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Together We Stand: America, Britain, and the Forging of an Alliance Hardcover – Feb 2006

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  • Hardcover: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax Books (Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401352537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401352530
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 5.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in national newspapers and magazines and appears on national radio. His many books include Fortress Malta, Italy's Sorrow, The Battle of Britain and his fictional WW2 series featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner.

His interviews with veterans of the Second World War are available at the Imperial War Museum and are also archived on He lives near Salisbury with his wife, son and daughter.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Lonsdale on 15 Feb. 2011
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I bought "Together We Stand" for my father-in-law who was in the 8th army during the War. He raves about the book, which he says paints an accurate picture of what life in the desert was really like. Both he and I enjoy James Holland's writing style - informed, atmospheric, down to earth and very readable. We've since bought other books by the same author covering other episodes/aspects of the War all of which have been to the same high standard.
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Outstanding. 19 Feb. 2006
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James Holland has come from nowhere to produce the best military history book for many years, maybe the best in the last decade. If you enjoy what I call "narrative" military history in the tradition of Cornelius Ryan, Max Hasting and the Rick Atkinson then Together We Stand is a must have book. It is better than the books by any of the three mentioned above and they set very high standards.

Together We Stand covers much of the same ground as the excellent An Army At Dawn by Rick Atkinson but starts far earlier in '42. Sixty percent of the book deals with the fighting in the summer and autumn of '42 before Torch and the North African landings.

The style is the traditional one of mixing high quality research, operational analysis and person accounts. Only James Holland does this better than even Rick Atkinson, and I am one of those who though the hype surrounding Rick Atkinson's An Army At Dawn was fully justified.

James Holland gives greater prominence to the air war than most books and describes that warfare more eloquently than others. But for those more interested in ground warfare, as I am, do not be alarmed as the ground war still gets the majority of the coverage and is covered in great detail.

It is a big book at over 700 pages of main text but never falters. An outstanding mixture of analysis, story telling and page turning thriller all in one. I hope there will be a long line of military histories to come from James Holland. In James Holland military history has a new star.
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Excellent Overview 3 Jun. 2006
By Joseph Rogash - Published on
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James Holland's book, Together We Stand is a very enjoyable read. For those who have read little on the North African front, it is also greatly informative. For those who are more widely read on this topic, it is still very much worth exploring if for nothing else than Holland's writing style which I agree is as absorbing as Ambrose.

In addition Holland does an excellent job synthesizing critical ground, air and naval warfare aspects of the 1942-mid 1943 Mediterranean front in one volume, covering all levels of perspective. For example Holland presents the readers with the personalities, challenges and operational methodologies of such leaders as Churchill, Montgomery and Eisenhower while also describing in detail what fighting the war was like for a typical fighter pilot, tank commander, infantryman and even a submarine officer. He also provides more attention than most other works on the air warfare aspects of the 1942-43 North African/Mediterranean campaign. It is regrettable Holland's books have experienced far less commercial success or publicity, at least in the U.S. compared with similar authors such as Hastings, Ambrose, and Atkinson. His writing abilities are the equal to these gifted historians.

Of course, for some professional historians and certain more highly educated academics, Holland may be considered too much of a "pop historian" with little that is new to offer. But for amateur history enthusiasts such as myself, I highly recommend this book.
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The best overall history of the war in North Africa that I have ever read and I am something of a nut on the subject.
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