Review: Harry’s Last Stand by Harry Leslie Smith*

Harry’s Last Stand is a book that I originally came across via Twitter; the story of a man, who, at the age of ninety five, decided to tour refugee camps, to try and find a solution, was something that immediately piqued my interest. For that reason, I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of the book, for this review.

The title:

I think a lot needs to be said about the title; picking it up, I feel inspired by the title. It also makes me wonder; if you were to make a last stand, what cause would you pick? And why? That’s still not a question that I could answer, although I admire Harry for his choosing.

I also think this title is not full embrace, nor expressive, of the true feat this man has achieved; ninety five now, he’s spending his time visiting refugee camps, to try and find a possible solution. (I’ll link to it below.) Similarly, as a child of the Great Depression, an RAF veteran, he survived that turmoil. He is now a writer. That’s pretty incredible, I think. And I’d love to meet him for that reason.

Content:

I have a few thoughts about the content, enough so that I’ve had to split it into parts:

The USP of the book is apt in describing the content: How the world my generation built is falling down, and what we can do to save it. I like to hear what he thinks is wrong with this world, and how in that respect it’s kind of like a manifesto. (Maybe, if we combined his thoughts with a younger generation, we could create something better than what we have today? Just a thought.)

But maybe there could be a follow up? This book answers the ‘what’, but it does not answer the ‘how’.

I also like his writing style. He lacks the preaching tone of other books that I have read. (As a reader, this is not something I like at all.) But it’s also the humility that I really like; reflecting on what happened to his sister, and ending with a ‘ta-rah‘, he merely states his viewpoint. He also doesn’t try to control what the reader think, merely allowing them to come to their own conclusions.

I also like Harry’s attitude; he seems a kind, sort of colourful character, the sort that interest me. (I’d love to interview him!) But he’s brilliant in the book and on Twitter-like telling a racist user to p*** off. We need more people like him.

What I would have changed:

Maybe there could be an updated version? This book is relevant to the David Cameron years; it doesn’t begin to tackle Theresa May, as well as Brexit. I’d also like to hear more about what Harry thinks about other issues, like Tommy Robinson, the Leveson Enquiry, etc. (But then again, his Twitter page is fairly revealing.)

If you’d like to read a book that will leave you feeling hopeful for the future, without the idea of fear being added to the mix, this is the book you need to read.

You can buy the book from Amazon. And you can view Harry’s website here. To subscribe to his podcast, click here. 


This is a book I was sent to review at my own request, for no payment; this is my genuine opinion. Read my disclaimer here.

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