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Slim: Unofficial History
Slim: Unofficial History
by John Douglas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by the greatest general, 24 Sept. 2008
Not a standard generals book, by a far from standard general.

Not only can Slim lay claim to being the best general of the Second War, but he's just the quite of general who wouldn't.

The campaigns he details here are not the most important battles of the war, in fact they're far from the most important ones he ever fought. Iraq, Syria, Persia, leading mainly Indian troops- don't let this put you off. Part of Slim's claim to greatness was that he fought against the odds- not just in terms of a formidable foe but in terms of fighting it with the 'Forgotten Army'. But being the "Cinderalla", in a seemingly unimportant theatre, at the bottom of the priority list for resources started way before his time in the Far East. His time in the Middle East that he details here had similar problems in that respect.

And he solved them using the same leadership that he used later.

This book- to be clear- is a reprint of Slim's own words, and not a book by another author as the Amazon listing is telling us. Slim aimed to write the book in a style quite different to the norm. And he really does, telling us for example how he got in his commanders bad books for sending his precious transport off 600 miles to get beer for his Division. The most striking thing for me about Slim (as someone who lives out the corporate rat race) is his humility towards both his favourites and his those whom you might expect him to owe some approbation.

It's a truly fabulous book by an outstanding, no, one of the most outstanding men.

Hunting al Qaeda: A Take-No-Prisoners Account of Terror, Adventure and Disillusionment
Hunting al Qaeda: A Take-No-Prisoners Account of Terror, Adventure and Disillusionment
by Bob Mayer
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the amazon synopsis, 25 Sept. 2007
having just read the amazon synopsis of this book, I can say it's got no mention whatsoever of the Tilman story.

The book is actually about national guard SF troops called to active service in Afghan. It describes operations it was involved in.

The disillusionment in the title is really about the army bureaucracy, where career building comes before war-fighting.

Not a bad read, it's a shame that the book doesn't have more about the operations involved. Tho what it does have is good.

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