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The New York Times Book ReviewDare I call a 707-page biography a page turner? For once, the fake enthusiasm of blurb prose rings true…Jonathan Fenby…knows how to turn breadth and depth into enthrallment. Academic historians tend to shy away from the grand sweep, while journalists like to stick to the chatty and topical. Fenby has blended the best of both crafts—the historian's gravitas, the journalist's feel for drama—into a magnificent book…actually…two books, masterfully intertwined, for the price of one. The General isn't just the story of a 20th-century giant who captivated the public's imagination even while he was still alive. It also traces the course of a great nation that refused to come to terms with the loss of the strategic pre-eminence it had once enjoyed. This is history with an almost literary flavor.