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Great Man, great soldier, great book,
on 31 December 2013
Many, many years ago I read Defeat into Victory, Bill Slim's own account of the Burma Campaign. It is a remarkable story and now this is followed by Russell Miller's biography. I, like my father before me, revered Slim. Human and humane and probably far and away the best senior commander since Wellington, Uncle Bill was a much more pleasant and down to earth individual.
He inspected a parade when I was at Sandhurst and his address to the cadets was nothing less than brilliant.
You may have little interest in military history, but this biography reads like a thrilling novel and even though I have studied the campaign in detail I could not put it down. I wanted to know what was about to happen next (yet I knew, objectively, the sequence of events).
A fantastic book about the kind of man one meets regrettably few times in a lifetime. If you want to learn about leadership forget about the all too frequent jargon laden business guru self promotion and read about one of our greatest true leaders.