Nigel Jones

In Like Flint

Panther Soup: A European Journey in War and Peace

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Most Second World War veterans are now in their late eighties, and are dying at the rate of ten thousand per week. Struck by this statistic, British barrister and travel writer John Gimlette decided to invite one octogenarian ex-GI, a Bostonian named Putnam Flint, to retrace his small part in the liberation of Western Europe. The result is one of the quirkiest, most thoughtful and illuminating books to have come my way in a long time.

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