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Alastair Borthwick’s Books Continue To Speak His Open Mind On Rock Climbing And Post World War II

Before his death on September 25, 2003, Alastair Borthwick published two books that speak about what he believed is true and what he saw. First, on what he believed was true, Alastair speaks his mind on the book “Always A Little Further”, which describes the ins and outs of rock climbing. During the time of publishing the book in 1939, most people in Scotland and Europe in general thought that rock and mountain climbing as a whole was a sport for the rich. Somehow, their beliefs were based on the fact that only the rich or fame could get the necessary funding. They never thought of a day a common person could spend many days climbing the Alps of Switzerland or even spend several months studying a certain rare stone.

Alastair Borthwick‘s second book, which has had two revisions since its initial publishing, talks about what he saw at the time of his intelligence role during the Second World War. This time, he oversaw intelligence mission while accompanying soldiers to several areas. Some of the areas journalist Alastair visited include Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, North Africa, Sicily, Germany, and several other parts of Europe. The initial version of the book that was published in 1946 was titled, “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders”. Later, in 1994, it was reprinted and given the title, “Battalion: a British infantry unit’s actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945.” All along, the book has received widespread criticism.

Early Life

Author Alastair Borthwick was born on February 17, 1913. His life as a young boy was just like those of others in his hometown, Rutherglen. He, however, spent most of his childhood life together with others in his family at Troon. Later, Alastair went to Glasgow High School where before his graduation at the age of 16, had also attended the school of Officer Training Corps, where he got the intelligence knowledge that later helped him serve as an intelligent officer in war missions. Mr. Borthwick served as a copytaker, a newspaper columnist and a BBC World Service correspondent in Glasgow.

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