant. He fought the Nazis in World War II. He moved to Canada in the 1950s and worked in the Oriental carpet trade. After the deaths of his wife and son, he started writing. He wrote several books including 1923 and Don't Let My Past Be Your Future. He also wrote a column in The Guardian and posted frequently on Twitter. He died from pneumonia on November 28, 2018 at the age of 95.

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