Manstein: Hitler’s Greatest General

Mungo Melvin’s biography of Field Marshal Erich von Manstein depicts the career of a general as accomplished as Erwin Rommel, albeit less well known. Accorded high honors for military brilliance by both his peers and his enemies, von Manstein possessed a genius in the field that was matched only by his independence of spirit (he disobeyed Hitler and was punished for his temerity). His long postwar career helped Germany to recover from the havoc he had unleashed.