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Ike and Monty: Generals at War
     

Ike and Monty: Generals at War

by Norman Gelb
 

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Published on the eve of the 50th anniversary of D-Day, this is the first book that focuses exclusively on the military relationship that determined the fate of the Allied effort to liberate Europe in World War II. Compulsively readable, Ike and Monty presents the true story of Dwight Eisenhower, English general Montgomery, and their struggle against the Nazis.

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Published on the eve of the 50th anniversary of D-Day, this is the first book that focuses exclusively on the military relationship that determined the fate of the Allied effort to liberate Europe in World War II. Compulsively readable, Ike and Monty presents the true story of Dwight Eisenhower, English general Montgomery, and their struggle against the Nazis.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gelb ( Desperate Venture ) offers a comprehensive analysis of the troubled wartime collaboration between two military leaders whose professional differences were compounded by deep contrasts in character and behavior. Gelb depicts Dwight D. Eisenhower as likable and honorable, conspicuously successful as managing director of the Allied war effort but less effective as a general. He too often allowed himself to be distracted by the non-military aspects of his job, Gelb argues; his campaigns would have benefited from closer control and a firmer hand. Bernard Law Montgomery emerges as a difficult man whose aspirations, particularly after the Normandy campaign, were not matched by his achievements. Gelb admires his narrow-front strategic plan for ending WW II quickly, but he also demonstrates that the Field Marshal's poisonous personality made it impossible for him to win Eisenhower's support for his concept. Specialists will discover nothing new here, though others will find a useful study of the human aspects of high military command. Photos not seen by PW . (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688118693
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
480

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