I am not usually a reader of military history but came to this from noticing some extracts in an anthology of writing about the land campaigns of the second world war. Alan Moorehead's pieces stood out in that book and reading the whole of his trilogy has lived up to the expectations. It is about much more than just the desert campaign, more like a diary of Moorehead's travels during the years 1940-43. His visits to the Sudan, the Middle East, India, America, London and Gibraltar all help the reader, sixty years on, to see the events of the day 'in the round.' Even events that he did not take part in such as the fall of Crete are described vividly with all the skill of an experienced war correspondent.
The meat of the book, the ebb and flow of the battles in the North African desert, were originally three books published during the war and this book brings them all together. Doubtless there are things that could not be published at the time and details of decision making that were not known outside the army command at the time but certainly to me as a general reader the account had all the immediacy that could be asked for. Moorehead takes no jingoistic view of the events. His account is full of harrowing details but at the same time filled with humanity.
I am surprised, having read it from cover to cover, that it is not better known. It reads as a classic that goes beyond military journalism.