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4.0 out of 5 stars General interest
Had this book stuck just to exploring the relationship between Churchill and his generals it might quickly have become wearying but it has a much broader reach. There is sufficient biographical detail on the 20 generals studied to give each some 'shape' apart from his military exploits.

The chapters are by different contributors yet John Keegan has done an...
Published on 11 Dec 2008 by S. J. Moore

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good primer
This book covers a number of Churchill's main generals, together with some add-ons like Carton de Wiaart. The authors are mostly Royal Military College Mafia, and the style is short and punchy. You are will not find an Ian Kershaw book hiding in here but some chapters are excellent (Dill for example) and all are effective at getting the outline of the man's life and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good primer, 2 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Churchill's Generals (Cassell Military Paperbacks) (Paperback)
This book covers a number of Churchill's main generals, together with some add-ons like Carton de Wiaart. The authors are mostly Royal Military College Mafia, and the style is short and punchy. You are will not find an Ian Kershaw book hiding in here but some chapters are excellent (Dill for example) and all are effective at getting the outline of the man's life and career clearly in mind. I found the chapter on Percival the biggest surprise from my Big Book of Stereotypes. I thought the chapter on Monty the weakest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars General interest, 11 Dec 2008
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S. J. Moore (Christchurch, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Churchill's Generals (Cassell Military Paperbacks) (Paperback)
Had this book stuck just to exploring the relationship between Churchill and his generals it might quickly have become wearying but it has a much broader reach. There is sufficient biographical detail on the 20 generals studied to give each some 'shape' apart from his military exploits.

The chapters are by different contributors yet John Keegan has done an excellent job of smoothing the edges. So although not quite seamless, the book hangs together well and covers similar ground for each general. It is a matter of minor regret that only one chapter attempts a real psychological appraisal of its general and that is borrowed from Dr Norman Dixon's "On the Psychology of Military Incompetence".

To a reader with some knowledge of 20th century conflicts and WWII in particular, the book manages to provide a quite fresh "top down" perspective lacking in many other works. Recommended.
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