This book will not please fans of generals Patton and Bradley. Robin Neillands continues the project of questioning wartime myths that he began with his excellent 'Battle for Normandy 1944'. In the process the said generals come in for severe criticism for their mediocrity (especially Bradley) and their inflated reputations and bad faith (Patton). And although Eisenhower himself is lauded for his abilities as a supreme C-in-C he too is carpeted for his failure to get a grip on his subordinates in the autumn of 1944. He was at best an indifferent field commander. Montgomery comes in for criticism, but on the whole comes out best as a professional soldier- albeit a nasty piece of work as a person. Still, it's the soldier bit, not being a nice guy, that counts at the highest level in war. US, UK and Canadian frontline troops are all given their due; but US generalship in 1944 is seen as pretty poor stuff, on the whole. The book will seem unfairly anti American to some, but as Neillands himself claims, this is not a chauvinistic work. Neillands distributes praise and blame impartially; it's just that as so few military historians have been willing and able set the record straight the effect on some reputations at this late date will seem a bit of a shock to some. Recommended - but read the Normandy book (which is even better) alongside this one to get the full story.