An Underworld at War: Spivs, Deserters, Racketeers and Civilians in the Second World War (Donald Thomas) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Social History shelves. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…
London: John Murray, 2003, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: While the Second World War produced numerous acts of self-sacrifice, it also made many people rich. The criminal activities of the underworld that extended from the civilian population right through to the armed forces constitute one of the great untold stories of the war. The Blitz of 1940 may have made a nation of heroes, but in the shadows the shelter gangs and looters prowled.
The profits of civilian racketeering dwarfed the rewards of smash-and-grab or safe breaking, though these continued apace. Between 1940 …
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XV] 429 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.