Churchill's Generals

Churchill's Generals

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by John Keegan
     
 

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A unique collection of essays by eminent historians—and edited by one of the world’s most acclaimed military writers: John Keegan. Churchill’s reputation as Prime Minister during World War II fluctuated according to the successes and failures of his generals. Most were household names—even heroes. Yet all were prey to the intolerance,

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A unique collection of essays by eminent historians—and edited by one of the world’s most acclaimed military writers: John Keegan. Churchill’s reputation as Prime Minister during World War II fluctuated according to the successes and failures of his generals. Most were household names—even heroes. Yet all were prey to the intolerance, interference, irascibility, and inspiration of Britain’s leader, who wanted to be both the general in the field and the presiding strategic genius. Yet, despite sacking his warlords ruthlessly, in the end Churchill was served by perhaps the greatest generals England has ever produced. The chapters cover such outstanding military men as Wavell, Ironside, Ritchie, Auchinleck, Montgomery, Alexander, Percival, Wingate, and Carton de Wiart.

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Library Journal
This book is a series of biographical sketches of the most noted British generals of World War II. The common theme is a brief description of each of their relationships with Churchill, the battles they fought, and how they fared in their campaigns, whether political or military. Each sketch ends with a brief bibliography and a career chronology. The work will introduce the general reader to some relatively unknown figures from the war and provide discussions of issues that caused dissension among the allies. However, students of World War II will be disappointed because the sketches are broad in content and tone and Churchill remains a shadowy figure in the background. As it will fill a gap in World War II collections, the book is recommended for college and university libraries.-- Charles Abshire, Mt. Hood Community Coll. Lib., Gresham, Ore.
Booknews
Scholars and comrades-in-arms explore the personalities, training, thought, and careers of 20 British commanders during World War II. An introduction reviews Churchill's own rise and strategic thought. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780304367122
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Series:
Cassell Military Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
New
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Sir John Keegan was for many years Senior Lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Between 1986 and 1999 he was Defence Editor of the DAILY TELEGRAPH. He received a knighthood in 2000.

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Churchill's Generals 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Speculation More than 1 year ago
This book became the family butt of many a joke in that many could not imagine a publication of this sorts while others just felt it was so obscure that I had bought the only copy! On reading it I was captured by the wonderful insights into the men who came and went in Churchill's national government during WWII. A fascinating read for anyone who wishes to know more about this period although it certainly isn't a casual pick-me-up, neither is it a 'bodice-ripper' of a book. It does correct many inconsistencies that currently reside in culture and shocked me with some of the information presented and has caused me to revisit many battles and events that contradict or gloss over what was going on under the surface. I felt for Auchinleck and based on what has been written here, Montgomery's allure has taken a severe beating! Wingate's Chindits, on which there is surprisingly little decent documentation written, is portrayed in both glowing and damning 'colours' and much is the same for all the men portrayed in these papers. A great reference book, overall; full of insights and surprises. For anyone who is a keen student of history - a necessary read and well written too. John Keegan's name will obviously help with the sale of what may well be an obscure treatise, otherwise.
RHA212 More than 1 year ago
Interesting addition to the World War II literature