I personally enjoyed this book as it helped to dispel many myths. Some may say it is full of sensationalism and is very unpatriotic. I disagree as I have always found the extremity of many of the patriotic myths surrounding WW2 as very hard to believe in the first place. As in WW1 the bravery of troops should not be forgotten, particulatly those who shed blood for their country. However propaganda both during the war and in the early post war years helped to create a picture which was at the very least exaggerated. Whether you choose to believe all of Ponting's claims is up to the reader but what is clear is that this book has been well researched and is a fascinating read.