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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed
A very interesting book and well researched to come up with new insights on what can be a rather tired subject. However, desperately needs editing to address frequent repetition of cliches.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting study of Anglo-American relationships in war
This is a good but flawed book. The relationships between the allies during the second world war is as important as it is interesting. This is another volume in which the reputation of Montgomery is being salvaged from the predominant American view of him as being a 'little limey fart', as Paton called him. He was easily the best allied commander, but subordinated for...
Published on 2 Aug 2010 by Samuel Romilly


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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed, 1 Jun 2014
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A very interesting book and well researched to come up with new insights on what can be a rather tired subject. However, desperately needs editing to address frequent repetition of cliches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging work of WW2 history/biography, 9 Feb 2014
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Engaging read that shouldn't just appeal to military history buffs. Book offers insight into personalities of Monty and Eisenhower (and author isn't afraid of being critical), as well as painting picture of both armies towards the end of the war. Downloaded book on a special free promotion but would have been happy paying for it too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting study of Anglo-American relationships in war, 2 Aug 2010
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This is a good but flawed book. The relationships between the allies during the second world war is as important as it is interesting. This is another volume in which the reputation of Montgomery is being salvaged from the predominant American view of him as being a 'little limey fart', as Paton called him. He was easily the best allied commander, but subordinated for political reasons to the Americans who were his inferiors. This is especially so with Eisenhower who is generally over-rated as a general. The book suffers from a number of things. There are some verbal infelicities such as the use of the term 'for free', but the main lacunae are a lack of maps and a poor index. The former is particulalry serious as it is hard to follow the complicated manoevres of the Allied and German armies. Oddly Alamein is not discussed at all. The British victory here was not only a wonderful morale boost but enabled the Americans to launch Operation Torch. It also made Montgomery's reputation, as well as increasing his overweaning self confidence. His captaincy in this great victory gave him experience of successful battle command, an experience none of the Americans shared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons not learned, 2 Mar 2014
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Everyone who believes what we've been told over the last 70 years about 'The Special Relationship', should read this book and discover the truth of American foreign policy then and now, and realise there never was, nor is there any special relationship. America want's poodles, not bulldogs for friends.

From 1944 onwards politicians of every colour have hung on to America's coat tails to appear stronger and more important than we have become, due to the impoverishment caused by two World Wars, fought justly by Britain, but wars we couldn't afford.

America has taken it's full toll from Britain's demise and glorifies in that demise, but is happy to have Britain on board to legitimise it's own foreign adventures. To the eternal shame of the likes of Tony Blair, we have gone along with it in Afghanistan and Iraq.

At least Harold Wilson in the 1960's had the sense to keep us out of Vietnam, a lesson not heeded to since.

There is nothing philanthropic in America's attitude to foreign policy, and this book shows that clearly. Nothing much has changed since.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent albeit incomplete, 28 Oct 2008
This is a great, thought provoking and generally thoroughly entertaining read. I would echo all the sentiments echoed in the first review of this book and further it in stating that, for me, the book did not quite go into enough detail about the relationships between the main protagonists and maybe was too selective about what was included and more to the point not included in detail (Normandy and Market Garden). I feel if the book was longer with more emphasis on the last two parts of the book (1944 and 1945) it would become a potential classic, as it is it is a valuable addition to other texts focusing on the same subject matter. There are one or two factual errors but where isn't there.

I'm sure this, and many other of Whiting's works will not be too popular with many on the other side of the pond. Telling the yanks they were not the be all and end all of the coalition, and that, actually it wasn't a precondition that every great General of the war had to be American, will simply be dismissed by the ignorant flag waving masses of the United States of America as simply implausible. For those non Ambrose-ites, who are open to believing not every Allied victory was American, this will add food to thought and be a valuable addition to any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monty, 15 Mar 2014
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Monty comes across as an arrogent jumped up big headed little squirt, but he did win battles and seemingly involved his troops beforehand by meeting with them personally and explaining what they were about to do
His revenge comes when he led some US troops in the battle of the bulge, a fact which does'nt seem to get mentioned in any US accounts of this battle, probably because he insulted his friend Ike Eisenhower who at the time Monty was doing his insulting was President of the USA
A good informative read if slightly british biased
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