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4.0 out of 5 stars William Slim's Unofficial History, 28 July 2010
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This is an excellent book for the serious student of Slim's work. What few people know is that Slim subsidized his miliary pay as a writer of fiction and published a number of short stories, primarily in magazines. The book starts out with Slim in someone's outer office and he sees the "Official History" of World War I. So he pulls it out and reads a description of an action he was in (in the Middle East). Then he writes, "this is what really happened...". So you get several stories, primarily in Africa or the Middle East from his perspective as a Battalion or Brigade Commander. He includes a story that must have been very instrumental in developing his leadership skills, and the courage (or the self confidence) to "not listen" to his fears. This is not a book about India or Burma in World War II. He does include a story about the Northwest Frontier in India and you can see a little of Gunga Din's Cary Grant in his character. This book is an easy read and is composed of about a dozen short stories. I recommend it for the student of Slim's military history or anyone interested in British Army life between World War I and World War II. The book is written by Slim, not John Douglas, so don't be mislead by the Amazon product description
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