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"Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. For most of her adult life, Keggie was kept at arm's length from her father's personal history, but when she is invited to join him for the sixtieth anniversary of the Jedburghs--an elite special operations unit that was the first collaboration between the American and British intelligence agencies during World War II--a new door opens in their relationship. As dementia stakes a claim over his memory, Keggie embarks on a quest to unravel her father's story, and soon finds herself in a far more consuming place than she had bargained for. Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself. As a Jedburgh he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance first against the Germans in France, then against the Japanese in Southeast Asia, where he won the moniker "Lawrence of Burma." But his wartime exploits are only the beginning. Part family memoir, part energetic military history, Dadland takes us on a spellbinding journey, in peace and war, into surprising corners of twentieth-century politics, her rackety English childhood, the poignant breakdown of her family, the corridors of dementia and beyond. As Keggie pieces her father--and herself--back together again, she celebrates the technicolor life of an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man"--
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press 2017
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780802125149
Branch Call Number: Biography B Car
Alternative Title: Dad land


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Aug 16, 2018

Huge snapshot of the British Empire in decline. Author pieced together her non-conformist father roller-coaster ride as a SOE agent, Jedburgh in France & Burma to messy civilian life with dysfunctional family.
Really heartbreaking that stubborn REMF pre-war governor Dorman-Smith in Burma probably spitefully masterminded assassination of Aung Sun nationalist just because the rules have changed, he could not control Burmese nationalism & locals won't go back to the old Imperial days.
Author wondered if Colby, former CIA director & her father friend from Jedburgh days really die of natural causes.
Chuckled on shyster/scrape-grace who stole subject's name in post 9/11 book get exposed on live national television

Jun 27, 2018

What happens to daring young war heroes when the war ends? How does a young man adjust to civilian life where rules, procedures, and order reign supreme? Keggie Carew, in this memoir about her enigmatic father, Tom, unravels the story as her father descends into dementia at the end of his life. Tom Carew, dubbed the "Mad Irishman", was a member of an elite World War II special operations in France and Burma. When the war ended, Tom never really adjusted to civilian life despite 3 wives and 4 children. As the author slowly unravels the mysteries of her father's life, she is also honest about her emotions and actions during the same time. Lavishly illustrated with family photos, Carew shares her family's compelling and often sad story.


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