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World War II: Desert War [Kindle Edition]

Stephen W. Sears
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The struggle for North Africa was unlike any other campaign of World War II. The desert proved a real test of generalship, pitting Germany's Erwin Rommel against Britain's Bernard Montgomery and America's George Patton. Here, from award-winning military historian Stephen W. Sears, is the dramatic story of the generals, politicians, and soldiers who changed the course of the war.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6389 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc.; 1 edition (16 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L2BXQG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #514,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Broga
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This is a clear, succinct and gripping description of the Desert War. The characters of the commanders are well delineated and the problems of fighting in the desert well described. It removes any glamorous fantasy about battle. The slaughter is unremitting and the tank battles like heavyweight boxers slugging each other till they drop.

Rommel is the charismatic star and even the Allied troops admire him. However, he has to contend with Hitler who seems to entertain paranoid fantasies about the effect of his orders. The way commanders found wanting are removed is an insight into the readiness to replace those who are not getting results. Some who have got results are replaced by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

An enthralling description of a war whose outcome, at that time was in the balance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent publication, hobbled by this current edition 26 July 2014
By Jason M Sass - Published on
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This book is actually a re-print of "Desert War in North Africa", part of a series of juvenile histories written in the 1960s. The original publication used a streamlined narrative style that could appeal more easily to young readers, supplemented by a magnificent series of battle maps, historical photographs and beautiful watercolors painted by eye-witnesses. The battle maps showed the strategic movement of the armies, and really brought out the sophistication of the action. This balanced well with the stripped-down, crackingly fast-paced narrative. The pictures and especially the watercolors then brought home the personal experience of the North African war. Short personal vignettes of wartime experiences, often paired with these pictures and watercolors, brought the war to life for the reader.

Unfortunately, this printing does not include any of the maps, pictures or watercolors. Considering how tightly these were integrated into the book's narrative, this printing feels like half of the book is missing. What the reader is left with is a simplified narrative of the North Africa campaigns, with a lot of context missing.

I first read the original "Desert War in North Africa" in junior high school, after picking up a clearance copy from my local school library. The hardcover was already in tatters, and the pages were loose and threatening to fall out. The book's condition hasn't gotten any better in the decades since. But I still pull it out every few years, and spend a weekend reading through it. Even after reading much more in-depth and detailed books on the North Africa campaign, no other book has better captured the look, the feel and the broad sweeping arc of the Desert War in North Africa.

Get the original hardback book if you can. This edition, while an admirable effort to save an old title, just doesn't stand up to the legacy of the original.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War in the desert 16 July 2014
By M.E. van den Berg - Published on
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A extremely well analyzed and written story of the desert war, of Rommel, Churchill and various allied commanders. Of particular interest is operation Thorn, the capture of North-Africa, American diplomacy and the resistance of Petain loyal French troops, leading to hundreds of American and French dead. The story makes clear that Rommel might have succeeded if better supported and less obstructed by his Fuhrer! A must read for those who always wondered what actually went on there in the background, giving the real facts of the many propaganda like movies of the fifties and sixties.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading cover page 19 Aug. 2014
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The cover would lead you to believe that it centered around the Long Range Desert Group. They are mentioned once. The book is a generalized rehash of the North Africa campaign that gives nothing new or insightful. I thought it a waste of money
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expected more detailed analysis of North African war 4 Aug. 2014
By William C. Bailey - Published on
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This a broad sweeping brush across the desert landscape and the battles that occurred there. Most of the time the author looked at war from at least 10,000 ft above the sand. Occasional he would quote extensively from a work written some who serve in North Africa.

A quick read for all and might serve as a supplemental text in a history course in high school or college.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DESERT WAR 9 Aug. 2014
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Excellent read historically correct but still keeps the readers interest. I would recommend purchase of this book by anyone interested in World War II.
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