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Posted December 27, 2009
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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.
Posted March 9, 2009
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