Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War

Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War

by Terry Brighton
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Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War by Terry Brighton

In Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, one of Britain's most accomplished military scholars presents an unprecedented study of the land war in the North African and European theaters, as well as their chief commanders—three men who also happened to be the most compelling dramatis personae of World War II.

Beyond spellbinding depictions of pivotal confrontations at El Alamein, Monte Cassino, and the Ardennes forest, author-scholar Terry Brighton illuminates the personal motivations and historical events that propelled the three men's careers: how Patton's, Montgomery's, and Rommel's Great War experiences helped to mold their style of command—and how, exactly, they managed to apply their arguably megalomaniacal personalities (and hitherto unrecognized political acumen and tact) to advance their careers and strategic vision.

Opening new avenues of inquiry into the lives and careers of three men widely profiled by scholars and popular historians alike, Brighton definitively answers numerous lingering and controversial questions: Was Patton really as vainglorious in real life as he was portrayed to be on the silver screen?—and how did his tireless advocacy of "mechanized cavalry" forever change the face of war? Was Monty's dogged publicity-seeking driven by his own need for recognition or by his desire to claim for Britain a leadership role in postwar global order?—and how did this prickly "commoner" manage to earn affection and esteem from enlisted men and nobility alike? How might the war have ended if Rommel had had more tanks?—and what fundamental philosophical difference between him and Hitler made such an outcome virtually impossible?

Abetted by new primary source material and animated by Terry Brighton's incomparable storytelling gifts, Patton, Montgomery, Rommel offers critical new interpretations of the Second World War as it was experienced by its three most flamboyant, controversial, and influential commanders—and augments our understanding of each of their perceptions of war and leadership.

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ISBN-13: 9780307461551
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 217,162
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

TERRY BRIGHTON is a master historian and curator of the Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum. He is also the author of Hell Riders: The True Story of the Charge of the Light Brigade. He lives in England.

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Patton, Montgomery, Rommel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There have been several books like this to come out recently. However, the true tests of a commander are simply the hardest situations. A fighting withdraw is recognized by most historians as the test of a commanders werewithall, followed by the accounts of his opponents. This book fails to take these into account for patton, and makes little mention of the fact that monty was not a field commander, but had three men under him that handled that portion. All in all, this is a publicity of common but erronous information. Do not read if you are a student of world war 2.
Adam388 More than 1 year ago
Full of facts but never dull, Brighton's style brings these men to life. After reading it you will feel as if you were there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really takes you inside the minds and lives of three incredible solders. Rommel, Patton and Monty are larger than life and whose character really comes to life in this book. The fueds, strategic planning and battles they faced on and off the battlefield were incredible. Patton's the greatest soldier in my opinion, Monty not so likeable and Rommel suprisingly the one (seemingly) with the most sanity and best personality - once again, seemingly. Excellent read for WWII fans - one of the best I've read in quite a while.
spudswabia More than 1 year ago
Straight forward compare and contrast presentation of significant people who we prefer to not have around except when needed.
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This book portrays rommel as the hard working, determined, military genius and badass that he is.
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For students of military history, this is a very good one.