• Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II

    George MacDonald Fraser—beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels—offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II. Fraser offers a firsthand glimpse at the camaraderie, danger, and satisfactions of service. A substantial epilogue, occasioned by the fiftieth anniversary of V-J Day in 1995, adds poignancy to a volume that eminent military historian John Keegan described as “one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War.” In this rattling-good memoir, novelist, historian, and screenwriter Fraser vividly recounts the nerve-racking frontline action he saw while serving as a nineteen-year-old soldier during what turned out to be the last great land campaign of World War II—the British army’s ferocious campaign against the Japanese in Burma. The realism of his story, combined with the skills of a talented novelist, create a book of sentiment and excitement. This is unforgettable reading, both for fans of Fraser’s novels and for anyone interested in one of the great battles of World War II. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures ...

    • ASIN: 1629142034

  • The Complete McAuslan: Stories from the Author of the Beloved Flashman Series

    From humorist George MacDonald Fraser comes the funniest stories of an inept soldier, Private McAuslan, now collected in a single volume. The most disastrous soldier to ever serve in the British Army, Private McAuslan, J., the dirtiest soldier in the world (alias the tartan Caliban, or the Highland Division’s answer to the Peking man), first demonstrated his unfitness for service in “The General Danced at Dawn.” He continued his disorderly advance, losing, soiling, and destroying his equipment, through the pages of “McAuslan in the Rough.” The final story, “The Sheikh and the Dustbin,” pursues the career of the great incompetent as he shambles across North Africa and Scotland, swinging his right arm in time with his right leg and tripping over his untied laces. Whatever he does and wherever he goes, Private McAuslan’s admirers know him as court-martial defendant, ghost catcher, star-crossed lover, and golf-caddie extraordinaire. Now, all of George MacDonald Fraser’s inimitable McAuslan stories are collected together in one glorious volume, for readers to gasp, giggle, and gawk at McAuslan’s misadventures. Whether map reading his erratic way through the Sahara by night, or confronting Arab rioters, McAuslan’s talent for catastrophe is guaranteed. Skyhorse Publ...

    • ASIN: 1634504232

  • The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers

    "A remarkably successful book on a fascinating subject, well organized and well written." —Time's Literary SupplementFrom the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries, outlaws reigned supreme on the contentious frontier between England and Scotland. Feud and terror, raid and reprisal were the ordinary stuff of life—and a way of survival. Power was held by the notorious border reivers (the “steel bonnets,” named for their flashy helmets), clan-loyal raiders, freebooters, plunderers, and rustlers who robbed and murdered in the name of family: the famous clans—like Elliot, Armstrong, Charlton, and Robson—romanticized by Sir Walter Scott. They were the last opponents to the Acts of Union of 1707, and fought fiercely and fancifully to the end.In The Steel Bonnets, George MacDonald Fraser, author of the bestselling Flashman novels and himself a borderer, takes us back through three centuries of conflict, telling the fascinating and bloody story of the reivers. He relates their rise to power as ferocious soldiers on horseback, their important roles in the battles at Flodden and Solway Moss, and their surprisingly sudden fall from grace. The Steel Bonnets is a superb work of serious history and scholarship that is as irresistibly compelling as any novel.Skyhorse Publishing, as well a...

    • ASIN: 1632204568

  • 100 of the Most Outrageous Comments about Quartered Safe Out Here

    In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Quartered Safe Out Here". Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

    • ASIN: 5458876059