This review is from: The Politics of Command: Lieutenant-General A.G.L. McNaughton and the Canadian Army, 1939-1943 (Hardcover)The Politics of Command is a fascinating read. Coherent, interesting, structured and persuasive, this book is teeming with new information and lively debate about a mostly forgotten aspect of the Canadian military commitment in the Second World War. I was greatly impressed by the manner in which, the author has interwoven personalties and politics, strategy with individuals and drama with facts. The people, under pressure to deliver, come alive against the background of war.
His research has mined a mountain of military and political coal, which burns warmly throughout the book. His views on Brooke place another perspective on this famous British Soldier, whilst his examination of formation training during the war is very instructive. His assessment of Canadian higher commanders, and in particular their selection and training (or sometimes lack of it!) is most educational and repays study.
In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it from from cover to cover because of its compelling style and gripping content and, although it will not be everyone's cup of tea, I most thoroughly commend it. John Rikard has written a fine book and it deserves wide exposure.
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