John Keegan has assembled a cast of seventeen generals whose reputations were made (and some of them broken) by Churchill and the Second World War.
Churchill's reputation as prime minister during the Second World War fluctuated according to the successes and failures of his generals. Most of them were household names, and often heroes, during the war years. All of them were prey to the intolerance, interference, irascibility - and the inspiration - of the man who wanted to be both the general in the field and the presiding strategic genius. He sacked his warlords ruthlessly, yet in the end he came to be served by perhaps the greatest generals this country has ever produced.
Includes chapters on Wavell, Ironside, Ritchie, Auchinleck, Montgomery, Alexander, Percival, Wingate, Slim and Carton de Wiart.
Note: The Publisher regrets that the biographical note for Gary Sheffield is incorrect in the book. Please refer to the Orion website (www.orionbooks.co.uk) for the correct version.
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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.
Interesting addition to the World War II literature