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Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide Paperback – 6 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846684455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846684456
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dimbleby takes the investigative and narrative approach - superbly paced and expressed - and is justifiably wary of academic certainties. (Allan Mallinson The Times)

Read this fresh and provocative account and you'll be in little doubt that this was - for Britain - the single most critical battle of the Second World War. (Peter Snow)

Covers a broad canvas - as wide as the desert itself. Dimbleby expertly weaves the dramatic events of the desert war together with the decisions and dilemmas of the great war leaders. He tells this story with real pace, drama and insight. (Dr Niall Barr, author of Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein)

An engrossing read, focusing on grand strategy (Martin Kitchen, author of Rommel's Desert War)

Dimbleby persuasively explains why it was the side-show which wasn't a side-show and links his explanation to a vivid portrayal of life - and death - in the desert (Stephen Bungay, author of Alamein)

By turns fascinating, thought-provoking and entertaining - and always beautifully written - 'Destiny in the Desert' explodes a number of self-serving myths about the Desert War and its apogee, the battle of El Alamein, while letting the reader appreciate why this incredible story has spawned so many of them. In their place emerges a tale of heroism and sacrifice, told from the point of view of the highest grand strategist down to the lowliest serviceman, which is far more entrancing than any comforting myth. Jonathan Dimbleby lets us see El Alamein anew. (Andrew Roberts)

A wonderfully incisive, superbly written history that underlines the key role the Desert War played in Hitler's downfall. What Dimbleby has nailed so brilliantly is what so many war historians miss: the big picture. (Saul David, author of All The King's Men)

Insightful (Choice 2013-07-18)

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A unique history of the road to El Alamein - and how the bloody battle that followed decided the outcome of the Second World War. A perfect gift for Father's Day.

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