4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
excellent as ever,
This review is from: The Longest Siege: Tobruk - the Battle that Saved North Africa (Hardcover)
I am biased in writing this in so much as having read previous work by the author and being hugley impressed with his work. this book reinforces my belief that Lyman is an writer of greater talent than he is being ackknowledged for, but only for the time being. I have read many books on the desert campaign and aspects of it , some good, some arduous, some that wouldnt go amiss as a sleep aid. Tobruk was a joy to read,an absolute pleasure. not only for its excellent reserch and lay out ( I am quite capable of returning to maps at the front of books without finding it a chore) but more for the mans style. so many book, especially history books are padded. the author will get worried about what to put in and what to leave out and so puts in everything, which usually turns a great story into a turgid morass of data that in the end overwhelms the reader. Lyman is succint and totally to the point. You get the feeling he self edits his work as its flow is very natural yet authortive and confident in his subject matter. Its a bit like having that beloved history teacher in the room who knows how to keep you spell bound and not try and compress the whole of world war two into an hour. What needs to be said he writes, and whatever has been covered previously he mentions breifly ( yes people you have to read more than one book on a subject to get the full picture on any subject) but never leaving you without enough of an explanation. his use of first hand testimony is well crafted into the story alongside a proffesional understanding of strategy, and the operational art and how all these factors effect one another ( the devil is always in the detail ). all whilst managing to weave a clear deffined narrative that keeps you interest until the end. A fine window into the siege of tobruk.
A great book and he gets better, have already bought his book on SLIM and look forward to all his next books